D.I.Y. #8: Shake It Up – American Power Pop II (1978-80) (1993)

Shake It UpShake It Up – American Power Pop II (1978-80) (1993)
#8 of 9

In general, the songs on D.I.Y. Shake It Up – American Power Pop II are a little lighter and bouncier than those on its predecessor Come Out And Play, but since there was always an element of sweetness in power pop anyway, that difference will matter to only a handful of listeners. Shake It Up still shares many of the same characteristics of Come Out And Play – namely, it’s a collection of 19 dynamic, hook-laden singles from the first wave of American power pop bands. Again, only a couple of these songs are well-known outside of power-pop circles – The Romantics’ “What I Like About You” had become a frat-rock anthem by the end of the ’80s – but within those circles, The Rubinoos (“I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”), Chris Stamey & The dB’s (“[I Thought] You Wanted To Know”), The Shoes (“Tomorrow Night,” “Too Late”), 20/20 (“Yellow Pills,” “Giving It All”), Off Broadway USA (“Stay In Time”), Holly And The Italians (“Tell That Girl To Shut Up”) and The Beat (“Work-A-Day World,” “Walking Out On Love”) and their songs became semi-legendary. With the exception of Come Out And Play, there’s no better overview of the early-’80s power-pop movement than Shake It Up, even with the absence of such major players as Dwight Twilley, Phil Seymour, and Great Buildings. - The All Music Guide. Find Shake It Up – American Power Pop II (1978-80) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

The Cryers Shake It Up (Ain’t It Time?) (3:14)
The Rubinoos
I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (3:22)
Chris Stamey & The dB’s
(I Thought) You Wanted To Know (3:16)
Gary Valentine
The First One (2:37)
Love You Tonight (Saturday’s Gone) (3:11)
Giving It All (2:49)
The Romantics
Tell It To Carrie (3:20)
Tomorrow Night (3:00)
Yellow Pills (4:18)
The Beat
Walking Out On Love (1:48)
Too Late (2:46)
The Beat
Work-A-Day World (2:57)
The Pop
Waiting For The Night (3:35)
Pearl Harbor & The Explosions
You Got It (Release It) (2:32)
Off Broadway USA
Stay In Time (2:57)
The Romantics
What I Like About You (2:56)
The Plimsouls
Zero Hour (2:35)
The Know
I Like Girls (2:10)
Holly & The Italians
Tell That Girl To Shut Up (3:00)

D.I.Y. #7: Come Out And Play – American Power Pop I (1975-78) (1993)

Come Out And PlayCome Out And Play – American Power Pop I (1975-78) (1993)
#7 of 9

Power-pop benefited from the punk explosion, since it had as much to do with the rock & roll mainstream as with the punks. In the wake of The Ramones and Sex Pistols, straightforward, guitar-driven power-pop bands had a greater audience than before, since more listeners were aware of the existence of such music. And if the ringing pop on D.I.Y. Come Out And Play – American Power Pop I has more to do with the British Invasion than The Damned, it shares the same kinetic energy and vital spirit as punk, especially since many of the bands on this collection were doggedly releasing independent records and touring in the late ’70s to a dedicated cult following. There are no hits on Come Out And Play – Cheap Trick, the one marquee name on the compilation, is represented by the dynamic album track “Southern Girls” – but that doesn’t mean it’s a collection of also-rans and mediocrities. Instead, these songs are the foundation of the first wave of power pop, and many of the artists here – Pezband (“Baby It’s Cold Outside”), The Nerves (“Hanging On The Telephone”), Artful Dodger (“Wayside”), Chris Stamey (“Summer Sun”), Tommy Hoehn (“Blow Yourself Up”), The Paley Brothers (“Come Out And Play”), Fotomaker (“Where Have You Been All My Life”) and Chris Bell (“I Am The Cosmos” – have become legendary in certain circles. As a result, Come Out And Play serves as a terrific introduction to the world of power pop, but it’s better seen as a collection of some of the best and catchiest pop singles that slipped through the cracks in the late ’70s. - The All Music Guide. Find Come Out And Play – American Power Pop I (1975-78) at Amazon, HERE. Find all our DIY posts, HERE.

Flamin’ Groovies Shake Some Action (4:33)
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (2:52)
The Nerves
Hanging On The Telephone (2:05)
Artful Dodger
Wayside (4:24)
Hit The Floor (3:47)
Can’t Wait (3:25)
The Nerves
When You Find Out (2:00)
Chris Stamey
The Summer Sun (3:09)
Tommy Hoehn
Blow Yourself Up (2:56)
The Scruffs
My Mind (2:16)
The Names
Why Can’t It Be? (4:01)
Cheap Trick
Southern Girls (3:44)
The Real Kids
All Kindsa Girls (4:06)
The Paley Brothers
Come Out And Play (2:35)
Where Have You Been All My Life (3:24)
Stop! Wait A Minute (2:44)
The Flashcubes
Christi Girl (3:51)
The Diodes
Tires Of Waking Up Tired (2:55)
Chris Bell
I Am The Cosmos (3:40)

D.I.Y. #6: We’re Desperate – The L.A. Scene (1976-79) (1993)

We're DesperateWe’re Desperate – The L.A. Scene (1976-79) (1993)
#6 of 9

If D.I.Y. We’re Desperate: The L.A. Scene (1976-79) is one of the weakest installments in the D.I.Y. series, it’s only because the Los Angeles scene wasn’t nearly as rich and diverse as those in New York and London. New wave pop didn’t have a stronghold in the L.A. punk community, which tended to favor raw, hard, amateurish punk. Essentially, Los Angeles was one of the first towns to embrace hardcore, and almost all of We’re Desperate plays as proto-hardcore punk. Of all the bands on the collection, X displays the greatest songcraft and style with their edgy guitars and tag-team vocals. No other group has their finesse, but then again, they don’t attempt to write songs, they just want to make noise; on that level the collection works, even if it may get tedious to listeners who have just a passing interest in this style of punk. Still, We’re Desperate is a good overview of the L.A. scene, featuring its handful of major players – The Germs (“Forming,” “Lexicon Devil”), The Dickies (“You Drive Me Ape [You Big Gorilla]”), The Weirdos (“We Got The Neutron Bomb,” “A Life Of Crime”), The Dils (“I Hate The Rich”) – plus many lesser-known acts like The Zeros, The Furys, Eyes, Bags, The Last, Alley Cats, The Plugz, and The Dogs, as well as a demo from The Motels. There’s not enough variety or substance to make it as essential as the New York and U.K. collections, but that means We’re Desperate is an accurate representation of Los Angeles punk. - The All Music Guide. Find We’re Desperate – The L.A. Scene (1976-79) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

The Pop! Down On The Boulevard (2:43)
The Dogs
Younger Point Of View (3:15)
The Motels
Counting (Demo) (4:44)
The Germs
Forming (3:06)
The Dils
I Hate The Rich (1:42)
The Zeros
Don’t Push Me Around (2:28)
The Weirdos
A Life Of Crime (2:22)
The Zippers
You’re So Strange (2:48)
The Quick
Pretty Please (4:32)
The Last
She Don’t Know Why I’m Here (3:27)
The Furys
Say Goodbye To The Black Sheep (2:29)
The Dils
Mr. Big (1:44)
We’re Desperate (2:04)
The Weirdos
We Got The Neutron Bomb (3:01)
The Germs
Lexicon Devil (2:05)
Alley Cats
Nothing Means Nothing Anymore (3:15)
The Plugz
La Bamba (1:37)
The Dickies
You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla) (1:54)
Taqn (1:34)
Survive (2:48)
Los Angeles (2:25)

D.I.Y. #5: Blank Generation – The New York Scene (1975-78) (1993)

Blank GenerationBlank Generation – The New York Scene (1975-78) (1993)
#5 of 9

From the outset, New York punk rock had more subgenres and styles than its British counterparts. Even the Ramones, who were seemingly the most straightforward band on the scene, had a distinctly arty conceit behind their fusion of garage-rock, bubblegum, and pop-culture kitsch. Most of their contemporaries had similar attitudes, whether it was Blondie with their sexy, ironic revision of ’60s pop, Television’s cerebral guitar rock, Richard Hell’s jaggedly atonal rock, Patti Smith’s punk poetry or Suicide’s eerie synthesizers. All of those bands are collected on the superb overview D.I.Y. Blank Generation – The New York Scene (1975-78), along with such cult favorites as The Dictators (“[I Live For] Cars And Girls”), Mink DeVille (“Let Me Dream If I Want To”), Wayne County, The Dead Boys, The Heartbreakers and The Mumps. While Talking Heads are missing from the collection, Blank Generation nevertheless is an accurate and nearly flawless portrait of the heyday of New York punk.The All Music Guide. Find Blank Generation – The New York Scene (1975-78) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop (2:14)
The Dictators
(I Live For) Cars And Girls (3:58)
Patti Smith Group
Ask The Angels (3:11)
Tuff Darts
All For The Love Of Rock ‘N’ Roll (3:16)
Mink Deville
Let Me Dream If I Want To (2:55)
Wayne County & The Back Street Boys
Max’s Kansas City 1976 (5:38)
X Offender (3:13)
Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Blank Generation (2:45)
See No Evil (3:53)
In The Flesh (2:32)
Mink Deville
Spanish Stroll (3:41)
Venus (3:55)
Dead Boys
Sonic Reducer (3:08)
The Heartbreakers
Chinese Rocks (2:55)
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (2:48)
Crocodile Tears (2:10)
Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Love Comes In Spurts (2:03)
The Heartbreakers
Born To Lose (3:06)
Cheree (3:48)

D.I.Y. #4: Starry Eyes – UK Pop II (1978-79) (1993)

Starry EyesStarry Eyes – UK Pop II (1978-79) (1993)
#4 of 9

Picking up where Teenage Kicks left off, D.I.Y. Starry Eyes: UK Pop II is even more pop-oriented than its predecessor, and that’s taking The Buzzcocks’ searing “Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?)” into consideration. Although it includes a handful of great singles from artists that were on Teenage Kicks (The Undertones’ “Get Over You,” XTC’s “Life Begins At The Hop,” Squeeze’s “Up The Junction,” The Revillos’ “Where’s The Boy For Me?”), plus Joe Jackson’s familiar “Is She Really Going Out With Him?,” Starry Eyes shines in rounding up terrific singles from under-appreciated artists like Bram Tchaikovsky (“Girl Of My Dreams”), The Jags (“Back Of My Hand [I’ve Got Your Number]”), The Records (“Starry Eyes”), The Searchers (“Hearts In Her Eyes”) and Purple Hearts (“Millions Like Us”). These are sparkling pop songs, with ringing guitars and immediate, catchy melodies. Very few of these songs were actual hits, but they are the cornerstone of British new wave and power pop, which has rarely sounded as energetic and vital as it does here.The All Music Guide. Find Starry Eyes – UK Pop II (1978-79) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

Buzzcocks Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?) (2:42)
The Undertones
Get Over You (2:46)
Yachting Types (2:50)
Joe Jackson
Is She Really Going Out With Him? (3:38)
Schooldays (3:23)
Bram Tchaikovsky
Girl Of My Dreams (4:09)
The Squares
This Is Airebeat (3:07)
Life Begins At The Hop (3:49)
Up The Junction (3:13)
The Jags
Back Of My Hand (I’ve Got Your Number) (3:23)
The Radiators
Let’s Talk About The Weather (4:21)
The Records
Starry Eyes (4:25)
Mourning Star (3:28)
Purple Hearts
Millions Like Us (3:12)
The Distractions
Time Goes By So Slow (3:24)
The Searchers
Hearts In Her Eyes (3:23)
The Revillos
Where’s The Boy For Me? (2:03)
White Mice (3:39)
The Tourists
So Good To Be Back Home Again (2:38)

D.I.Y. #3: Teenage Kicks – UK Pop I (1976-79) (1993)

Teenage KicksTeenage Kicks – UK Pop I (1976-79) (1993)
#3 of 9

Punk helped restore a nervy, stripped-down sensibility to rock that was quickly filtered through a number of more pop-oriented bands that were labeled as new wave. Not surprisingly, many of these new wavers were holdovers from pub rock, whose unpretentious, anti-star attitude foreshadowed punk rock. These pub rockers were devoted to the three-minute pop single, but they also had a biting wit and kinetic energy that separated them from conventional pop/rock bands, and the best of this first wave of new wavers are collected on the dynamic D.I.Y. Teenage Kicks: UK Pop I (1976-79). Beginning with Nick Lowe’s explosive “So It Goes,” the collection runs through a series of classic singles from Eddie & The Hot Rods (“Do Anything You Wanna Do”), Wreckless Eric (“Whole Wide World”), The Motors (“Dancing the Night Away”), Tom Robinson Band (“2-4-6-8 Motorway”), Squeeze (“Take Me, I’m Yours”), The Only Ones (“Another Girl, Another Planet”), XTC (“This Is Pop?”), The Rezillos (“Top Of The Pops”) and The Undertones (“Teenage Kicks”), throwing in a number of forgotten gems along the way. Although the collection doesn’t feature Elvis Costello due to licensing restrictions, he isn’t missed – in fact, the collection plays better without him, since focusing on overlooked artists demonstrates what an amazing era new wave was for smart, catchy guitar pop. Few various-artist collections capture their subject as well, or as infectiously, as Teenage Kicks does.The All Music Guide. Find Teenage Kicks – UK Pop I (1976-79) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

Nick Lowe So It Goes (2:32)
Eddie & The Hot Rods
Do Anything You Wanna Do (4:06)
Nick Lowe
Mary Provost (2:47)
Wreckless Eric
Whole Wide World (3:01)
The Motors
Dancing The Night Away (3:17)
Tom Robinson Band
(2-4-6-8 Motorway (3:19)
Kursaal Flyers
Television Generation (2:40)
Take Me I’m Yours (2:51)
The Only Ones
Another Girl, Another Planet (3:03)
This Is Pop? (2:44)
The Boys
Brickfield Nights (3:14)
The Motors
Airport (4:14)
Jilted John
Jilted John (2:59)
The Rezillos
Top Of The Pops (2:58)
Rich Kids
Ghosts Of Princes In Towers (3:35)
The Undertones
Teenage Kicks (2:27)
Look Back In Love (Not In Anger) (2:26)
The Pleasers
A Girl I Know (Precis Of A Friend) (3:29)
Into The Valley (3:16)

D.I.Y. #2: The Modern World – UK Punk II (1977-78) (1993)

The Modern WorldD.I.Y.#2: The Modern World – UK Punk II (1977-78) (1993)
#2 of 9

Picking up where the first volume of D.I.Y. UK Punk left off, D.I.Y. The Modern World: UK Punk II (1977-78) captures the moment when punk began to fracture into post-punk, hardcore and new wave. There are still some straightforward punk anthems from The Jam (“The Modern World”), The Buzzcocks (“What Do I Get?”), The Rezillos (“[My Baby Does] Good Sculptures”), Generation X (“Wild Youth”) and Stiff Little Fingers (“Alternative Ulster,” “Suspect Device”), but the collection finds punk turning dark, noisy, paranoid and weird through Siouxsie & The Banshees (“Hong Kong Garden”), The Fall (“Bingo Master”), Wire (“I Am The Fly”), X-Ray Spex (“The Day The World Turned Day-Glo”), The Soft Boys (“[I Want to Be An] Angleploise Lamp”) and Magazine (“Shot By Both Sides”). There’s also some loutish rock from Sham 69 and 999, but The Modern World, on the whole, is much more interesting than that. Despite missing a few major figures like The Clash, it is a definitive portrait of the last days of the original British punk movement, and it works both as an introduction and a great, listenable overview. - The All Music Guide. Find The Modern World – UK Punk II (1977-78) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

The Jam The Modern World (2:34)
Generation X
Wild Youth (2:53)
The Rezillos
(My Baby Does) Good Sculptures (2:53)
Emergency (2:46)
Sham 69
(There’s Gonna Be A) Borstal Breakout (2:08)
Shot By Both Sides (4:05)
What Do I Get? (2:56)
I Am The Fly (3:09)
X-Ray Spex
The Day The World Turned Day-Glo (2:52)
Stiff Little Fingers
Suspect Device (2:44)
The Lurkers
Ain’t Got A Clue (2:12)
The Soft Boys
(I Want To Be An) Anglepoise Lamp (3:02)
Sham 69
If The Kids Are United (3:49)
Alternative TV
Action Time Vision (2:33)
The Fall
Bingo Master (2:25)
Stiff Little Fingers
Alternative Ulster (2:46)
Siouxsie & The Banshees
Hong Kong Garden (2:57)
Homicide (3:44)
Subway Sect
Ambition (3:04)

D.I.Y. #1: Anarchy In The UK – UK Punk I (1976-77) (1993)

Anarchy In The UKDIY: Anarchy In The UK – UK Punk I (1976-77) (1993)
OK, Let’s Do These…

With the exception of The Clash, who could not be included because of licensing obstacles, this 19-song collection includes all of the major originators of British punk music. The Sex Pistols are here, of course, with somewhat rawer demo versions of “Anarchy In The U.K.” and “God Save The Queen” that have previously appeared on various quasi-legitimate albums. Otherwise, you get the major singles from a posse of leading bands of the movement, including The Damned, The Saints, The Jam, and The Buzzcocks. Acts of nearly equal importance, like X-Ray Spex, The Adverts, The Only Ones, Generation X and Wire also weigh in with trailblazing singles like “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” and “One Chord Wonders.” Major punk fans and collectors won’t find anything here that they don’t already have. But for those who didn’t pick up everything the first time around, or weren’t even around the first time around, it’s as ideal an introduction as can be imagined to a sound that totally realigned rock with its emphasis on brittle guitars, amphetamine rhythms and socially charged songwriting.The All Music Guide. Find Anarchy In The UK – UK Punk I (1976-77) at Amazon, HERE. Once posted, you’ll find all 9 DIY CDs in the archives, HERE.

Sex Pistols Anarchy In The UK (Demo) (4:05)
The Damned
New Rose (2:45)
The Saints
(I’m) Stranded (3:33)
Eddie & The Hot Rods
Teenage Depression (2:59)
Sex Pistols
God Save The Queen (Demo) (3:35)
The Stranglers
(Get A) Grip (On Yourself) (4:04)
The Damned
Neat Neat Neat (2:44)
The Jam
In The City (2:20)
The Adverts
One Chord Wonders (2:38)
The Vibrators
Baby, Baby (3:43)
The Only Ones
Lovers Of Today (3:14)
The Boomtown Rats
Lookin’ After No. 1 (3:11)
The Adverts
Gary Gilmore’s Eyes (2:24)
Generation X
Your Generation (3:21)
The Stranglers
No More Heroes (3:31)
X-Ray Spex
Oh Bondage Up Yours! (2:52)
Orgasm Addict (2:04)
Don’t Dictate (2:56)
12xU (1:57)

ROGER McGUINN Complete Folk Den Recordings (1995-2014) – UPDATED: 231 Songs, Over 11 Hours

The Complete Folk Den Recordings (1995-2013)
19 Years Of Monthly Releases! 231 Historic Folk Songs (Over 11 Hours) Courtesy Of The Former Byrd

UPDATED TO DECEMBER, 2014: Each month, since 1995, Roger McGuinn has been sharing free downloads of his personal recordings of mountain music, sea shanties, chain gang songs, cowboy tunes and southern spirituals on his website, The Folk Den (HERE). Essentially, the project is his own history of folk music’s evolution over the last few centuries, and each post features personal anecdotes about the composition’s history and/or his first introduction to it – often with lyrics and chord progressions. It’s a mighty impressive project – both musically and personally – though, it should be noted that the bit rate is a bit wanting (usually 128 to 192) and the fidelity is not always studio quality. But… what do you want for nothing? You can download all 231 songs directly from The Folk Den… one at a time, or you can conveniently grab them all here. I kinda hate to say this, but you’re better off getting them here. The tags on Roger’s original files are a total mess; unnumbered, unorganized and often misnamed. We’ve spent some time fixing all those issues and we’ve included all the artwork (when available) and Roger’s recollections, all fit snugly in the “lyrics” section of each MP3’s file (if you know how to access your mp3’s innards). McGuinn would later re-record some of this material for a 4CD box set in 2005, The Folk Den Project, HERE, to mark the project’s 10th anniversary. There’s also a 2001 single CD version called Treasures From The Folk Den, HERE. This complete, web-only, 19-year collection of monthly releases now brings you up to Dec, 2014. Thanks Roger. Visit The Folk Den (HERE) for future monthly releases.

Old Paint (2:42)
Virgin Mary (1:51)
The Argoanut (2:17)
John Riley (3:49)
To Morrow (1:59)
Easter (1:55)
Springfield Mountain (2:28)
Buffalo Skinners (4:15)
New York Girls (2:14)
Cold Coast Of Greenland (1:59)
Boatman (3:01)
Lost Jimmy Whelan (2:14)
Golden Vanity (2:34)
What Child Is This (2:31)
Bobbi From Chi (Tribute To Bob Gibson) (1:53)
In The Evenin‘ (2:26)
Alberta (2:57)
Sailor Lad (1:45)
Brisbane Ladies (3:02)
Wayfaring Stranger (3:08)
East Virginia (2:48)
This Train (1:30)
South Australia (3:15)
Go To Sea Once More (3:28)
Wild Goose (1:36)
Wagoner’s Lad (3:04)
Mary Had A Baby (2:04)
Cold Cold Coast Of Greenland (1:59)
Brandy Leave Me Alone (2:14)
Finnegan’s Wake (2:32)
Bound To Australia (3:14)
Handsome Cabin Boy (3:23)
James Alley Blues (3:11)
Pushboat (3:09)
John Henry (1:42)
Home On The Range (3:28)
Mighty Day (2:31)
John The Revelator (2:27)
Bonny Ship The Diamond (2:37)

Brazos River (2:18)
900 Miles (2:48)
Old Texas (2:04)
Blood Red Roses (3:26)
Alabama Bound (2:31)
Liverpool Gals (3:06)
Get Along Little Dogies (3:03)
Trouble In Mind (2:34)
Sail Away Lady (2:10)
Fair Nottamun Town (3:34)
Ain‘ No Mo’ Cane On De Brasis (3:43)
I Saw Three Ships (2:06)
Auld Lang Syne (2:18)
Greenland Whale Fisheries (1:57)
Dink’s Song (3:01)
Lilly of the West (3:13)
Kilgary Mountain (3:02)
Willie Moore (3:33)
Star Spangled Banner (3:52)
The Cruel War (4:17)
Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase (4:10)
Coffee Grows On White Oak Trees (2:43)
Makes Long Time Man Feel Bad (3:14)
The Twelve Days of Christmas (4:01)
Stewball (2:14)
The Riddle Song (1:24)
Catch The Greenland Whale (2:35)
The Colorado Trail (2:44)
House Of The Rising Sun (2:36)
The Water Is Wide (2:19)
Nancy Whiskey (3:00)
Bring Me A Little Water, Sylvie (3:10)
Streets Of Laredo (2:14)
American For Me (4:17)
Battle Hymn of the Republic (3:38)
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (2:00)
Waltzing Matilda (4:44)
Spanish Is The Loving Tongue (2:44)
Roddy McCorley (3:52)
Rock Island Line (1:57)
Michael Row The Boat Ashore (2:41)
Tarrytown (2:52)
All My Trials (3:33)
Delia’s Gone (3:02)
Railroad Bill (2:43)
Wildwood Flower (3:03)
I Am A Pilgrim (3:21)
Away In A Manger (2:49)

When The Saints Go Marching In (4:03)
St James Infirmary (3:34)
Pretty Saro (2:11)
Wild Mountain Thyme (2:52)
12 Gates To The City (3:17)
Squid Jiggling Ground (3:02)
He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands (2:53)
Go Tell Aunt Rhodie (1:34)
Shenandoah (4:27)
Banks of Ohio (4:13)
Heave Away (2:37)
We Wish You A Merry Christmas (1:57)
The Gallows Polls (2:43)
Silver Dagger (3:50)
Drunken Sailor (2:38)
Ezekiel Saw A Wheel (3:21)
Whistling Gypsy (3:20)
Salty Dog Blues (1:47)
Down By The Riverside (3:14)
Haul Away Joe (3:30)
Oh Freedom (3:43)
Spanish Ladies (3:10)
The John B’s Sails (3:28) w/ The Rock Bottom Remainders
The First Noel (3:20)
Cindy (1:47)
Let the Bullgine Run (3:06)
Follow The Drinking Gourd (2:46)
Wanderin’ (3:28)
So Early in the Spring (3:29)
Old Riley (1:50)
On Top Of Old Smokey (2:52)
Erie Canal (3:09)
Red River Valley (2:55)
There’s A Hole In The Bucket (3:01)
Oh Mary Don’t You Weep (2:12)
Children Go Where I Send Thee (5:40)
Ruben Ranzo (2:19)
St. Clair’s Defeat (4:53)
Mary Had A Little Lamb (3:30)
Wade In The Water (3:07)
Greensleeves (5:13)
Molly Malone (3:42)
Pretty Polly (2:29)
Katie Morey (2:40)
Every Time I Feel The Spirit (2:42)
Perry’s Victory (2:37)
Whup Jamboree (2:40)
Housewife’s Lament (3:27)
Joy To The World (3:08)

This Little Light Of Mine (3:43)
House Carpenter (3:17)
The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry (3:13)
Glory Glory (2:42)
The Butcher’s Boy (2:54)
King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O (4:10)
The Coo Coo (2:45)
Sugar Baby (3:23)
Fair And Tender Ladies (2:56) – w/ Gene Clark
The Ballad Of The Boll Weevil (4:16) – w/ Barry McGuire
Old Blue (2:34)
O Come All Ye Faithful (4:15)
Away Rio (3:21)
Old Joe Clark (3:25)
Blow The Man Down (3:07)
Cripple Creek (2:00)
Come And Go With Me (2:55)
I Know Where I’m Going (2:30)
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (3:48)
Skip To My Lou (2:43)
Darlin’ Corey (2:57)
Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho (3:05)
500 Miles (3:39)
Go Tell It On The Mountain (3:19)
No Payday In Detroit (2:00)
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (3:27)
My Home Across The Smokey Mountains (3:38)
Old Plank Road (2:44)
Dry Bones (3:01)
A Roving (2:17)
Old Chisholm Trail (2:24)
When I First Came To This Land (2:44)
Drill Ye Tarriers (3:02)
I’ll Fly Away (3:39)
Frozen Logger (3:22)
Christmas Is Coming (2:10)
Take This Hammer (2:44)
Randy Dandy Oh (2:50)
She Never Will Marry (3:47)
Black Mt. Rag / Soldier’s Joy (1:59)
Big Rock Candy Mountain (2:49)
All The Pretty Little Horses (2:59)
I’m On My Way (2:14)
Whoa Back Buck (2:44)
Rolling Down To Old Maui (3:06)
Pay Me My Money Down (2:07)
The Bears Went Over The Mountain (2:04)
Back To Sea (2:44)

Barbara Allen (2:31)
Henry Martin (4:02)
Polly Vaughn (3:04)
The Squirrel (1:27)
To Welcome Poor Paddy Home (2:48)
Leave Her Johnny Leave Her (2:41)
Paul & Silas (2:20)
The Coast of Peru (2:43)
Bury Me Not On The Lone Prarie (5:14)
Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair (3:00)
The Cobbler (2:50)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (3:28)
Eddystone Light (1:52)
Titanic (2:31)
Paddy West (2:55)
Let My People Go (3:37)
Down In The Valley (2:39)
When Jones’s Ale Was New (2:58)
Jacob’s Dream (2:17)
Isn’t It Grand? (2:13)
Give Me Oil In My Lamp (2:38)
Darling Clementine (2:20)
Away With Rum (2:24)
We Three Kings (2:47)
John Hardy (3:14)
Banks Of Newfoundland (3:09)
The Moonshiner (1:46)
Swing Low Sweet Chariot (2:47)
Early One Morning (2:22)
We Are Crossing The Jordan River (3:41)
I’ve Been Working On The Railroad (1:47)
I Heard The Voice Of Jesus (2:35)
Jimmy Brown (3:11)
Swannanoa Tunnel (3:39)
She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain (2:01)
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (1:57)
The Month Of January (3:22)
Winter’s Almost Gone (3:41)
Engine 143 (3:44)
The Lazy Farmer Boy (2:42)
Take A Drink On Me (2:11)
Peg & Awl (2:11)
Hard Times Of Old England (2:45)
Tell Ole Gil (3:37)
Risselty Rosselty Now Now Now (1:48)
Henry Lee (3:56)
Little Moses (3:21)
The Cherry Tree Carol (4:20)

IRON BUTTERFLY Bonus Tracks & Rarities (1967-71) + Live At The Galaxy 1967 (2014) – UPGRADED!

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Some Actual Bonuses Would Have Helped…

Truth is… the sometimes-lumbering psych/metal monsters, Iron Butterfly, have only issued two bonus tracks across their seven album catalog. Three, if you count the 45 edit of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” found on the 1995 Deluxe Edition, and four if you count that reissue’s 18:51 “bonus” live version… which is, in reality, not a bonus at all, but from their 1970 live album, Live. At least they didn’t bullshit the Deluxe consumers… the back cover does state, “(Live Version),” which is “technically” accurate. So, in order to fill-out this non-existent bonus tracks idea, we’ve bolstered this post with four, poorly-ripped, non-LP 45s, a rare 8:20 edit of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” from the Manhunter soundtrack, bootleg live recordings of three 1967 compositions the band never officially recorded… and a few miscellaneous oddities. The 45 version of “Possession” is an earlier recording of the Heavy track, while “Evil Temptation” is an instrumental from 1968, but released only as a B-side in 1970. The vocal version of the tune is one of the three live tracks recorded at the Galaxy in LA, circa November, 1967 (with the original Butterfly line-up, see below). While the non-LP 45, “Silly Sally,” written by Mike Pinera, wound up being the band’s last gasp (before re-forming in 1975), and is unlike anything else in the group’s catalog. The lame 45 rips notwithstanding, the sonics here are inexplicably thin, even the official Ball CD bonus tracks – one of which, “To Be Alone,” sounds almost like a lost prog cousin to Jethro Tull’s A Passion Play… 4 years before JT released it. We’ve got most of the band’s catalog buried in a wormhole (HERE), including Heavy, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Ball, Live, Metamorphosis and the 2CD Rhino Handmade live set, Fillmore East 1968. Find all of our other (real) bonus track collections, HERE.

Iron Butterfly For Ban Roll On (1:02) Unreleased Commercial Advertisement, 1968
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Single Version) (2:54) In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Deluxe Edition), 1968/1995
Don’t Look Down On Me (Non-LP 45) (2:21) A-Side of “Possession,” 1968
Possession (Early Version) (Non-LP 45) (2:50) B-Side of “Don’t Look Down On Me,” 1968
I Can’t Help But Deceive You Little Girl (Bonus) (3:34) Non LP A-Side of “To Be Alone”/Ball (Expanded), 1969/1999
To Be Alone (Bonus) (3:05) Non LP B-Side of “I Can’t Help But Deceive You Little Girl”/Ball (Expanded), 1969/1999
Ball Radio Advertisement (1:05) Unreleased, 1969
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Live Version) (18:51) Live, 1970/In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Deluxe Edition), 1995
Evil Temptation (Instrumental) (Non-LP 45) (2:26) B-Side of “Possession,” 1970
Butterfly Bleu (Edit) (8:54) Original Version On Metamorphosis, 1970
Talkbox Solo From Butterfly Bleu (45 Edit) (3:51) B-Side of “Silly Sally” (European), 1970/1971
Silly Sally (Non-LP 45) (2:08) A-Side of “Stone Believer,” 1971
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Edit) (8:20) Manhunter (Original Soundtrack), 1986
It’s Up To You (2:58) Unrecorded Composition, Live At The Galaxy 1967
Gloomy Day To Remember (2:46) Unrecorded Composition, Live At The Galaxy 1967
(Got To Ignore) Evil Temptation (6:39) Unrecorded Vocal Version, Live At The Galaxy 1967

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The Galaxy Club, Los Angeles, CA 1967 (Bootleg 1967)
Raw… Sonically And Stylistically

UPGRADED ADDITION! Not long after we first posted a 1967 bootleg of Iron Butterfly at The Galaxy Club, Cleopatra Records turned around and reissued the set, using the exact same tapes (the track timing is identical) that have been floating around for decades, as Live At The Galaxy 1967. So the quality on the 2014 version is still pretty raw, but has been tweaked, so it’s a hair better than the boot. The music itself is surprisingly engaging. I usually can’t stand bootleg quality material, but hearing this early line-up of Iron Butterfly – Doug Ingle, Ron Bushy, Jerry Penrod, Danny Weis & Daryl DeLoach (yeah… ignore that bootleg’s cover photo) – is something of a revelation, as the band hadn’t yet become the heavy, bombastic Jurassic monsters they would soon evolve into – especially after Erik Braunn/Braunn/Braun and Lee Dorman joined the ranks, post-Heavy. Some of this stuff sounds like some garage-punk offspring of The Seeds, with a surprising amount of energy and freewheeling abandon (check out two versions of “Gentle As It May Seem,” below, to compare the two releases. The 2014 version is first). I’m not a Butthead, by any stretch, but I found this to be entertaining, despite the sonics. These songs would wind up on Heavy (1968) and Ball (1969), with 3 compositions (*) never finding an official release… until now. Get the 2014 release at Amazon, HERE.

Real Fright (2:38)
Possession (5:32)
Filled With Fear (4:47)
Fields Of Sun (3:32)
It’s Up To You (2:58)*
Gloomy Day To Remember (2:46)*
(Got To Ignore) Evil Temptation (6:39)*
So-Lo (4:03)
Gentle As It May Seem (4:04)
Lonely Boy (5:58)
Iron Butterfly Theme (7:07)
You Can’t Win (4:36)

THE SWIMMING POOL Q’s The Firing Squad For God (EP 1987) – UPGRADED!

The Firing Squad For God (1987)
The Roots Of The Q’s Wiry New Wave Blues

UPGRADED TO 320 (NOW at the proper speed).
I used to see these guys in the late 70s when they frequented long-gone Southern dives like the legendary Buffalo Roadhouse. They were a guaranteed riot on stage (in the early days) and The Firing Squad For God – a 12″ EP with 5 tracks of hellfire, new wave blues & Beefheartian weirdness (recorded between 1982 & 1987) – was a return to that early, manic form. The title track (hear it below) features thinly disguised audio tapes of famed Nixonian TV evangelist Robert Tilton… speaking in tongues (“If Newsweek calls, say I’m in a meetin‘”), while the lead guitar/harmonica duet near the end is from another planet. Angular guitars are all over the place, and some of the imagery is pure theatre. A 15 minute blast of The Q’s as a stripped down new wave/blues combo, echoing their debut 1979 single, “Rat Bait.” Find the band’s brilliant debut, The Deep End, in the archives (HERE), as well as the debut from The Supreme Court, featuring guitarist Glenn Phillips (Hampton Grease Band) and Q’s leader, Jeff Calder (HERE). Get The Firing Squad For God at Amazon, HERE. It’s vinyl-only, of course, as this EP has never been on CD.

The Firing Squad for God (4:25)
El Presidenté (1:46)
Working In The Nut Plant (4:41)
Hip-Hype (2:30)
Reprisidenté (1:58)

KID ROCK Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp (1996)
A Mega-Rare Favorite, Now Re-Upped w/ Artwork

Early MorningEarly Mornin‘ Stoned Pimp (1996)
Stupefyingly Good Self-Made Pre-Fame CD

Just like you, I pegged Kid Rock as a butt-lucky chump with a quick expiration date. White boy rap is bad enough, but Kid Rock can take the irritation to a whole new level.
That’s what I used to think. Turns out… the Kid is actually bona fide. Behind that shit-eating grin and those stoner-red slits is a driven SOB that not only survived two failed record deals (including one with Jive as early as 1990), but who fought his way back to self-release this 1996 CD, Early Mornin‘ Stoned Pimp. Ironically, most of his fans have never even heard it. It was printed in small quantities two years before his breakthrough, is way out-of-print and currently changes hands for collector’s prices. The title track is an R&B/rap throwback that eventually gets hijacked by piano & Hammond riffs that just flat-out groove, while Detroit Thang shows that Kid’s gang gets some of their inspiration from good, old-fashioned basement funk. You can’t help but note the live drums & samples and elements of street-level blues. Lyrically, it’s what you’d expect – lots of cock-talk about getting ripped, laid & paid. Plenty of Pimp is just over the top, as Rock raps like he’s already a star. Singing about “getting paid like Trump” while janitoring to pay studio fees is priceless. But the fact that Kid Rock – though sheer determination – managed to turn his pre-fame, wanna-be braggadocio into a cartoon-worthy reality is props you’ve gotta give him. TAKE THE KID ROCK CHALLENGE: Make it through both tunes below & you might gain a different perspective on Kid Rock. Get Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp at Amazon, HERE.

I Wanna Go Back
Live (featuring Esham)
Detroit Thang (featuring The Howling Diablos)
Ya Keep On
Shotgun Blast
Freestyle Rhyme
Classic Rock
My Name Is Rock
Where U At Rock
Krack Rocks (featuring Kracker)
The Prodigal Son Returns
Black Chic, White Guy

Season’s Greetings From Kim Jong-Un (2014)
The Totally Unofficial Soundtrack To The Interview.

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Something From A Very Different North Pole

Up for a hacking? A faux seasonal offering from the cold, cold North to celebrate the Christmas Day theater release of Seth Rogen & James Franco’s, The Interview – featuring the regimented, yet frighteningly endearing sounds of The Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea National Band And Chorus. A Torture-Fest for the rest of us. Spark a doob and sing along… NOW!

Victory Anthem For Comrades Franco And Rogen (a.k.a. Song Of General Kim Il Sung) (1:39)
Best Wishes Of Health (2:40)
I Love My Motherland (2:36)
Sunday Of The General (4:15)
DPR Of Korea Children’s Song I (2:32)
DPR Of Korea Children’s Song II (2:17)
DPR Of Korea Children’s Song III (2:48)
No Motherland Without You (2:25)
The Answer Of The Soldiers (3:04)
Raise Your Weapons To Wave To The Supreme Commander (2:03)

Enter The Wormhole #25 (Hey Joe)

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SIMON & GARFUNKEL Bonus Tracks & Rarities

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Outtakes, Oddities, Rarities And Live Stuff

Simon & Garfunkel we’re a high quality fusion of the more adventurous elements found in the work of both Dylan and The Beatles. After their humble, Everlys-styled beginnings, S&G staked their claim as literate folkies, boasting a distinctive, original voice in Paul Simon’s songwriting, before electricity brought them to the masses. Their musical innovation and commercial success culminated in one of the era’s better “concept” albums, Bookends, before the duo – in a last gasp act on equal artistic footing – reached monster/American Songbook status with “Bridge Over Trouble Water.” Those not familiar with Bookends’ adventurous production, which spawned “Fakin’ It (Mono) (Single Version),” should give another listen to the album’s close, acoustic micing technique some day (dominant on “Mrs. Robinson”). Their many hits from the airwaves came from only five LPs. Four, actually, when you consider that their debut, Wednesday Morning, 3AM, had no radio hits (its lack of success nearly killed the partnership). Since there aren’t that many albums in their catalog, it stands to reason there wouldn’t be that many bonus tracks and/or rarities. But, there are enough to fill a couple of discs worth, which we’ve collected here for another edition of our Bonus Tracks Series. Disc 1 is all of the studio recordings that have surfaced on recent box sets and reissues, including the duo’s 1975 reunion single, “My Little Town,” and “Citizen Of The Planet” – a song that originated with an aborted 1983 reunion attempt, before eventually morphing into Simon’s Hearts And Bones album. This version is a studio bonus track from the 2004 live collection, Old Friends – Live On Stage. We’ve also included the radically altered versions of Simon & Garfunkel’s material from The Graduate, which are neither bonus tracks or rarities, but are quite cool if you’ve never bothered to check them out (“Scarborough Fair/Canticle” is twice the length of the original). Disc 2, the live stuff, is actually a pretty rewarding listen, too, because while many of these tracks have been repeatedly scattered, ad nauseam, across various best-ofs & box sets (Simon And Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits, The Essential Simon & Garfunkel, Old Friends), as well as live reissues (Live From New York City 1967 & Live 1969, both HERE the archives), interestingly, the duo haven’t issued (either accidentally or purposely) the same composition twice, so you’re not forced to suffer through any song duplication here. If should be noted, however, that there are some discrepancies – even in S&G’s own liner notes – about the dates of some of the live tracks. Access all of our exclusive Bonus Track collections HERE, or click on a cover, below.

Bleecker Street (Demo) (2:46) - Wednesday Morning, 3AM, 1964
He Was My Brother (Alt. Take 1) (2:52) - Wednesday Morning, 3AM, 1964
Sun Is Burning (Alt. Take 12) (2:46) - Wednesday Morning, 3AM, 1964
Blues Run The Game (2:55) - Sounds Of Silence, 1965
Barbriallen (Demo) (4:06) - Sounds Of Silence, 1965
Rose Of Aberdeen (Demo) (2:03) - Sounds Of Silence, 1965
Roving Gambler (Demo) (3:04) - Sounds Of Silence, 1965
Patterns (Demo) (2:56) - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme, 1966
A Poem On The Underground Wall (Demo) (1:52) - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme, 1966
Fakin’ It (Mono) (Single Version) (3:12) - The Best Of Simon And Garfunkel, 1967
You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies (2:19) - Bookends, 1967
Old Friends (Demo) (2:11) - Bookends, 1967
Comfort And Joy (1:50) - Old Friends, 1967
Star Carol (1:46) - Old Friends, 1967
Mrs. Robinson (1:15) - The Graduate, 1968
Scarborough Fair/Canticle (Interlude) (1:42) - The Graduate, 1968
Scarborough Fair/Canticle (6:22) - The Graduate, 1968
The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine (1:46) - The Graduate, 1968
Whew (2:12) - The Graduate, 1968
Mrs. Robinson (1:13) - The Graduate, 1968
Feuilles-O (Demo) (1:45) - Bridge Over Troubled Water, 1970
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Demo Take 6) (4:46) - Bridge Over Troubled Water, 1970
My Little Town (3:52) - Old Friends, 1975
Citizen Of The Planet (3:14) - Old Friends, Live On Stage, 2004

Wednesday Morning, 3AM (Live) (2:45) - The Essential Simon & Garfunkel, 1967
Kathy’s Song (Live) (3:23) - The Essential Simon & Garfunkel, 1969
Sparrow (Live) (3:03) - The Essential Simon & Garfunkel, 1967
Leaves That Are Green (Live) (2:31) - The Essential Simon & Garfunkel, 1967
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her (Live) (2:26) - The Essential Simon & Garfunkel, 1969
A Poem On The Underground Wall (Live) (4:30) - Old Friends, 1967
Red Rubber Ball (Live) (2:29) - Old Friends, 1967
Blessed (Live) (3:40) - Old Friends, 1967
Anji (Live) (2:29) - Old Friends, 1967
A Church Is Burning (Live) (3:28) - Old Friends, 1967
Overs (Live) (3:05) - Old Friends, 1968
A Most Peculiar Man (Live) (2:35) - Old Friends, 1968
Bye Bye Love (Live) (2:44) - Old Friends, 1968
Hey Schoolgirl/Black Slacks (Live) (1:33) - Old Friends, 1969
That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine (Live) (3:26) - Old Friends, 1969
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) (Live) (1:50) - Simon And Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits, 1970
Homeward Bound (Live) (2:46) - Simon And Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits, 1970
America (Live) (3:40) - The Bridge School Concerts, Vol. One, 1993
The Sounds Of Silence (Live) (4:48) - The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts, Night 1, 2009
The Boxer (Live) (4:53) - The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts, Night 1, 2009
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Live) (5:23) - The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts, Night 1, 2009

CLICK THE COVERS for more exclusive collections… Elvis Costello (HERE), Jefferson Airplane (HERE), The Byrds (HERE), Spirit (HERE), The Ramones (HERE), Family (HERE), Warren Zevon (HERE), Mott The Hoople (HERE), Electric Light Orchestra (HERE), Pete Townshend (HERE), Procol Harum (HERE), The Doors (HERE and HERE), Janis Joplin (HERE), Creedence Clearwater Revival (HERE), Iron Butterfly (HERE), Tom Waits (HERE), David Bowie (HERE) & 10cc (HERE).
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FLO & EDDIE/THE TURTLES The History Of Flo & Eddie And The Turtles (1983) – Long Gone 3LP Set

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Essential Vinyl-Only 3LP Rarity

Never issued on CD, Rhino’s 1983 3LP collection, The History Of Flo & Eddie And The Turtles, is a fun collection of near-hits, misses, oddities and rarities… not to mention some excerpts from Mark Volman & Howard Kaylan’s beloved, and quite manic, 1970s radio show. The bulk of the material here comes from Flo & Eddie’s four albums for Reprise & Columbia, The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie (1972), Flo & Eddie (1974), Illegal, Immoral And Fattening (1975) and Moving Targets (1976), which have historically been treasured by fans, but largely ignored by the masses. This set kicks off with a 1963 high school recording of Mark and Howie’s class “Alma Mater,” before segueing into one of the early, regional surf hits they cut as The Crossfires (the group that would later morph into The Turtles). Rather than a cursory “best-of,” this set shuns many hits in favor of more esoteric Turtles material like “I Get Out Of Breath” (slated, but canned as a single), “We Ain’t Gonna Party No More” (from 1970’s Wooden Head) and live stuff from TV and radio (“Happy Together” comes from The BBC). There are also a few time capsule radio commercials for Battle Of The Bands, Pepsi Cola and Turtle Soup included. Sides 5 & 6 are sub-titled “The Flo & Eddie Show,” but, in reality, this is only a number of interview excerpts sandwiched between some of Flo & Eddie’s rarest studio material; including songs from the 1974 animated movie, Dirty Duck (“This Could Be The Day,” “Good Duck,” and “Livin’ In The Jungle”), and 1978’s Texas Detour (with their “Born To Run” rip/parody/homage, “The Big Showdown,” and “Getaway (Back To L.A.)”). The radio show excerpts are great fun – featuring Albert Brooks, Alice Cooper, Keith Moon, David Bowie, T-Rex, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Iggy Pop, members of ELO & The Move, Lou Reed and America – but their brevity only makes you pine for the lengthy original broadcasts that the two representative ‘medleys’ of the show’s cut-and-paste madness only hint at. Marc Bolan even performs an original Flo & Eddie theme song. I neglected to fawn over one of Flo & Eddie’s greatest recordings, a shoulda-been-a-‘big-hit-record’-if-there-ever-was-one, the Turtles-throwback, “Let Me Make Love To You.” Before you mention it, the back cover art (as well as some online sources) has sequencing errors, but the track listing below is correct. Thanks to Tom in Beacon for the 16 page booklet scans, which have now been added. We’ve got lots more from Flo & Eddie in the archives, including; Flo & Eddie (HERE), Illegal Immoral And Fattening and Moving Targets (both HERE), Live At The Roxy, 1976 (HERE), and from The Turtles; It Ain’t Me Babe (HERE), Turtle Soup, Wooden Head, Shell Shock and Chalon Road (all HERE), The Turtles Present The Battle Of The Bands (HERE) and Solid Zinc: The Turtles Anthology (HERE). Check the first few posts in Readers Links for Happy Together and You Baby/Let Me Be (HERE). For obsessives, there’s a Flo & Eddie track on the V/A Gumby collection (HERE). The History Of Flo & Eddie And The Turtles is @Amazon, HERE.

Side 1
THE CROSSFIRES Silver Bullet (2:07)
THE TURTLES I Get Out Of Breath (3:09)
THE TURTLES Outside Chance (2:05)
THE TURTLES Grim Reaper Of Love (2:33)
“Battle Of The Bands Radio Commercial” (0:57)
THE TURTLES Lady-O (2:47)
THE TURTLES Goodbye Surprise (2:51)
“Pepsi Cola Radio Commercial” (0:56)
THE TURTLES Turtles Medley: It Ain’t Me Babe/You Baby/She’d Rather Be With Me/Elenore (3:27)

Side 2
THE TURTLES Happy Together (Live) (2:47)
“Turtle Soup Radio Commercial” (0:54)
THE TURTLES There You Sit Lonely (3:37)
THE TURTLES We Ain’t Gonna Party No More (4:49)
FLO & EDDIE The Flo & Eddie Theme (0:56)
FLO & EDDIE Feel Older Now (4:19)
FLO & EDDIE Nikki Hoi (1:55)
FLO & EDDIE I’ve Been Born Again (3:42)

Side 3
FLO & EDDIE Best Part Of Breaking Up (3:55)
FLO & EDDIE Another Pop Star’s Life (3:40)
FLO & EDDIE Just Another Town (3:20)
“Wolfman Jack Interview” (0:31)
FLO & EDDIE Afterglow (3:14)
FLO & EDDIE You’re A Lady (2:37)
FLO & EDDIE Marmendy Hill (6:57)
“Swedish Introduction To Flo & Eddie” (0:21)

Side 4
FLO & EDDIE Illegal, Immoral And Fattening (3:09)
FLO & EDDIE Rebecca (2:40)
FLO & EDDIE Let Me Make Love To You (2:19)
FLO & EDDIE Mama, Open Up (4:06)
FLO & EDDIE Keep It Warm (4:10)
“German Introduction To Moving Targets” (0:26)
FLO & EDDIE Moving Targets (4:30)

Flo & Eddie By The Fireside Radio Theme (1:22)
Guest: Albert Brooks (1:58)
FLO & EDDIE The Big Showdown (2:30)
Guest: Alice Cooper (1:43)
FLO & EDDIE This Could Be The Day (2:41)
Guest: Keith Moon (2:01)
FLO & EDDIE Good Duck (3:40)
Guest: David Bowie (2:24)
Medley #1 (3:08)
Guests: Marc Bolan & Mickey Finn (2:33)
The Flo & Eddie Show (featuring Marc Bolan) (2:06)

Guest: Ringo Starr (3:06)
FLO & EDDIE Getaway (Back To L.A.) (3:23)
Guest: Iggy Pop (1:29)
FLO & EDDIE Livin’ In The Jungle (3:40)
Guest: Harry Nilsson (2:35)
FLO & EDDIE Youth In Asia (3:05)
Guests: Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan & Rick Price (2:22)
Medley #2 (3:01)
Guest: Lou Reed (1:48)
Closing Theme (featuring America) (1:38)

Mark Volman & Howard Kaylan comically explain their convoluted management history in this clip, “The Turtles’ Management Lecture.”

MOJO Presents… The Best Of 2014 (2014)

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Better late than never. Is this really the ‘best’ of 2014, or the best of what MOJO could get the licensing for? You be the judge. Besides… does it really matter if it’s free? Hit the archives to find all 153 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, HERE, dating back to 1997. See the complete list, HERE.

Beck Blue Moon (4:00)
Jack White
Lazaretto (3:38)
Robert Plant
Turn It Up (4:03)
Sharon Van Etten
Nothing Will Change (3:12)
Keep In The Dark (4:37)
Ty Segall
The Faker (4:05)
Steve Gunn
Milly’s Garden (5:31)
Sturgill Simpson
Turtles All The Way Down (3:06)
Julie Byrne
Holiday (2:36)
The War On Drugs
Under The Pressure (8:48)
Kasai Allstars
Yangye, The Evil Leopard (7:05)
Wild Beasts
Wanderlust (4:51)
Your Love Will Set You Free (5:45)
Sleaford Mods
I Keep Out Of It (3:00)
The Bug
Dirty (2:55)

The Warner Bros. “Loss Leaders” Series (1969-1980)

Depending On How You Count Them, 35 Essential Various Artist Collections From Another Time

We figured it was about time to pull together all of the incredible Warner Bros. Loss Leaders releases dating back to 1969 (and even a little earlier). For those who lived through the era, Warner Bros. Records was winning the sales of an entire generation by signing and supporting some of music’s most uniquely groundbreaking recording artists… during music’s most uniquely groundbreaking time. With an appealingly irreverent style (“targeted youth marketing,” it would be called today), WB was making lifelong fans of the kids who entered into the label’s vast catalog of artists via the Loss Leaders series – advertised on inner sleeves & brochures, and offering generous selections priced at $1 per LP, $2 for doubles and $3 for their sole 3LP release, Looney Tunes And Merrie Melodies. jan 12 70 - zapped - ny magAnd that was including postage. Yes… those were the days, but back then there were very few ways, outside of cut-out bins or a five-finger discount, to score bulk music as cheaply. Warners unashamedly admitted that their intentions were to sell more records, by introducing listeners to music they weren’t hearing on their radios, or finding in many of their (still weakly distributed) record stores. And it seemed to work… because the series continued until 1980, and the program issued approximately 35 titles, by our questionable count (detailed in later posts). But, the oldsters among us all fondly remember the multi-paged, gatefold sleeves and inviting artwork/packaging that beckoned from the inner sleeves of our favorite albums, not to mention the assorted rarities, b-sides and oddities that dotted many of the releases. No big deal in this age of bonus tracks and “complete” session reissues, but in the early 70s, this stuff was gold. What I’ve jan 4 1971 - looney tunes - ny maglearned listening to these releases again, is that they’re still a great source for hearing “new” artists… the ones that didn’t make the grade 35-45 years ago. So… over the next month, we’re going to be posting all of Warner’s Loss Leaders, which were never sold in stores (only mail-order) and never re-issued on CD (so, you will hear a few pops and crackles now and again) – along with the best artwork we could muster. We’ve also had some generous help from a few of our readers, including Rebecca, Narcosislabs and Slipperman, who took the time and trouble to rip and scan some of the Leaders from their collections to help us complete this series of posts.

SEPERATING THE LOSS LEADERS: Below is a list of everything we are calling Loss Leaders, with the caveat that there are a few titles that may be in dispute. There’s one promo release (Some Of Our Best Friends Are PRO290) which pre-dates the “official” series, and was simply given away before the Loss Leaders campaign even began. A few other titles are often seen online as being a part of the program, but almost all were promo LPs meant for radio or in-store play, not sold via mail order; titles like The Warner/Reprise Radio Show(s), Alternatives, New Music That Stays New, Burbank’s Greatest Hits, Gold Medal and a handful of others.nov 13 1972 -  burbank - ny mag Truth is, WB released hundreds of promo/compilation LPs back in the day. Some were for radio, others sold in stores, some are low-priced UK Loss Leaders with different covers and track listings. We are focusing on the US mail order variety and, to make the short list, we required some verification in the form of print ads or first hand knowledge… as opposed to online speculation. We’ll play it by ear and hope that more viable information surfaces to verify any questionable titles. Our first post, Some Of Our Best Friends Are (1968), helped to launch the series, even looking like future Loss Leaders, using the same design and format, though… it wasn’t advertised as being available via mail order. Two titles we won’t be posting, are the promo-only, never-sold to the public CDs Warners released that are Loss Leaders in name only; Loss Leaders Revisited (1995 PRO-CD-7955) and Loss Leaders 2 (1999 PRO-CD-9949). Many thanks to Rebecca and Slipperman for the advertisements that litter this post (click them for pop-up enlargements), and feel free to leave a comment with any thoughts, recollections or corrections. ALL ARE 2LP SETS UNLESS NOTED!


#03 1969 PRO351 – OCTOBER 10, 1969 (1LP) (HERE)
#04 1970 PRO358 – THE BIG BALL (HERE)
#05 1970 PRO359 – SCHLAGERS! (HERE)
#06 1970 PRO368 – ZAPPÉD (1LP) (Two Versions) (HERE)
#08 1971 PRO443 – NON-DAIRY CREAMER (1LP) (HERE)
#09 1971 PRO474 – HOT PLATTERS (HERE)
#10 1971 PRO486 – TOGETHER (1LP) (HERE)
#13 1972 PRO529 – BURBANK (HERE)
#15 1973 PRO569 – APPETIZERS (HERE)
#17 1974 PRO583 – HARD GOODS (HERE)
#18 1974 PRO588 – PEACHES (HERE)
#19 1974 PRO591 – DEEP EAR (HERE)
#20 1975 PRO596 – THE FORCE (HERE)
#21 1975 PRO604 – ALL MEAT (HERE)
#22 1975 PRO605 – PEACHES VOL. 2 (HERE)
#24 1975 PRO610 – THE WORKS (HERE)
#25 1976 PRO630 – SUPERGROUP (HERE)
#27 1977 PRO660 – COOK BOOK (HERE)
#28 1977 PRO691 – LIMO (HERE)
#30 1979 PRO-A-773 – PUMPING VINYL (HERE)
#31 1979 PRO-A-794 – A LA CARTE (HERE)
#32 1979 PRO-A-796 – MONSTERS (HERE)
#33 1980 PRO-A-828 – ECLIPSE (HERE)


With MANY thanks to our friends and readers, we’ve made a few changes to our original Loss Leaders posts. First and foremost, October 10, 1969 – which we categorically dismissed as being a real Loss Leader – has been upgraded. Thanks to Tom in Beacon, who pointed us to an advert in Rolling Stone magazine (November, 1969) that advertised the album for a buck… proving that it was not just a promotional LP, but was sold to the public via mail order just like the others in the series. As a result, we have a new, solo post for #3 October 10, 1969 (HERE). Additionally, thanks to the tenacity of a couple of our readers we are now convinced that the “Collage” version of #6 Zappéd (HERE) was, indeed, the first of the two versions of Zappéd to be issued. We’ve added new information to the post to illustrate why. As a result, we’ve had to re-number a couple of early posts, but all seems in order now… as best as we can tell, and until better information comes along. We appreciate all the help in trying to verify 45 year-old details that no one else in their right minds really cares about anymore. Any other corrections or updates? Just leave a comment.

We had a lot of help putting all this together, from readers with info to friends of this blog who made rips and scans from their own collections to help us complete these posts. Slipperman, narcoislabs and, especially Rebecca, who really went above and beyond by ripping and scanning numerous LL’s found here – as well as providing advertisements and last-minute, on-deadline, late night work to help us pull it all together. We can’t thank her (and everybody) enough.

It took while, but we finally finished poring through over 350 issues (almost 15 years) of Rolling Stone magazine to retrieve the numerous Leaders ads that ran over the years. In a few cases, helping to verify that some titles were, indeed, official entries in the series (October 10, 1969 & Music With 58 Musicians, Volume One). We’ve added links to the individual posts so you can see the print campaigns yourself. Interestingly, the debut Loss Leader, Songbook, originally sold for $1.98, while the two volumes of Peaches each cost $2.50. For those wanting a zip of the 40+ Rolling Stone ads we’ve gathered (plus others from New York Magazine, Billboard and Ebony – thanks again to Rebecca), you can DOWNLOAD THEM ALL HERE.

Tom in Beacon kindly put together a .PDF Song Index that includes all of the artists and titles found in the 35 Loss Leaders posted here. Many thanks, Tom. DOWNLOAD THE .PDF HERE.

Uncle Michael, who hosts Hinky Dinky Time on WFMU’s Give The Drummer Radio, put together a six-hour broadcast back in July featuring nothing but Loss Leaders music (and anecdotes) that you can listen to any time you’d like, HERE @ wfmu.org/playlists/hd/20140718

Here are two 1970 ads from Rolling Stone that show how other labels (Mercury, A&M) tried, but failed to follow up on, the lead set by Warners’ Loss Leaders concept. Click each for pop-up enlargements.
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According to a Billboard magazine news item about the Loss Leaders series, dated March 10, 1973, “14 Warner samplers during the past three years have averaged 80,000 unit sales apiece.” That’s all, folks!

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LOSS LEADERS #35: Troublemakers (1980)

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Admirably Sticking To The Concept’s 60s Premise To The Very End

It’s ironic that just as the Loss Leaders program was beginning to sound fresh once again (thanks to the late-70s D.I.Y. years), it was all coming to an end. Troublemakers is generally acknowledged as the series’ last, and it’s a fun musical time capsule. The set was compiled and annotated by Jim Bickhart, who successfully infused the spirit and vitality of the earliest Loss Leaders into this collection’s purposeful dedication to music’s newest movement (punk/new wave/indie), while adding lots of previously unreleased material. It’s one of the reasons so many fondly remember (and favor) Troublemakers to this day. The Urban Verbs (a group I must have ignored back in the day) are a blast, and Brian Briggs’ cover of Eddie Cochran’s “Nervous Breakdown” is a real treat. Pearl Harbour sounds a bit contrived these days, but Marianne Faithfull’s rendition of “Working Class Hero” is still far more chilling than John Lennon’s own. His lyrics somehow just ring truer coming from her. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Jonathan Richman’s Modern Lovers, but their two previously unreleased contributions here, produced by Kim Fowley, really hit the spot. And… there are plenty of other groundbreakers from the era, including Public Image Ltd., Devo (an outtake from Are We Not Men?), Wire and Gang Of Four – bands that WB were having a hard time getting radio programmers (and consumers) to even listen to, much less buy. WB Editorial Director Gene Sculatti reflected; “The bias against punk/new wave was formidable. I can only imagine what it was like for those guys to go to radio stations with those records – in the midst of media coverage focused on gobbing, anti-social bands — and ask for spins. Especially when the programmers (probably even more conservative in their tastes than the promo men) were used to WB reps coming in with the next Doobies/Rod Stewart/Marshall Tucker Band record that they knew their listeners would love.” It’s interesting, though, to contrast the new kids on the block with what some of what the old troublemakers were up to. John Cale is represented by a previously unreleased outtake from 1972’s The Academy In Peril, while Nico and Marianne Faithfull (newly statused as a ‘veteran’), were both into something markedly different by 1980…a lesson, perhaps, for the new crop, who would eventually get old themselves. An experience most of us got to witness in real time.

1980-7-24 TroublemakersThere are a few reasons the Loss Leaders series ceased to exist. The world’s oil wars of the 70s took its toll on vinyl costs, and the packaging became more expensive to produce. Further, the Independent/D.I.Y. crowd was making cheap music discoveries a major part of their own game plan. WB could have financially absorbed the costs to continue spearheading the movement they instigated in the 60s, but by the 1980s all of the labels were shifting their resources over to video (and MTV), as the freshest way of promoting new artists. It’s no coincidence that Troublemakers includes The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star,” which even Jeopardy contestants know was the first vid to air on MTV. Vinyl, as the industry was about to find out, was living on borrowed time. So, maybe it’s fitting that this set should begin and end with live excerpts from the doomed Sex Pistols’ final show in San Francisco (the city that also killed The Beatles), as Johnny Rotten asks (not-so-rhetorically, it turns out), “Why should I carry on?” BIG thanks to Slipperman for providing us with the top-notch rip and scans for this final entry. Check out the ad that ran in Rolling Stone in July, 1980, which uses the ‘Loss Leaders’ name for the first time since the early 70s. Find the vinyl at Amazon, HERE. Collect all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

Side 1
Sex Pistols Anarchy In The U.S.A. (Live) (3:52) (Previously Unreleased)
Urban Verbs
Subways (3:42)
Robin Lane And The Chartbusters
Don’t Wait Till Tomorrow (3:38)
Map Reference 41 N 93 W (3:40)
Marianne Faithfull
Working Class Hero (4:46)
John Cale
Temper (5:00) (Previously Unreleased)

Side 2
Urban Verbs The Only One Of You (4:56)
Gang Of Four
Damaged Goods (3:29)
I Should Have Known Better (3:54)
Modern Lovers
I’m Straight (4:22) (Previously Unreleased)
Social Fools (2:55) (Previously Unreleased In The US)
Public Image Ltd.
Public Image (3:02) (Previously Unreleased In The US)

Side 3
The Buggles Video Killed The Radio Star (3:27)
Pearl Harbor And The Explosions
You Got It (Release It) (2:31)
My Only Child (3:29)
Modern Lovers
Government Center (2:04) (Previously Unreleased)
Robin Lane And The Chartbusters
Kathy Lee (3:32)
Brian Briggs
Nervous Breakdown (3:48) (Pre-LP Single)

Side 4
Marianne Faithfull Broken English (4:41)
Pearl Harbor And The Explosions
Busy Little B Side (3:04)
The Buggles
Clean, Clean (3:56)
Gang Of Four
Anthrax (4:23)
Public Image Ltd.
Swan Lake (4:17)
Sex Pistols
No Fun (Excerpts) (4:42) (Previously Unreleased)
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LOSS LEADERS #34: Music With 58 Musicians, Volume One (1980)

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Celebrating WB’s Union With ECM Records

Surely the sore thumb, or odd man out, of the Loss Leaders series, Music With 58 Musicians, Volume One is a dedicated, label-centic release (like Zappéd, Peaches and Peaches Vol. 2), that celebrates Warner Bros. distribution deal with the esoteric, experimental jazz label, ECM Records. With only 14 lengthy tracks spread across two LPs (again, selling via mail order for the newly inflated price of $3) Music With 58 Musicians, Volume One may not be like the other rock, blues and folk-oriented entries in the series, but its adventurous musical selections are just as groundbreaking for those who like their jazz off the beaten path. Taking its name from the famed, 1978 release by Steve Reich (Music For 18 Musicians, an excerpt of which is included here), this ECM collection is a wonderfully varied listen, with selections from the Pat Metheny Group, Gary Burton & Chick Corea, Terje Rypdal, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, (mumbling) Keith Jarret, John Abercrombie & Ralph Towner, the great Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian and others. It’s not for everybody, of course. It’s not even for all jazzers, as ECM was as subtly subversive in the jazz idiom as Warners was in the transitioning rock world of the 60s. But, those who take the plunge will not be disappointed. It helps that this LP’s sound is gorgeous, too, with a million thanks to Rebecca who expertly ripped this from her own collection, along with scanning the artwork, so we could include this in the series at the very last minute. So… show some love. The liner notes state that a “further, specially-priced double album of extras from ECM productions projects” was coming soon, but (to the best of our knowledge) the Loss Leaders series came to an end with the next/last known $3 2LP release, Troublemakers, so no Volume Two materialized. View one of Music With 58 Musicians‘ four easy to miss mail order ads from Rolling Stone, HERE. Get a vinyl hard copy at Amazon, HERE. Find all of our Loss Leaders posts, HERE.

Side 1
Keith Jarrett and Belonging Country (4:59)
Old And New Dreams Lonely Woman (12:04)
Terje Rypdal Group Avskjed (5:40)

Side 2
Steve Reich and Musicians Excerpt From Music For 18 Musicians (6:34)
Codona Codona (6:09)
Gary Burton and Chick Corea Señor Mouse (6:14)
John Abercrombie and Ralph Towner Over And Gone (2:44)

Side 3
Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition Journey To The Twin Planet (8:41)
Paul Motian Trio Cabala/Drum Music (6:08)
Art Ensemble Of Chicago JA (8:37)

Side 4
Steve Kuhn/Sheila Jordan Band The Zoo (4:31)
John Abercrombie Quartet Nightlake (5:28)
Haden/Garbarek/Gismonti Magico (7:36)
Pat Metheny Group (Cross The) Heartland (6:48)
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