Inside the Warner/Reprise Loss Leaders

The 1969 Warner/Reprise Songbook
The 1969 Warner/Reprise Record Show
October 10, 1969
The Big Ball
Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies
Non-Dairy Creamer
Hot Platters
The Whole Burbank Catalog
Middle of the Road
The Days of Wine and Vinyl
All Singing - All Talking - All Rocking
Hard Goods
Deep Ear
The Force
All Meat
Peaches, Vol. 2
I Didn't Know They Still Made Records Like This
The Works
The People's Record
Cook Book
Collectus Interruptus
Pumping Vinyl
A La Carte
Loss Leaders Revisited

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(Warner Bros. PRO 331, 1969)
First of the series.

Wild Man Fischer:Songs for Sale
Jethro Tull: My Sunday Feeling
The Pentangle: Sweet Child
Van Morrison: Slim Slo Slider
Family: Second Generation Woman
Tom Northcott: Sunny Goodge Street
The Everly Brothers: T for Texas; Lord of the Manor
Van Dyke Parks: The All Golden; Music for a Datsun TV commercial
Sal Valentino: Alligator Man
The Beau Brummels: Deep Water
Randy Newman: Davy the Fat Boy
Tiny Tim: Mr Tim Laughs
The Mothers of Invention: The Voice of Cheese; Louie Louie; Our Bizarre Relationship; The Air
The Fugs: The Divine Toe; Grope Need; Tuli, Visited by the Ghost of Plotinus; Robinson Crusoe; The National Haiku Contest; Wide, Wide River
Arlo Guthrie: The Pause of Mr Claus
Sweetwater: Why Oh Why
Joni Mitchell: Nathan La Franeer
Eric Andersen: So Good to Be With You
The Electric Prunes: Finders Keepers
The Kinks: Picture Book
The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Red House
Miriam Makeba: I Shall Be Released

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Record Show


(PRO 336, 1969)
Subtitled "Son of Songbook".

Neil Young with Crazy Horse: Cinnamon Girl
The Grateful Dead: Doin' That Rag
Geoff & Maria Muldaur: All Bowed Down
The Everly Brothers: Empty Boxes
Doug Kershaw: Son of a Louisiana Man
David Blue: Atlanta Farewell
Arlo Guthrie: Every Hand in the Land
The Blue Velvet Band: Weary Blues from Waitin'
Theo Bikel: Piggies
Joni Mitchell: My American Skirt; The Fiddle and the Drum; Spoony's Wonderful Adventure
John Renbourn: Transfusion
Bert Jansch: Poison
The Pentangle: Once I Had a Sweetheart
Peter, Paul & Mary: Going to the Zoo
Sweetwater: Day Song
Louie Shelton: A Walk in the Country
Lorraine Ellison: Stay with Me
Van Dyke Parks: Music for Ice Capades TV commercials
Randy Newman: Yellow Man
Pearls Before Swine: These Things Too
Hamilton Camp: Star Spangled Bus
Ella Fitzgerald: The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game
The Fugs: Yodellin' Yippie
The Mothers of Invention: Electric Aunt Jemima
Jethro Tull: Fat Man
Mephistopheles: Take a Jet
The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Stone Free
The Kinks: Nothing to Say
Fats Domino: Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey

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October 10, 1969

OCTOBER 10, 1969

(PRO 351, 1969)
A single disc slipped into the mix while Warners was trying to decide if the doubles would sell. Notes by John Mendelsohn and WB's Pete Johnson. Details courtesy of Tom Smith; cover art courtesy of Drew Shomer.

Norman Greenbaum: Spirit in the Sky
Levitt & McClure: Reflections
Denny Brooks: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
Ruthann Friedman: People
The Kinks: Shangri-la
Frank Zappa: Peaches en Regalia
Fleetwood Mac: Rattlesnake Shake
Eric Andersen: Lie with Me
The Fifth Avenue Band: Fast Freight
The Mike Post Coalition: Bubble Gum Breakthrough

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Big Ball


(PRO 358, 1970)
First Loss Leader of the Seventies, and back to the two-disc format.

The Fifth Avenue Band: Nice Folks
John Sebastian: Red-Eye Express
The Beach Boys: This Whole World
Geoff & Maria Muldaur: New Orleans Hopscop Blues
Arlo Guthrie: Coming in to Los Angeles
Eric Andersen: I Was the Rebel, She Was the Cause
Norman Greenbaum: Jubilee
Savage Grace: Ivy
Van Morrison: Caravan
Fleetwood Mac: Oh Well (Parts 1 & 2)
The Pentangle: Sally Go Round the Roses
Jethro Tull: Nothing Is Easy
Small Faces: Flying
Family: No Mule's Fool
The Kinks: When I Turn Out the Living Room Light
The Everly Brothers: I'm on My Way Home Again
Tim Buckley: Happy Time
Joni Mitchell: Big Yellow Taxi
Neil Young: The Loner
Gordon Lightfoot: Approaching Lavender
Randy Newman: Mama Told Me Not to Come
James Taylor: Fire and Rain
Dion: Sit Down Old Friend
Ed Sanders: The Illiad
The GTO's: Kansas and the GTO's; The Captain's Fat Theresa Shoes; The Original GTO's
Captain Beefheart: Ella Guru
The Mothers of Invention: WPLJ
Wild Man Fischer: The Taster; The Story of the Taster
Pearls Before Swine: Footnote
The Grateful Dead: Turn On Your Love Light

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(PRO 359, 1970)
Showcasing some Warners tracks that might conceivably get MOR airplay.

Petula Clark: Fill the World with Love
The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band: Love Land
Peter, Paul & Mary: The Song Is Love
Ella Fitzgerald: I'll Never Fall in Love Again
Trini Lopez: Love Story
Glenn Yarbrough: Sunshine Fields of Love
The Vogues: P.S. I Love You
Theo Bikel: Urge for Goin'
Joni Mitchell: Chelsea Morning
Gordon Lightfoot: Pony Man
Miriam Makeba: For What It's Worth
Dion: You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover
The Everly Brothers: On My Way Home Again
Arlo Guthrie: Stealin'
Harpers Bizarre: Soft Soundin' Music
Frank Sinatra: Sabia
The San Sebastian Strings: Body Surfing with the Jet Set
Rod McKuen: Jean
Herbie Hancock: Fat Mama
The Association: Dubuque Blues
Vince Guaraldi: Alma-Ville
The Neon Philharmonic: Cowboy
The Fifth Avenue Band: Country Time Rhymes
Mason Williams: Cowboy Buckaroo
The Mike Post Coalition: Big Mouth Harp
Kenny Rogers and the First Edition: Reuben James
Randy Newman: Suzanne
Doug Kershaw: Diggy Diggy Lo

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(PRO 368, 1970)
A single disc featuring acts on Frank Zappa's Bizarre/Straight labels. Notes by John Mendelsohn.

Alice Cooper: Titanic Overture; Refrigerator Heaven
Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band: The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica); Old Fart at Play
Judy Henske & Jerry Yester: St Nicholas Hall
Tim Buckley: I Must Have Been Blind
Wild Man Fischer: Merry-Go-Round
Tim Dawe: Little Boy Blue
Lord Buckley: Governor Slugwell
Jeff Simmons: Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up
The Mothers of Invention: Holiday in Berlin, Full Blown
The GTO's: Do Me In Once and I'll Be Sad, Do Me In Twice and I'll Know Better (Circular Circulation)
Frank Zappa: Willie the Pimp

Note: This is the first release, with Zappa's Bizarre logo on the label; Warners later reissued it with a standard WB label and the same number, but different cover art and a few different tracks. (Our thanks to Keith Hanlon, your source on the Web for all things Judy Henske, for this revelation.)

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Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies


(PRO 423, 1970)
The only triple-disc set in the series; I don't have this one. Track listing is from a Warners inner sleeve. Thanks to Matt for the scan.

WB Radio Spots: It's the Plastic; Chip Dip
Faces: Real Good Time
Black Sabbath: Paranoid
Little Feat: Strawberry Flats
Hard Meat: Smile as You Go Under
Fleetwood Mac: Tell Me All the Things You Do
Jimi Hendrix: Stepping Stone
John Simon: The Elves' Song
Ry Cooder: Alimony
Randy Newman: Let's Burn Down the Cornfield
Gordon Lightfoot: Me and Bobby McGee
Jimmy Webb: P. F. Sloan
Performance: Harry Flowers
Little Richard: I Saw Her Standing There
The Grateful Dead: Sugar Magnolia
Van Morrison: Call Me up in Dreamland
The Kinks: Apeman
Arlo Guthrie: Valley to Pray
The Beach Boys: It's About Time
The Youngbloods: It's a Lovely Day
Jeffrey Cain: Houndog Turkey
Lovecraft: Love Has Come to Me
Sweetwater: Just for You
Captain Beefheart: Lick My Decals Off, Baby
The Mothers of Invention: Directly from My Heart to You
Alice Cooper: Return of the Spiders
Frank Zappa: Would You Go All the Way?
Beaver & Krause: Spaced; Sanctuary
Pearls Before Swine: The Jeweler
James Taylor: Lo and Behold
Harpers Bizarre: If We Ever Needed the Lord Before
Van Dyke Parks: On the Rolling Sea When Jesus Speaks to Me
The Persuasions: It's All Right
Turley Richards: I Heard the Voice of Jesus

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Non-Dairy Creamer


(PRO 443, 1971)
Another single disc.

Little Feat: Snakes on Everything
Rosebud: Panama
Peter Green: Hidden Depth
Curved Air: It Happened Today
Tony Joe White: Five Summers for Jimmy
John and Beverley Martyn: Primrose Hill
Ohio Knox: Pound or My Dog Dad for Robert Downey (a Prince)
Jeffrey Cain: Mr Governor
Zephyr: Going Back to Colorado
Ron Nagle: Family Style
Brownsville Station: Rumble

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Hot Platters


(PRO 474, 1971)
Cover designed to look like an old, beverage-stained menu.

Deep Purple: Strange Kind of Woman
John Baldry: It Ain't Easy
Labelle: Shades of Difference
Redeye: Beginning to End
T. Rex: Hot Love
Randy Newman: Last Night I Had a Dream
Jackie Lomax: Helluva Woman
Paul Stookey: Sebastian
Norman Greenbaum: Circulate
Ron Nagle: Marijuana Hell
Gordon Lightfoot: 10 Degrees and Getting Colder
The Beach Boys: Feel Flows
Fanny: Soul Child
The Kinks: Animals in the Zoo
The Stovall Sisters: Spirit in the Sky
Rosebud: Lullabye II (Summer Carol)
Ry Cooder: On a Monday
Big Mama Thornton: One More River
John D. Loudermilk: Tobacco Road
Beaver & Krause: Walkin' by the River
Ronnie Milsap: Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends
Mother Earth: Bring Me Home

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(PRO 486, 1971)
The last of the single-disc samplers.

Mary Travers: Circus
The Doobie Brothers: Slippery St Paul
Jackie Lomax: A Hundred Mountains
Stoneground: Rainy Day in June
Mother Earth: Temptation Took Control of Me and I Fell
Faces: Tell Everyone
Earth, Wind and Fire: Help Somebody
John Baldry: Let's Burn Down the Cornfield
Crazy Horse: Dirty, Dirty
Alice Cooper: Long Way to Go
T. Rex: Is It Love?

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Whole Burbank Catalog


(PRO 512, 1972)
First set to credit Barry Hansen (Dr Demento) for assemblage and annotation.

Radio Spot: Sgt Preston of the Yukon
Jerry Garcia: The Wheel
Arthur Alexander: It Hurts to Want It So Bad
Allen Toussaint: Fingers and Toes
Jackie Lomax: Lavender Dream
Daddy Cool: Eagle Rock
Radio Spot: Manhattan Merry-Go-Round
Faces: Memphis
Malo: Nena
Fleetwood Mac: Show Me a Smile
Jethro Tull: Sweet Dream
Alice Cooper: Be My Lover
Radio Spot: Inner Sanctum
T. Rex: Bang a Gong (Get It On)
Captain Beefheart: Click Clack
Halfnelson: Biology II
Seals & Crofts: Sudan Village
Todd Rundgren: A Long Time, a Long Way to Go
America: Sandman
Radio Spot: The Lone Ranger
Wendy Carlos: William Tell Overture
Little Jerry and the Monotones: Mad!
Ry Cooder: Money Honey
Bonnie Raitt: Big Road
William Truckaway: Bluegreens
Ramblin' Jack Elliott: Howdido
Kenny Young: Simple Joys
Arlo Guthrie: Ukulele Lady

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Middle of the Road


(PRO 525, 1972)
Just like it sounds.

Jennifer: In the Morning
Dion: Sunshine Lady
Rod McKuen: Friendly Sounds
Jesse Colin Young: It's a Lovely Day
Gordon Lightfoot: Second Cup of Coffee; Ode to Big Blue
James Taylor: Hey Mister, That's Me up on the Jukebox
Randy Newman: Political Science
John Stewart: An Account of Haley's Comet
Kenny Rogers and the First Edition: Calico Silver; Write Me Down (Don't Forget My Name)
John Sebastian: Give Us a Break
Fleetwood Mac: World in Harmony
Frank Sinatra: Love's Been Good to Me
Seals & Crofts: Paper Airplanes
Todd Rundgren: Dust in the Wind
The Beach Boys: Caroline No
America: I Need You
Mary Travers: It Will Come to You Again
T. Rex: Life's a Gas
Alex Taylor: Comin' Back to You
The Pentangle: When I Get Home
Peter Yarrow: Side Road
Tony Joe White: The Family
Dionne Warwick(e): If You Never Say Goodbye
Paul Stookey: Wedding Song (There Is Love)

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(PRO 529, 1972)
Cover "based on a theme".

Tower of Power: Down to the Nightclub
Curved Air: Phantasmagoria
Alice Cooper: Public Animal #9
Van Dyke Parks: G-Man Hoover
Arlo Guthrie: Voter Registration Rag
John Cale: Intro; Days of Steam
Labelle: Peace with Yourself
Fanny: Borrowed Time
T. Rex: Telegram Sam
Maxayn: Trying for Days
Foghat: Highway (Killing Me)
The Meters: Cabbage Alley
Jimi Hendrix: The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam's Dice
Mark Volman & Howard Kaylan: I Been Born Again
Beaver & Krause: Bluebird Canyon Stomp
Captain Beyond: Thousand Days of Yesterday (Times Since Come and Gone)
Bob Weir: Cassidy
John Fahey: Steamboat Gwine 'Round the Bend
Zephyr: Sunset Ride
John Baldry: You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover
Deep Purple: When a Blind Man Cries
Martin Mull: Ventriloquist Love
John Renbourn: Kokomo Blues
Matthew Ellis: Avalon
Geoff & Maria Muldaur: Kneein' Me

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Days of Wine & Vinyl


(PRO 540, 1972)
Pass the blush.

Tir Na Nog: Come and See the Show
Arlo Guthrie: The Ballad of Tricky Fred
Tim Buckley: Move with Me
Jesse Winchester: Isn't That So?
Arthur Conley: Rita
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band: Too Much Time
The Section: Doin' the Meatball
James Taylor: Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
America: Head and Heart
Mickey Hart: Blind John
Dion: Sea Gull
The Incredible String Band: My Father Was a Lighthouse Keeper
Bonnie Raitt: Too Long at the Fair
Alexis Korner and Snape: Country Shoes
Steeleye Span: Spotted Cow
Jethro Tull: Living in the Past
Dick Heckstall-Smith: Future Song
Harpers Bizarre: Poly High
Sparks: Moon Over Kentucky
The Youngbloods: Speedo
Bobby Charles: Small Town Talk
Memphis Slim: You're the One
David Bowie: Can't Help Thinking About Me
Roxy Music: Virginia Plain
Norman Greenbaum: The Day the Well Went Dry
John Hartford: Bye-Bye

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(PRO 569, 1973)
For no good reason, my favorite of the series.

Little Feat: Dixie Chicken
Arlo Guthrie: Lovesick Blues
Bert Jansch: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Linda Lewis: Rock-a-Doodle-Doo
Paul Butterfield: Baby Please Don't Go
Seals & Crofts: Jessica
Van Morrison: Warm Love
Faces: Borstal Boys
Todd Rundgren: Is It My Name?
Fanny: All Mine
Alice Cooper: Billion Dollar Babies
John Cale: Paris 1919
Procol Harum: Toujours l'Amour
The Incredible String Band: Second Fiddle
Steeleye Span: Misty Moisty Morning
The Doobie Brothers: Dark Eyed Cajun Woman
Wet Willie: Airport
T. Rex: Born to Boogie
Deep Purple: I'm Alone
Lorraine Ellison: Many Rivers to Cross
Martin Mull: Licks off of Records
William Truckaway: Roller Derby Starr
Flo & Eddie: Another Pop Star's Life
Seatrain: Bloodshot Eyes
The Beach Boys: Susie Cincinnati
Foghat: What a Shame

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(PRO 573, 1973)
Features sound bites from Warner Bros. movies.

Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton: Excerpt from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Chip Taylor: (I Want) The Real Thing
Jimmy Cliff: On My Life
Maria Muldaur: Don't You Feel My Leg (Don't You Make Me High)
Strider: Higher and Higher
Bonnie Raitt: Let Me In
Humphrey Bogart & Alfonso Bedoya: Excerpt from Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Allman Brothers Band: Ramblin' Man
JSD Band: Cuckoo
Three Man Army: Take a Look at the Light
Jethro Tull: Inside
James Dean: Excerpt from Rebel Without a Cause
Back Door: Plantaganet
The Mothers: I'm the Slime
The Section: Bullet Train
Robin Trower: Twice Removed from Yesterday
The Marshall Tucker Band: Hillbilly Band
The Sopwith Camel: Dancin' Wizard
Kathy Dalton: Long Gone Charlie, Hit and Run
Bugs Bunny & Barbra Streisand: Excerpt from What's Up, Doc?
Uriah Heep: Seven Stars
America: Muskrat Love
Martin Mull: Santa Doesn't Cop Out on Dope
James Cagney: Excerpt from Yankee Doodle Dandy
Gene Parsons: Monument
The Doobie Brothers: Natural Thing
Bedlam: Sweet Sister Mary
Wendy Waldman: Gringo en Mexico
Jesse Colin Young: Evenin'
Tim Buckley: Sally Go 'Round the Roses
Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart & Dooley Wilson: Excerpt from Casablanca
Peter Yarrow: Wayfaring Stranger

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Hard Goods


(PRO 583, 1974)
Artist photos and extra pages were eliminated as an economy measure, but the price held.

Graham Central Station: We've Been Waiting; Can You Handle It?
Montrose: Good Rockin' Tonight
The Doobie Brothers: Pursuit on 53rd Street
Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes: Sweet Revenge
The Talbot Brothers: Trail of Tears
Foghat: That'll Be the Day
Van Morrison: Ain't Nothin' You Can Do
Chunky, Novi & Ernie: Atlantic Liner
Deep Purple: "A" 200
Frank Zappa: Cosmik Debris
Todd Rundgren: Heavy Metal Kids
Bob Seger: UMC (Upper Middle Class)
Kiss: Strutter
Steeleye Span: Thomas the Rhymer
The Marshall Tucker Band: Another Cruel Love
Osibisa: Take Your Trouble - Go
Gregg Allman: Please Call Home
Neil Young with Graham Nash: War Song
Denver, Boise & Johnson: The '68 Nixon (This Year's Model)
Alan Price: In Times Like These
Seals & Crofts: Dance by the Light of the Moon
Terry Melcher: Dr Horowitz
Leo Sayer: The Show Must Go On
The Beach Boys: Vegetables
Robin Trower: About to Begin
Dooley Wilson: As Time Goes By

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(PRO 588, 1974)
A compilation of tracks from the Georgia-based Capricorn label, then distributed by Warners. Notes by Mike Hyland. Details courtesy of Tom Smith; cover art courtesy of Drew Shomer.

Richard Betts: Highway Call
Wet Willie: Lucy Was in Trouble
Elvin Bishop: Let It Flow
Johnny Darrell: Orange Blossom Special
Percy Sledge: Walkin' in the Sun
Maxayn: Moonfunk
The Marshall Tucker Band: Blue Ridge Mountain Sky
Boyer & Talton: Houston
Johnny Jenkins: Voodoo in You
The Allman Brothers Band: Come and Go Blues
Bobby Thompson: Foxfire
Captain Beyond: Sufficiently Breathless
Gregg Allman: Dreams
Larry Henley: I'll Come Running Back to You
Grinderswitch: Catch a Train
James Montgomery Band: I'm Funky But I'm Clean
White Witch: Black Widow Lover
Hydra: Glitter Queen
Duke Williams and the Extremes: God Bless All the Girls in the World
Kenny O'Dell: I Take It in Home
Kitty Wells: I've Been Loving You Too Long
Arthur Conley: Stop Knocking
Chris Christman: Apron Strings
Duane Allman: Happily Married Man

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Deep Ear


(PRO 591, 1974)
I will not deign to describe the cover of this one.

Good Rats: Back to My Music
James Taylor: Rock 'n' Roll Is Music Now
Jimmy Cliff: Music Maker
Richard Betts: Rain
Jesse Winchester: Wake Me
Elvin Bishop: Travelin' Shoes
Doug Sahm: Groover's Paradise
Little Feat: Spanish Moon
Maria Muldaur: Do I Care
Adam Faith: I Believe in Love
Ry Cooder: Tattler
Lorraine Ellison: Walk Around Heaven
Wendy Waldman: My Love Is All I Know
Frankie Miller: Brickyard Blues
America: Tin Man
Arlo Guthrie: Me and My Goose
Randy Newman: Rollin'
Van Dyke Parks: Come to the Sunshine
Jesse Colin Young: Light Shine
Browning Bryant: This Is My Day
Ashton and Lord: We're Gonna Make It
Bonnie Raitt: What Is Success
The Peter Peter Ivers Band: Alpha Centauri
John Hartford: Boogie
The Meters: Jungle Man
Wet Willie: Keep On Smilin'

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The Force


(PRO 596, 1975)
No, not you, Obi-Wan. This is two years before Star Wars, anyway.

Leo Sayer: Long Tall Glasses
Jethro Tull: Bungle in the Jungle
Kenny Rankin: In the Name of Love
Fleetwood Mac: Silver Heels
Percy Sledge: I'll Be Your Everything
Graham Central Station: Feel the Need
Trapeze: Turn It On
Foghat: Rock & Roll Outlaw
Montrose: I Got the Fire
Utopia: Freedom Fighters
Brave Belt: Goodbye, Soul Shy
Deep Purple: Stormbringer
The Marshall Tucker Band: This Ol' Cowboy
John Sebastian: Wild About My Lovin'
Debbie Dawn: Hands
Maria Muldaur: It Ain't the Meat, It's the Motion
Jan & Dean: Laurel & Hardy
Mike McGear: Norton
The Doobie Brothers: Black Water
Ron Wood: I Can Feel the Fire
Tower of Power: Only So Much Oil in the Ground
Gregg Allman: Double Cross
Van Morrison: Comfort You

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All Meat


(PRO 604, 1975)
"Not a speck of cereal," insists Frank Zappa.

The Doobie Brothers: Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me)
James Taylor: I Was a Fool to Care
Faces with Rod Stewart: You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything
Wendy Waldman: Wings
Nilsson & Cher: A Love Like Yours
Curtis Mayfield: So in Love
Elvin Bishop: Juke Joint Jump
John Hammond: Can't Beat the Kid
Emmylou Harris: Bluebird Wine
Grinderswitch: Let the South Wind Blow
Wet Willie: Dixie Rock
Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen: That's What I Like about the South
Allen Toussaint: Country John
Gary Wright: Dream Weaver
The Beau Brummels: Singing Cowboy
Peter Yarrow: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime
Geoff Muldaur: Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
John Renton: Monday Morning
Martin Mull: Show Me Yours (I'll Show You Mine)
Jesse Colin Young: Motorhome
Hirth Martinez: Comin' Round the Moon
Todd Rundgren: Eastern Intrigue
Labelle: Won't Get Fooled Again
Jimi Hendrix: Captain Coconut

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Peaches, Vol. 2


(PRO 605, 1975)
A second collection from Capricorn Records, which I haven't seen; Keith McCary sent the cover art, for which we thank him.

Elvin Bishop: Sure Feels Good
Wet Willie: Ain't He a Mess
Bobby Whitlock: Free and Easy (Way of Lovin' You)
Gregg Allman: Are You Lonely for Me Baby
John Hammond: It's Groovin' Time
Travis Wammack: (Shu-Doo-Pa-Poo-Poop) Love Being Your Fool
The Allman Brothers Band: Nevertheless
Hydra: The Pistol
Fallenrock: Love's a Game
Percy Sledge: I Believe in You
Marcia Waldorf: You Don't Have to Beg for What You're Man Enough to Steal
Grinderswitch: Drifter
Razzy Bailey: Peanut Butter
Kitty Wells: Anybody Out There Want to Be a Daddy
Johnny Wright: Wild, Passionate Lover
Kenny O'Dell: My Honky Tonk Ways
Johnny Darrell: Pieces of My Life
The Marshall Tucker Band: Fire on the Mountain
Martin Mull: Do the Dog
Cowboy: Where Can You Go?
Bonnie Bramlett: Since I Met You Baby
Blue Jug: Hard Luck Jimmy
Richard Betts: Highway Call (what, again?)

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I didn't know...


(PRO 608, 1975)
Back to the middle of the road.

Seals & Crofts: I'll Play for You
Bonnie Raitt: You Got to Be Ready for Love (If You Wanna Be Mine)
Leo Sayer: One Man Band
Dionne Warwick: Then Came You
Van Morrison: Moondance
Fleetwood Mac: Rhiannon
James Taylor: How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
Marcia Waldorf: The Rhythm of the South
Arlo Guthrie: The City of New Orleans
Randy Newman: Birmingham
Cher: Geronimo's Cadillac
Emmylou Harris: If I Could Only Win Your Love
Chris Ducey: Hula Rocka Hula
Joni Mitchell: Carey
Randy Newman: Mama Told Me Not to Come (live)
John Sebastian: Singing the Blues
Maria Muldaur: Oh Papa
Kenny Rankin: Silver Morning
Waldo de los Rios: Beethoven - Symphony No 7 in A Major, 2nd Movement
San Sebastian Strings: Declaration; Atlas
Gordon Lightfoot: Rainy Day People
Gregg Allman: These Days
Rex Allen, Jr: I Can See Clearly Now
Wendy Waldman: Spring Is Here
Jesse Colin Young: Songbird
Rod McKuen: They're Playing Our Song

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The Works


(PRO 610, 1975)
Advertised as "The First Industrial-Strength Record Album".

Rod Stewart: Stone Cold Sober
Foghat: Fool for the City
Jimmy Cliff: If I Follow My Mind
Montrose: Dancin' Feet
Tower of Power: On the Serious Side
Van Dyke Parks: Clang of the Yankee Reaper
Fleetwood Mac: World Turning
Al Jarreau: We Got By
Bonnie Raitt: What Do You Want the Boy to Do
Ray Wylie Hubbard & the Cowboy Twinkies: Jazzbo Dancer
David Sanborn: It Took a Long Time
Graham Central Station: Water
The Meters: Fire on the Bayou
Leo Sayer: Moonlighting
Little Feat: One Love Stand
Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen: Roll Your Own
Richard Pryor: Cocaine
Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart: Debra Kadabra
Ronee Blakley: American Beauty
Leon Redbone: Desert Blues (Big Chief Buffalo Nickel)
Chris Ducey: Seeds
Black Sabbath: Supertzar
Utopia: Something's Coming
The Beach Boys: Child of Winter

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(PRO 630, 1976)
The title appears nowhere on the jacket, and is not emphasized in the liner notes.

Jorge Calderón: City Music
William D. Smith: Take Your Pick (Do Your Trick)
Jesse Colin Young: Have You Seen My Baby
The Four Seasons: Silver Star
Elvin Bishop: Struttin' My Stuff
Bellamy Brothers: Let Your Love Flow
George Benson: Breezin'
First Choice: Are You Ready for Me?
Bootsy's Rubber Band: Physical Love
Miroslav Vitous: Synthesizers Dance
Todd Rundgren: Happenings Ten Years Time Ago
The Doobie Brothers: Rio
Michael Franks: Monkey See - Monkey Do
Seals & Crofts: Get Closer
Maria Muldaur: Back by Fall
John Sebastian: Welcome Back
Leon & Mary Russell: Quiet Nights
Pat Martino: Starbright
Roger Cook: Beautiful Memories
Phil Cody: Bogie
Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Sweet Georgia Brown
Emmylou Harris: Ooh Las Vegas
Slade: All the World Is a Stage

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People's Record


(PRO 645, 1976)
How now, brown Mao?

James Taylor: Shower the People
Gordon Lightfoot: I'd Do It Again
Dion: Runaway Man
The Beach Boys: Back Home
Arlo Guthrie: Patriots' Dream
Mike Finnigan: Saved by the Grace of Your Love
Fleetwood Mac: Over My Head
Peter Ivers: In Pursuit of Treasure
Tiger: Suzy Slicker
Alice Cooper: Go to Hell
Graham Central Station: Save Me
Philip Catherine: We'll Find a Way
Nazareth: I Will Not Be Led
Lamont Dozier: Right There
Little Feat: All That You Dream
George Benson: This Masquerade
Al Jarreau: Hold On Me
Rod Stewart: The Killing of Georgie (Parts I and II)
Billy Joe Shaver: Texas Uphere Tennessee
Leon Redbone: Polly Wolly Doodle
Michael Franks: Popsicle Toes
Rex Allen, Jr: Crying in the Rain
Bonnie Bramlett: You Send Me
Ray Stevens: Om
Tom Ranier: Goin' Home

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Cook Book


(PRO 660, 1977)
Focusing on Warners' black acts; notes by Gene Sculatti and Bob Merlis.

Charles Wright and the 103rd Street Rhythm Band: Express Yourself
The Meters: Trick Bag
Jimmy Cliff: Struggling Man
Graham Central Station: Love Covers a Multitude of Sin
Dionne Warwick: Once You Hit the Road
George Benson: Nature Boy
Candi Staton: Run to Me
The Staples: Love Me, Love Me, Love Me
Curtis Mayfield: Only You Babe
The Doobie Brothers: Takin' It to the Streets
Bootsy's Rubber Band: Rubber Duckie
Funkadelic: Comin' Round the Mountain
Ashford & Simpson: Tried, Tested and Found True
Banks & Hampton: Loving You
Crackin': Take Me to the Bridge
Randy Crawford: Don't Let Me Down
Roy Redmond: Good Day Sunshine
New Birth: The Long and Winding Road
Undisputed Truth: You + Me = Love
Paul Kelly: (Loving You) Ain't Nothing Better
Tony Wilson: I Like Your Style
Al Jarreau: Somebody's Watching You
Lamont Dozier: It's the Same Old Song
Mystique: What Would the World Be Without Music

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(PRO 691, 1977)
After which Dr. Demento takes some time off.

Ry Cooder: Alimony
Sanford and Townsend: Moolah Moo Mazuma (Sin City Wahh-oo)
Jonathan Cain Band: Windy City Breakdown
Bonnie Raitt: Runaway
Little Feat: Red Streamliner
Van Morrison: Flamingos Fly
Leo Sayer: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
Al Jarreau: Better than Anything
Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Walking Song
Danny O'Keefe: The Runaway
Eddie Hazel: California Dreamin'
Fleetwood Mac: Dreams
Mylon LeFevre: Goodbye Miss Sadness
Chunky, Novi & Ernie: Didn't Wanna Hurtcha for Another Guy
Jesse Winchester: Nothing But a Breeze
Wendy Waldman: Living Is Good
Jesse Colin Young: Higher & Higher
Deaf School: What a Way to End It All
The Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band: Aloha ka Manini
Henhouse Five Plus Too: In the Mood
Hirth Martinez: Nothin' Iz New
Emmylou Harris: She
Gary Wright: Phantom Writer
Attitudes: In a Stranger's Arms
Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes: Call of the Wild
The Doobie Brothers: You're Made That Way
Rod Stewart: Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)

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Collectus Interruptus


(PRO A-726, 1978)
"Twenty-Six Earbinding Songs of Unique Delight, Derring Do, Heartbreak, Scandal and Lurid Sensation". Notes by Steven X. Rea.

Allen Toussaint: Night People
John Handy: Go for Yourself
Ashford & Simpson: Don't Cost You Nothing
Prince: Soft and Wet
Etta James: Deep in the Night
Seals & Crofts: Sunrise
David Sanborn: Solo
Dan Hicks: Cloud My Sunny Mood
George Benson: Down Here on the Ground
Renaissance: Northern Lights
Ronnie Montrose: Mandolinia
Gary Wright: Sky Eyes
Deodato: Chariot of the Gods
Ambrosia: Life Beyond L.A.
Van Halen: Runnin' with the Devil
Sex Pistols: God Save the Queen (version from Never Mind the Bollocks)
Bootsy's Rubber Band: Bootzilla
Manfred Mann's Earth Band: Davy's on the Road Again
Leo Sayer: Something Fine
Shaun Cassidy: Teen Dream
Ramones: Rockaway Beach
Wendy Waldman: Strange Company
Gordon Lightfoot: The Circle Is Small
Randy Newman: Sigmund Freud's Impersonation of Albert Einstein in America
The Band & Emmylou Harris: Evangeline
Ry Cooder: We Shall Be Happy

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Pumping Vinyl


(PRO A-773, 1979)
The Doctor is back for another sampler.

Nicolette Larson: Come Early Mornin'
Rodney Crowell: Voilà, an American Dream
Michael Franks: Wrestle a Live Nude Girl
Rose Royce: Love Don't Live Here Anymore
The Staples: Showdown
Thin Lizzy: Jailbreak (live)
Funkadelic: Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?
Larry Graham and Graham Central Station: It's the Engine in Me
Larry Carlton: Nite Crawler
Third World: Now That We Found Love
Fortune: Forget About Tomorrow
Van Morrison: Natalia
Lonette McKee: Maybe There Are Reasons
Donna Fargo: Sweet Sexy Guy
Flora Purim: I Just Don't Know
Carlene Carter: Never Together but Close Sometimes
Willie Hutch: Paradise
Todd Rundgren: Fade Away
Devo: Mongoloid
The Pirates: Shake Hands with the Devil
Jimmy Cliff: Bongo Man
Leon Russell: Elvis and Marilyn
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band: Love Lies
Bruce Cockburn: Laughter
Arlo Guthrie: (Last Night I Had the) Strangest Dream

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a la Carte


(PRO A-794, 1979)
Another eatery, this one presumably farther upscale. Assembled by Sequins Ink: Nina Franklin, Linda York, Ellen Pelissero.

St. Paradise: Jackie
Jr. Walker: Wishing on a Star
Con Hunley: Since I Fell For You
Candi Staton: When You Wake Up Tomorrow
Adam Mitchell: The French Waltz
Robert Palmer: Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)
Bellamy Brothers: If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me
Gibson Brothers: Cuba
Danny O'Keefe: On the Wheel of Love
The Sanford/Townsend Band: Shady Grove
Climax Blues Band: Fallen in Love (For the Very Last Time)
Duncan Browne: The Wild Places
Madleen Kane: Forbidden Love
Runner: Sooner Than Later
Roger Voudouris: Does Our Love (Depend on the Night)
Nytro: Nytro Express
The B-52's: Rock Lobster
Mavis Staples: Tonight I Feel Like Dancing
Emmylou Harris: Save the Last Dance for Me
Maria Muldaur: Love Is Everything
Bootsy's Rubber Band: Jam Fan

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(PRO A-796, 1979)
I have yet to snag a copy of this, but a kindred spirit, seeing my plight, duly provided all the information you could want. Once again, Dr. Demento assembled the set.

Rickie Lee Jones: Danny's All-Star Joint
The Doobie Brothers: Here to Love You
Osiris: What's the Use?
Ashford & Simpson: It Seems to Hang On
George Benson: Livin' Inside Your Love
Lowell George: Can't Stand the Rain
Randy Crawford: I Stand Accused
George Harrison: Not Guilty
Bob Marley and the Wailers: Stir It Up
Gary Wright: Love's Awake Inside
Kate & Anna McGarrigle: NaCl
Van Halen: Dance the Night Away
Mary Russell: Heart of Fire
Inner Circle: Everything is Great
Chaka Khan: Sleep On It
Gino Soccio: Dance to Dance
American Standard Band: Got What It Takes
Wornell Jones: Lay It on the Line
Tin Huey: Hump Day
Alice Cooper: From the Inside
Michael Franks: Underneath the Apple Tree
The Roches: We

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(PRO 828, 1980)
First of the new decade, and a new price: 2 LPs for $3. Jim Bickhart takes over as annotator.

Leo Sayer: When the Money Runs Out
Tom Johnston: Outlaw
Lauren Wood: Where Did I Get These Tears
Vapour Trails: True Love
Danny Douma: Carnival Boy
Van Morrison: Troubadours
Roy Wood: Dancin' at the Rainbow's End
The Korgis: If I Had You
Ramones: I Want You Around
Alda Reserve: Whiter Than White
Talking Heads: Drugs
Monty Python: Excerpts from Life of Brian
Randy Newman: It's Money That I Love
Nicolette Larson: Isn't It Always Love
Ry Cooder: Little Sister
The Beau Brummels: One Too Many Mornings
Carlene Carter: Radio Sweetheart
Bonnie Raitt: You're Gonna Get What's Coming
Sly and the Family Stone: Remember Who You Are
Funkadelic: Field Maneuvers
Little Feat: Down on the Farm
The Dukes: Who's Gonna Tell You
Bob Marley and the Wailers: Wake Up and Live

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(PRO A-857, 1980)
First called to my attention by Al at Suburban Voice 'zine, this is as punk as Burbank would get.

Sex Pistols: Anarchy In The U.S.A.; No Fun (live)
Urban Verbs: Subways; The Only One of You
Robin Lane and the Chartbusters: Don't Wait Till Tomorrow; Kathy Lee
Wire: Map Reference 41°N 93°W; I Should have Known Better
Marianne Faithfull: Working Class Hero; Broken English
John Cale: Temper
Gang of Four: Damaged Goods; Anthrax
Modern Lovers: I'm Straight; Government Center
Devo: Social Fools
Public Image Ltd: Public Image; Swan Lake
Buggles: Video Killed the Radio Star; Clean, Clean
Pearl Harbour and the Explosions: You Got It (Release It); Busy Little B Side
Nico: My Only Child
Brian Briggs: Nervous Breakdown

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Loss Leaders Revisited


(PRO-CD-7955, 1995)
A limited-edition CD (3500 copies) with retro cool; not properly a Loss Leader, since it was given away, but it caps the series with panache. Details courtesy of Mike Clarson.

Cornershop: Wog
You Am I: We're Desperate
Cibo Matto: Birthday Cake
Goo Goo Dolls: I Wanna Destroy You
The Flaming Lips: Placebo Headwound
Shane MacGowan: Cracklin' Rosie
Son Volt: Drown
Balloon Guy: Burnout Trouble
Mr. Bungle: Desert Search for Techno Allah
Suddenly, Tammy!: Whole Lotta Girl
Soul Coughing: Sugar Free Jazz
T. J. Kirk: Teo Take 1
Deftones: 7 Words
Chance the Gardener: Boise
The Flaming Lips/Nick Cave: What a Wonderful World

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Updated 28 April 2007


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