"ALTERNATIVES" is a Warner Brothers sampler LP that was NOT part of the "Loss Leaders" series. It was officially released to retail in 1970 but my copy is a white label promo.
The liner notes say it best:
This is an album called ALTERNATIVES, the moniker our mammoth Title Department came up with after they were told to name an album of well-known, culturally significant and occasionally danceable non-hits of undeniable musical merit.
Jimi’s “Purple Haze” is followed by Neil’s “Cinnamon Girl” kicking the album off with a bang. The usual Warner cohorts are here from James Taylor to Van Morrison and The Grateful Dead to Arlo Guthrie. A few nice surprises include The Mothers and The Faces, who were still referred to in the U.S. as “Small Faces” when their debut “First Step” was released in 1970.
Deep cuts by each artist make this more than a ‘greatest hits’ collection.
THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: Purple Haze
NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE: Cinnamon Girl
JAMES TAYLOR: Suite for 20G
GRATEFUL DEAD: New Speedway Boogie
JOHN SEBASTIAN: Rainbows All Over Your Blues
THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: Directly from My Heart [to You]
GORDON LIGHTFOOT: Minstrel of the Dawn
ARLO GUTHRIE: Creole Belle
JETHRO TULL: Reasons for Waiting
JONI MITCHELL: Woodstock
SMALL FACES: Around the Plynth
TIM BUCKLEY: Happy Time
GRAHAM BOND: Neighbor Neighbor
VAN MORRISON: Into the Mystic