Thursday, September 4, 2014


This classic Dick Clark vinyl radio program from August, 1988 features the “best music ever” and that description is damn near right. This 4 hour spectacular features a spotlight on my favorite band, PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS, including interviews with Paul Revere and singer Mark Lindsay. Dick Clark was responsible for making the Raiders stars by signing them up to his “Where The Action Is” TV show and they reminisce together and play all the great RAIDERS hits. You will also hear music and interviews with ELTON JOHN, BEE GEES, DONOVAN, CHUCK BERRY, THE TEMPTATIONS, BOBBY RYDELL (with the original version of “Kissin’ Time,” later covered by KISS) and many more from the 50’s to the 70’s.
Plus, there are great commercials and jingles throughout including a few different J.C. Penney spots that I would bet hard-earned money that it’s Mark Lindsay himself, singing and doing the voiceover (first one is 7 minutes into Side 2 on Hour 1). Lindsay was very successful as a radio jingle singer after his Raider career and these examples are the latest that I’ve found for my vinyl collection. Also, The Rascals (or at least Felix Cavaliere) do “Good Lovin’” for Dr. Pepper and James Ingram for Maxwell House!

Hour 1
Hour 2
Hour 3
Hour 4

$2 Warner/Reprise Promo LPs

By popular demand--originally published on my blog in 2010, these are brand-new needledrops of these classic WB DJ albums available via Dropbox.
Starting with this release in 1969, Warner Brothers Records had the genius idea of “Loss Leaders” albums which were promotional 2 LP sets that were only available through the mail and for only $2. What you got was a double concept album of various new releases on the WB label and their subsidiaries which served as a sampler of sounds and also a way to introduce listeners to new artists on the label’s roster.

The liner notes inside the gatefold cover say it so much better:

“WHAT WE HAVE HERE, to be out front about it, are some of our favorite records by 23 of the artists currently recording for Warner Bros.-Seven Arts and Reprise Records. We have put this double album together not only for our enjoyment-since it includes worthy singles that never made it commercially as well as tracks from current albums, music by Van Dyke Parks for a Datsun television commercial, and as yet unreleased cuts by Jimi Hendrix and The Electric Prunes—but hopefully to win new friends for some very creative people.

The Sinatras, the Dean Martins, the Pet Clarks have their own songbooks. This one is for those of you who may never have heard of Van Morrison but remember “Brown Eyed Girl.” Who are interested to know that Jethro Tull and The Pentangle are both outselling Sammy Davis Jr. Who dig The Mothers of Invention and are wondering what Frank Zappa is up to now.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know, about the artists represented here or, for that matter, any of the talent on the Warner/Reprise labels, we invite you to write directly to our Creative Services department, at 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California 91503. Or, if you prefer, pick up the phone and call us—Stan Cornyn, Hal Halverstadt, or Don Schmitzerle—at (213) 843-5115.”

What strikes me is the impressive list of diverse artists on all of these LPs with nothing in common except they were all artists making GOOD music. The reality that the music business of that time is dead and will never be like this again is sad and disappointing. Can you imagine a major label these days giving out their telephone number of the Creative Services department to people who spent $2 on one of their samplers? And will there EVER be TRULY GREAT music again from REAL artists signed by a label who just wants them to MAKE MUSIC? Is there ANY music out there these days that you would EVER CARE ENOUGH to pick up the phone and make a call to a record label for more info about one of their artists? NEVER will there be a major record label like Warner Brothers of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. Hell, soon there might not even be any major record labels at all.

These “Loss Leaders” LPs really are COOL albums that have the perfect amount of familiar and unfamiliar. I mean, you get lots of Zappa, The Everly Brothers, Beach Boys, The Kinks, Neil Young along with rare b-sides, unreleased tracks and things I’ve always wanted to hear like Van Dyke Parks, Family, Tiny Tim and all in a psychedelic radio style with deluxe gatefold covers and booklets full of information. The GTO’s even pose for the cover photos on the first one!

I’ve collected a bunch of them and I’m posting the first 2 releases here in their entirety because I thought you might enjoy listening to them too.

The 1969 Warner/Reprise Songbook LP 1
The 1969 Warner/Reprise Songbook LP 2

Songs For Sale - Wild Man Fischer
My Sunday Feeling - Jethro Tull
Sweet Child – Pentangle
Slim Slow Slider - Van Morrison
Second Generation Woman – Family
I've Been Waiting For You - Neil Young
Sunny Goodge Street - Tom Northcott
T For Texas - Everly Brothers
Lord of the Manor - Everly Brothers
The All Golden - Van Dyke Parks
Music For Datsun TV Commercial - Van Dyke Parks
Alligator Man - Sal Valentino
Deep Water - Beau Brummels
Davy the Fat Boy - Randy Newman
Mr. Tim Laughs - Tiny Tim
The Voice of Cheese-The Mothers Play Louie Louie at the Royal Albert Hall In London-Our Bizarre Relationship - Mothers of Invention
The Air - Mothers of Invention
The Divine Toe (Part 1)-Grope Need (Part 1)-Tuli, Visited By the Ghost of Plotinus-More Grope Need (Grope Need Part II- Robinson Crusoe-The Natural Haiku Contest-The Divine Toe (Part II) – Fugs
Wide, Wide River – Fugs
The Pause of Mr. Claus - Arlo Guthrie
Why Oh Why – Sweetwater
Nathan La Franeer - Joni Mitchell
So Good To Be With You - Eric Andersen
Finders Keepers - Electric Prunes
Picture Book – Kinks
Red House - Jimi Hendrix
I Shall Be Released - Miriam Makeba

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


Another CASEY KASEM Special AT40 February 14, 1981 COMPLETE!

Another LP set I have in my collection features Casey's American Top 40 from February 14, 1981. Interesting to think that John Lennon was murdered less than 2 months before this (and his chart positions reflect this). Even though it’s not as good as the 1974 countdown, it’s a fun listen and another tribute to a great voice of our time.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


I found this awesome 1974 American Top 40 3LP box set at the local thrift store a while back. Every song on the countdown is great and it shows how music was melodic, diverse, soulful and so much better back then. I decided to post it on my blog to prove that theory true and also to pay a tribute to the great Casey Kasem. I always tuned into American Top 40 on my radio and his TV show, America’s Top 10 was a highly anticipated weekly view on Saturday afternoons while growing up. Rock on Casey!

Oh yeah, on a technical note, the vinyl isn’t perfect and I think in the 2 hour plus countdown, there are 2 skips. Also, shortly after the first minute, there’s a sudden drop in the volume during the Three Degrees “When Will I See You Again” (which is #40 that week). This is how it is on the actual vinyl (these shows were quickly prepared and pressed each week). But fear not, either turn it up or wait for it to come back up naturally, which it does.

It fits nicely on 2 CDs so you can download and burn if you want. Enjoy the top 40 songs of October 19, 1974!!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New LINKS for THE VINYL SHELF (MP3 downloads)

HELLO 'VINYL SHELF' LISTENERS! Here are some links for the past 3 Deep Nuggets radio broadcasts (all three 2014 episodes so far). Some of the best shows yet, if I may say so myself. ENJOY! **NEW** ALL 45's EPISODE 36 Hour #1 Original Broadcast Date: January 21, 2014 **NEW** ALL 45's EPISODE 36 Hour #2 Original Broadcast Date: January 21, 2014 EPISODE 35 Hour #1 Original Broadcast Date: January 14, 2014 EPISODE 35 Hour #2 Original Broadcast Date: January 14, 2014 EPISODE 34 Hour #1 Original Broadcast Date: January 7, 2014 EPISODE 34 Hour #2 Original Broadcast Date: January 7, 2014