Thursday, September 4, 2014

$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



  1. Thanx so much! I have been searching for these now for a decade!

  2. Are these still available? I have an order form and it does not list any expiration date. What happens if I send it in with a check????