The people who control the people who write the words around here feel that albums with bare backs are nothing short of scandalous, never mind what's going on (or coming off) in the fashion world and indeed in our very own secretarial pool. We didn't even argue too much this time, loath as we are to fabricating liner notes, since this is, after all, a collection of brand new works by generally brand new artists (we'll explain our way out of the exceptions as we come to them). Introductions are in order and the introductions need some kind of an introduction themselves, which is what this section of text is supposed to be. If you're wondering about the name of this collection (i.e., Non-Dairy Creamer), it was chosen because it forms an acronym for NeoDromaCyclamate (unsaturated), the stuff we use in the office to sweeten our coffee without making us fat. One of the guys who works here came up with the idea of creating some kind of a tricky title whose inner meaning would be known only to the most knowledgeable of the cognoscenti, so that's what we did. At least so I was told (I actually didn't figure it out by myself, either, so don't feel bad). All of which detouring would seem by now to have furnished enough ado to make any further unnecessary. Let us begin our rounds of the shiny new faces by shaking the paws of our first introducees.
Snakes on Everything
(By Bill Payne. Time: 3:04)
From Little Feat, Warner Bros. album 1090, produced by Russ Titelman.
Release date: November, 1970.
Little Feat is a toothsome bevy of lead guitarist Lowell George, bassist Roy Estrada, keyboard ace Bill Payne and drummer Richard Hayward. George and Estrada are hard-bit veterans of the Mothers of Invention. Hayward earned his wings with the Fraternity of Man. Payne, on the other hand, was born in Waco, Texas. Ed Ward of Rolling Stone said, "The music sounds like the Band taken one step further" when he heard their first single. Their debut album, Little Feat, takes a couple of more steps sideways and further and emerges from the process loose, hard, gutty and strong.
(By Henske-Yester. Time: 3:02)
From Rosebud, Reprise album 6426, produced by Jerry Yester.
Release date: [missing, ed.]
Rosebud is a firm of veteran ace singer-musicians. Judy Henske gained fame as a great lady folk singer whose comic routines were legitimately funny a few years back. She kind of dropped out of the business in the cause of wifehood but is now pleasantly rematerializing with the person who caused her disappearance, husband Jerry Yester. He is, in turn, brother of the Association's Jim Yester and a former member of the Modem Folk Quartet and the Lovin' Spoonful. John Seiter is known not to say much and, in the past, to have worn a big black hat with a feather stuck in it. He was once the drummer for Spanky And Our Gang and is the brother of Jim Seiter, the Byrds' road manager. Craig Doerge, for his part, is a keyboard mainstay of the Los Angeles recording session scene. He also sings. This is their first recording all together.
(By Peter Green. Time: 4:58)
From The End Of The Game, Reprise album 6436, produced by Peter Green.
Release date: January, 1971.
Peter Green was the focus of Fleetwood Mac for its first few years, but aggregations became untenable for him in 1970 and he left to sort himself out and forge a solo career (Fleetwood Mac swiftly sorted themselves out and evolved into a now kind of group, just as strong but very different). This is the beginning of that solo career, an excerpt from a very relaxed and improvisational album -The End Of The Game- in which Mr. Green is assisted by pianist Zoot Money, percussionist Godfrey Maclean, pianist/ organist Nick Buck and bassist Alex Dmochowski. History? Peter Green was born in Bethnal Green, England, October 29, 1946, began forming groups while still in school and set out on the great road to self-sufficience firstly as a butcher and secondly as a remover of scratches and bumps from furniture. He continued to play guitar in his off-hours, though, and finally hit the big time as a replacement for Eric Clapton with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. After a year with Mayall, he formed Fleetwood Mac.
It Happened Today
(By F. Monkman and S. K. Linwood. Time: 4:55)
From Air Conditioning, Warner Bros. album 1903, produced by Mark Edwards for Lymark Productions.
Release date: January, 1971.
Curved Air comes via the Warner/ Reprise English office, which became completely unglued when they heard this eclectic quintet. So unglued that they gave them bushels of money, outfitted them with transparent instruments and loaded them into their very own free bus. The elements of Curved Air are singer-guitarist-lyricist Sonja Kristina, electric violinist-singer Darryl Way, lead guitarist-keyboardist-electronicist Francis Monkman, bassist Ian Eyre and percussionist Florian Pilkington-Miksa. The name comes from the Lufthansa flight brochure, to wit: "Airplanes can only fly by means of curved air. Without curved air, nobody can fly. Curved air surrounds the world."
Five Summers For Jimmy
(By Tony Joe White. Time: 3:44)
From Tony Joe White, Warner Bros. album 1900, produced by Peter Asher.
Release date: January, 1071.
Tony Joe White is no newcomer to recording circles. He formerly waxed big for another company, Monument, where he had a smash with Polk Salad Annie and created a couple of slightly smaller successes. Tony Joe is a fledgling with Warner Bros., however, which is how we justify his presence here. He is earthy and ruddy and rangy, brown-eyed, black-haired, the youngest of seven children and a seven-year veteran of the Southern night club circuit, born July 23, 1943, in Oak Grove, Louisiana. You probably also know that he wrote Brook Benton's Rainy Night In Georgia and Dusty Springfield's Willie And Laura Mae Jones. His debut album for Warner Bros. Records, Tony Joe White, was produced by Peter Asher, who has also endeared himself to us through his work with James Taylor.
(By Beverley Martyn. Time: 2:53)
From The Road To Ruin, Warner Bros. album 1882, produced by Joe Boyd.
Release date: February, 1971.
John and Beverley Martyn are husband and wife. Each was an outstanding bachelor singer in his/ her native England prior to their marital and spiritual union in 1969. Now they are an outstanding duo with two beautiful albums to their credit: Stormbringer (WS 1854) and The Road To Ruin. Despite the fact that they are on their second Warner Bros. album now, we are pretending the Martyns are new artists because they remain woefully underexposed, as we're sure you'll agree when you hear Primrose Hill. John Martyn was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1949.1 By the time he was 17, he had established himself as a bona fide folk singer-guitarist. The next year, he moved south to London and proceeded to carve out a respectable reputation, replete with two solo albums on the Island label. Beverley hails from Coventry in England, a place of skyscrapers, plastic and chrome shopping centers and huge car factories. Upon finding that she could sing, she joined a jug band and worked extensively in British folk clubs. Then she met John and our little story ends where it began.
1 No and No. Born New Malden, Surrey, 11 September 1948.
Pound Or My Dog Dad For Robert Downey (A Prince)
(By Peter Gallway. Time: 3:00)
From Ohio Knox: Reprise album 6435, produced by John Haeny and Peter Gallway.
Release dale: February, 1971.
Ohio Knox features Peter Gallway, who once was the stellar attraction of a neat group called the Fifth Avenue Band, who made good music on Reprise way back in 19 ought 69 but somehow never got heard much beyond the acoustic radius of our lizard-covered company walls. When fame eluded them, the Fifth Avenue Band went the way of the Andrews Sisters and the Impalas, leaving our Mr. Gallway humming memorable tunes off by himself for awhile. But not for long. In the midst of 1970, we started getting postcards from people who had seen Peter Gallway in the company of other musicians -Paul Harris (keyboards), Ray Neapolitan (bass), and Dallas Taylor (drums), to be exact- in a remote part of Los Angeles known as The Farm. Ohio Knox they called themselves, we were told, and next thing we knew they were strolling through our vinyl encrusted doors with a shiny new album named after their new collective identity. Peter was born May 19, 1947, in a place called Long Island.
(By Jeffrey Cain. Time: 2:38)
From For You, Warner Bros. album 1880, produced by Rick Turner.
Release date: October. 1970.
Jeffrey Cain met us through the Youngbloods, on whose Raccoon Records label (distributed by Warner Bros.) his fine first album appears. "I was conceived about the time the first atom bomb was dropped in Hiroshima," said Jeffrey to his official biographer. "I was born on the first day of June, 1946, in Washington, D.C." He began singing in church choirs at age 7 and wrote his first song at age 17. "I wrote songs off and on," he recalls, "Just to communicate my feelings as a layman in the world. At about 15 I became an avid blues freak. I went from Bach to Robert Johnson. I started hanging around the Connecticut Avenue Tavern. I'm the youngest cat ever to be served a beer there. I got into all kinds of country music. I also dug musicals and Leonard Bernstein. Now I'm into playing back porch music and front parlor music. I like both of them."
Going Back to Colorado
(By T. Bolin, J. Tesar and Candy Givens. Time: 2:48)
From Going Back To Colorado, Warner Bros. album 1897, produced by Edwin H. Kramer.
Release date: January, 1971.
Zephyr hails from Colorado, where they have conjured up a rabid and rampant following with their potent personal appearances. The quintet is not quite fresh born -an album on ABC preceded their affiliation with Warner Bros.- but Zephyr is new to us nonetheless and Going Back To Colorado is the title track of the group's first WB album. The components of Zephyr are David Givens, Bobby Berge, Tommy Bolin, Candy Givens and John Faris on bass, drums, guitars, vocals and keyboards, respectively, more or less (the latter modifier is inserted since the members also double on other instruments, but the list gets pretty hairy and hard to read in its completeness).
(By Ron Naqle. Time: 2:40)
From Bad Rice, Warner Bros. album 1902, produced by Jack Nitzsche.
Release date: February, 1971.
Ron Nagle was born and raised in San Francisco, where he still lives and where he played rock and roll piano with the Mystery Trend, one of the three original San Francisco groups (along with the Charlatans and the Great Society). He also sustained an illustrious career as an artist; for the past several years he has taught ceramics at the University of California. His songwriting started about 1965, alter the long series of rock bands (including one called Fast Bucks in which the guitarist was John Blakely, now with Stoneground). He's primarily a lyricist, or so he believes, but enjoys raucous rock. A long admirer of Jack Nitzsche, Nagle was introduced to Jack by San Francisco entrepreneur Tom Donahue, and it came to pass that Nitzsche produced Nagle's first Warner album, Bad Rice.
(By Wray-Grant. Time: 3:07)
From Brownsville Station, Warner Bros. album 1888, produced by Hideout Productions.
Release date: October, 1970.
Brownsville Station, whose virtuoso interpretation of Link Wray and the Wraymen's classic Rumble rounds out our record, so to speak, is a Detroit quartet specializing in good time rock and roll. If you wanted to call the members of Brownsville Station by their given names, it would be appropriate to yell, "Hey, Tim, Cubby, Mike and Tony!" Their respective last names are Cronley, Koda, Lutz and Driggins and their respective main duties are drums, lead guitar, lead vocals and bass. For their coming-out on Warner Bros., the lads revived some standards on the order of Rockin' Robin, Roadrunner and Hello, Mary Lou and created some future memory makers such as Do The Bosco and Cadillac Express.
[Front inner sleeve text]
The Beach Boys (Brother Records)
Captain Beefheart (Straight Records)
Sammy Davis Jr.
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
The Fifth Avenue Band
Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
Wild Man Fisher (Bizarre Records)
The GTO's (Straight Records)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Mothers of Invention (Bizarre Records)
Geoff and Maria Muldaur
Pearls Before Swine
Frank Zappa (Bizarre Records)
Tim Buckley (Straight Records)
Alice Cooper (Straight Records)
The Everly Brothers
The Grateful Dead
The Ides of March
Antonio Carlos Jobim
The Neon Philharmonic
Van Dyke Parks
Peter, Paul and Mary
The San Sebastian Strings
Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
[Back inner sleeve text]
The Warner/Reprise Loss Leaders
Peter, Paul and Mary, Jimi Hendrix, The Association, Neil Young, James Taylor, Jethro Tull, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Frank Sinatra, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, The Everly Brothers, Norman Greenbaum, Arlo Guthrie, Rod McKuen, Joni Mitchell, John Sebastian, The Grateful Dead. We could go on and on...
These Warner/ Reprise specials are full stereo albums in deluxe packaging. The double albums ($2 for two records) average about 28 selections apiece, each of them filled with the best of the artists' works, plus some extra collector's items (like unreleased singles, even an Ice Capades commercial by our Van Dyke Parks).
You can't buy these albums in a store; they are available only by mail, for the ridiculously low price of $2 for the doubles, $1 for 'Zappéd'.
We can get away with that low price because these celebrated artists and this benevolent record company have all agreed not to make a profit on this venture. We (and they) feel it's more important that these samples of musical joy be heard.
If you're as suspicious of big record companies as we feel you have every right to be, we avert your qualms with the following High Truths:
• This is new stuff, NOT old tracks dredged out of our Dead Dogs files. If our Accounting Department were running this company, they'd charge you $9.96 for each double album. But they're not. Yet.
• We are not 100 per cent benevolent. It's our fervent hope that you, Dear Consumer, will be encouraged to pick up more of what you hear on these special albums at regular retail prices.
• That you haven't heard much of this material we hold obvious. Over 8000 new albums glut the market (and airwaves) each year. Some of our Best Stuff has to get overlooked. Or underheard. Underbought. Thus, we're trying to get right to you Phonograph Lovers, bypassing the middle men.
• Each album is divinely packaged, having been designed at no little expense by our latently talented Art Department.
THE WORDS OF WARNING: Warner/ Reprise put out all kinds of albums, but only one kind of inner sleeve (this one). For those of you who have serious reservations about Youth, Artistic License, and Hard Rock, we recommend you stick to our 'Schlagers!' epic. We suggest this mostly because we hate getting nasty letters.
As we mentioned earlier, these albums are not available in any store. If you want them (indeed, how can you resist?) you have to fill out the coupon and send it off, with your loot, to Loss Leaders, Room 215, Warner/ Reprise Records, Burbank, Calif. 91505.
THE BIG BALL
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 Into 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
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 Iliad
GTO's: Kansas and the B.T.O.'s
GTO's: The Captain's Fat Theresa Shoes
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART: Ella Guru
GTO's: The Original GTO's
THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: W.P.L.J.
WILD MAN FISHER: The Taster And The Story Of The Taster
PEARLS BEFORE SWINE: Footnote
THE GRATEFUL DEAD: Turn On Your Love Light
PETULA CLARK: Fill The World With Love
CHARLES WRIGHT and 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: I'm On My Way Home Again
ARLO GUTHRIE: Stealin'
HARPERS BIZARRE: Soft Soundin' Music
FRANK SINATRA: Sabiá
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 & THE FIRST EDITION: Reuben James
RANDY NEWMAN: My Old Kentucky Home
DOUG KERSHAW: Diggy Diggy Lo
WILD MAN FISCHER: Songs For Sale
JETHRO TULL: My Sunday Feeling
THE PENTANGLE: Sweet Child
VAN MORRISON: Slim Slow Slider
FAMILY: Second Generation Woman
NEIL YOUNG: I've Been Waiting For You
TOM NORTHCOTT: Sunny Goodge Street
WILD MAN FISCHER: Songs for Sale
THE EVERLY BROTHERS: T For Texas
THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Lord Of The Manor
VAN DYKE PARKS: The All Golden
VAN DYKE PARKS: Music For 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/ The Mothers Play 'Louie Louie' At The Royal Albert Hall In London/ Our Bizarre Relationship
THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: The Air
THE FUGS: The Divine Toe (Part I)/ Grope Need (Part I)/ Tuli, Visited By The Ghost of Plotinus/ More Grope Need (Grope Need-Part II)/ Robinson Crusoe/ The National Haiku Contest/ The Divine Toe (Part II)
THE FUGS: 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
JIMI HENDRIX: Red House
MIRIAM MAKEBA: I Shall Be Released
WILD MAN FISCHER: Songs For Sale
1 No idea why they put Wildman Fisher on three sides with the same song.
NEIL YOUNG: 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
JONI MITCHELL: The Fiddle And The Drum
JOHN RENBOURN: Transfusion
BERT JANSCH: Poison
THE PENTANGLE: Once I Had A Sweetheart
JONI MITCHELL: Spoony's Wonderful Adventure
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
ALICE COOPER: Titanic Overture
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND: The Blimp
JUDY HENSKE & JERRY YESTER: St. Nicholas Hall
TIM BUCKLEY: I Must Have Been Blind
WILD MAN FISCHER: Merry-Go-Round (This Is Wild Man's Theme Song, Sort Of)
ALICE COOPER: Refrigerator Heaven
TIM DAWE: Little Boy Blue
LORD BUCKLEY: Governor Slugwell
JEFF SIMMONS: Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND: Old Fart At Play
THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: Holiday In Berlin, Full Blown
GIRLS TOGETHER OUTRAGEOUSLY: 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