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The 1969 Warner / Reprise Record Show

or Son Of Songbook

Various Artists

Initial release : 1969

Warner Brothers PRO 336

A Warner Brothers/Reprise double LP loss leader sampler that includes one track, an abridged version of Doin' That Rag from Aoxomoxoa.

Tracks / Musicians

The tracks and performers on this compilation are as follows.

Side 1 - 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
Side 2 - 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
Side 3 - 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
Side 4 - 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
Doin' That Rag is taken from the Grateful Dead LP Aoxomoxoa. At the time of the recording of this LP the Grateful Dead comprised;
  • Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Mickey Hart - percussion
  • Bill Kreutzmann - percussion
  • Tom Constanten - keyboards
  • Ron McKernan - organ, harmonica, vocals
Supporting Musicians were;
  • John Dawson (Marmaduke)
  • David Nelson
  • Peter Grant
  • Wendy
  • Debbie
  • Mouse
Notes

This was the second of the Warner/Reprise 'Record Show' compilations. The first was called Songbook hence the Son Of Songbook subtitle here. This was a non-commercial, cooperative release. The liner notes explain;

Non-commercial because these affairs were conceived as a means of acquainting you and yours with artists of whom you'd likely remain ignorant without a little shove of this sort.

And cooperative because neither we nor our artists are making a cent on the deal - $2.00, after all, scarcely covers the costs of putting together a handsomely-packaged (permit us a little immodesty) double album.

It is indeed a handsome package. Double gatefold release with a 4 page booklet attached to the inner spine of the gatefold. The booklet lists the contents and provides brief information about each performer or band. The entry for the Dead is as follows;

The Grateful Dead, mere mention of whom evokes memories of Ken Kesey's Trips Festivals and posters by Kelly and Mouse and raunchy 1966 psychedelia and free concerts in Golden Gate Park, are probably not the first American rock ensemble you'd expect to find on our shitkickin' side. But a long hard listen to Aoxomoxoa (Warner album 1790), whose title may be read from either direction and is the work of Rolling Stone contributor and beauty queen Adele Novelli calls the 'magical' Dead configuration (which is distinguishable from the unmagical one because the oft-maligned Mr. Pigpen sings with the latter) convinced us that, at least in this most recent incarnation, that's where they belong.

The last time the Dead dropped us a line they were Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir (guitars and vocals), Phil Lesh (bass and vocals), Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart (drums and percussion), Tom Constanten (keyboards) and Pigpen (congas and unmagical vocals).

The Doin' That Rag that appears here is an abridged (because current recording technology permits one only so much playing time per side of an LP) version of the long cut of the same name that appears on Aoxomoxoa, whose executive engineer was Bob Matthews. The vocal is Jerry's.

In addition to the booklet the record sleeves display a view of Burbank in 1917 and information about other releases in the loss leader series.

Related releases

Doin' That Rag is taken from;

  • Aoxomoxoa, Grateful Dead, 1969, Warner Bros. WS 1790
The other tracks on this compilation are from the following sources.

Cinnamon Girl;

  • Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere, Neil Young with Crazy Horse
All Bowed Down;
  • Hit Factory, Geoff & Maria Muldaur (unreleased)
Empty Boxes;
  • 1968 single, The Everly Brother
Son of a Louisiana Man;
  • The Cajun Way, Doug Kershaw
Atlanta Farewell;
  • These 23 Days In September, David Blue
Every Hand in the Land;
  • Running Down The Road, Arlo Guthrie
Weary Blues from Waitin';
  • Sweet Moments, The Blue Velvet Band
Piggies;
  • A New Day, Theo Bikel
My American Skirt and The Fiddle and the Drum;
  • Clouds, Joni Mitchell
Transfusion;
  • Sir John A lot of Merrie Englandes Musyk Thyng & Ye Gene Knyghte, John Renbourn
Poison;
  • Birthday Blues, Bert Jansch
Once I Had a Sweetheart;
  • Basket Of Light, The Pentangle
Going to the Zoo;
  • Peter, Paul and Mommy, Peter, Paul & Mary
Day Song;
  • Sweetwater, Sweetwater
A Walk in the Country;
  • Touch Me, Louie Shelton
Stay with Me;
  • Stay With Me, Lorraine Ellison
Music for Ice Capades TV commercials;
  • Song Cycle, Van Dyke Parks
Yellow Man;
  • Randy Newman: In A Mellow Mood, Randy Newman
These Things Too;
  • These Things Too, Pearls Before Swine
Star Spangled Bus;
  • previously unreleased, Hamilton Camp
The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game;
  • Ella, Ella Fitzgerald
Yodellin' Yippie;
  • Belle Of Avenue A, The Fugs
Electric Aunt Jemima;
  • Uncle Meat, The Mothers of Invention
Fat Man;
  • Stand Up, Jethro Tull
Take a Jet;
  • In Frustration I Hear Singing, Mephistopheles
Stone Free;
  • Jimi Hendix Smash Hits, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Nothing to Say;
  • Arthur, The Kinks
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey;
  • Fats Is Back, Fats Domino
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