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Days Of Wine And Vinyl

Various Artists

Initial release : 1972

Warner Brothers PRO 540

Double LP Warner Brothers loss leader sampler that includes one track from Mickey Hart's Rolling Thunder LP and one track by The Youngbloods.

Tracks / >Musicians

The tracks and performers on this compilation are as follows.

Side 1

  • Come and See the Show - Tir Na Nog
  • The Ballad of Tricky Fred - Arlo Guthrie
  • Move with Me - Tim Buckley
  • Isn't That So? - Jesse Winchester
  • Rita - Arthur Conley
  • Too Much Time - Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
  • Doin' the Meatball - The Section
Side 2
  • Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight - James Taylor
  • Head and Heart - America
  • Blind John - Mickey Hart
  • Sea Gull - Dion
  • My Father Was a Lighthouse Keeper - The Incredible String Band
  • Too Long at the Fair - Bonnie Raitt
Side 3
  • Country Shoes - Alexis Korner and Snape
  • Spotted Cow - Steeleye Span
  • Living in the Past - Jethro Tull
  • Future Song - Dick Heckstall-Smith
  • Poly High - Harpers Bizarre
  • Moon Over Kentucky - Sparks
Side 4
  • Speedo - The Youngbloods
  • Small Town Talk - Bobby Charles
  • You're the One - Memphis Slim
  • Can't Help Thinking About Me - David Bowie
  • Virginia Plain - Roxy Music
  • The Day the Well Went Dry - Norman Greenbaum
  • Bye-Bye - John Hartford
Blind John is taken from Mickey Hart's first solo LP, Rolling Thunder. The musicians details for the track are not known. The musicians on the LP are;
  • Mickey Hart - percussion, drums, timbales, vocals
  • John Cipollina - guitar
  • Greg Errico - Drums
  • David Freiberg - bass, guitar, piano, keyboards, viola, vocals
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar
  • Zakir Hussain - tabla
  • Paul Kantner - vocals
  • Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
  • Barry Melton - guitar, vocals
  • Alla Rakha - ?
  • Grace Slick - piano, vocals
  • Stephen Stills - bass, guitar, vocals
  • Tower of Power Horns
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals

  • Compilation, annotation - Barry Hansen (Dr Demento)
  • Cover illustration, design - Dave Bhang

This is one of a large series of loss leader samplers produced by Warner Brothers in the early and mid 1970s. Part of the liner notes explain the purpose of this member of the series;

This audio tasting party is brought to you by Warner / Reprise Records, which has chosen this opportunity to introduce the latest pressings of such familiar domestic and imported goods as James Taylor, Jethro Tull, The Youngbloods and America, and at the same time to demonstrate some tangy new flavors now being bottled for the first time. In addition, Burbank has included a special treat for you alone three rare and noble vintages recently discovered in it's vaults, bearing the names David Bowie, Arlo Guthrie and Harpers Bizarre, plus a special new southern delight from Arthur Conley. Due to limited supply, these four are at the moment available on LP only in the context of Days Of Wine And Vinyl. The other 22 flavors, however, are all readily procurable at better record and tape stores everywhere.
This release is in a double gatefold sleeve 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 Mickey Hart track is as follows;
Mickey Hart played drumd for the Grateful Dead from 1967 to 1971, when he opted out of the band's mobile lifestyle. He was then able to spend much time around his house on Novato, California (about 30 miles north of San Francisco), and to proceed apace with the construction of a recording studio in a convenient barn. Therein he experimented, created and jammed to his heart's content.

As is their wont, many of the Bay Area's best known musicians and some famous friends from afar came by to join Mickey in his musical safaris. These took a variety of forms unprecedented even for the sophisticated Bay Area music scene.

This variety is well represented on Rolling Thunder, an album on which Mickey does not sing or otherwise hog the spotlight, but which demonstrates the fecundity and energy of his musical head in subtle and multifarious ways.

Blind John features the Tower Of Power Horns, Barry Melton, David Freiberg, Greg Errico, Steve Shuster and Paul Kantner, in addition to Mickey's field drum and tympani. And yes, that's Grace Slick's soprano soaring above the community vocal.

Stephen Stills, Sam Andrew, John Cipollina, fames tabla player Alla Rakha and most of the current Grateful Dead are among the friends who help Mickey realize other concepts on this album, ranging from the good feeling rock & roll with which the Dead have long been synonymous to Indian music (both American and the other kind). The opening sequence, Rolling Thunder/Shoshone Invocation could only be described as a space-age rain dance.

Many of these samplers were selected by Dr. Demento, who briefly comments on the series in the liner notes to Dr. Demento 25th Anniversary Collection;
In December 1971 Steven Siegal landed a job at another L.A. station, KMET-FM. Once again he introduced me as a guest on his show, and KMET wound up hiring me as well, for Sunday evenings again. I would stay at KMET for the next 15 years, an eternity in the radio business, while KMET gradually tightened its format and became a legendary rock radio powerhouse. Shortly after joining KMET, I had my very first special guest on the show-Frank Zappa. Meanwhile, I got a day job at Warner Bros. Records, where I compiled a long series of sampler albums with titles like The Whole Burbank Catalog and Days Of Wine And Vinyl.

These samplers cost $2 when released, postage included.

Related releases

Blind John is taken from;

Speedo is taken from; The other tracks are from the following sources;
  • Come and See the Show - A Tear And A Smile, Tir Na Nog, Chrysalis CHR 1006
  • The Ballad of Tricky Fred - Single, Arlo Guthrie, Reprise REP 0994
  • Move with Me - Greetings From L.A., Tim Buckley, Warner Brothers BS 2631
  • Isn't That So? - Third Down, 110 To Go, Jesse Winchester, Bearsville BR 2102
  • Rita - Single, Arthur Conley, Capricorn CPR 0006
  • Too Much Time - Clear Spot, Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Reprise MS 2115
  • Doin' the Meatball - The Section, The Section, Warner Brothers BS 2661
  • Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight - One Man Dog, James Taylor, Warner Brothers BS 2660
  • Head and Heart - Homecoming, America, Warner Brothers BS 2655
  • Sea Gull - Suite For Late Summer, Dion, Warner Brothers BS 2642
  • My Father Was a Lighthouse Keeper - Earthspan, The Incredible String Band, Reprise MS 2122
  • Too Long at the Fair - Give It Up, Bonnie Raitt, Warner Brothers BS 2643
  • Country Shoes - Accidentally Born In New Orleans, Alexis Korner and Snape, Warner Brothers BS 2647
  • Spotted Cow - Below The Salt, Steeleye Span, Chrysalis CHR 1008
  • Living in the Past - Living In The Past, Jethro Tull, Chrysalis CHR 1035
  • Future Song - A Story Ended, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Warner Brothers BS 2650
  • Poly High - Single, Harpers Bizarre, Warner Brothers BS 7647
  • Moon Over Kentucky - A Woofer In Tweeters Clothing, Sparks, Bearsville BR 2110
  • Small Town Talk - Bobby Charles, Bobby Charles, Bearsville BR 2104
  • You're the One - South Side Reunion, Memphis Slim, Warner Brothers BS 2646
  • Can't Help Thinking About Me - Single, David Bowie, Warner Brothers WB 5815
  • Virginia Plain - Roxy Music, Roxy Music, Reprise MS 2114
  • The Day the Well Went Dry -Petaluma, Norman Greenbaum, Reprise MS 2084
  • Bye-Bye - Morning Bugle, John Hartford, Warner Brothers BS 2651
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