Music Memories 11: Warner/Reprise Loss Leaders

The Days of Wine & Vinyl: Bonnie Raitt – Too Long At The Fair

The Days of Wine & Vinyl
The Days of Wine & Vinyl

I know that I wrote briefly about this particular double album and the Bonnie Raitt song in my post Day 22. The YouTube link is to a live version of the song, not the studio cut that I first heard; but this version is excellent also. I hope you enjoy it.

I have always liked compilation albums. I don’t believe I have ever bought one that didn’t lead me to at least one artist who was worthy of my attention and of my dollars purchasing his or her or their music. I’ve had a few clunkers when I downloaded free compilation albums; but, as they say, you get what you pay for.

This album, The Days of Wine & Vinyl not only brought Bonnie Raitt to my attention, but also Tim Buckley and Jesse Winchester. In addition there were new or unreleased songs by artists who I already listened to, such as Arlo Guthrie, James Taylor, Jethro Tull, The Youngbloods, and John Hartford. And, of course, there were a number of other artists who I would probably put in the second rank, but who were interesting. Where else would I have heard of Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band?

To purchase the album I had to clip an order blank from the inner sleeve of a Warner or Reprise vinyl album and send it, along with a check for two dollars, to Warner Brothers. In a short six to eight weeks the double album arrived. I only bought two of the loss leaders over the years. Now, looking back, I wish I had bought more. I think that I didn’t buy more because I was spending a lot of money on records then, and I was buying a lot of new (for me) artists. I started buying Bonnie Raitt albums, first her earlier albums, and then everything new that she released. The same was true for other artists whom I “discovered.” I’ll be writing more about those times, the 1970’s when I lived in Auburn, in a future post.

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