What's All This Then

Why should I care what this guy has to say?

The correct answer is that you shouldn’t. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Develop your own. I try to be sane and rational, but that may change with the level of caffeine intake. I’m just telling my stories in the hopes they may amuse and/or inform others. And... I Confess... I'm showing off my bitchen collection a bit.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Big Ball

Warner Brothers Records started up in 1958 after one of their contract players, Tab Hunter, had a hit single on Dot Records.   Realizing there was big money in records by their stars, they decided to start their own label.

The early releases were mostly soundtracks and novelty records.  Their biggest selling single was 'Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb.'  Biggest selling albums were by Bob Newhart and Allan Sherman.

This slowly began to change in the early 60's with the signing of  The Everly Brothers and Peter, Paul and Mary.   The acquisition of Frank Sinatra's Reprise label (along with their executives) didn't hurt either.

Over the next few years, the label developed a stable of artists that gave the label a distinct identity.  They exploited the similarity of these artists by cross marketing them on loss leader samplers.

The first one was:

The Big Ball (Warner Brothers 1970)

Warners followed this release with several releases of the same nature.  Double albums which were very generous with B-Sides and alternate mixes.

They were offered on the inners sleeves of Warner/Reprise releases.  All one had to do was to ruin the inner sleeve of the record by cutting out the order form.  The alternative was to take it to the library and have a copy made for a dime.  Cost was $2.00.  A bargain for a double LP, but cost effective for Warners as they probably introduced the customer to a lot of other artists.