Elektra EKL 9001/EKL-BOX (Mono)
Production: Jac Holzman
A boxed set of 4 discs with a 48 page booklet put together by Robert Sheldon and released with the assistance of Folkways Records.
Side 1: Songs of the Old World and Migration to the New Side 2: Settling, Exploring and Growing in the New World Side 3: Work Song Side 4: Many Worshippers, One God Side 5: Country Music - From Ballads to Bluegrass Side 6: Nothing But The Blues Side 7: Of War, Love and Hope Side 8: Broadsides, Topical Songs, Protest Songs
This box was issued in the UK as EUK 2512/2 and some (probably the earliest) US copies were numbered EKL-BOX with the sides denoted as A, B, C etc and having an unusual black label.
Elektra EKS 9002 (Stereo)
Released: July 1970
Elektra 8E 6001 (Stereo)
Production: Paul A Rothchild (some by Bruce Botnick & the Doors)
Elektra 7E 2001 (Stereo)
Production: Todd Rundgren
Double album recorded at the Troubador in Los Angeles.
UK number EKD 2001.
Elektra 7E 2002 (Stereo)
Production: Joe Boyd
Double album. 'A surreal parable in song and dance concept by Incredible String Band and Stone Monkey'.
UK number EKD 7322 (which is weird as 722 was the american number of the first ISB album).
Elektra 7E 2003 (Stereo)
Production: Keith Holzman and Milton Okun
Double album. Recorded in concert at the Bitter End, New York, June 1970.
UK number EKD 2003.
Elektra 7E 2004 (Stereo)
Production: Joe Boyd, Whichseason Productions, London
Double album. The UK version of 'Relics' was a single album on EKS 74065.
Elektra 7E 2005 (Stereo)
Elektra 7E 2006 (Stereo)
Production: Lenny Kaye
Double album compiled and produced by Lenny Kaye. It later became commonplace for one label to license material from others in compilations, but it was still unusual in 1973.
The original European release was short two tracks for which clearance was not obtained: the Seeds 'Pushing Too Hard' and the Blues Magoos 'Tobacco Road'. It didn't seem to be that permission was refused, more that the UK record company didn't know who to ask. I've also seen European copies with Psychedelic spelled Psychodelic and Magic Mushrooms spelled 'Magig' on the labels.
Elektra 7E 2007 (Stereo)
Production: Ron Middag ('Live ..') / Jerry Kennedy & Bob Beckham ('Rain')
Double Album. The Montezuma Hall half had already been issued as a radio station promo album and can be found in this form as well (EK PROMO 20) and 'Looks Like Rain' was previously issued on Mercury Records.
Elektra CC 1 (Mono)
Production: Jac Holzman (K2VEH)
12 progressive recorded lessons on a 12" LP intended as an aid to acquiring skill in sending and receiving International Morse Code. Highly recommended for aspiring "hams". (So said the notes in Elektra's 1966 US catalogue.)
Alternative sleeve title: Morse Code Course. Disc was made by using a tape recording of the code to electronically trigger an oscillator, the sound of this oscillator being fed directly to the disc cutting head. This technique was used to eliminate tape print-through. The recording / mastering was done in Peter Bártok's facility.
Elektra EKL FLY (Mono)
This is another mystery LP. It appears in a catalogue of Elektra 'Specialty' records and the brochure describes it as a boon to the light plane enthusiast. Comes complete with a laminated card of useful info to keep in the cockpit. I've never seen one of these ... was it ever released?
Elektra certainly distributed a series of LPs for pilots, made in conjunction with Barry Schiff, and one of those LPs, 'ATC Clears', could be the same album as the Flight Kit. 'ATC Clears' was issued in 1960 by Aero-Progress Inc of Los Angeles and had seven morse code lessons on side one rather than six ... but the key was operated by Jac Holzman.
The complete list of the flight LPs was as follows:
On Course, On the Glide Path #7001
Instrument Flight #7002
Tower Communications #7003
ATC Clears #7004
Theory of Flight #7005
Los Angeles to New York #7006
Weather for Pilots #7007
Buster B-T #711
Ship to Shore #7051
In Radar Contact #7052
All were 12-inch except for #711 which was a 7-inch 33rpm disc aimed at children. The last two were issued after the end of the Elektra distribution deal.
Elektra FMS 1 (Mono)
Production: Jac Holzman
Available to radio stations and by direct mail order from Elektra Records only. The use of the word 'Sampler' came from a tradition of needle-work and this was the first time the term had been applied to a musical compilation.
Elektra SMP 2 (Mono)
Production: Jac Holzman
First commercially available sampler (SMP1 was for radio stations and mail order). Most of the tracks on this disc are taken from the 10-inch Elektra series. Also repackaged in 1959 with title 'Folk Festival' and a different sleeve.
Elektra SMP 3 (Mono)
The actual order of the three musical categories varied depending on whether you looked at the front, back or spine of the cover. In the sleeve note Jac explains how the origins of folk and jazz are similar and that the apparently disparate album is, in fact, homogenous.
Elektra SMP 4-X (Stereo)
Production: Jac Holzman
Elektra SMP 5 (Mono)
Elektra SMP 6 (Mono)
Elektra SMP 7 (Mono) SMP 7-ST (Stereo)
Released: April 1963
The UK release on Pye's Golden Guinea label reversed out the sleeve design so it was on black. This made sense considering that the main discs were all on black. The text on the UK version is slightly different as well, with a credit for Jac Holzman as with the main discs.
Elektra SMP 8 (Mono) S 78 (Stereo)
Released: November 1965
Stereo number is S-78. Also called the 15th Anniversary Commemorative Album - 15 years after the first Elektra album release. Butterfield track is different session to version on first album.
Elektra EPK 1001/2 (Mono)
Double EP probably issued for promotional purposes.
Elektra JC1 (Mono) JC1 (Stereo)
Side 1: Stereo
Side 2: Mono
A promotional disc for radio stations with the same songs on each side, one side in stereo and the other in mono. It shares its cover with the Columbia Record Club disc, DS 500.
Elektra DS 1 (Stereo)
A promotional EP for radio stations excerpted from the LP 'Disguised as a Normal Person', EKS 74065.
Elektra EB 1 (Stereo)
A double album for radio station use. Were there any more volumes?
Elektra S3 10 (Stereo)
This compilation may have been for Radio Station use since it boasts copious liner notes which were a DJ's dream but it was certainly available by mail order for $3, marketed as 'a new kind of sampler'. Jac and Keith Holzman put it together, ostensibly to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the first sampler LP: Elektra's 'A Folk Music Sampler' of 1954.
Elektra CGG 1 (Stereo)
Radio station promotional disc, presumably designed to be a 'safe haven' for what is potentially a difficult album to air ... depending on your program controller's attitude to drugs! Side two of the disc is made up of 18 'sound bites' - from 5 seconds to just over a minute in length - that could be dropped in between other records.
Elektra UDP 1 (Stereo)
Production: Lew Futterman (A Concert House Production)
Side 1: Radio Version
Side 2: Short Takes
Excerpted from EKS 74097.
It's often difficult to pick usable cuts from a disc if there is a problem with strong language (and often other things too). This LP, for radio stations, solved that problem with pre-chosen bits cued for air-play. The side two tracks are sometimes as short as two seconds! (No time to cue up the next track then.)
Elektra BRD 1 (Stereo)
Promotional compilation from the first 4 albums.
Elektra BRD 1 (Stereo)
Confusingly, this disc has the same 'number' as the Bread sampler but this was not an official release. About 200 copies were pressed up by Elektra, free of charge, for the followers of a guru named Baba Ram Dass, whom Jac Holzman admired. I have seen it described as a 'bonus disc' for a boxed set of seven LPs called 'Love Serve Remember' published by ZBS Foundation. The disc does not have a proper sleeve (AFAIK) but was produced in a cardboard casing with a hole to show the label.
Baba Ram Dass began his life as Richard Alpert, the son of a lawyer/railroad president/university founder. As you find out about his life you discover that he was basically the '5th Beatle' of the psychedelic movement in the 1960s. He was trained as a psychologist and taught at Harvard. It was at Harvard, in company with Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley and others, he tried LSD as a way to study human consciousness - it cost both him and Leary their jobs - and began to explore the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Alpert went to India in 1967 to return as Ram Dass after meeting his guru Neem Karoli Baba. Official site at www.ramdasstapes.org for more information.
Elektra EK-PROMO 1 (Stereo)
Released: January 1971
The first of a monthly-ish series of promotion LPs. They were for radio stations, journalists and (probably) also retailers. They would have been accompanied by a press pack and, initially, were packaged in plain gatefold covers with just a large butterfly logo on the cover and a pocket for the disc and promotionalia. The labels were all white butterfly promo labels.
Elektra EK-PROMO 2 (Stereo)
Released: February 1971
Elektra EK-PROMO 3 (Stereo)
Released: April 1971
The Sioux Indians track is from 74091, 'Crow Dog's Paradise'
Elektra EK-PROMO 4 (Stereo)
Released: May 1971
Elektra EK-PROMO 5 (Stereo)
Released: June 1971
Despite promising a forthcoming album, for some reason, Elektra seems to have had second thoughts about releasing the Medicine Head album ("Heavy on the Drum"). John Peel and Clive Selwood's Dandelion label had already released it in the UK without, however, including "Pictures" which was a UK hit. Elektra released "(And the) Pictures in the Sky" later in 1971 as a single, EK-45741.
Elektra EK-PROMO 6 (Stereo)
Released: August 1971
Elektra EK-PROMO 7 (Stereo)
Released: September 1971
Elektra EK-PROMO 8 (Stereo)
Double album. The Timber track was supposed to be from a forthcoming album but the album never materialised. The track was. however, released as a single (EK 45773). The 'old' Doors track is here to promote 'Wierd Scenes inside the Gold Mine'. The Harry Chapin track is a pre-release mix of 'Taxi' that is different to the single and album versions. On the disc cover, Harry was also referred to as just 'Harry' in the listing for both his tracks.
Elektra PROMO-9 (Stereo)
There is an anomaly in the numerical sequence for these promo discs since numbers 9 and 10 seem to fit into a single month and the series was supposed to be monthly. The mystery over 9 is partially settled in that it's an EP not an LP. I still haven't seen a copy of number 10.
Elektra EK-PROMO 11 (Stereo)
Released: March 1972
The Butterfield tracks refer to a 'Best of Butterfield' which was, of course, finally titled 'Golden Butter'.
Elektra EK-PROMO 12 (Stereo)
Released: April 1972
The Butterfield tracks are here to promote 'Golden Butter'.
Elektra EK-PROMO 13 (Stereo)
Released: May 1972
Elektra EK-PROMO 14 (Stereo)
Released: June 1972
Elektra EK-PROMO 15 (Stereo)
Released: August 1972
The four Ship tracks run into each other, as do the originals on the LP.
Elektra EK-PROMO 16 (Stereo)
Released: September 1972
Elektra EK-PROMO 17 (Stereo)
Released: October 1972
Album compiled by Keith Holzman
Elektra EK-PROMO 18 (Stereo)
Released: December 1971
Elektra EK-PROMO 19 (Stereo)
Released: July 1973
Album compiled by Keith Holzman
Elektra EK-PROMO 20 (Stereo)
Production: Ron Middag
Version for Radio Station use only; later released as part of double album. Recorded at Montezuma Hall, San Diego State University March 6, 1973.
Elektra DS 500 (Stereo) - Matrix XSM 139669/70
A special compilation for the Columbia Record Club, although there is nothing other than the unusual matrix numbers to indicate this.
Nina Music Publishing 3/4 (Mono)
Recorded: Jaycina Studios, New York and Columbia Studios, Los Angeles
Side 1 - Jackson Browne
Side 2 - Jackson Browne
Side 3 - Jackson Browne
Side 4 - Steve Noonan
Nina music was Elektra's publishing arm and was named after Jac Holzman's first wife. These two discs were publishers demos sent to record companies and other artists to encourage recording of the songs. Probably only 100 copies were produced.
Although Jackson Browne didn't record for Elektra he was part of the aborted Paxton Lodge project (see FTM for more information). I haven't heard these recordings but publishers demos are not usually known for their recording quality however they are Jackson's earliest extant recordings and as a result are quite sought-after.
The discs are simply numbered 3 and 4 (A and B) and since I think they were distributed together I have treated them as a double album. However, there wouldn't have been a sleeve as such, just white card jackets if that. It also makes me wonder what other Nina Music demos were produced ... there presumably are at least two more.
Of the Browne songs, all but three are solo compositions. 'Gotta See A Man About A Daydream' and 'The Fairest Of The Seasons' were co-written with lyricist Greg Copeland and 'Time Travel Fantasy' was co-written with Pamela Polland.
All but one of the Steve Noonan songs were co-written by Noonan and lyricist Greg Copeland. 'Santana' is credited to Jackson Browne as composer but Steve told me in an email (and thanks for the tracklist Steve) that he recalls this as being a Noonan/Browne collaboration from the summer of either '64 or '65.
Elektra FM 102 (Stereo)
CD: Only available with the paperback edition of 'Follow the Music' and described in the insert as 'A commemorative sampler of Elektra's Pre-rock Era'.
Elektra No Number (Mono)
Production: Andy Finney
This was a Radio Program presented by Andy Finney and Bob Harris. A hundred or so copies of the Radio London 'Fresh Garbage' radio special on the history of the label were pressed by Elektra in the UK onto a double LP. A longer version was originally broadcast which was edited down for this LP.