A&M Album Discography, Part 24
Promotional Issues

By Patrice Eyries, Dave Edwards, & Mike Callahan
Last update: August 29, 2005

A&M issued various promo (deejay) copies of albums over the years. Typically, the labels were the same design as the commercial copies, but were black print on a white label (although the logo was in color). The regular deejay copies had the same numbers as their commerical counterparts, but A&M also issued special promos in the 8000 series, as well as a series of in-store promos called "Foreplay."

Tracks on each album are listed in the order they appear on the album. An asterisk (*) before the record number indicates we do not have information on the correct playing sequence of the tracks, and consequently they are listed in alphabetical order for that album.

We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography.Just send them to us via e-mail. Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with A&M Records. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (which are all out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 2001 by Mike Callahan.


Number - Title - Artist [Release Date] Contents

SP 8000 Promotional Series:

Note: 12" singles have been omitted from the following list. Not all numbers in the sequence were issued items, as matrix numbers also uesd numbers in the sequence.

SP 8021 - Friends - Various Artists [1971] Walk Awhile - Fairport Convention/Trouble - Cat Stevens/It Ain't Easy - Ron Davies/Mr. Bojangles - Lambert & Nuttycombe/Bridge Over Troubled Water - Quincy Jones/Peace in the End - Fotheringay//I'll Be Creeping - Free/Son of Your Father - Spooky Tooth/Games - Lee Michaels/Trouser Snake Rumba - Humble Pie/Drive Me - Blodwyn Pig/Hello Susie (abridged) - Move

SP 8022 - A&M Bootleg - Various Artists [1971]

SP 8096 - The...Album (Sampler) - Various Artists [1972] (2-LP set) Disc 1: You Got The Power - Jim Price/I Think I See The Light - Cat Stevens/Good Times - Marc Bonno/Most Likely You Go Your Way - Rita Coolidge/John Babbacombe Lee - Fairport Convention/Blackwaterside - Sandy Denny//That's Enough For Me - Paul Williams/Moonshine-Armed (excerpt) - Shawn Phillips/Save Me - Jim Carroll/Carolina - Mimi & Tom/Don't Be Afraid - Carpenters; Disc 2: Thumbs - Lee Michaels/I Wrote A Simple Song - Billy Preston/Mystic Lady - Hookfoot/Lonesome Mary - Chilliwack/Tickler - Earthquake//Fog & Spice - Tim Weisberg/Hitchcock Railway - Joe Cocker/Boss Walk - Tom Scott/Stand For Our Rights - Gary Wright/You Got The Power (Reprise) - Jim Price

We are missing many promotional items from 1973-76. Any help here would be appreciated.

SP 8400 - A&M Forget Me Nots - Various Artists [1975] (2-LP set) Disc 1: A Taste Of Honey - Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass (M)/The Way I Wan To Touch You - Captain & Tennille (S)/Scarborough Fair - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (E)/Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel (S)/You Were On My Mind - We Five (E)/Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Blue Haze (S)/Call Me - Chris Montez (E)/Bridge Over Troubled Water - Quincy Jones (S)//Powerful People - Gino Vannelli (S)/Rainy Days And Mondays - Carpenters (S)/Come Saturday Morning - Sandpipers (S)/The Lord's Prayer - Sister Janet Mead (S)/Moonshadow - Cat Stevens (S)/I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Burt Bacharach (S)/A Song Of Joy - Miguel Rios (S); Disc 2: The Letter - Joe Cocker (S)/Love Hurts - Nazareth (S, 45 edit)/Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennille (S)/Jackie Blue - Ozark Mountain Daredevils (S)/This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert (E)/I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite - Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart (E)/Baby Hang Up The Phone - Carl Graves (S)/Outa-Space - Billy Preston (S)//All Right Now - Free (S, 3:29 deejay edit)/A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum (E)/Wonderful World Beautiful People - Jimmy Cliff (S)/(They Long To Be) Close To You - Carpenters (S)/Peace Train - Cat Stevens (S)/Black Pearl - Sonny Charles & Checkmates Ltd. (E)/Dynomite - Tony Camillo's Bazuka (S)

SP 8430 - Hit Kit - Various Artists [1977] Whatcha Gonna Do? - Pablo Cruise/Give a Little Bit - Supertramp/(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher - Rita Coolidge/Girl - Billy Preston/All You Get From Love Is a Love Song - Carpenters/This Flight Tonight - Nazareth //Strawberry Letter 23 - The Brothers Johnson/Come In From the Rain - Captain & Tennille/(Remember the Days of the) Old Schoolyard - Cat Stevens/I'm In You - Peter Frampton/Wild In the Streets - Garland Jeffreys/Sunshine After the Rain - Elkie Brooks

SP 8431 - Styx Radio Special - Styx [1977] Side 1 Segment 1- Light Up/Superstars/Come Sail Away/Mademoiselle/Crystal Ball/Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)/You Need Love/Come Sail Away/Jennifer/Lady/This Old Man 2- Put Me On/Jennifer/Put Me On/ 3-Best Thing/Rock 'N' Roll Feeling/You Need Love/Man of Miracles/Lady// Side 2 Segment II- Light Up/Lorelel/Born For Adventure/Jennifer/Crystal Ball/Mademoiselle/Crystal Ball// Side Three Segment 1- The Grand Illusion/Fooling Yourself/Superstars/Come Sail Away// Side Four Segment II- Come Sail Away/Miss America/Man In the Wilderness/Castle Walls/The Grand Illusion/Castle Walls

SP 8444 - Hit Kit II - Various Artists [1977] Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours - Peter Frampton/(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again - L.T.D./Circles - Captain & Tennille/Dreamer - Supertramp/Runnin' For Your Lovin' - Brothers Johnson/We're All Alone - Rita Coolidge/Smooth Sailin' - Dingoes//Come Sail Away - Styx/Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft - Carpenters/(I've Been Lookin' For) A New Way To Say I Love You - Driver/Sweet Jamaica - Cat Stevens/Oh Lori - Alessi/A Place In The Sun - Pablo Cruise/Can't Wait - Piper

SP 8449 - R&B Hit Kit - Various Artists [1977] Runnin' For Your Lovin' - Brothers Johnson/Whole New Thing - Billy Preston/Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt - Masterplan/Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione/Show Some Emotion - Joan Armatrading/Come On Girl And Sing With Me - John Schuller//(Everytime I Turn Around) Back In Love Again - L.T.D./Ruby - Gato Barbieri/She Is My Lady - Hummingbird/We All Wanna Boogie - Richie Havens/Was Dog A Doughnut? - Cat Stevens

Specially numbered promotional albums:

LTM-1 - Love That Music - Various Artists [1977] This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert (S)/(They Long To Be) Close To You - Carpenters (S)/Love Hurts - Nazareth (S)/You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker (S)/Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennille (S)/Baby I Love Your Way - Peter Frampton (S)/Love Ballad - L.T.D. (S)/You And Me Against The World - Paul Williams (S)//I Honestly Love You - Peter Allen (S)/Warm Love - Joan Armatrading (S)/Love Is - Brothers Johnson (S)/Love Theme From Aspen - Perry Botkin, Jr. (S)/I'm In You - Peter Frampton (S)/We're All Alone - Rita Coolidge (S)/One Night With You - Gino Vannelli (S)/Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione

Foreplay In-Store Promotional Series:

The Foreplay series was made up of pre-release samplers provided to record stores to highlight forthcoming album releases. The initial Foreplay albums had two songs crossfaded by each artist, so these were not suitable for airplay. The discs were labeled "Promotion Not For Sale Or Airplay Purposes."

FPS-1 - Foreplay [#1] - Various Artists [1977]

FPS-2 - Foreplay [#2] - Various Artists [1977] Two songs by each artist are edited and crossfade on one track. Maui-Waui-Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione/Show Some Emotion-Willow - Joan Armatrading/Back It Up-Incidentally...It's Over - Nils Lofgren/Ruby-Adios - Gato Barbieri/I Go To Rio-Don't Cry Out Loud - Peter Allen/Something Better Change-Dagenham Dave - Stranglers/Icarus- Jenny - Paul Winter/Halloween Horrors-The Sounds Of Halloween - Halloween Horrors//Sweet Jamaica- Child For A Day - Cat Stevens/A Place In The Sun-Tonight My Love - Pablo Cruise/Words-The Way You Do The Things You Do - Rita Coolidge/Runnin' For Your Lovin'-Love Is - Brothers Johnson/Come Sail Away-Miss America - Styx/(Everytime I Turn Around) Back In Love Again-Never Get Enough Of Your Love/Dreamer-From Now On - Supertramp/Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours-(Putting My) Heart On The Line - Peter Frampton

FPS-3 - Foreplay [#3] - Various Artists [1977] Two songs by each artist are edited and crossfade on one track. A Song And Dance-Black And Blue - Gino Vannelli/Crazy Lovin'-Following The Way That I Feel - Ozark Mountain Daredevils/Whole New Thing-Wide Stride - Billy Preston/Victim Of Romance-Aching Kind - Michelle Phillips/Crime Of Passion-The Breathalyser - Rick Wakeman/Expect No Mercy-Gone Dead Train - Nazareth//Un Poco Loco-You Can't Go Home Again - Chet Baker/A' That's Freedom-Mach II - Thad Jones & Mel Lewis/Lalya Joy-Rahsaan Is Beautiful - Charlie Haden/Feelin' Alright-You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker/Diamonds & Rust-The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Joan Baez/Love Will Keep Us Together-The Way I Want To Touch You - Captain & Tennille/No No Song-Boney Fingers - Hoyt Axton

FPS-4 - Foreplay '78 [#4] - Various Artists [1978] This is a 10-inch record with side one at the normal 33-1/3 r.p.m and side two playing at 78 r.p.m. On side one, two songs by each artist are edited and crossfade on one track. All For A Reason-You Can Crowd Me - Alessi/Starlight-When You Touch Me This Way - Cory Wells/Too Wise-Mambo Lady - Wondergap/Let The Music Play-Halleluya Do Ya Wanna Dance? - Hometown Band/Skokiaan-Lobo - Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela//I Love My Label - Wreckers & Apes (78 rpm)

At this point, A&M shifted the Foreplay series to a new numbering sequence, which also included other promotional albums. Both release numbers and matrix numbers used the same numbering series. Both 7" singles and 12" singles have been omitted from the following list.

SP 17000 Promotional 12" Records and LPs

SP-17000 - Foreplay [#5] - Various Artists [1978] [Matrix number SP-17001] Two songs by each artist are edited and crossfade on one track. The two sides of the record are identical. Man I Wanna Be-I'm Feelin' Fine - Head East/Show Me A Reason-Got Yourself A Deal - Tubes/In Your Eyes- Throw Away Heart - Gallagher & Lyle/Exercise (Dis'go Dis'way)-Home - Jimmy Owens/Superstar-On My Way To The Liquor Store - David Spinozza/I Had To Fall In Love-Don't Stop Reaching For The Top - Jean Terrell/There's Always A Goodbye-Any Way That You Want Me - Randy Richards//Man I Wanna Be-I'm Feelin' Fine - Head East/Show Me A Reason-Got Yourself A Deal - Tubes/In Your Eyes-Throw Away Heart - Gallagher & Lyle/Exercise (Dis'go Dis'way)-Home - Jimmy Owens/Superstar-On My Way To The Liquor Store - David Spinozza/I Had To Fall In Love-Don't Stop Reaching For The Top - Jean Terrell/There's Always A Goodbye-Any Way That You Want Me - Randy Richards

SP 17009 - A&M Major Electives: Quick Relief for the College of Your Choice - Various Artists [1978] [Matrix #17005/17006] (Halleluya) Do Ya Wanna Dance? - Hometown Band/Sweet Emma - Hometown Band/Tell Everybody - .38 Special/Long Time Gone - .38 Special/Get Up & Enjoy Yourself - Head East/Since You Been Gone - Head East//I Got No Lights - Michael Katakis/A Simpler Time - Michael Katakis/River To The Sun - Ozark Mountain Daredevils/Following The Way I Feel - Ozark Mountain Daredevils/Don't Cry Out Loud - Peter Allen/I Go To Rio - Peter Allen

SP 17015 - Foreplay [#6] - Various Artists [1978] [Matrix #17015/17016] Two songs by each artist are edited and crossfade on one track. So Hard Living Without You-Love Stop - Airwaves/You're OK I'm OK-Please Help Me I'm Fallin' - Billy Swan/Too Wise-Mambo Lady - Wondergap/Come See What Love-We're All One - Bryn Haworth/It's Just A Lifetime-When My Time Comes - Craig Nuttycombe/I Been A Mover-What Can I Do - .38 Special//Open Up Your Heart-Hareje - Letta Mbulu/She Didn't Lie-Reelin' - Garland Jeffreys/American Hot Wax Medley: Mister Lee (Delights)- Reelin' And Rockin' (Chuck Berry)-Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Chesterfields)-Mister Blue (Timmy & Tulips)-Great Balls Of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)-Hot Wax Theme (Big Beat Band)

SP 17018 - 22x11 4 12x12 [Foreplay #7] - Various Artists [1978] [Matrix #17019/17020] The two songs by each artist are edited and crossfaded on a single track. Love Will Find A Way-Worlds Away - Pablo Cruise/It's Really You-Bye Bye Now My Sweet Love - Tarney-Spencer Band/Sweetie Pie- Special Person - William D. Smith/Mellow Out - Gap Mangione/I'm In You-She Loves To Hear The Music - Sylvia Syms/We Deserve Each Other's Love-Together Forever - L.T.D.//You-Love Me Again - Rita Coolidge/Common Ground - Paul Winter/Take Me I'm Yours-First Thing Wrong - U.K. Squeeze/Stuff Like That - Quincy Jones/Tank-Nice 'N' Sleazy - Stranglers

SP 17025 - Foreplay #8 - Various Artists [1978]

SP 17026 - R&B Hit Kit III - Various Artists [1978] [Matrix #17032/17033] Disco Dancin' - Billy Preston/I Heard That!! - Quincy Jones/Nostalgia - Gato Barbieri/You've Been So Good To Me - Jean Terrell/Doin' Everything With You - Chuck Mangione//Make Someone Smile Today - L.T.D./High Button Shoes - David Spinozza/Open Up Your Heart - Letta Mbulu/Q - Brothers Johnson/Happy Hanna - Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela/Special Person - William D. Smith

SP 17032 - Foreplay #9 - Various Artists [1978]

SP 17036 - Foreplay #10 - Various Artists [8/78] [Matrix #17051] Starting at this point, A&M changes packaging for the Foreplay series. Prior to this, the information was printed on the album jacket, but starting her, the discs come in a generic sleeve with a cutout to read the label. Also included is a booklet (called "Just the Facts") with information on the artists and their appearance schedule. This is a one-sided album. The two songs by each artist are edited and crossfaded on a single track. Ain't That Peculiar-Try And Love Again - Booker T. Jones/I Can't Afford That Feeling Anymore- Live My Life For You - Richard Kerr/Georgio's Dilemma-Sandman - Peter C. Johnson/Just The way You Are-The Bluedot - Les McCann/Outside The Law-Sweet Love - Randle Chowning Band

SP 17040 - Foreplay #11 - Various Artists [9/78] [Matrix #17059] This is a one-sided album. The River Must Flow - Gino Vannelli/I Just Wanna Stop - Gino Vanelli/People Make The World Go 'Round - Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela/Besame Mucho - Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela

FPS 17078 - Foreplay #18 - Various Artists [1979] [Matrix #17139/17140] Nobody Gets This Close To Me - Lani Hall/(Let's Rock 'N' Roll - Atlantic Starr/Carry The Heart Well - Malcolm Tomlinson/Street Party - Tim Weisberg/Dancin' Is makin' Love - Gap Mangione/New York Lady - Burt Bacharach

SP 17088 - Foreplay #20 - Various Artists [1979] [Matrix #17159/17160] Shine Silently - Nils Lofgren/Keep On Running Away - Lazy Racer/Some Things Never Change - David Kubinec/Next Stop - Airwaves//Dance 'N' Sing 'N' - L.T.D./Charge It - Tim Curry/Chasin' Rainbows - Marc Benno/March Of The Gladiators - Rick Wakeman

SP 17107 - Foreplay #27 - Various Artists [10/79] [Matrix #017107-A] This is a one-sided album. The two songs by each artist are edited and crossfaded on a single track. Introduction by Dorene Lauer. How Cruel-Rosie - Joan Armatrading/Break On Through-Self Reduction - Reds/Goodbye Girl- Cool For Cats - Squeeze/Hard Drivin' Days-Keep A Secret - Head East/I Want You Tonight - Pablo Cruise

SP 17110 - Foreplay #29 - Various Artists [2/80] [Matrix #017110-A/B] Stomp - Brothers Johnson/Heartbeat - Private Lightning/Can't You Feel My Love - Matthew Fisher/Cookie - Booker T. Jones/Give Me Your Love - Bryan Adams//Physical Speed - Private Lightning/Pride And Joy - Booker T. Jones/Hidin' From Love - Bryan Adams/All About The Heaven - Brothers Johnson/Back In Your Arms Again - Matthew Fisher

SP 17113 - Foreplay #31 - Various Artists [4/80] [Matrix #017113-A/B] It's Me - Sterling/Jumpin' The Gun - Lazy Racer/You And Me - Rockie Robbins/You Made Me Believe - Collins & Collins/I Live In The City - Humans//Together - Rockie Robbins/Baby It's You - Sterling/Can't Turn Down Love - Collins & Collins/Heart Of Hearts - Lazy Racer/Tracy - Humans

SP 17120 - Foreplay #33 - Various Artists [7/80] [Matrix #017120-A] This is a one-sided album. Nice Age - Yellow magic Orchestra/Technopolis - Yellow magic Orchestra/Eastern Wind - Chris DeBurgh/Shadows & Light - Chris DeBurgh/Even The Score - Toronto/5035 - Toronto

SP 17123 - Foreplay #34 - Various Artists [7/80] [Matrix #017123-A] This is a one-sided album. Nice Age - Yellow magic Orchestra/Rydeen - Yellow magic Orchestra/I Got You - Split Enz/Nobody Takes Me Seriously - Split Enz/Writing On The Wall - Hazel O'Connor/Will You - Hazel O'Connor

SP 17132 - Foreplay #38 - Various Artists [11/80] [Matrix #017132-A/B] Hunt Them Down - Albert Lee/Wish We Were Back In Missouri - Emmylou Harris/Six Gun Shooting - Johnny Cash/Northfield: The Disaster - Charlie daniels/Help Him Jesus - Johnny Cash/One More Shot - Levon Helm//Here Is My Love - Tommy Dee/Oo-Wee Baby - Darlene Love/We Should Be Together - Dean Conn/When You Get Right Down To It - Dean Conn/Long Arm - Wall Of Voodoo/The passenger - Wall Of Voodoo

SP 17144 - Foreplay #40 - Various Artists [2/81] [Matrix #017144-A/B] Fool That I Am - Rita Coolidge/Never Another Night - Doc Holliday/Foolish Child - Ali Thomson/Foul Play - Dennis Brown//Perfect Fit - Jerry Knight/Think About That - Atlantic Starr/Dead Or Alive - John Cale/Have You Heard The Word - Passage/Computer Datin' - Patrick D. Martin

SP 17146 - Foreplay #41 - Various Artists [3/81] [Matrix #017146-A/B] Ai No Corrida - Quincy Jones/Night For Making Love - New Riders Of The Purple Sage/Sons And Lovers - Hazel O'Connor/Dead Or Alive - John Cale//Sensitive man - Brenda Russell/Sister Delight - Stanley Frank/Have You Heard The Word - Passage/Foolish Child - Ali Thomson/Goo Goo Muck - Cramps

Thanks to Kate Donohue.

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