The Warner/Reprise Labels...
One of the difficulties in recognizing Warner/Reprise and releated commercial stereo singles is that they were not marked stereo or mono during the 1968-70 time period. Indeed, it was not until 1980 that their commercial singles were finally overtly marked "STEREO." The only way to identify stereo singles by sight during the earlier years is to look for the master number printed just below the record number. This number is in smaller print in parentheses. Usually, stereo masters have an "S" as the last character of the master number, often outside the last parenthesis. The illustration at right shows the location of the "S" (although on a marked mono/stereo promo; commercial singles would not say "STEREO").
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Number - Release Date - Artist - Songs
Warner Bros. began putting stereo on 45s with a promo copy of "Morning Girl" in early 1969. Their first commercially-released stereo single was a film-related single by the Jimmy Joyce Singers in August, 1969. Although an Association single was stereo in November, 1969, it wasn't until the summer of 1970 that Warner Bros. began releasing stereo singles semi-routinely. That summer, one of the pressing plants jumped the gun on Deep Purple's "Black Night," noting stereo on a mono record (see illustration, top left)
Like Reprise, Warner Bros. rarely marked their singles "stereo," but indicated stereo by an "S" after the master number. They did mark promo singles stereo, however.
Most stereo promos (starting in 1969) were accompanied by mono promo counterparts. Some stereo promos were two-sided, with both sides of the commercial single, but in May, 1969, they began also issuing some mono/stereo promos with the plug side on both sides of the promo disc.
7328 - 8/69 - Jimmy Joyce Singers - Summer Me, Winter Me/Main Title|
7349 - 11/69 - Association - Dubuque Blues/Are You Ready
7404 - 7/70 - Jesse Colin Young - Peace Song/Pretty In The Fair
7405 - 7/70 - Deep Purple - Black Night/Into The Fire [mono - see note 1]
7409 - 7/70 - Van Dyke Parks - The Eagle And Me/On The Rolling Sea When Jesus Speaks To Me
7422 - 8/70 - Petula Clark - The Song Is Love/Beautiful Sounds
7423 - 8/70 - James Taylor - Fire And Rain/Anywhere Like Heaven
7434 - 10/70 - Van Morrison - Domino/Sweet Jannie
7449 - 11/70 - Alice Cooper - Eighteen/Body [see note 2]
7451 - 12/70 - Charles Wright & Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band - Solution For Pollution (mono)/High As Apple Pie (stereo) [see note 3]
The following have stereo promo copies but mono commercial singles:
7261 - 1/69 - Neon Philharmonic - Morning Girl/Brilliant Colors [see note 4]
7286 - 5/69 - Terry Stafford - Big In Dallas/Will A Man Ever Learn [see notes 4, 5]
7290 - 5/69 - Everly Brothers - I'm On My Way Home Again/Cuckoo Bird [see notes 6]
7321 - 8/69 - J.J. Jackson - That Ain't Right/Four Walls (Three Windows And Two Doors) [see note 7]
7342 - 10/69 - Michael Lewis - Irma's Theme/Aurelia's Theme [see notes 4, 5]
7374 - 2/70 - Lawrence Reynolds - It Was Love/Messing With My Mind [see notes 4, 5]
The following are mono/stereo promos:
7289 - 5/69 - Sal Valentino - Friends And Lovers [see note 8]
PRO 386 - 12/69 - Rod McKuen - Mr. Kelly-Mr. Kelly And Me
7376 - 2/70 - Turley Richards - Love Minus Zero-No Limit
7401 - 6/70 - Dion - Your Own Back Yard
7409 - 7/70 - Van Dyke Parks - The Eagle And Me
7413 - 8/70 - Doug Kershaw - Orange Blossom Special
7423 - 8/70 - James Taylor - Fire And Rain
7429 - 9/70 - Association - Along The Way
7433 - 10/70 - Jack Palance - Brother River
7434 - 10/70 - Van Morrison - Domino
7442 - 10/70 - Small Faces - Had Me A Real Good Time [see note 9]
7443 - 10/70 - Turley Richards - Child Of Mine
7446 - 12/70 - Tandyn Amber - Degeneration Gap [see note 10]
7447 - 12/70 - Trinidad Tripoli Steelband - Cecilia/Sock It To Me [see notes 5, 7]
7454 - 12/70 - Rod McKuen - Champion Charlie Brown
The following is marked "CSG Mono Process":
7362 - 1/70 - Charles Davenport - I've Gotta Get A Message To You/Midnight Light
Warner Bros. Notes:
1. Some copies of the "Black Night" single are marked "STEREO" on both sides, and others are not. This is an error, as the singles are all mono.
2. Some copies of "Eighteen" have the stereo master number on the label while others have the mono master number. Apparently, all copies play stereo.
3. Although "High As Apple Pie" is stereo, "Solution for Pollution" is mono.
4. Mono promos were issued as well as stereo.
5. Possibly issued as a promo only.
6. WB 7290 had both mono and stereo promos, but may not have been issued commercially. UK commercial copies of this single are stereo, while German copies are not.
7. Probably also released on a mono promo, but we haven't seen a copy.
8. Both sides of this Sal Valentino promo are stereo, but the label does not indicate this.
9. The mono version of "Had Me A Real Good Time" is 2;50, the stereo version 3:59.
10. The mono version of "Degeneration Gap" is 2:25, the stereo version 4:28.
Reprise released the Beach Boys' "Add Some Music To Your Day" in February, 1970, in stereo. Most commercial singles remained mono, however, until November, 1970, with Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind." There were only three known commercial stereo singles before 1971. After the turn of 1971, stereo singles on Reprise became much more common.
About October, 1968, Reprise began issuing stereo promos as well as mono promos for some singles, with the stereo clearly marked. Reprise started issuing mono/stereo promo copies in February. 1969.
On some copies, Reprise 0958, Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break a Heart" is marked stereo and has the "S" after the master number (see illustration, top left), but reportedly plays mono on all copies. Other copies have the correct mono master number and are not marked Stereo.
0894 - 2/70 - Beach Boys - Add Some Music To Your Day/Susie Cincinnati [see note 1]|
0970 - 12/70 - Frank Sinatra - Lady Day/Sabia [see note 2]
0974 - 11/70 - Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind/Poor Little Allison
0980 - 12/70 - Nancy Sinatra - Feelin' Kinda Sunday [with Frank Sinatra]/Kids
1. Some copies of "Add Some Music to Your Day" have the "S" after the master number and some don't. They all play stereo, however.
2. Although "Lady Day" and the flip have the stereo master numbers printed on the label, at the bottom it says: "CSG Mono," and both sides play mono.
Brother Records was owned by the Beach Boys, and initially (1967-69) was distributed by Capitol while they were with that label, and shifted to Reprise in 1970 when the Beach Boys left Capitol for Reprise. In addition to these two labels, Brother Records issued an album and a single by The Flame, a group of musicians including Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin, who would later formally join the Beach Boys. That album was distributed by Starday-King.
The Starday-King single is clearly marked "Stereo" on commercial copies (top left), but as with other Warner Bros.-distributed labels, the stereo on the Brother/Reprise releases is only indicated by an "S" after the master number.
Stereo single distributed by Starday-King:|
45-3500 - 8-70 - Flame - See The Light/Get Your Mind Made Up
Stereo singles on Brother/Reprise:
0894 - 2/70 - Beach Boys - Add Some Music To Your Day/Susie Cincinnati [see note 1]
0957 - 10/70 - Beach Boys - Tears In The Morning/It's About Time
1. While some commercial copies of this single correctly denoted stereo by the "S" after the master number, others didn't, although they all did play stereo and the stereo master number was correct in the dead wax. Promos were mono, with a slightly different mix on both sides.
This label, and the single album release on it, are the result of a phony record review that appeared in Rolling Stone magazine on October 18, 1969. For the story behind this label, see the Deity Album Discography page.
The one single released on Deity Records as a promo and commercial single was mono.
Loma was a Warner Bros. R&B subsidiary that started in 1964 and discontinued issuing singles in 1968. Until February, 1968, they had a yellow label (top left), but that month they changed to a green label (bottom left) resembling the Warner Bros. label of the time. Their best selling artists included J.J. Jackson, Linda Jones, Ben Aiken, and the amazing Lorraine Ellison.
We found no stereo singles, either commercial or promotional, for this label.