Fill Your Head with Rock
|Fill Your Head with Rock|
|Compilation album by Various Artists|
|Label||CBS Records SPR 39/40|
Fill Your Head with Rock (1970) was the third release in the successful CBS Records Rock Machine UK budget sampler album series. It broke new ground, not just by extending the format to a double album, but also by being the first to include homegrown acts.
Compiler David Howell stated that while the earlier samplers were merely aimed at promoting specific full-price releases, this record was part of a major push to establish the label as "the top label in contemporary music" in the UK, and also to establish the market for double albums.
- "Listen" (R. Lamm) : Chicago (from the LP Chicago 66221) (3:22)
- "Savour" (Santana) : Santana (from the LP Santana 63815) (2:46)
- "Give A Life, Take A Life" (California/Adler) : Spirit (from the LP Clear 63729) (3:47)
- "Passing Through" (K. White) : Steamhammer (from the LP Steamhammer 63694) (5:17)
- "Smiling Phases" (S. Winwood-J. Capaldi-C. Wood) : Blood, Sweat and Tears (from the LP Blood, Sweat & Tears 63504) (5:10)
- "Tired of Waiting" (Flock) : Flock (from the LP Flock 63733) (4:35)
- "Come To The Sabbat" (Clive Jones-Jim Gannon) : Black Widow (from the LP Sacrifice 63948) (4:55)
- "Dance In The Smoke" (R. Argent-C. White) : Argent (from the LP Argent 63781) (6:10)
- "Gunga Din" (G. Parsons) : The Byrds (from the LP Ballad of Easy Rider 63795) (3:02)
- "Living In Sin" (James) : Skin Alley (from the LP Skin Alley 63847) (4:35)
- "Gibsom Street" (L. Nyro) : Laura Nyro (from the LP New York Tendaberry 63410) (4:30)
- "You Know Who I Am" (L. Cohen) : Leonard Cohen (from the LP Songs from a Room 63587) (3:22)
- "Stamping Ground" (L. Hardin) : Moondog (from the LP Moondog 63906) (2:36)
- "The Inbetween Man" (A. Kane) : Amory Kane (from the LP The Inbetween Man 63849) (5:22)
- "The Garden of Jane Delawney" (T. Boswell) : Trees (from the LP The Garden of Jane Delawney 63837) (4:05)
- "A Small Fruit Song" (Al Stewart) : Al Stewart (from the LP Zero She Flies 63848) (2:00)
- "Driving Wheel" (T. Rush) : Tom Rush (from the LP Tom Rush 63940) (5:22)
- "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" (J. Ragavoy-C. Taylor) : Janis Joplin (from the LP I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!) (4:13)
- "One Room Country Shack" (Mercy Dee Walton) : Al Kooper (from the LP Kooper Session 63797) (3:35)
- "Six Days On The Road" (C. Montgomery-E.Greene) : Taj Mahal (from the LP Take A Giant Step 66226) (2:55)
- "Don't Think About It Baby" (M. Bloomfield) : Mike Bloomfield (from the LP It's Not Killing Me 63652) (3:34)
- "Bluesbuster" (C. Allen) : Pacific Gas & Electric (from the LP Pacific Gas and Electric 63822) (2:56)
- "I Love Everybody" (J. Winter) : Johnny Winter (from the LP Second Winter) (3:50)
For once a sampler album cover showed the featured artists, and even provided a key for identification. Laura Nyro can be seen at the top left, Taj Mahal next to her, and Al Kooper & Leonard Cohen at the top right. Four of the artists are not shown: Moondog, Amory Kane, Black Widow and Skin Alley. The front cover features Jerry Goodman of The Flock.
The included eight-page booklet featured brief descriptions of the artists, their images, and photographs of the relevant albums. It also included publicity for other CBS Records artists as well as those on related labels such as Dandelion - Principal Edwards Magic Theatre, Beau, Bridget St John, Occasional Word, Mike Hart & Siren; Direction - Chambers Brothers & Taj Mahal; and Straight - Captain Beefheart, Alice Cooper, Judy Henske and Jerry Yester, Tim Buckley, & The GTOs.
In France the album, retitled "Superb Super Pop Session N°2", reached No. 10 in the album chart.
In South Africa, The Gramophone Co. gave the record "massive" promotion, including booking an unprecedented weeklong exposure on the top teenage programme "The Radio Record Club" on Springbok Radio.
References & Notes
- later Managing Director of Pete Waterman's PWL label.
- "CBS Meet Reveals New Promo Drive". Billboard. February 28, 1970. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
- This album was actually titled "Chicago Transit Authority"
- On the disc itself, the track had the US spelling "Savor"
- Actually titled "Mk II"
- Although this was a version of The Kinks' song, which was written by Ray Davies
- The violinist pictured on the album cover is Jerry Goodman of Flock
- listed as "Stamping Ground" on the label itself. Independent discographies indicate that this is the correct title 
- appears on the label as "In Between Man"
- This is a misprint. The track was written by Tobias (Bias) Boshell
- On the source album, this track is credited to David Wiffen and it is assumed that the credit here is a misprint
- The booklet
- "Hits of The World". Billboard. May 30, 1970. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
- "Helsinki". Billboard. May 30, 1970. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
- "Gramophone Push on CBS Disk in S.Africa". Billboard. October 10, 1970. Retrieved 2011-08-04.