Couldn't find the record anywhere--I must be the most disorganized organized collector in the world. So I asked Joe Pollock, who does the music show before me ("The Road Goes On Forever" on KAOS radio) if he had the elusive D-H-D. Thankfully, he brought in his copy, which has two LPs on one CD. But the album once named Dillard-Hartford-Dillard was now called Glitter Grass from the Nashwood Hollyville Strings. What?
Why would a record company re-title the album?
When I finally found my vinyl copy of the record later on, I saw that long-winded "Glitter Grass..." phrase in very small letters under the familiar Dillard-Hartford-Dillard title. To my mind, all "Glitter Grass" is is a humorous description of what the trio does musically. The title is not "Glitter Grass," and you can prove it by looking at the spine of the album cover and the record label itself. See--it just says Dillard-Hartford-Dillard
in both instances.
The silliest, most widespread example of this kind of album title misrepresentation is
Jackson Browne (1972), Browne's debut. No, it's not called "Saturate Before Using."
That's just a phrase on the LP cover, just like "Los Angeles, California." Again, if you have the vinyl record, check the spine and the label. Indeed, both say Jackson Browne.
No "Saturate" in sight. When the album was transfered to CD in the mid-'80s, some lunkhead at Asylum Records put "Saturate Before Using" on the spine of the CD artwork. Asylum Records was appropriately named, wasn't it?
Anyway, you can verify my irrelevant complaints about this whole thing by going to JB's website, www.jacksonbrowne.com. Indeed, it's only a two-word title. I rest my case.
Addendum: Thanks to all for the great response. Perhaps Elektra/Asylum, or whatever it's now called, gave in to popular sentiment and assigned Jackson Browne a new title: Saturate Before Using. Most likely, it's a case of record company ineptness. But it's clear that Capitol/EMI/Apple has never done the same with 1968's The Beatles, which is called "The White Album" by every single music fan I know. I've got a 1968 original LP copy, a 1980s white vinyl version, the first (awful) CD issue and the CD from the 2009 The Beatles In Mono box. It doesn't say "The White Album" anywhere, on any of my four versions. Just The Beatles. Has the industry (what's left of it) made money
off me or what?