Top Ten Albums Released on Warner Bros. Records

The Top Ten

1 Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

Originally signed to Reprise (a subsidiary of Warner), they got moved to the main label when Warner closed Reprise down. (Of course, it was eventually relaunched and is still owned by Warner). This album is probably Warner's biggest success. - Gg2000

2 Automatic For The People - R.E.M.

After releasing their first five albums on IRS Records, they decided to shop around for a major label. They ended up going with Warner Brothers, the reason being that they promised the band creative freedom. - Gg2000

3 American Beauty - Grateful Dead

The Dead were signed from 1965-1973, when they established their own label, the short lived Grateful Dead Records. - Gg2000

4 Purple Rain - Prince

Prince signed to Warner Brothers when he was 17. He got into a brutal contract dispute with the label and infamously changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol (known as the Love Symbol). His contract eventually expired in 1996. - Gg2000

5 Van Halen - Van Halen

Their manager set them up with a gig at the Whisky A Go-Go alongside Venus and the Razorblades, where they attracted the attention of Mo Ostin and Ted Templeman. Ted ended up becoming their producer. - Gg2000

6 A Nod is as Good as a Wink... to a Blind Horse - The Faces

Formed from the ashes of the Small Faces, the Faces were signed to Warner Brothers throughout their whole run. - Gg2000

7 Deguello - ZZ Top

After being signed to London Records for their first five albums, they signed to Warner Brothers and slowly gravitated towards mainstream success. - Gg2000

8 Moondance - Van Morrison

After getting in a contract dispute with his label, Bang Records, he left, middling around for a while before finding performing work again. It was around this time that Warner Brothers exhibited an interest in signing him, so they did. He stuck with them for the next ten years. - Gg2000

9 Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper

The Alice Cooper band signed to Frank Zappa's record label, Straight Records, and they released two noisy psychedelic albums with no success. Frank sold Straight to Warner, and around the same time, they began working with producer Bob Ezrin, who tightened up their sound. The album, Love it to Death, was a success. - Gg2000

10 Montrose - Montrose

The Contenders

11 One Hot Minute - Red Hot Chili Peppers

I know this album gets a lot of hate, but to be completely honest, it's my favorite Chili Peppers album. - JCHOW

12 Blood Sugar Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers
13 Ritual de Lo Habitual - Jane's Addiction
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