Recorded with Sonobeat in 1968
One commercial 45 RPM release on Sonobeat Records (1968)
It's early September 1968 in Austin, Texas, and Sonobeat is recording its first country single, by popular Austin swing band Ronnie and the West Winds. The "A" side is leader Ronnie Prellop's tune, Can't Win for Losing, a duet with an interesting pedal steel guitar figure and a solidly twangy rhythm guitar. The "B" side is an upbeat country swing instrumental, Windy Blues, written by Ronnie's cousin Larry and a show-off piece for Larry's steel guitar. Both songs feature tight performances. With a runnng time under a minute and a half, Windy Blues is the shortest track Sonobeat commercially releases.
Doug Hanners, writing in Not Fade Away, Volume 1, No. 2 (1979)
Perhaps more unusual than the fact that this is Sonobeat's first country single, the West Winds session is recorded at the Vulcan Gas Company on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin. The Vulcan is a psychedelic, hard rock, and blues-oriented venue featuring the likes of the 13th Floor Elevators, The Conqueroo, and Johnny Winter and therefore is a little foreign to the West Winds, who are more accustomed to performing at the Broken Spoke, Dessau Hall, and other Austin country venues. But this is not a live performance, there's no audience present, and the Vulcan has extraordinary acoustics, so it's as good a venue as any to use to record the West Winds.
Can't Win for Losing gets airplay on Austin country station KOKE and sells modestly well throughout Central Texas.
Larry Prellop: steel guitar
Ronnie Prellop: lead guitar
Uncredited musician: rhythm guitar
Uncredited musician: bass
Uncredited musician: drums
"A" side: Can't Win for Losing (Ronnie Prellop) • 2:44
"B" side: Windy Blues (Larry Prellop) • 1:25
Produced by Bill Josey Sr.
Engineered by Rim Kelley
Recorded at Vulcan Gas Company, Austin, Texas, on or about September 8, 1968
Recording equipment: ElectroVoice 665 microphones, ElectroVoice Slimair 636 microphones, Sony ECM22 electret condenser microphones, Scully 280 half-inch 4-track tape deck, Ampex AG350 quarter-inch 2-track tape deck, custom 10-channel portable stereo mixer, custom steel plate stereo reverb, Scotch 202 tape stock
Approximately 1,000 copies pressed; approximately 50 copies marked "PROMO" and "NOT FOR SALE"
Lacquers mastered and vinyl copies pressed by Sidney J. Wakefield & Company, Phoenix, Arizona
Label blanks printed by Powell Offset Services, Austin, Texas
In the dead wax:
Can't Win for Losing: C-S108 A and SJW-10894
Windy Blues: C-S108 B and SJW-10894
"SJW" in the matrix number identifies Sidney J. Wakefield & Company as the lacquer mastering and pressing plant
There are no unreleased songs by Ronnie and the West Winds in the Sonobeat archives