Ah, Tiger Lily - the king of tax scam labels. Yeah, Morris Levy's Roulette-affiliated Tiger Lily seems to be the tax 

scam label that attracts the most attention.  It certainly gets my vote for having the most interesting catalog, though 

like all of the tax scam labels, there's plenty of chaff mixed in with the good stuff.  

 

So here's the Wikipedia entry on the label: "Tiger Lily Records was a record label that was run by roulette

Records founder Morris Levy.  Purportedly it was a tax scam created by Leve and was never intended to 

make a profit. Tiger Lily's modus operandi was to acquire demo tapes from artists and then release them 

without the artists consent and sometimes without even the artist's knowledge. The most prominent artist 

to have a record released by Tiger Lily was Richard Pryor whose album "L.A. Jail" was released by Tiger 

Lily in 1976."

Tiger Lily's history is largely unknown, though it's widely accepted that the label was set up as an attempt 

to capitalize on mid-1970s tax laws that allowed a company to take substantial tax write offs for investment

costs such as recording costs that failed to generate profits.  The fact that Tiger Lily invested little or nothing

in signing artists and recording material doesn't seem to have been a ethical problem for the owners.  The 

label only seems to have been operational for a short period (1976-1977), releasing a series of 58 known 

albums, though their are significant gaps in the catalog indicating there may have been quite a few more that 

are simply unknown.  Some of the Tiger Lily catalog is common and easy to obtain (Richard Pryor's "L.A. Jail"), 

other releases are extremely rare with suitably high prices - try finding a copy of "Daddy Warbucks 1", or 

"Dakota".

 

My site's far from complete, but as far as I can tell, it has the most comprehensive collection of Tiger Lily

album covers (including a couple of images I've never seen on the net), and has a fairly extensive write up 

for those Tiger Lily albums that I own or have heard.  For what it's worth, I've never seen other on-line 

descriptions for such rarities as "Airborne", Scott Berry's "Morning Glory", or "Woodstock Revival".

 

Some of these LPs are for sale with set prices.  The rest reflect an estimated value based on past sales, or 

just pure speculation on my uninformed part.  Yeah, some of these are clearly big ticket items !!!

 

As always, if you've got something to add, feel free to send me an email at: RDTEN1@aol.com

 

Recent changes:

 

Dr. Barry Fields talking about his band Airborne

Richard Billay talking about the band Billay.

February 09, 2019 - Enlarged size of photos and added some of the missing images

February 10, 2019 - Added some information on Linda Clarke "Yes, Indeed!" 

 

 

 

 

LP cover Artist   LP Title Label Catalog Year Grading

Price


Jerry Corbitt and Charlie Daniels Jerry Corbitt and Charlie Daniels: Live I Tiger Lily TL-14001 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP for sale $100.00

Jerry Corbitt and Charlie Daniels Jerry Corbitt and Charlie Daniels: Live II Tiger Lily TL-14002 1976 country-rock est. $150.00 - $200.00

Titus, Libby Libby Titus Tiger Lily TL-14003 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP for sale $80.00

Darius Brubeck & Friends Darius Brubeck & Friends Tiger Lily TL-14004 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP for sale $50.00

Berry, Scott Morning Glory Tiger Lily TL-14005 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP; small cut out hole top right corner

for sale $350.00


Dakota Dakota Tiger Lily TL-14006 1976   est. $500.00

Daddy Warbucks 1 Tiger Lily TL-14007 1976   est. $700.00

Gordon, Jon Jon Gordon Tiger Lily TL 14008 1976 NM cover/ NM LP; still in shrink wrap (opened0 for sale $350.00

unknown unknown Tiger Lily TL-14009 1976    

various artists Reading Festival Featuring Rod Stewart Tiger Lily TL-14010 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP for sale $100.00

Lewis, David Just Mollie and Me Tiger Lily TL 14011 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP; cut out hole top right corner; minor ring wear for sale $200.00

Starr, Charlie Charlie Starr Tiger Lily TL-14012 1976   est. $200.00 - $250.00

Stonewall Stonewall Tiger Lily TL-14013 1976 rock est. $1,500.00

unknown unknown Tiger Lily TL-14014 1976    

unknown unknown Tiger Lily TL-14015 1976    

Too Smooth Too Smooth Tiger Lily TL-14016 1976   est. $500.00

unknown unknown Tiger Lily TL-14017 1976    

unknown unknown Tiger Lily TL-14018 1976    

unknown unknown Tiger Lily TL-14019 1976    

unknown unknown Tiger Lily TL-14020 1976    

Steven Hines Band It Takes So Long, But It's Worth Waiting for Tiger Lily TL-14021 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP for sale $200.00

Gray, Dobie Dobie Gray Tiger Lily TL-14022 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP for sale $60.00

Pryor, Richard L.A. Jail Tiger Lily TL-14023 1976 comedy est. $20.00 - $30.00

Taylor, Adam Adam Taylor Tiger Lily TL-14024 1976   est. $200.00 - $250.00

Keane, Calvin Calvin Keane Tiger Lily TL 14025 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP; minor discoloration on sleeve edges SOLD $350.00

Howard, James Newton James Newton Howard Tiger Lily TL-14026 1976 progressive  est. $100.00 - $150.00

unknown unknown Tiger Lily TL-14027 1976    

unknown unknown Tiger Lily TL-14028 1976    

Hobo Grin Star Arisen' Tiger Lily TL-14029 1976    

Velvert Turner Group Velvert Turner Group Tiger Lily TL-14030 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP for sale  $250.00

Odyssey Electric One Tiger Lily TL-14031 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP for sale $600.00

unknown unknown Tiger Lily TL-14032 1976    

Billay Sleepy Hollow Tiger Lily TL 14033 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP; cut out hole top right corner

SOLD $250.00


Heavy Cruiser Heavy Cruiser Tiger Lily TL-14034 1976   est. $400.00 - $450.00

Clarke, Linda Yes, Indeed! Tiger Lily TL-14035 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP; punch hole  for sale $100.00

Sherman, Steve It Is What It Is Tiger Lily TL-14036 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP est. $150.00 - $200.00

King, Clydie Rushing To Meet You Tiger Lily TL-14037 1976 soul est. $400.00 - $500.00

Walrus, Oliver Me, Myself & I Tiger Lily TL-14038 1976   est. $300.00 - $350.00

Gordon, Alan The ExtraGordonary Band Tigre Lily TL-14039 1976   $1,500 - $1,600

unknown unknown Tiger Lily TL-14040 1976    

unknown unknown Tiger Lily TL-14041 1976    

T'Songo T'Songo Tiger Lily TL-14042 1976 jazz-rock est. $150 - $200

James Cahoon Lindsay Band Kinky Mersey Tiger Lily TL 14043 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP for sale $100.00

Carr, Frankie Frankie Carr Tiger Lily TL-14044 1976   est. $600.00 - $650.00

Airborne Airborne Tiger Lily TL 14045 1976 VG+ / VG+

for sale $180.00


Jon Holbrook Experience Miserable You Tiger Lily TL-14046 1976   est. $300.00 - $350.00

Woodstock Revival Cruisin' In Time Tiger Lily TL 14047 1977 VG+ / VG+; still in shrink wrap (opened)

for sale $250.00


Crack Day of Doom Tiger Lily TL-14048 1976 rock est. $300 - $350

Spanky Lee and Johnny Lee Spanky and Johnny Tiger Lily TL-14049 1976   est. $600.00 - $700.00

Chopper  Live In New York Tiger Lily TL-14050 1976   est. $300.00 - $350.00

Cotter, Robert  Missing You Tiger Lily TL-14051 1976 soul est. $300.00 - $350.00

unknown unknown Tiger Lily TL-14052 1976    

James, Jay Good Times & Bad Times Tiger Lily TK-14053 1976 VG+ / VG+ for sale $125.00

Steve Drake Band Nature Intended Tiger Lily TL 14054 1977 VG+ cover / VG+ LP; small cut out hole top right corner for sale $300.00

Rose, Tim Unfinished Songs Tiger Lily TK-14055 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP for sale $300.00

Fields and Shipley Fields and Shipley Tiger Lily TK-14056 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP for sale $350.00

Claude & Sherry Claude & Sherry Tiger Lily TK-14057 1976   est. $300 - $350

Glenn Faria Glenn Faria Tiger Lily TK-14058 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP SOLD  $450.00

Scoggins, John Pressed for Time Tiger Lily TK-14059 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP for sale  $350.00

Mead, David I'm On Stage Tiger Lily TK-14060 1976   est. $300 - $350

Jackson Sisters, The The Jackson Sisters Tiger Lily TK-14061 1976 soul est. $500 - $600

Together Together Tiger Lily TL-14062 1976   est. $300 - $350

unknown unknown Tiger Lily TL-14063 1976    

Anders, Peter Peter Anders Tiger Lily TL-14064 1976   est. $300.00 - $350.00

Sounds of the City Experience Sounds of the City Experience Tiger Lily TL-14065 1976 soul est. $1,700.00 - $1,800.00

Boyd, Bobby Bobby Boyd Tiger Lily TL-14066 1976 soul est. $1,300.00 - $1,400.00

Jade, Roland 12 For the Road Tiger Lily TL-14067 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP SOLD $70.00

Grasso, Richard Season of Grace Tiger Lily TL-14068 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP for sale $300.00

Calliope Calliope Tiger Lily TL-14069 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP SOLD $250.00

Brother Bait Brother Bait Tiger Lily TL 14070 1976 VG+ cover / VG+ LP for sale $200.00

Brother Bait Alive Tiger Lily TL-14071 1976 rock est. $100.00 - $150.00

Tata Vega Tata Vega Tiger Lily TL-140?? 1976 soul est. $100.00 - $150.00

 

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