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The Definitive Coaters - A sides & B sides
The Coasters are widely considered to be the pre-eminent vocal group of the original rock ´n´ roll era both in sound and attitude, and to have created some of the best vocal group harmonies ever waxed. They had made their musical debut as the Robins during the early years of rhythm and blues and as the Coasters they contributed to shape rock'n'roll with some of the most cheeky, exciting and entertaining songs of the 50s. The original line-up disbanded early but the crucial team of singers and their mentors Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, moved from California to New York and created most of the greatest hits we know today. They were important influences for many later artists who covered their songs, such as the Beatles, the Stones, the Who and the Kinks.

This compilation includes 19 hits listed in the Billboard pop and R&B charts between 1956 and 1962 and an accompanying 24-page booklet with many rare photos and notes on the group's evolution.

Disc One: A Sides & Hits

1. Riot In Cell Block #9
2. Framed
3. Whadaya Want?
4. One Kiss
5. I Must Be Dreamin
6. Smokey Joe's Cafe
7. Down In Mexico
8. One Kiss Led To Another
9. Searchin'
10. Young Blood
11. Idol With The Golden Head
12. Sweet Georgia Brown
13. Dance!
14. Yakety Yak
15. The Shadow Knows
16. Charlie Brown
17. Three Cool Cats
18. Along Came Jones
19. Poison Ivy
20. I'm A Hog for You
21. What About Us
22. Run Red Run
23. Besame Mucho (Part I)
24. Wake Me, Shake Me
25. Shoppin' For Clothes
26. The Snake And The Book Worm
27. Wait A Minute
28. Little Egypt (Ying Yang)
29. Girls Girls Girls (Part II)
30. (Ain't That) Just Like Me
31. Teach Me How To Shimmy

Tracks 1-6 released as The Robins

Disc Two: B Sides & Bonus Tracks

1. Wrap It Up
2. Loop De Loop Mambo
3. If Teardrops Were Kisses
4. I Love Paris
5. The Hatchet Man
6. Just Like A Fool
7. Turtle Dovin'
8. Brazil
9. Lola
10. My Baby Comes To Me
11. What Is The Secret Of Your Success
12. Gee, Golly
13. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart
14. Sorry But I'm Gonna Have to Pass
15. I'm A Hog For You
16. Crocodile
17. Hey Sexy
18. That Is Rock & Roll
19. Stewball (mono)
20. Keep On Rolling
21. Besame Mucho (Part II)
22. Lady Like
23. Thumbin' A Ride
24. Ridin' Hood
25. Girls Girls Girls (Part I) mono
26. Hongry
27. Bad Blood
28. My Babe
29. The Climb
30. Bull Tick Waltz

 

Superlative compilations of essential American music history

Not many groups of any kind can claim to have such a distinct influence on pop and rock n roll music as The Coasters. Their lengthy string of iconic hits, mostly courtesy of the pen of their mentors and genius song writing team Leiber & Stoller, and also their unique blend of personality and vocal harmony, took the mixture of doo wop, rock n roll, soul and jazz to new territory, and put them at the pinnacle of the original Rock n Roll and R’n’B era. Covered by everyone from The Beach Boys, Elvis, Zappa, Leon Russell, Alex Harvey, the Grateful Dead, these tunes were also central to the Brit Beat boom of the early 60s (Hamburg-era Beatles’ live set was heavy on Coasters covers). In addition, it’s difficult to understate the sheer magnitude of their influence on popular music; Put simply; these are the explosive and innovative bricks and mortar of all the rock n roll and R’n’B you’ve ever loved. These two new lavishly packaged and annotated double CD collections from the ‘History of RnB’ stable certainly do justice to the legacy and the fantastic energy of this incendiary, funny, and entertaining music. This is energetic music that screams youth, attitude and sass, with jokes, wit, satire and risque humour in spades (the likes of ‘Little Egypt’ were banned on release) that even after all this time still leap from the speakers at full pelt.

The Definitive Coasters – The A & B sides collects both sides of the groups first 30 7” singles from their faultless run comprising 1954 to 1962. As such, the crammed-full first disc of A-Sides is as damn near perfect as an 80 minute receptacle of music can conceivably be, and an essential inclusion for anyone with even a passing interest in the development of American music. The B sides disc, quite understandably, has a moderately lower strike rate, and features some less exceptional ballads when compared with the vibrancy of the revolutionary hits, however its hard to argue with the likes of the genuinely funky ‘Turtle Dovin’ and ‘What is the Secret of Your Success’ which both rank as high as any A-Side. Absolutely essential.

Those Hoodlum Friends…Coasters in Stereo comprises 49 tracks of rare stereo takes of some of the hits and also key album cuts and out-takes, as well as a full disc packed with composite studio tracks and alternate versions and studio chatter from the archive, many of which have never been released before. Jazz standards like ‘Moonglow’, ‘Autumn Leaves’, ‘Moonlight in Vermont’ and ‘Sunny Side of the Street’ are recorded with orchestras and show a more polished traditional jazz and balladeering side to their style, which although perfectly good is not quite as exciting as their more forthright material. While many early stereo recordings are inferior to their mono comparisons, the mixes here are sharp, luxurious and well defined. Definitely one for the already converted, collectors and connoisseurs, but it’s a look at this important music from a slightly altered angle (‘Run Red Run’ and ‘The Snake and the Bookworm’ offer very fresh perspectives in their alternate forms).

Both these generous collections are finely packaged, expertly compiled sets, that are lovingly annotated with encyclopedic attention to detail. History has never been so much damn good fun!

Ian Fildes AmericanaUK 9/10

A simply fabulous collection! If you missed out on the limited edition four CD set issued by Rhino Handmade in 2007 the History Of RnB label comes to the rescue with two double sets featuring everything that this fabulous group recorded for Spark and Atco between 1954 and 1962 including a couple of items that were not on the Rhino set but omitting the post 1962 recordings which were generally not as good as the earlier sides. Set comes with 24 page booklet with informative notes, rare photos, label shots and posters. A fabulous set with great sound. Roots & Rhythm

 

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Those Hoodlum Friends - Outtakes, Stereo Versions and Album Tracks
The Coasters had the benefit of recording in the best studios, backed by the best musicians and produced by the top producers of their generation, Leiber and Stoller. Naturally, they were required to run through as many takes of each song as was necessary to satisfy the exacting demands of their mentors. Luckily for us, many of these alternate takes have survived. Mono was the standard recording format until the late 1960s, but many of the big selling artists also recorded alternate versions specifically for the stereo market, which was targeted to the discerning adult listener. Disc One features all the alternate stereo versions of Coasters songs that were issued at the time on album and subsequently on CD. Disc Two takes you deep into the heart of Coasters sessions with composite tracks which combine studio chatter together with the finest moments from various different takes. This disc contains several outtakes which have until now been unavailable anywhere and gives an invaluable insight into the genesis of many well-loved tracks and also into the character and working practice of the Coasters and of their producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

The accompanying 24-page booklet includes many rare photos and an exhaustive session discography by Claus Röhnisch.
A collection for Coasters and early rock 'n' roll aficionados!

Disc 1: Alternate Stereo Versions & Album tracks (in stereo)

1. Three Cool Cats (extended stereo) 2. Yakety Yak
3. I'm A Hog For You (slow version) 4. Sexy
5. Charlie Brown
6. Along Came Jones
7. That Is Rock & Roll
8. Poison Ivy
9. Run Red Run
10. What About Us
11. Wake Me, Shake Me
12. Stewball
13. The Snake And The Book Worm 14. Little Egypt (Ying Yang)
15. Girls Girls Girls (Part I)
16. Keep On Rolling
17. Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
18. The Way You Look Tonight
19. Moonglow
20. But Beautiful
21. Moonlight in Vermont
22. Autumn Leaves
23. On the Sunny Side of the Street 24. Easy Living
25. Don't Get Around Much Anymore 26. Satin Doll
27. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
28. Willow Weep for Me

Disc 2: Composites & Alternate Takes

1. Yakety Yak take 9
2. Poison Ivy (echo guitar)
3. The Shadow Knows take 2
4. Besame Mucho (Pts 1 & 2)
5. Riding Hood take 28
6. Bad Blood
7. The Slime
8. Soda Pop
9. Dance (extended)
10. My Baby Comes To Me
11. Shadow takes 11/12/13
12. I'm A Hog For You takes 1/2/3/4
13. Yakety Yak takes 1/2/5
14. Yakety Yak (alt - take 3)
15. Charlie Brown tracks 14/22/23/27
16. Three Cool Cats takes 1/7/8
17. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart takes 1/2/7
18. Crocodile takes 3/5/12
19. Hey Sexy tracks 8/10/12
20. Sorry But I'm Gonna Have to Pass takes 2/3/11
21. Stewball takes 8/9/10

 

 

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