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5.0 out of 5 stars Does What it says on the can!!,
This review is from: The Very Best of the Coasters (Audio CD)As Shakespeare said:
Tis a consumation devoutly to be wished
Exactly-he may well have been talking about this, or not, but this is one you GOTTA have.
It not only features ALL the famous hits, it also chimes in with later gems like Shopping for Clothes & Sorry But I'm Gonna have to Pass.
And for good measure, the 2 records half of the Coasters made back in LA as the Robins are here too. And if anybody did hotter stuff than Riot in Cell Block 9 or Smokey Joe's Cafe, I've yet to find it!
Best of all, the entire lot are ORIGINAL recordings, all the Spark(Robins) or Atlantic(Coasters) sides that were made to blast pubs or cafes apart from a Wurlitzer jukebox.
As Wurlitzers don't come cheap, just buy this, turn up the volume loud & wonder why Down In Mexico didn't sell ten million copies, or just rock away-this is a hit, a hit, a veritable hit, as Shakespeare also foresaw in Hamlet!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mini Dramas,
This review is from: The Very Best of the Coasters (Audio CD)During the late fifties and early sixties the Coasters made some of rock'n'roll's finest ever records. This pretty much faultless selection is essential to any self respecting record collection.
The story begins in LA where a band known as The Robins were recording for a record label called Spark owned by songwriters Lieber and Stoller - the superb comedy drama of 'Riot In Cell Block Number #9' featuring guest vocalist Richard Berry (author of 'Louie Louie') and the equally superb and even funnier 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' - these recordings caught the ears of the owners of Atlantic records who signed up Lieber and Stoller and those members of the Robins willing to follow them who became the core of The Coasters.
The records they made are small pieces of genius; the songs were playlets often inspired by radio drama and superbly interpreted by the group. Listen to the different voices interacting on the joyous 'Searchin'' and its stablemate the febrile comedy of 'Youngblood'. Perfect. The songs reflect the real lives of young (especially black) listeners - 'Yakety yak' reflects teen rebellion more accurately than anything James Dean ever involved himself with whilst 'What About Us' and 'Shopping For Clothes' move into a riskier, more politicised area.
The sheer quality and richness of all 17 songs is amazing. This is rock'n'roll with imagination. Aside from the more familiar hits I especially love 'Along Came Jones' and the lovely song of marital fidelity 'Sorry But I'm Gonna Have To Pass'.
Music to cherish.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "IT REALLY IS THE BEST OF THE COASTERS",
This review is from: Very Best of (Audio CD)The Coasters were an american pop group famous for a few hits in the 1950's,especially Yakety Yak,which is almost annoyingly catchy.
I wanted a CD of all their well known hits and I wanted it digitally remastered as recordings from the 1950's are not so good.
This CD was remastered by Inglot and Hersch at Digiprep.They have done a good but not outstanding job of the remastering as there is some tape hiss noise audible in the rare quieter moments of the music.There is also "hum" on one track,yet all these flaws can be removed if the time and trouble is taken,hence my 4 STARS rating.
At the time of writing,Feb 2011,despite several hours of research on the web,there is as far as I can tell no better version available,so this is THE ONE TO BUY.It can be found cheaply on the "Flashback" label,which is also Rhino,they have just literally stuck a different label on,pehaps to get rid of some surplus stock.It has also been re-released a few times,either with 16 or 17 tracks.My own issue is 1994 Atlantic Rhino
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fe fe fi fi fo fo fum,
This review is from: The Very Best of the Coasters (Audio CD)Elvis Presley may have brought passion to rock'n'roll but it was the Coasters who brought wit, irreverence, jive talkin', raunch, a remarkable gallery of comic characters, and sheer, irresistible joy. Oh yeah, I hear you say, but many of these qualities were present in the jump blues that was popular in the black ghettos before whitey came along with super new cleaned-up rock'n'roll. And there is some truth in that. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, two whiteys who wrote virtually all those great Coasters` songs, were anoraks when it came to jump blues and they`d already honed their skills creating R&B classics like "Hound Dog" for Big Mama Thornton and "Kansas City" for Little Willie Littlefield, both of which songs becoming n times more famous via cover versions. For the Coasters, a group that they'd nurtured since their initial incarnation as the Robins, they crafted stories and images which contained many of the best bits from their beloved jump blues all held together by simply marvellous writing. Like:
Who walks in the classroom, cool and slow?
Who calls the English teacher Daddy-O?
Charlie Brown, daa-da-da-da-da (answering sax phrase)
Charlie Brown, daa-da-da-da-da
He's a clown, daa-da-da-da-da
that Charlie Brown daa-da-da-da-da
He's gonna get caught, just you wait and see
"Why's everybody always pickin' on me"
The first lines set up the third person narrative, with the hero established as a kind of Clint Eastwood cum the Fonz type of character (tho' neither had been invented yet!). Then we're told who he is with lovely fruity sax interjections. Finally we hear from the man himself with feigned innocence - "Why's everybody always pickin' on me" - with a switch to third person, just the sort of thing you get in "complex" Dylan songs and suchlike! Is this postmodern or what?
But it wasn't just the words. Each Coasters record seems to draw on all the experience of Atlantic in the black music field - the things they did with LaVern Baker, with Joe Turner, with the Clovers (of course), with Ray Charles and so on. The music more than complements the lyrics; in most cases it's what hits you first, a combination of those voices either harmonising or as umpteen different solo tones plus that earthy feel of an Atlantic rhythm section almost invariably with a screaming sax well to the fore.
This album is probably the best all round Coasters best-of set. All the essential songs are here, in chronological order including the Robins ones with pretty well every song a classic. Please see listing below:
1. Riot in Cell Block Number 9
2. Smokey Joe's Cafe
3. Down in Mexico
5. Idol With the Golden Head
6. Young Blood
7. Yakety Yak
8. Charlie Brown
9. Along Came Jones
10. That Is Rock & Roll
11. I'm a Hog for You Baby
12. Poison Ivy
13. What About Us
14. Run Red Run
15. Little Egypt
16. Shoppin' for Clothes
But I can't finish without going back to those lyrics. What about some of these first lines:
- I saw her standin' on the corner
- She comes on like a rose
- I went and bought myself a ticket
- I popped down in my easy chair and turned on channel 2
- Take out the papers and the trash
- Gonna find her
not forgetting, of course,
- Fe fe fi fi fo fo fum
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What more is there to say?,
This review is from: The Very Best of the Coasters (Audio CD)The previous reviews say it all. If you like the Coasters, you won't be disappointed with this compilation.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musically and lyrically one of the best albums you can buy.,
This review is from: The Very Best of the Coasters (Audio CD)Every track is beyond description. Leiber and Stoller were really never sung better. You'll laugh, you'll jive, you'll admire the compositions and, when it comes down to it, you'll love 'yakety-yak', even though 'along came jones' is the secret winner!
Not a dud track! Tardy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection,
This review is from: The Very Best of the Coasters (Audio CD)Great selection. You will like this if you are a fan of the Coasters or this style of music. [Filler.]
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