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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last!
Definitive is the right word, both for this compilation and the group themselves. The Coasters were the most important, not to mention the best, vocal group of the rock'n'roll era, and this wonderful collection is at least as essential for lovers of rock'n'roll/r&b as the 50s recordings of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars total waste of money
Side a would not play, no disc kept comming up on screen.Tried to return, but have no access to a printer and could not find another meathod of return. Have bought on Amazon a number of times neaver again.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last!, 21 April 2013
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Definitive is the right word, both for this compilation and the group themselves. The Coasters were the most important, not to mention the best, vocal group of the rock'n'roll era, and this wonderful collection is at least as essential for lovers of rock'n'roll/r&b as the 50s recordings of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
What we have here are all 30 of the singles cut by The Coasters between the mid 50s and early 60s, almost all of them written by the peerless Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, along with the flip sides. Clever, funny, slangy, sometimes risque (for the time) lyrics and terrific tunes given their definitive renditions by a marvellous group of musicians and - of course - The Coasters themselves.
This is one of the pinnacles of 20th century popular music - sheer bliss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coasters A & B Sides, 26 Oct 2013
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This is without doubt the definitive package. Emergent Manchester & Liverpool 60'sgroups based a lot of their early set lists around Coasters classic cuts. Even the Stones considered Poison Ivy for their second release. Their is so much humour in this fine back catalogue. Leiber & Stoller who have composed so many hits of the period are credited with
the bulk of these classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow DOES Know!, 25 April 2014
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Mr. M. Haymes "Mississippi Max" (Lancaster, UK) - See all my reviews
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A superlative collection and a must-have-to-get for all fans of 1950s rock 'nroll. Excellent sound and this release admirably demonstrates why the Robins/Coasters etc. are THEE top black group in the genre plus some of the best rockin' sax sounds from King Curtis, etc. The Coasters are simply giants in their field.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, 12 Mar 2014
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Love these tracks so much, other motorists give you strange looks until you remember the windows are open and your singing along came jones or got myself an idol with a golden head
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Coasters, 26 Jun 2013
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R. Shaw "Ronboy" (Leicester UK) - See all my reviews
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61 great tracks from the fabulous Coasters, A's & B's. Starting with the classic 'Riot In Cell Block #9, by the group's original line up as The Robins. All their hits, including their B side used for the VW ad 'Sorry But I'm Gonna Have To Pass.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A homage to The Coasters - a must get !, 18 May 2013
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Absolutely fantastic, what a bargain ! Brilliant sound and great presentation. What memories this brought back and it was like discovering the Coasters all over again as there are brilliant tracks here that I had never heard before. Absolutely recommended 100% !
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After all those years they get it right, 31 May 2013
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With only one original member left in Carl Gardner (2 of the originals were murdered) the Coasters first charted in the U K with Searchin' in 1957 and had 3 further hits up to 1960.The British Invasion was a great help to them and later in the decade a contingent of Coasters signed with first the Date label then King which their mentors Leiber-Stoller had control of.A final hit of sorts came in 1994 with the Rhino reissue of one of the Atco sides Sorry But I'm Gonna Have To Pass.
There was one album which was of standards and a couple of Greatest Hits ones where the unissued stuff could be heard for the first time seeing as these were Singles collections
Along the way through the British Invasion a team of Coasters arrived in England but were later proved to be fakes-in fact they were a recorded group called the Invitations.This was illegal and they could only have got away with it if an ex member had added his name (at least 2 sets of Coasters toured this way in the States)
With the CD Age many Coasters singles were actually missed off various CDs and when the Prism collections arrived what you heard were remakes probably by a group of that name with one original member.Not that this was a problem to me-I like remakes same as I like cover versions.
Virtually all the Coasters songs have been covered-Elvis did a couple but it was the British who cornered the market here.
The Caostesr were descended from the Robins who cut half a dozen singles which are included here and Smokey Joe's Cafe as well as being the title of the Leiber-Stoller musical was covered by Buddy Holly.
Like the Drifters the Coasters were always surounded by white people as there's no racial barrier in music
This double CD is a steal at HMV's price of £8 and has a 24 page booklet written by experts.Its a long way down the line from when Decca issued the first Drifters LP and used a pic of the Coasters on the sleeve saying later when the mistake was pointed out "hardly matters they all look alike"
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative compilations of essential American music history, 26 Sep 2013
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Not many groups of any kind can claim to have such a distinct influence on American, and therefore worldwide, 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 (not to mention the legendary sax lines of King Curtis), took the mixture of doo wop, rock n roll, soul and jazz to new territory, and put them at the exulted pinnacle of the original Rock n Roll and R'n'B era.
Covered by, and beloved of, 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 first set, "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. All the legendary moments are there back to back...'Yakety Yack', `Youngblood', `Riot in Cell Block #9', `Poison Ivy', `Charlie Brown', `Three Cool Cats', `Along Came Jones', `Searchin'', Smokey Joe's Café', `Shopping for Clothes'...you get the idea. 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.
Stereo recordings were obviously quite an exclusive luxury, and in their technological infancy, during the 1950s, but seeing as the Coasters had access to the best studios, the finest session bands and the top producers, these special stereo recordings were cut from different takes for the serious adult audio connoisseurs.
The second collection to see release here; `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!
9/10
Ian Fildes AmericanaUK
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doowap doowap doowap doowap Yeah, 28 Jun 2013
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The Coasters is awesome original R'n'B sound, i Love it and recommand to all fan of Rock'n'roll and Doowap music.

♪ YEeeeeeahh!!! ♫
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FINEST VOCAL GROUP OF THEIR TIME, 6 Aug 2013
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THE COASTERS WERE A GREAT VOCAL GROUP BUT THEY HAD ONE GREAT ADVANTAGE OVER OTHER ROCK 'N' ROLL VOCAL GROUPS OF THEIR ERA IN THEIR CORNER THEY HAD THE GREATEST WRITERS OF ROCK 'N' ROLL SONGS IN JERRY LIEBER AND MIKE STOLLER THEY PROVIDED THE GROUP WITH FABULOUS MATERIAL SUCH AS 'LITTLE EGYPT', 'YAKETY YAK' AND 'RIOT IN CELL BLOCK #9' AS WELL AS LESSER KNOWN MATERIAL SUCH AS 'ALONG CAME JONES' AND 'SHOPPING FOR CLOTHES'. WHAT SET THEM APART FROM THE REST WAS HUMOUR THESE SONGS ARE VERY FUNNY BUT ALSO CONTAIN AN ELEMENT OF SOCIAL COMMENTRY THAT WAS RARE AMONG SONGS FROM THE BRILL BUILDING ERA. SO WHAT YOU HAVE ON THIS ALBUM IS A WONDERFUL COLLECTION OF FUNNY INTELLIGENT ROCK 'N' ROLL.
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