- Audio CD (29 Mar. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Ace
- ASIN: B0037M5X28
- Other Editions: Audio CD
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The Best of Golden Crest: 48 Tall Cool Ones
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* A new 2CD compilation spotlighting the very best of Clark Galehouse's Long Island-based label, Golden Crest and its subsidiary (named after his daughter), Shelley.
* The compilation covers the entire gamut of the rock`n'roll era: rocking instrumentals, teen rock`n'roll, R&B, doo wop, girl groups and a little pop, soul and terrific jazz. The compilation and notes are by label specialist John Broven.
* Hip names include the Wailers, Mando & the Chili Peppers, Coleman Hawkins, Larry Dale and Billy Mure.
* 20 of the 48 tracks are new to CD; and only 13 tracks previously issued on Ace/Kent. Only four cuts (three by the Wailers) are currently available on Ace or Kent. There are three previously unissued tracks from the Wailers' demo session in 1958.
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As a rock and roll/R&B recording label, Golden Crest was very eccentric. About the only single that sold well was 'Tall Cool One" by The Wailers, a band from the Pacific Northwest. They must've had issues with marketing and promotion because hardly any of the other tracks found here (and believe me, this is their cream of the crop) had much success.
I'm especially fond of the two weird tracks by The Three Graces. Galehouse employed Cy Levitan who most certainly was among the strangest songwriter of 'teen' music, since he was middle aged and not even slightly hip. I wish they had included the outrageous "X Equal Kiss" by The Three Graces! What a wonderfully goofy song.
Another track they missed is a wonderful, twisted version of Pam Saywer's "Nightmare" (issued as "I Didn't Want to Fight" by the The Jaye Triplets on Goal G-102. Very Shangri-las.
This is a cool anthology and I recommend it.
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