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The Fabulous Wailers: the Original Golden Crest Masters CD

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  • Audio CD (2 Mar. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B000005Z5H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Tall Cool One
  2. Road Runner
  3. Mau-Mau
  4. Dirty Robber 45 Version
  5. Wailin'
  6. Shanghied
  7. Beat Guitar
  8. Driftwood
  9. Lucille
  10. Scratchin'
  11. Long Gone
  12. High Wall
  13. Gunnin' For Peter
  14. Why Did It Happen To Me
  15. Swing Shift
  16. Beat Guitar #2
  17. Snake Pit
  18. Driftwood#2
  19. Dirty Robber LP Version
  20. Tough Bounce

Product description

(1998/ACE) 20 tracks - Golden Crest 1950s (many Stereo!)

Medium 1
Tall Cool One
Road Runner
Mau-Mau
Dirty Robber (45 version)
Wailin'
Shanghied
Beat Guitar
Driftwood (stereo)
Lucille (stereo)
Scratchin' (stereo)
Long Gone (stereo)
High Wall
Gunnin' For Peter (stereo)
Why Did It Happen To Me(prev.unissued stereo)
Swing Shift (stereo)
Beat Guitar #2 (prev.unissued stereo)
Snake Pit (prev.unissued stereo)
Driftwood #2 (prev.unissued stereo)
Dirty Robber (stereo)
Tough Bounce

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As vocalists the Wailers are also rans but as instrumentalists they are in a different class
The biggest hit was Tall Cool One which due to the British Invasion (accoeding to the copious sleeve note) charted again 6 years after it first hit in 1959.Which was the year North West bands became massive.
Apparantly the Kingsmen's version of Louie Louie was modelled on their 1963 version which was made with Rockin' Ronnie Roberts.
A wonder though they got away with Beat Guitar No 2 as its exactly the same melody and arrangement as Floyd Cramer's Flip Flop & Bop
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 15 reviews
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, BUT... 10 Jan. 2015
By RICH - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a very obvious thread that runs through the reviews for an oldies disc like this one, perhaps summed up best by the phrase, "Ya had to be there..."

Many of the reviewers, were, in fact, "there," by that, I mean, at least living in the Seattle/Tacoma area where this band (and its sole national Top-40 entry, Tall Cool One--#36) got the most airplay, or, REALLY there, boppin' inside the clubs and other venues this legendary early rock band headlined (i.e., Evergreen Ballroom, Tacoma Armory...)

But, most of us, (like me) weren't there either way. Up in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley, however, yeah, I heard Long Cool One. And...nothing else. So, I was always curious. No more. That goes for the CD, too. Which is much less than I had hoped for. From what understand, you don't get better reissues than those from Ace, so we can conclude, "it is what it is..." and if you're memories get in the way of judgement, well, so be it. (We don't get to read a comment like, "Gee, I remember this band being a lot better than this sounds...but, heck, back then I was 16...") If that's you,you're in your 70s now, and you've heard a whole lot of records since you (and I) stopped listening to anything new (say, after the late 1980s...)

The Wailers are a lot like two other Pacific Northwest bands of note: The Kingsmen (three top-40 entries--and can you name the "other" two?) and Sonics (no national breakouts, whatsoever with Psycho and The Witch as regional favorites) and a dozen other U.S. instrumental groups, including the obscure New England bunch, The Saturday Knights, which--a bizarre Canadian radio factoid--earned decent Vancouver B.C. airplay with Ticonderoga (1961.) There's the one-hit wonders, the Viscounts with Harlem Nocturne (1960) which charted below the Top-40, but which, in my estimation, trumps ALL of the above for song, sound and musicianship.

So what people like me (and maybe like you) need is an instrumental compilation disc that features all these--and skips the ones everyone has already (Walk Don't Run by that other Pacific Northwest band; Let's Go by the studio group, The Routers, etc., etc.) Some of these (Ticonderoga) are beyond "hard to find." They are impossible to find. Others (like Harlem Nocturne) are collected with all sorts of other hits you already have (I bought BMG's Sixties Classics for this cut and one other--Shout, Pt. 1&2, Isley Bros inspite of having a dozen others in the 3-disc collection.)

More than enuff said. Tall Cool One, yeah...all other cuts...well... Next!
3.0 out of 5 stars Most of their good songs, 50's and 60's 1 July 2014
By Opinionated Mike - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of their good songs, 50's and 60's. Twenty songs which is more than most CD's. Missing of course is Rockin' Robin Roberts, the first to do the true rock version of Louie Louie. The Kingsmen got the credit.
The sound is pretty good for an oldie.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 May 2016
By Gary Lee Pederson - Published on Amazon.com
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Talk about rare....this is it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Oct. 2014
By Elizabeth K Kiteley - Published on Amazon.com
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My generation!
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is second hand GARBAGE 12 May 2012
By fgoodbold - Published on Amazon.com
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I took the advice of one reviewer that this album was better that the others offered for The Wailers. I have been burned more than once by import CDs. Often they are made up of second rate tapes made at live shows with lousy fidelity. This is the case with this CD. I was disappointed and mad that I wasted $18.00 on this piece of crap. Many of the cuts are painful to listen to. The imbalance of the instruments and vocals sound like a high school band in a bathroom or an indoor swimming pool. I may try one of the CDs to try and get what I was looking for, mostly a good copy of "Tall Cool One". This is a cheat and a scam. I seriously wonder if the guy who wrote the review recommending this Golden Crest CD has a personal interest in selling this piece of crap. Buyer Beware this sounds awful.
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