- 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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The Fabulous Wailers: the Original Golden Crest Masters CD
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(1998/ACE) 20 tracks - Golden Crest 1950s (many Stereo!)
Tall Cool One
Dirty Robber (45 version)
Long Gone (stereo)
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)
Top Customer Reviews
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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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!
The sound is pretty good for an oldie.