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Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Coasters


7-17-08 The Coasters

CDx2 50 COASTIN' CLASSICS RHINO US R2 71090

1992 51 TRK Collection (50's & 60's recordings)

CD COAST ALONG WITH THE COASTERS SEQUEL UK RSACD 871

1960's/1997 24 TRK Collection (12 x bonus tracks)

LP COAST ALONG WITH THE COASTERS ATCO US SD 33-135

1962 12 TRKS stereo (4th album)

CD COASTERS, THE SEQUEL UK RSACD 868

1997 25 TRK Collection 50's recordings (11 x bonus tracks)

LP COASTERS, THE ATCO US 33-101

1956? 14 TRKS mono (1st album)

CD GREATEST HITS SEQUEL UK RSACD 869

1997 24 TRK Collection, 50's recordings (12 x bonus tracks)

LP GREATEST HITS ATCO US SD 33-111

1960? 12 TRK Collection, fake stereo (2nd album)

CD ONE BY ONE SEQUEL UK RSACD 870

1960's/1997 25 TRK Collection (13 x bonus tracks)

LP ONE BY ONE ATCO US SD 33-123

1961? 12 TRKS stereo (3rd album)

CDx4 THERE'S A RIOT GOIN' ON - THE COASTERS ON ATCO RHINO US RHM2 7740

2007 113 TRKS (50's & 60's recordings) 4CD boxed set

LP THUMBIN' A RIDE EDSEL UK ED 156

1985 16 TRK Collection

CD ULTIMATE COASTERS WARNER US 27604.2

1986 20 TRK Collection, 50's & 60's recordings

LP WAKE ME, SHAKE ME ATLANTIC JPN P-6188A

1980 14 TRKS Collection

CD WHAT IS THE SECRET OF YOUR SUCCESS? MR. R&B RBD 102

1980 16 TRK Collection, 50's & 60's recordings

I have been following the US R&B group The Coasters ever since hearing Frank Zappa sing about them in the song “Status Back Baby”, in 1967/8. I have all four of their original LP’s, but I am missing many of their singles. I think “Coast Along With The Coasters” (the stereo Atco LP) is one of my all-time favorite records. I am lucky enough to have heard it being played on a very expensive and nice-sounding stereo system!

The 2007 Rhino Handmade 4CD boxed set certainly has some illuminating material (lots of stuff making it’s stereo debuts) – and an unreleased track called “Crocodile” that’s really good! It’s taken decades for all of their material to see the light of day – and it’s so cool that it appears that everything has now been released. Nearly everything is in stereo, too.

I recently (May ’08) found an original 1955 Robins (pre-Coasters) single of “Smokey Joe’s Café” b/w “Just Like A Fool” (Atco 7” 45-6059), so I suppose it’s possible to still entertain the thought of ‘working on’ my Coasters collection. I would love to find their final Atco single, from 1966 – “Saturday Night Fish Fry” – the Louis Jordan song.

So, THANK YOU, to all of The Coasters – and to Lieber & Stoller, still both alive & kickin’ as of this writing.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Donato said...

One of my first [inherited] records was a 45 (great!) of "Poison Ivy!"

8:06 AM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

My "inherited" Coasters 45's were "Little Egypt" and "Run Red Run"!

8:10 AM  

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