7-17-08 The Coasters
CDx2 50 COASTIN' CLASSICS RHINO
1992 51 TRK Collection (50's & 60's recordings)
CD COAST ALONG WITH THE COASTERS SEQUEL
1960's/1997 24 TRK Collection (12 x bonus tracks)
LP COAST ALONG WITH THE COASTERS ATCO
1962 12 TRKS stereo (4th album)
CD COASTERS, THE SEQUEL
1997 25 TRK Collection 50's recordings (11 x bonus tracks)
LP COASTERS, THE ATCO
1956? 14 TRKS mono (1st album)
CD GREATEST HITS SEQUEL
1997 24 TRK Collection, 50's recordings (12 x bonus tracks)
LP GREATEST HITS ATCO
1960? 12 TRK Collection, fake stereo (2nd album)
CD ONE BY ONE SEQUEL
1960's/1997 25 TRK Collection (13 x bonus tracks)
LP ONE BY ONE ATCO
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
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.