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50 Coastin' Classics


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  • Audio CD (November 24, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B0000032WB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Riot In Cell Block #9
2. Wrap It Up
3. Framed
4. Whadaya Want?
5. One Kiss
6. I Must Be Dreamin
7. The Hatchet Man
8. Just Like A Fool
9. Smokey Joe's Cafe
10. Turtle Dovin
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Along Came Jones
2. That is Rock & Roll
3. I'm a Hog for You
4. Poison Ivy
5. What About Us
6. Run Red Run
7. Besame Mucho (Part 1)
8. Stewball
9. Wake Me, Shake Me
10. Shoppin' For Clothes
See all 25 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

A good place to put your drinks.

Customer Reviews

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You'll be hearing from me again very shortly.
Jerome M. Deranek
The group is remembered for classic hits like "Searchin'", "Yakety Yak", "Charlie Brown" and "Poison Ivy".
Johnny Heering
50 Coastin' Classics is a superb collection of Coaster's music, and the production values are superior.
John A. Kuczma

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Once upon a time (always a good way to start a tale) there was a music fan who needed a Coasters CD for his collection. He knew all the big hits, even had many of them in various compilations, but wanted a more thorough overview of their storied career. There were two choices - the first was a relatively inexpensive 16 song "Very Best Of" that covered the basics and came from a series known for decent pics, notes and information. The second choice was a 50 song two-disc set that garnered rave reviews when it first came out but was more than double the cost. It was a toss up for the notoriously thrifty collector. When a used copy of the 16 track set was found for a big price discount the choice became easier.
Thus "The Very Best Of The Coasters" moved in and filled the requisite needs at first, even tossing in a few lesser heard gems such as the hysterical "Shoppin' For Clothes" and the rousing "Run, Red, Run". The notes which featured an interview with the group's famed writer/producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were informative, and while it skimped somewhat on mentioning the contributions of the singers themselves, and by limiting itself to just 16 songs focused almost solely on the hits, it was deemed a decent purchase overall.
But as usually happens with such a consistantly good act as the Coasters he found himself craving even more. Those huge hits that we've all heard a thousand times on radio, in movies and on those cheap Hits Of The 50's compilations were somehow not as impressive stacked one on top of another without pause. Sure they were still excellent compositions, brilliantly sung and played, but they were almost TOO popular to stand out amongst other equally famous sides.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John A. Kuczma on May 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
50 Coastin' Classics is a superb collection of Coaster's music, and the production values are superior. The vocals and instrumentation are clean, without much of the muddied sound so prevalent in recordings of this era. Additionally, almost miraculously, these are original recordings, not the cheesy remakes that are flooding the market.
That said, only a true devotee of the Coasters needs this anthology. The group had only six legitimate hits, all of which are available on more concise collections. You'll have to search a bit to make sure you're getting originals, but they are out there. However, if you are a Coasters fanatic and want everything they've done in a quality package, don't pass on this one. It's outstanding!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is a collection of all the original Coasters hits on Atco plus their earlier Robins tunes on Spark as well as later work on Date. The one clunker is a demo record sung by songwriter Jerry Lieber. So it's really 49 Coastin' classics, but why quibble. This 2 CD set contains every popular record by the Robins/Coasters from 1954 through 1968.The liner notes are extensive, highlighted by commentaries by Coaster songwriters Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller about each cut with detailed sessionography. Liner notes from a 1982 Coaster album are also included. However, there is no Coaster discography.This is the CD to get if you want to add the Coaster's music to your collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ken Rogers on September 24, 1998
Format: Audio CD
If you are a COASTERS fan, this is your best bet for almost all of the great hits. The quality is great with some good stereo. The booklet with notes covers all info on the songs with some great pictures of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in studio settings in the 50's. The only thing that is lacking is two cuts "Gee Golly" and "Dance" (should have been added.) This is the best selection you will find on the Coasters. A GREAT BUY.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andre M. on April 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This collection of the hits of the legendary comedy doo-woppers the Coasters may be a bit much for some people. But if you want to hear some of the best storytelling to a rhythm and blues beat this side of Louis Jordan, then this is for you.

Written mostly by the self-proclaimed "White Negroes" Lieber and Stoller, these guys provided the Coasters with some really funny and wry tales that had a good beat that you can dance to.

Along with the necessary "Great Big Idol With the Golden Head," "Searchin'", "Poison Ivy," "Charlie Brown" etc. we have lesser known but no lesser story songs such as "Riot in Cell Block 9," "Young Blood" (with some really good trick voices), and "What About Us," a thinly-disguised civil rights lament.

Special mention must be given to one latter tune here, "D.W. Washburn," about a lazy tramp who rejects the preaching of the Salvation Army. This picturesque audio cartoon reminds one of the "Schoolhouse Rock" type songs of the early 70s and is quite clever and memorable.

No discussion about the Coasters would be complete without special mention (and comparison) with their comedy doo-wop rivals The Cadillacs. Interesting to learn from the liner notes that these clown princes of Soul story songs occasionally shared the same members (notably Earl "Speedo" Carroll) as well as styles.

A bit much for the casual fan with 50 songs. But if you get it, you'll say like D.W. Washburn, "I do believe I got it made."
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