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The Best of the Crew Cuts: The Mercury Years [Import]

The Crew-CutsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spectrum Music
  • ASIN: B000007Y67
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Crazy 'Bout Ya Baby
2. Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A
3. I Spoke Too Soon
4. Oop-Shoop
5. Do Me Good Baby
6. Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)
7. Earth Angel (Will You Be
8. Chop Chop Boom
9. This Is My Story
10. Two Hearts Two Kisses (Ma
11. Don't Be Angry
12. Mostly Martha
13. Story Untold
14. Angels In The Sky
15. Gum Drop
16. Seven Days
17. Honey Hair Sugar Lips Eye
18. Out Of The Picture
19. Tell Me Why
20. Young Love
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Editorial Reviews

Budget priced anthology of tracks from the Canadian singing group from the 1950's who specialized in remakes of R&B hits. Includes timeless classics like "Earth Angel", "Sh-Boom", "Crazy Bout Ya Baby" (their first hit single, not a cover version), "Do Me Good Baby" and many more.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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The Crew Cuts were a Canadian group which had a number of hits back in the 1950s. The songs were, by and large, "covers": songsthat had been done by rhythm & blues groups,which they redid in a style better suited to the majority's tastes of the day. As such, they are badly vilified by r&b devotees, who seem to treat the cover versions as desecrations of holy objects. Well, I was, back then, one of that big majority that preferred the covers to the r&b original, and I still, 50 years later, do. This CD includes all the big Crew Cuts hits, including "Sh-Boom" and "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)" which were the biggest. It also includes aome covers that never charted (where other artists had the hit version) like "Young Love" and "Two Hearts, Two Kisses (Make One Love)." And it includes some songs I've never heard by any artist before. I've always liked the Crew Cuts' sound, and as I've already said here, thought their covers were better than the originals, so, no surprise, I like this album. If you're into r&B, you won't. But if your taste agrees with mine, you'll be happy if you buy this CD.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Crew Cuts April 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Actually, I have the best of the Crew Cuts. My Husband, Pat Barrett, is one of them and, of course, I think he is the best.
I was very happy to be able to find a CD as I have not been able to do that in this area
We both enjoyed listening to the tape. There are a few songs that Pat was not crazy about, but, all in all, it was great.
I am going to order more for my friends and relatives.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Credit where credit is due February 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Although often dismissed for being "merely" a cover group, the Crew Cuts still achieved a lot of chart success with pop versions of many r'n'b tunes of the era. The complaint is often registered that such cover group "stole" the music from the original artist, depriving them of the deserved recognition. In reality, these cover artists provided exposure to these tunes, reworked for a wider audience as they were, to a vastly larger number of listeners that would otherwise never have heard these songs.

During the mid-50's the Crew Cuts presented the listening public with well-produced and listenable versions of many songs that became top tunes because of their treatment of them. Eventually, with rock and r'n'b artists being more widely accepted with the takeover of the pop charts by the rock-and-rolling teens, the string of hits for the Crew Cuts dried up as the age of the cover artists faded.

Here in this collection are their charted singles along with a number of b-sides and an album cut. Considering the vintage of these recordings, the sound quality is very good with all taken from the original mono masters. The twelve page liner notes booklet provides a history of the group along with production credits. An excellent reissue from Polygram on this underappreciated group.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alot of fun at the beginning of rock and roll...... July 11, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
This is the music of the'50s. These are all the original recordings that were the signs of the times then (501 levis, white bucks, tail fins on cars, suede belts, cool hair do's, side burns,high school dances, convertibles, dragging the main, drive in's, sanity). If you want to look back at some great times this is an album that can do it. ding a ling a ling---oop shoop--bawap bawap they are all there. Just a fun cd to turn on and reminise. These are real oldies but believe me they are goodies...... Hey Jim remember the good old days??????
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC CREW April 22, 2001
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers Yes - But Professional And Polished July 29, 2007
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When the subject of "cover versions" from the mid to late 1950s is broached more often than not The Crew Cuts will be mentioned as one of the leading proponents of this "unspeakably evil" practice, as some critics would like you to believe. Which is utter hogwash. That's like saying they and Mercury Records should have allowed the small labels to slowly spread their offerings without competition. In other words, while it was OK for labels like Columbia, Mercury, RCA and Decca to compete on any given song, it was wrong for them and their artists to do so if the song came from a small label like Cat. Somehow, this rings false in the land of free enterprise.

Yes, The Crew Cuts did cover a number of small label sides, among them the immortal Sh-Boom in 1954, but for the most part their covers were better, and that first one was no exception. I don't dislike the original by The Chords, but then again I didn't live in L.A. and, given the ability of Cat to cut and distribute increased quantities nationally it might have been 1956 before any reached the East Coast. Sure, some big company could have negotiated a deal to buy out The Chords' contract from Cat, or lease the record, but that takes time and since Mercury had just signed a group to a contract why not let them cut the record?

The second male quartet to emerge from St. Michael's College in Toronto (The Four Lads preceded them), lead John Perkins, brother Ray (bass), tenor Pat Barrett and baritone Rudy Maugeri had started out as The Canadaires, and it was the success of Crazy 'Bout Ya Baby, penned by Pat and Rudy, that had caught the ears of Mercury executives.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Hits, Top Quality, 22 Tracks
Original tracks. Excellent remastering - no scratches. Contains all the Billboard Pop Chart hits. Twenty two tracks. Terrific liner notes with recording/release dates. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roy F. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music of olden days gone by, not like what you can't understand...
I loved the Crew Cuts while growing up and when I found this, I had to have it and sorry I didn't purchase sooner.
Published 2 months ago by Mary Harmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Super!
This is a collection of some 22 hits by the Crew Cuts. If you remember who they were, you will be delighted!
Published 4 months ago by Earle Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars This is not as good as I hoped it would be.
It is neither a great nor a bad cd. Just in between. I was hoping for better, but you don't always get what you want.
Published 5 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
The Best of the Crew Cuts CD The Mercury Years was exactly what I thought it would be thank you so much for sending it to me.
Published 9 months ago by MARTHA PASCO
4.0 out of 5 stars fun for my little one
I bought this because of "Life is a dream sweetheart" which is on the Cars movie and my 3 year old loves to dance to it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Luke's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun tunes
A nice trip down memory lane with these songs.
The cover photo is a hoot and the music is fun.
Thank you.
Published 19 months ago by Suzanne
5.0 out of 5 stars 50's music was great
excellent ! It's like going into the past reliving all those wonderful memories. It's great to have the option of getting these kinds of things.
Published 20 months ago by Jerome H. Cassidy
4.0 out of 5 stars The Crew Cuts
Order was received before promised delivery date. It was as described. Album cotained all of the great Crew Cuts songs along with other cover songs that were very entertaining. Read more
Published on November 5, 2011 by Fred G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Rock 'n' Roll?
I once read a critic who stated that the Crew Cuts should be considered one of the earliest practitioners of rock 'n' roll. The statement surprised me. Read more
Published on November 30, 2008 by Gary Peterson
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