The Best of the Crew Cuts: The Mercury Years Import
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
March, 1954 through November, 1957. Twenty-one singles and one rock 'n roll album cut (track #9, "This Is My Story" from Lp, ROCK AND ROLL BASH, Merc MG 20144). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Son of Flintstone
Original tracks. Excellent remastering - no scratches. Contains all the Billboard Pop Chart hits. Twenty two tracks. Terrific liner notes with recording/release dates. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Roy F. Johnson
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 18 months ago by Mary Harmon
This is a collection of some 22 hits by the Crew Cuts. If you remember who they were, you will be delighted!Published 20 months ago by Earle Williams
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 21 months ago by Chris