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The Best of Louie, Louie: The Greatest Renditions of Rock's #1 All Time Song


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032IJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Louie, Louie - The Rice University Marching Owl Band
2. Louie, Louie - Richard Berry
3. Louie, Louie - Rockin' Robin Roberts
4. Louie, Louie - The Sonics
5. Louie, Louie - The Sandpipers
6. Louie, Louie - The Kingsmen
7. Louie, Louie - The Last
8. Louie, Louie - Eddie & The Subtitles
9. Louie, Louie - Les Dantz & His Orchestra
10. Louie, Louie - The Hallelouie Chorus-The Impossibles

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on January 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a really fun CD. With multiple versions of the "frat rock" national anthem, what's not to like? Here is a little info about the different versions of "Louie, Louie" featured here:

1. The Rice University Marching Owl Band. This marching band version was later featured in the film The Naked Gun.
2. Richard Berry. This version by the song's composer is not his original recording, but a remake.
3. Rockin' Robin Roberts. This version inspired the Kingsmen's version.
4. The Sonics. The Sonics were the hardest rocking of the '60s "Nuggets" type groups.
5. The Sandpipers. This "latin lounge" version was the only other version of the song to hit the American Top 40.
6. The Kingmen. The version you know and love.
7. The Last. Performed in the style of the Doors.
8. Eddie & the Subtitles. On the original vinyl version of this album (which I own), there was a version of Louie Louie performed by legendary punk band Black Flag. On the CD release, it was replaced by a version of "Louie, Louie" performed by obscure punk band Eddie & the Subtitles.
9. Les Dantz & his Orchestra. Performed in the style of "Let's Dance" era David Bowie.
10. The Impossibles. This is "The Hallelujah Chorus" with the words changed to "Louie, Louie".

There you have it. If any if that interests you, I recommend getting this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Oneal-petterson on December 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
For fans of the best song ever, this has some fantastic recordings of Richard Berry's classic three-chord song. This also includes a version done by Richard Berry himself, which is not the original recording (as the other reviewer has posted) but rather a carefully crafted re-recording, attempting to sound as close to the original as possible. This was due to a dispute between Mr. Berry and the owner of the original recording. Having heard both, the differences are minimal however, and Rhino did an excellent job of capturing the original sound and feel.
There are some really rockin' versions of the song (I really like the Sonics') and just a bit of novelty, particularly the "Hallelouie Chorus." OK, it's a little funny, but loses its charm on the 4th or 5th listen.
Make sure to look up volume 2 of Louie Louie, another excellent compendium.
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By R. DeCarli on April 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
One sign of a great song is that it can be successfully performed by different performers in wildly divergent styles. This collection demonstrates that Louie Louie is one such song. Take what I think are the three best versions on this collection: the Sonics, the Sandpipers, and Black Flag. First, the Sonics version is pure, rough garage rock, which sounds as fresh now as it did in 1967, when the song first appeared on the album The Sonics Boom. Next, the beautiful a capella version by the Sandpipers -- in Spanish! -- makes the song sound like a lullabye. Finally, the song sounds amazing as hard core punk by Black Flag. These versions alone make this collection worth owning, but all the others are great as well.

If Louie Louie is one of your favorite songs, OR if you consider yourself a music fan, you should pick this one up.
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By A Customer on October 10, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Coming originally from the Pacific Northwest, I can't resist picking up anything that has the song title that ALMOST became the state song of Washington, Louie Louie. This is a fine collection of variations on Richard Berry's song. I was pleased with all the selections contained in the CD, but was especially pleased to find versions by the boys from Tacoma, The Wailers with Rockin Robin Roberts, and those other boys from Tacoma, The Sonics. Best of all, this CD contained the best version of all... the original by Richard Berry. I know one CD could not contain all my favorites, so my disappointment about not finding the version by Paul Revere and the Raiders was minimized. This CD is a definite "gotta buy" for any fan of the song Louie Louie.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Redgecko on March 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's unusual for Rhino to offer such a meager amount of music. At 23:46 it's the worst value I've ever seen. Also, the liner notes trace the history of Louie, Louie but never mention any of the versions on the CD--no recording dates or anything.

"Love That Louie" has 24 songs and is still in-print. It also includes much better versions of the song such as that done by Toots & The Maytals and The Raiders.
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