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The Best of the Crew Cuts: The Mercury Years Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. Be My Only Love
  22. I Like It Like That


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2016)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spectrum Music
  • ASIN: B000007Y67
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Bruce R. Gilson on August 11, 2004
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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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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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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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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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GO NORTH YOUNG MAN (AND LADY), UP TO CANADA, AND YOU WILL BE TREATED TO SOME OF THE GREATEST VOCAL GROUPS OF ALL TIME. THE DIAMONDS, THE FOUR LADS, THE CREW-CUTS, JUST TO NAME A FEW. THIS COMPILATION OF THE CREW-CUTS IS ABSOLUTELY FIRST RATE. WHEN ROCK WAS YOUNG, THESE GUYS WERE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL. HIGHLY POLISHED, DANCABLE, AND JUST PLAIN GOOD ROCK HARMONIES TO LISTEN TO.
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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). No -dull- album filler. The Crew Cuts' commercial instincts were dull album filler, however....

I bought this set for the singles. I'd heard several of the songs from picking off some junk white pop 45s in my vinyl junkie friends' spares piles, but I bought the set to get clean sound. This set is mastered from the original mono masters (no stereo cuts--these tracks are too early for stereo by more than a year), instead of the other sets' "needle drop" sources, so here you get the best sound instead of de-clicked vinyl several generations down the manufacturing pipeline.

Rock 'n Roll: These guys are popsters, and the kind of popster sound comes via Chicago's Mercury Records. Merc was a 1945-46 indie startup that by 1948, with its own pressing plant and distribution system (like 1942 Capitol in Los Angeles) duked out the white charts with stodgy New York labels, Columbia, Decca, and top dog RCA/Victor. Merc's white pop generally had a jazzier nightclub sound than the East Coast labels, which made beautifully boring, slick not-jazz. Think of Merc as a kind of slightly upscale loose Chicago white pop major label.

The songs here are mostly r&b, which I LIKE, but their vocal style is LEAVE IT TO BEAVER forgettable establishment extra-smiley white, while the backing is BRASSY, loud and loose Chicago nightclub pop, from white guys who must've ventured across town where far better Chicago r&b and blues (Chess Records and then some) were being waxed. That combination made this stuff groove, at least for several years.
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