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.
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.Read more ›
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Great songs. Great CD - all original recordings of their hits.Published 5 months ago by George Ottmer
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 22 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 24 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 on May 23, 2014 by Earle Williams