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The Coasters on Atco - There's A Riot Goin' On Box set

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From 1956 to 1961, the Coasters released a string of classic singles that reflected the life of the American teenager with keen wit and hot, rocking harmonies. The Coasters parlayed their R&B roots into rock and roll hits by delivering Leiber and Stoller's serio-comic tunes in an uptempo doo-wop style. Clocking in just a hair under three hours of music, this ultimate celebration of The Coasters features in-depth notes by writer-actor James Ritz, who also co-produced the compilation.


"[I]ncluding an entire disc of outtakes, rarities and alternatives, some making their first appearance here....You might be surprised by how many witty ditties have escaped your attention..." 4 stars out of 5 --Mojo

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Hatchet Man
  2. I Love Paris
  3. Whadaya Want?
  4. If Teardrops Were Kisses
  5. Wrap It Up
  6. Riot in Cell Block #9
  7. Loop de Loop Mambo
  8. One Kiss
  9. I Must Be Dreamin'
  10. Framed
  11. Smokey Joe's Cafe
  12. Just Like a Fool
  13. Brazil
  14. Down in Mexico
  15. One Kiss Led to Another
  16. Turtle Dovin'
  17. Lola
  18. Sweet Georgia Brown
  19. Young Blood
  20. Searchin'
  21. (When She Wants Good Lovin') My Baby Comes to Me
  22. Idol with the Golden Head
  23. What Is the Secret of Your Success?
  24. Wait a Minute
  25. Dance!
  26. Gee, Golly
  27. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart
  28. Three Cool Cats

Disc: 2

  1. Yakety Yak
  2. Stewball
  3. Sorry But I'm Gonna Have to Pass
  4. The Shadow Knows
  5. I'm a Hog for You
  6. Crocodile
  7. Charlie Brown
  8. Hey Sexy
  9. Along Came Jones
  10. That Is Rock & Roll
  11. What About Us
  12. Poison Ivy
  13. Run Red Run
  14. Keep on Rolling
  15. Besame Mucho, Pt. 1
  16. Besame Mucho, Pt. 2
  17. The Snake and the Book Worm
  18. Wake Me, Shake Me
  19. Lady Like
  20. Easy Living
  21. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  22. Moonlight in Vermont
  23. Moonglow
  24. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
  25. Autumn Leaves
  26. Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You
  27. Satin Doll
  28. The Way You Look Tonight
  29. Willow Weep for Me
  30. But Beautiful
  31. On the Sunny Side of the Street

Disc: 3

  1. Thumbin' a Ride
  2. Shoppin' for Clothes
  3. Ridin' Hood
  4. Girls Girls Girls, Pt. 1
  5. Girls Girls Girls, Pt. 2
  6. Little Egypt (Ying Yang)
  7. Hongry
  8. Teach Me How to Shimmy
  9. My Babe
  10. Bad Blood
  11. (Ain't That) Just Like Me
  12. The Climb
  13. Bull Tick Waltz
  14. The P.T.A.
  15. T'Ain't Nothin' to Me (live)
  16. Speedo's Back in Town (live)
  17. Bad Detective
  18. Lovey Dovey
  19. Wild One
  20. I Must Be Dreaming
  21. Money Honey
  22. Let's Go Get Stoned
  23. Crazy Baby
  24. Bell Bottom Slacks and a Chinese Kimono
  25. She's a Yum Yum
  26. Saturday Night Fish Fry

Disc: 4

  1. Yakety Yak (Previously unreleased, Take 5)
  2. Three Cool Cats (Previously unreleased, Take 1, alternate take)
  3. (When She Wants Good Lovin') My Baby Comes to Me (Previously unreleased, alternate take)
  4. Ridin' Hood (Previously unreleased, Take 28, alternate take)
  5. The Shadow Knows (Previously unreleased, Take 2)
  6. I'm a Hog for You (Previously unreleased)
  7. Charlie Brown (Previously unreleased)
  8. Poison Ivy (Previously unreleased)
  9. That Is Rock & Roll
  10. Slime, The
  11. Run Red Run
  12. Hey Sexy (Previously unreleased, alternate take)
  13. The Snake and the Book Worm
  14. Bad Blood
  15. Keep on Rolling
  16. Along Came Jones
  17. Little Egypt (Ying Yang)
  18. Girls Girls Girls
  19. What About Us
  20. I'm a Hog for You
  21. Crocodile (Previously unreleased, Take 1)
  22. Yakety Yak (Previously unreleased, Take 3)
  23. Wake Me, Shake Me
  24. Poison Ivy (Alternate Take)
  25. I'm a Hog for You
  26. Three Cool Cats
  27. Dance!
  28. Yakety Yak

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 16, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino Handmade
  • ASIN: B000OYC1FY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Johnny Heering on September 13, 2008
The Coasters were arguably the greatest vocal group of the early days of rock and roll. This four CD collection features all the songs that they recorded for Atco Records. It begins with 12 songs by an earlier incarnation of the group, when they were called the Robins. These songs were originally released by Spark Records, but they were purchased by Atco when they signed the group. Some of the Robins didn't want to move from the west coast to the east coast when they signed with Atco, so the group was reorganized as the Coasters. They recorded many great songs, most of which were written by their regular producers, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. But there was a big misstep made in 1960, when the Coasters recorded an album of standards called One By One. These songs (not produced by Lieber and Stoller) were given very dull easy listening type arrangements, and this type of material was wrong for the Coasters' singing style anyway. But for what it's worth, bass singer Dub Jones did a pretty good job on the songs which were sung by him (most songs featured just one Coaster singing solo, with none of the group's trademark harmony singing). After that album bombed, the group went back to doing the type of songs that they excelled at, thank goodness. But in late 1962, Lieber and Stoller left Atco, and the group ended up working with other producers for the next three years. Atco seemingly lost faith in the group, and booked only six recording sessions for them during that period, recording 13 total songs. Most of these songs were decent, although not up to the standards of the group's classics, but none of them were very successful. The Coasters' contract with Atco quietly expired in 1966 and was not renewed.Read more ›
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A superb cd-box with one of the great pioneers of rock n roll. You might heard these songs with The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dr Feelgood, Ry Cooder, Buddy Holly, The Hollies, Paul Jones, Elvis Presley and God knows who. But here they are in their wonderful orginal. Many of the songs are written by the ledgendery songwritercouple Lieber/Stoller who also wrote for Elvis. Updated, fab soundquality and one CD worth of rarities. Do yourself a favour and get this!
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This is it, folks. Very likely the most complete and best-sounding Coasters anthology that will ever be produced. If you like them (and who doesn't), buy one of the 4,000 copies in this limited edition set by Rhino Handmade.

I judge a Mexican restaurant by the taste of the tamale, and a Coasters compilation by the sound of "Riot in Cell Block #9" - that is, the degree to which the distortions of that 1954 recording are minimized vs. other reissues. This version is the cleanest I've heard and predicts - accurately - excellent sound quality for the entire set (or at least as good as the original masters permit).

Room for improvement: in the liner notes, I would like to have seen comments about every single and every album. In particular the author tells us nothing of the story behind their 1960 album of standards on disc 2. One could speculate that The Coasters simply wanted to do the album, and that their contributions to the bottom line at Atlantic gave them the clout to make it happen in spite of the obviously poor sales prospects of such an album.

Very nice packaging, with the 33-page booklet nestled in the four-fold digipak, and all inserted in a heavy cardboard case. All of the hits are here, of course, along with some interesting novelties that you undoubtedly haven't heard before. Quite a few tracks are in stereo. Alternates and rarities are included on disc 4.

The biggest surprise is on disc 2, where we hear the Coasters singing Great American Songbook tunes from their 1960 album "One by One." Who'd a thunk it? The concept of a traditional pop album by Coasters, strange as it may be, is fairly well executed within the limitations of their R&B chops.
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I heard their songs Yakety Yak Charlie Brown and Along Came Jones when I was little and they still had eight tracks. That tells you how old I am. Other songs like Searching Poison Ivy Young Blood and many more incudeing some from their days as the Robins such as Framed Riot in Cell Block Number Nine and Smoky Joes Cafe came later. So did other Coasters hits such as One Kiss Led to Another What is the Secret of Your Success and The Shadow Knows among others. I already had Fifty Coastin Classics when I saw this but I had to have this too. Espeally since it has even more. Everthing on it is so funny.Well not everthing but still this is an excellent album. I used to to call the Coasters the black version of the Beatles and its ironic that one of the songs a song called Wild Ones is a novelty song about the Beatles. Anyway to some extent I still believe it. They were the first black group inducted into the rock in roll hall of fame and with good reason. Their novelty songs are very funny and will stand the test of time. Unlike most most not all but most novelty acts they are not one hit wonders. I have always liked the Coasters even before I had a name to put with their songs. Like I said they are not one hit wonders.
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