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The Coasters - 20 Greatest Hits

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Album Review

This indeed has all the greatest hits from the Coasters, but that's it, making this a pretty brief CD, even for a budget package. More comprehensive single-disc collections are on the market, so unless you want the hits and absolutely nothing else, pay the extra money and get a better overview of this innovative vocal group.

Customer Reviews

Garbage

DON'T GET THIS ALBUM. These are not the orignal hits but a bunch of re-recordings, without the classic feel. Most of the original members have died before these recordings. It is a complete rip-off. I HATE refried oldies.

The Coasters: 1966--1971 & The 1977 Re-recordings

This album is for those who already have the Coasters' hit songs & wish to dig deeper into their post 1965 career. Many people may not realize the group still consisted of the original members at this time, & they continued their recording career into the early 1970s. "Charlie Brown," Searchin', "Young Blood," "Along Came Jones," "Yakety Yak," "Poison Ivy," & "Little Egypt" are all 1977 re-recordings that only feature 2 original Coasters: lead singer Billy Guy & bass singer Dub Jones. "One Foot Draggin' was also cut at these sessions, but it's actually a new song. I would recommend getting the original versions. For the rest of the cd, the songs are original recordings from 1966--1971. All of these sessions were produced by Leiber & Stoller, featuring piano by Stoller, & they also wrote some of the songs. During these years, The Coasters found themselves in changing musical tastes, & they couldn't get a hit. "Soul Pad" & "Down Home Girl" are the oldest songs, dating from November 1966. Next, "Talkin' Bout A Woman," "Mohair Sam," "Everybody's Woman," & "D.W. Washburn" were recorded in October 1967. "D.W. Washburn was recorded by The Coasters first but withheld. The Monkees then had the hit version. "Down At Papa Joe's" is a really party, up-tempo song dating from Feb. 1968. "Love Potion #9" was also recorded then; however, it was later overdubbed in fall 1971, where it was then released as a single. It became The Coasters' final charting single, reaching #76 Pop. During those same 1971 sessions, The Coasters recorded their versions of "On Broadway," "The In-Crowd," "Mustang Sally," & "Cool Jerk." These became the final sessions produced by Leiber & Stoller.

D.W. Washburn?

It was defenitly better when the Monkees did it. As for the rest of the album? It's basically a repackaging of every coasters hit we already heard. Don't waste you're money

Biography

Formed: February, 1956 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Coasters were one of the few artists in rock history to successfully straddle the line between music and comedy. Their undeniably funny lyrics and on-stage antics might have suggested a simple troupe of clowns, but Coasters records were no mere novelties — their material, supplied by the legendary team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, was too witty, their arrangements too well-crafted, and the group itself too musically proficient. That engaging and infectious combination...
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