Jan 31, 2009

WAILERS - THE "GOLDEN CREST" RECORDINGS (1959-60) 20 tracks




Rich Dangel was the lead guitarist and co-founder (with John Greek) of the Wailers, an instrumental group from Tacoma, WA. Formed as the Nitecaps in 1958, the original line-up was: John Greek (guitar / trumpet / cornet / bass guitar), Rich Dangel (guitar), Kent Morrill (piano, vocals), Mike Burk (drums) and Mark Marush (tenor sax). In August 1958 they recorded a demo of an atmospheric instrumental called "Scotch on the Rocks" and took it to Bob Reisdorff of Dolton Records, who however, wanted to push his own instrumental group The Frantics, whom the Wailers regarded as competition. Art Mineo, who had produced the demo, took the tape to New York, where he found an interested taker in Clark Galehouse, owner of Golden Crest Records. "Scotch on the Rocks" was rerecorded in Lakewood, WA, in February 1959, retitled "Tall Cool One" by Kent Morrill's mother, and released on Golden Crest 518. It broke the charts in May 1959 and climbed to # 36, selling some 200,000 copies in the process. The band had an eventful time, appearing on "American Bandstand" and touring throughout the USA. The follow-up, "Mau Mau", also charted (# 68), though the flip, the frantic "Dirty Robber", with a vocal by Kent Morrill, was the better side. Further tracks for an LP were recorded during two sessions in July and September 1959. "Wailin'" & "Shanghied", two tracks from the LP, became their third single ; both sides were later covered by the Ventures, who also recorded "Tall Cool One" and "Road Runner" (the flip of "Tall Cool One"). The latter two songs also appear on the instrumental LP by the early Paul Revere and the Raiders ; The Wailers were an influential group in the Northwest...[net]
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There are probably four or five albums from the first wave of great Northwest rock & roll (1958 - 63) that are both must haves and highly collectible and "The Fabulous Wailers" is at the top of the list. This release is complete with alternate takes, unissued tracks, and the complete first album, all taken from the original masters!!!Also some of these tracks are in true stereo for the first time...
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5 comments:

GaragePunk66 said...

Thanks for another great post.

mscmichael said...

Great band. Thanks...

Georgie Hirezola said...

One of the best early rock and roll records ever...
thanks guys

Pablo "Pochola" Cazorla said...

uuuu
this band is ...
one of my favourites by far...

pure fire! ! !

GReat choice
only got their lps
no new editions x me !
now cause of you..yes!

Anonymous said...

I personally prefer The Sonics, but The (Fabulous) Wailers were awesome!

Norton Records has re-released a bunch of Pacific Northwest classics on that nice thick vinyl.