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The Crestones - Direct From Chicagodotdotdot
artworkThis CD compiles the complete recorded output of Chicago's Crestones. This material spans 1962-1966, and includes their singles on Markie and USA Records, demos, acetates, alternates, live recordings, and a mess of radio jingles, most for Chicago powerhouse WLS. I used to listen to Dick Biondi on WLS from my bedroom in Cupertino, California at night in the winter, and later from my car. Richard Mack (Dick James) - rhythm guitar and bass, Paul Smario (Mario) - lead guitar and rhythm guitar, and Jerry Zudowski (Jerry Zee) - drums and percussion. These band pictures are for the sole purpose of making Fresno's Neptunes drool. Dig the double neck guitar!
Picks: The Grass Hopper Dance, Scrambled Eggs, The Boomerang, Harbor Lights

Track by Track Review


The Grass Hopper Dance dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"The Grass Hopper Dance" is a nearly carnival thing with a pumping organ playing an oom-pa-pa riff while the ringing guitar plays a Spanish melody. It's definitely not surf, but it could fit into a surf set without too much trouble, much like some of the Champs' guitar material. Recorded 1964 at Boulevard Studios, issued on Markie Records 117.

Scrambled Eggs dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Damped rhythm chops behind a whirly organ jammin' blues. Recorded 1964 at RCA Studios, a Markie Records single.

The Boomerang dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Bluesy jam, with mostly organ leads, but with sultry jazz piano played by Ramsey Lewis. and textured guitar. An excellent backtrack of a relentless thundering rhythm. "The Boomerang" was divided into two parts for a single. It was recorded 1964 at Universal Studio, and issued as a Markie Records single. Produced by Andre Williams. No surf, but it's a really cool track!

Harbor Lights dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Harbor Lights" features a slow vibrato guitar performance recorded 1962 live at the Flicker Light Lounge in Chicago. The sound is muddy, but the track displays a beautiful guitar tone and excellent phrasing.