Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Crestones - Direct From Chicago
|This 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" 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.
Damped rhythm chops behind a whirly organ jammin' blues. Recorded 1964 at RCA Studios, a Markie Records single.
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" 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.