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The Wailers - The Original Golden Crest Mastersdotdotdot
artworkThis CD collects many of the more significant Golden Crest session of the Wailers. Golden Crest was the label they hit with originally, and most of those sessions were instrumental. Afterwards, they were on Etiquette and Imperial, where they produced some totally punk masterworks like Out Of Our Tree. From this CD, you will hear the developing Pacific Northwest sound, the punk attitude that later bands like the Sonics exploited so well. Dirty Robber is here in both the single and album versions. Some of the instros here are issued for the first time, and the whole CD is the first issue from the original master tapes.
Picks: Tall Cool One, Road Runner, Mau-Mau, Wailin', Shanghaied (Shanghai'd), Beat Guitar, Driftwood, Scratchin', Long Gone, High Wall, Gunnin' For Peter, Swing Shift, Beat Guitar #2, Snake Pit, Driftwood, Tough Bounce

Track by Track Review

Tall Cool One dotdotdotdot
Pacific Northwest Bachelor Pad Club Instro (Instrumental)

The Wailers issued this and had a national hit with it in '59. It's a great honky tonkin' piano and sax squankin' R&B track. Wonderful!

Road Runner dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Not only is this a very chunky and surfable track, but it is so percussive, it could probably be done with just an array of drums. Really tribal, and very rhythmic.

Mau-Mau dotdotdot
Tequila-like (Instrumental)

While you might expect tribal thunder here, what you get is a "Tequila" like number. It's good, but doesn't quite sync with it's title. From 1964.

Wailin' dotdotdot
Northwest Rock (Instrumental)

A fast Link Wray-like number, in his less interesting fifties progression style. The track is overdubbed with echoed handclaps. Originally issued in 1959.

Shanghaied (Shanghai'd) dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Bobby Fuller & the Fanatics used to do "Shanghaied" and is has all the elements necessary for inclusion in a surf set, with just a little imagination. It's raw and garagy, and primal. The melody is playful, while the tone is ominous. Fake stereo delay detracts significantly from the original raw power of this track.

Beat Guitar dotdotdot
Bachelor Pad (Instrumental)

The inevitable clone followup to a hit single, this is as close to "Tall Cool One" as you can get without being the same. It's pretty smooth, and more beat generation oriented. Fake stereo.

Driftwood dotdotdot
Elevator Beach (Instrumental)

An odd track for this band, being very MOR, and tame as they come. It features a vibrato guitar slowly letting out long shimmering notes, a piano delightfully plinking away, and a downright elevator sax. The "enhanced" stereo is dreadful.

Scratchin' dotdotdot
Party Hip (Instrumental)

Pumpin' boogie piano and sax number, definitely party hipster cool.

Long Gone dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

A "What'd I Say" kinda thing under a "Johnny B. Goode" sorta rhythm, but no melody. It's infectious.

High Wall dotdotdotdot
Pre-Surf (Instrumental)

This is a mighty ominous and sad number. It's about being inside, walled off from freedom. There are sounds of escape, but primarily, this about captivity. Slow, melodramatic, and highly inventive. The Debonairs released a cover of "High Wall." A very Link-like tune, slow and eerie.

Gunnin' For Peter dotdotdot
Detective (Instrumental)

This is based on the "Peter Gunn" rhythm, but doesn't really compare, either sonically or structurally. A grodie low down progression with a long sassy sax.

Swing Shift dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

A soul groove, featuring a sax and guitar harmony duet jam. Mid tempo fifties fare.

Beat Guitar #2 dotdotdot
Bachelor Pad (Instrumental)

This is a cool version, recorded in generally shallow and ambient stereo. The sound is not very clear, but the track is more raspy and edgy.

Snake Pit dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Little Richard piano, pumping rhythms, progression dominated, and punctuated with shouts of "Snake Pit." Previously unreleased.

Driftwood dotdotdot
Elevator Beach (Instrumental)

This alternate version of "Driftwood" is previously unreleased for good cause. The sax is almost entirely missing from the mix. The vibrato guitar is fine, as is the piano.

Tough Bounce dotdotdot
Fifties (Instrumental)

A fifties progression, almost like the backtrack to Dirty Robber, but tamed to a pale imitation.