The Coasters - There's A Riot Goin' On: The Coasters On Atco

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There's A Riot Goin' On: The Coasters On Atco

CD
  • Release Date: 9/14/2007
  • An individually numbered limited edition of 4000 Copies.
  • 113 Tracks
  • 11 Unreleased
  • 4 Discs
From 1956 to 1961, the Coasters released a string of classic singles that reflected the life of the American teenager with keen wit and hot, rocking harmonies. ...The Coasters parlayed their R&B roots into rock and roll hits by delivering Leiber and Stoller's serio-comic tunes in an uptempo doo-wop style. Beneath the humor the songs often made incisive points about American culture for those willing to dig a little deeper.



- from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame web page on The Coasters' 1987 induction

The Coasters were, in fact, the first group ever to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - all those so recognized in 1986, the inaugural year, were individual artists. It's a singular honor that's a fitting testament to their unique sound, stellar vocalizations and riotously great material. Rhino Handmade was more than willing to dig a little deeper into their body of work for THERE'A A RIOT GOING' ON: THE COASTERS ON ATCO, a 4-CD boxed set including an entire disc of rarities and previously unreleased tracks. You won't be able to stop yourself from shoutin'!



Boasting tracks spanning 1955-1966, THERE'A A RIOT GOING' ON: THE COASTERS ON ATCO is available exclusively from Rhino Handmade in an individually numbered, limited edition of only 4000 copies for $79.98 a piece. Clocking in just a hair under three hours of music, this ultimate celebration of The Coasters features in-depth notes by writer-actor James Ritz, who also co-produced the compilation.



In his booklet essay Comedy Is A Serious Business, Ritz writes, During the golden days of the doo-wop era, The Coasters established themselves as the most original act in a wide field that predominately covered the narrow boundaries of teen angst and pubescent longings. What seemed like effortless excursions into the realm of comedic diversions were actually highly crafted musical short stories that sometimes took 25-30 takes to sharpen to perfection. The fact that they were delivered by four past-their-teenage-years African-American adults made their accomplishments even more incongruous, and the group became one of the first black acts to crack pop music's rapidly decaying racial barriers during the mid-to-late '50s, going on to become rock 'n' roll superstars.



It all started in Los Angeles in the late 1940s with the vocal group The Robins, who were originally affiliated with Savoy Records and producer Johnny Otis. In 1953, they signed with Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller's Spark Records, where they had hits with Riot In Cell Block #9, I Must Be Dreamin' and Smokey Joe's Caf, a #10 R&B single.



The breakout success of the latter song - which in 1995 became the title of a theatrical celebration of Leiber & Stoller's tunes that went on to be the longest running musical revue in Broadway history - led to a production deal for the songwriting duo at Atco in New York City. The Robins were included in the deal, but the move east split the group. Carl Gardner and Bobby Nunn went to NYC with Leiber & Stoller, renamed their outfit The Coasters as a nod to their cross-continental relocation, and rounded out the original core lineup with Billy Guy and Leon Hughes.



The group rocketed fourteen songs up the Billboard R&B charts - eight of them crossed over to the pop Top 40 and two, Yakety Yak and Poison Ivy, hit # 1 on both charts. Other classics include Young Blood (#2 R&B/#8 pop), Searchin'(#1 R&B/#3 pop), Charlie Brown (#2 R&B/#2 pop) and Along Came Jones (#14 R&B/#9 pop).



It's not all about the numbers, though - these and other hits are just the tip of the iceberg on this landmark collection from Rhino Handmade. Disc One of THERE'A A RIOT GOING' ON: THE COASTERS ON ATCO opens with a dozen sides from The Robins, including all their signature songs. Fourteen tracks from the original lineup follow, and the CD closes with two cuts from the second lineup, Carl Gardner, Billy Guy, Will Dub Jones, Cornell Gunter. Many mono single masters are featured. Disc Two coasts through thirty-one classics tracks, with an emphasis on stereo masters and, as with Disc One, Leiber & Stoller-composed and produced tracks, although other songwriters are represented.



Disc Three follows the group into the '60s and through another personnel evolution, a lineup comprised of Carl Gardner, Billy Guy, Will Dub Jones and Earl Speedo Carroll. While some Leiber & Stoller songs are featured, songwriting credits run further afield, including The Coasters' takes on Jesse Stone's Money Honey, Ashford & Simpson's Let's Go Get Stoned and Bell Bottom Slacks And A Chinese Kimono, penned by none other than Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. Disc Four - Unreleased, Alternates & Rarities - presents an unprecedented wealth of just that, including selections culled from mono and stereo masters, many of them previously unissued.



In an early '90s interview, Jerry Leiber said, Our songswere R&B hits that white kids were attracted to, and if people bought it, it became rock and roll. No wonder everybody's always pickin' on The Coasters for a sound and attitude that changed the course of music. Dig - and dig it - deeper than ever on THERE'A A RIOT GOING' ON: THE COASTERS ON ATCO.

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Title
Artist
Time
Disc 1
1
The Hatchet Man (Remastered)
The Robins
2.32
2
I Love Paris (Remastered)
The Robins
2.25
3
Whadaya Want? (Remastered)
The Robins
2.29
4
If Teardrops Were Kisses (Remastered)
The Robins
2.46
5
Wrap It Up (Remastered)
The Robins
2.46
6
Riot In Cell Block No. 9 (Remastered)
The Robins
3.02
7
Loop De Loop Mambo (Remastered)
The Robins
2.12
8
One Kiss (Remastered)
The Robins
2.49
9
I Must Be Dreamin' (Mono) [Remastered]
The Robins
2.19
10
Framed (Remastered)
The Robins
2.45
11
Smokey Joe's Cafe (Remastered)
The Robins
2.48
12
Just Like A Fool (Remastered)
The Robins
2.51
13
Brazil (Remastered)
2.21
14
Down In Mexico (Remastered)
3.16
15
One Kiss Led To Another (Remastered)
2.50
16
Turtle Dovin' (Remastered)
3.08
17
Lola (Remastered)
2.43
18
Sweet Georgia Brown (Remastered)
2.44
19
Young Blood (Remastered)
2.18
20
Searchin' (Remastered)
2.46
21
(When She Wants Good Lovin') My Baby Comes To Me [Remastered]
2.58
22
Idol With The Golden Head (Remastered)
2.22
23
What Is The Secret Of Your Success? (Remastered)
2.27
24
Wait A Minute (Remastered)
2.39
25
Dance! (Remastered)
2.20
26
Gee, Golly (Remastered)
1.59
27
Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart (Remastered)
2.51
28
Three Cool Cats (Extended Stereo Master) [Remastered]
2.43
Disc 2
1
Yakety Yak (Remastered)
1.56
2
Stewball (Remastered)
2.20
3
Sorry But I'm Gonna Have To Pass (Remastered)
2.09
4
The Shadow Knows (Remastered)
2.14
5
I'm A Hog For You (Remastered)
1.58
6
Crocodile
2.05
7
Charlie Brown (Remastered)
2.19
8
Hey Sexy (Remastered)
2.33
9
Along Came Jones (Remastered)
2.57
10
That Is Rock And Roll (Remastered)
2.22
11
What About Us (Remastered)
2.43
12
Poison Ivy (Remastered)
2.42
13
Run Red Run (Remastered)
3.00
14
Keep On Rolling (Remastered)
2.19
15
Besame Mucho (Pt. I) [Remastered]
2.16
16
Besame Mucho (Pt. II) [Remastered]
2.15
17
The Snake & The Book Worm (Remastered)
2.14
18
Wake Me, Shake Me (Remastered)
2.26
19
Lady Like (Remastered)
2.06
20
Easy Living (Remastered)
3.49
21
Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Remastered)
2.45
22
Moonlight In Vermont (Remastered)
3.15
23
Moonglow (Remastered)
2.04
24
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (Remastered)
2.14
25
Autumn Leaves (Remastered)
3.53
26
Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You (Remastered)
2.14
27
Satin Doll (Remastered)
2.28
28
The Way You Look Tonight (Remastered)
2.38
29
Willow Weep For Me (Remastered)
2.43
30
But Beautiful (Remastered)
2.46
31
On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Remastered)
2.23
Disc 3
1
Thumbin' A Ride (Remastered)
2.21
2
Shoppin' For Clothes (Remastered)
2.56
3
Ridin' Hood (Remastered)
3.10
4
Girls, Girls, Girls (Pt. I) [Remastered]
2.09
5
Girls, Girls, Girls (Pt. II) [Remastered]
1.53
6
Little Egypt (Ying-Yang) [Remastered]
2.49
7
Hongry (Remastered)
2.32
8
Teach Me How To Shimmy (Remastered)
2.10
9
My Babe (Remastered)
2.05
10
Bad Blood (Remastered)
2.17
11
(Ain't That) Just Like Me [Remastered]
1.51
12
The Climb (Remastered)
2.42
13
Bull Tick Waltz (Remastered)
2.24
14
The P.T.A. (Remastered)
2.27
15
T'Ain't Nothin' To Me (Remastered)
4.38
16
Speedo's Back In Town (Remastered)
3.11
17
Bad Detective (Remastered)
2.38
18
Lovey Dovey (Remastered)
2.48
19
Wild One (Remastered)
2.08
20
I Must Be Dreamin' (1964 Single Version) [Remastered]
The Robins aka The Coasters
2.34
21
Money Honey (Remastered)
2.37
22
Let's Go Get Stoned (Remastered)
2.57
23
Crazy Baby (Remastered)
2.02
24
Bell Bottom Slacks And A Chinese Kimono (Remastered)
2.23
25
She's A Yum Yum (Remastered)
2.19
26
Saturday Night Fish Fry (Remastered)
2.32
Disc 4
1
Yakety Yak (Take 5)
2.39
2
Three Cool Cats (Take 1)
2.11
3
(When She Wants Good Lovin') My Baby Comes To Me [Mono]
2.33
4
Ridin' Hood (Take 28)
3.04
5
The Shadow Knows (Take 2)
2.56
6
I'm A Hog For You (Slow Version)
1.57
7
Charlie Brown (Alternate Version)
2.44
8
Poison Ivy (Alternate Version) [Remastered]
2.41
9
That Is Rock & Roll (Alternate Version) [Remastered]
2.24
10
The Slime (Remastered)
2.42
11
Run Red Run (Alternate Version) [Remastered]
3.02
12
Hey Sexy (Alternate Arrangement) [Remastered]
2.55
13
The Snake & The Book Worm (Alternate Version) [Remastered]
2.23
14
Bad Blood (Alternate Mono) [Remastered]
2.19
15
Keep On Rolling (Alternate Stereo) [Remastered]
2.19
16
Along Came Jones (Alternate Stereo) [Remastered]
2.53
17
Little Egypt (Ying-Yang) [Alternate Stereo] [Remastered]
2.52
18
Girls, Girls, Girls (Alternate Stereo) [Remastered]
2.11
19
What About Us (Alternate Stereo) [Remastered]
2.53
20
I'm A Hog For You ("Yea Yea" Version)
3.19
21
Crocodile (Take 1) [Mono]
2.07
22
Yakety Yak (Mono) [Take 3] [Remastered]
1.51
23
Wake Me, Shake Me (Stereo Version) [Remastered]
2.31
24
Poison Ivy (Alternate Take) [Remastered]
2.45
25
I'm A Hog For You (Undubbed Stereo Master)
2.20
26
Three Cool Cats (Extended Stereo Master) [Remastered]
2.43
27
Dance! (Mono) [Extended Version] [Remastered]
2.26
28
Yakety Yak (Alternate Version) [Remastered]
1.54