In the top of the charts for all of '64, we're excited to present this hi-test chunk of rock history on CD! Features the ultimate garage-rock mega hit 'Louie, Louie,' the next smash single 'Money,' the entire wild LP, t... more »hree rare single-only tracks, original artwork and liner notes, plus rare photos and 3 bonus tracks 'Haunted Castle', 'The Krunch' & '(You Got) The Gamma Goochee'. Sundazed. 1993.« less
In the top of the charts for all of '64, we're excited to present this hi-test chunk of rock history on CD! Features the ultimate garage-rock mega hit 'Louie, Louie,' the next smash single 'Money,' the entire wild LP, three rare single-only tracks, original artwork and liner notes, plus rare photos and 3 bonus tracks 'Haunted Castle', 'The Krunch' & '(You Got) The Gamma Goochee'. Sundazed. 1993.
One of my college favorites! I really liked this album.
The Northwest Sound was more than "Louie, Louie!"
Volkert Volkersz | Snohomish, WA United States | 07/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the album that started it all, and this is the album that brought the "Northwest Sound" to national attention. Any kid growing up in Seattle, Tacoma, Portland or Spokane in the early 60s will remember that the Kingsmen was just one of many bands that played fast, soulful, R&B influenced DANCE music. Most of the tunes recorded here were being done by virtually every Northwest band (before the British Invasion), including Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Wailers (not the reggae group), the Dynamics (with Larry Coryell on guitar), the Viceroys, the Dave Lewis Trio, and every other garage band and wannabe group.Before the British Invasion, R&B ruled in the hearts of Seattle's teens, which is evidenced by tunes like "Twist and Shout" (before the Beatles did their cover), "Night Train" and "Fever" (which is still done by some jazz artists). The Kingsmen's humorous side can be found on the hokey, but hilarious, "Long Tall Texan." "J.A.J" (originally done by the Dynamics) was a local favorite with rumors flying around about what those initials stood for.It's too bad that the only tune that gets airplay off this album is "Louie, Louie." We used to love that song, but I think most of us are sick of it from overplay on all the oldies stations and in several movies. If you want a taste of what the Northwest was listening to while rock and roll was being invaded by Pat Boone and Bobby Vinton, this album is one of the best samples still available. Who knows, you may want to jump to your feet and do "the pony?""
Oswald Placeres | 04/29/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you want to get this CD because you want a copy of Louie Louie with the crowd noises dubbed-in and the great introduction: "Here they are, the fabulous Louie Louie boys...."(as it is presented on the LP) don't bother with this selection. This CD offers the original release without the dubbing--and this is a disappointment. The crowd noises create a nice varient to this classic song, and you probably have it without the dubbing elsewhere in your collection. The rest of the material is perhaps more nostalgic than exciting--although the CD does have its moments."
From Jamaican/Cuban origins to a national American hit
Oswald Placeres | Netherlands | 06/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of my favorite pop rock songs from one of my favorite garage bands of the 60's. The legend of Louie Louie started(according to sources)with a Jamaican sailor love song and the tune from the song Cha Cha Loco by the Cuban composer Rene Tauzet. The late Richard Berry who was familiar with both songs combined the lyrics and the tune together and Louie Louie was created. The tune used in Louie Louie is similar to another Jamaican/Cuban song Havana Moon(see Santana Havana Moon album) apparently both of these songs were contemporary with each other and popular among the Jamaican sailors who traveled through the Islands back in those days. Many bands have recorded the song including Paul Revere & the Raiders who claim to be the first rock band to record it. However, credit goes to The Kingsmen from Portland Oregon U.S. They will always be remembered for making by far the best recording. It became a sensation and a national hit. If you want more information check the web site on Richard Berry or Louie Louie and read the book "The Story of Louie Louie". Well my friend hasta lavista and remember "Louie Louie,oh baby me gotta go"!"