Gary Usher

Gary Usher Greats, Vol. 1: The Kickstands Vs. The Knights

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Surf and hot rod genius Gary Usher was a budget-minded fellow -- not unlike director Ed Wood -- who could take a bunch of L.A. studio hotshot ringers into Gold Star studios for an afternoon and cut an album under any number of fake names and come up with something that not only was genre faithful, but pretty fine listening, too. A right-hand man in early times to Brian Wilson, Usher had hits on the charts and cranked this stuff out like sausage. This debut outing of his Capitol cut-'em-quick, cut-'em-cheap LP output combines two of his finer efforts, Black Boots and Bikes by the Kickstands and Hot Rod High by the Knights. The actual lineup of players and singers on these two albums reads like a first-call list on a Phil Spector or Jan & Dean session (Jerry Cole, Hal Blaine, Leon Russell, etc.) and the sound and style is a perfect match for any Capitol hot rod/surf album from that time period.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:03
2
2:17
3 1:47
4
1:50
5 1:45
6
2:31
7 1:52
8 1:52
9
1:58
10
2:08
11
2:08
12
feat: The Knights
1:56
13
feat: The Knights
2:05
14
feat: The Knights
2:02
15
feat: The Knights
2:28
16
feat: The Knights
2:20
17
feat: The Knights
1:59
18
feat: The Knights
2:28
19
feat: The Knights
2:26
20
feat: The Knights
2:04
21
feat: The Knights
2:08
22
feat: The Knights
2:07
23
feat: The Knights
2:25
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