The Coasters

50 Coastin' Classics: Anthology

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Although it may well be too much for the casual fan, this double CD is easily the best Coasters retrospective ever assembled. Besides featuring every one of their hits, it also contains nine strong tunes cut in the mid-'50s by the Robins, who evolved into the Coasters after some personnel changes. As for the enticing obscurities, "Three Cool Cats" and "Besame Mucho" were cut by the Beatles on unreleased recordings in the early '60s, and "Ain't That Just like Me" would be a small hit for the Searchers. "Down in Mexico" and "Brazil" are cool R&B/Latin melodramas, and "Shoppin' for Clothes," "What About Us," and "That Is Rock & Roll" are half-forgotten vignettes of youthful independence that stack up against the best songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote most of the group's material. Indeed, there's little difference in quality between the hits and the B-sides on this comp, either in the group's matchless ensemble R&B/comedy vocals or Leiber/Stoller's witty songwriting. The accompanying booklet features comments on most of the tracks by Leiber and Stoller themselves.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: The Robins
03:03
2
feat: The Robins
02:49
3
feat: The Robins
02:47
4
feat: The Robins
02:30
5
feat: The Robins
02:51
6
feat: The Robins
02:20
7
feat: The Robins
02:33
8
feat: The Robins
02:54
9
feat: The Robins
02:48
10 03:09
11 03:17
12 02:53
13 02:23
14 02:46
15 02:22
16 02:25
17 03:00
18 02:30
19 02:46
20 01:52
21 02:51
22 02:12
23 02:11
24 02:36
25 02:22
26 02:10

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 02:59
2 02:26
3 02:01
4 02:45
5 02:46
6 03:01
7 02:18
8 02:19
9 02:29
10 03:00
11 02:24
12 02:41
13 02:53
14 02:22
15 01:56
16 02:19
17 01:52
18 02:13
19 02:45
20 02:40
21 02:35
22 02:42
23 03:07
24 03:03
25
feat: Jerry Leiber
02:30
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