The Astronauts

Competition Coupe/Astronauts Orbit Campus

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Collectables' single disc release of Competition Coupe/Orbit Campus collects two 1964 albums from the Astronauts. Competition Coupe was the Astronauts' attempt at a hot rod album and its surprisingly enjoyable. There's not many classic hot rod songs -- "Our Car Club" comes the closest -- but it's a speedy, trashy delight with such songs as "The Hearse," "Devil Driver's Theme," "Happy Ho-Daddy," "Devil Driver," "Chevy Scarfer," "El Aguila," 4:56 Stingray" and "650 Scrambler." Orbit Campus is the Astronauts' take on frat-rock classics, which means there's a bunch of rock & roll oldies -- "Johnny B. Goode," "Be-Bop-A-Lu-La," "Good Golly Miss Molly," "Bony Moronie," "Roll Over Beethoven," etc. -- plus the odd collegiate folk song like "Greenback Dollar." The end result is a fun, if unremarkable, rock & roll record, much like this single-disc compilation.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:09
2 2:17
3 2:17
4 1:56
5 2:14
6 2:14
7 2:25
8 2:11
9 2:00
10 2:03
11
2:04
12 1:58
13 2:48
14 2:13
15 2:36
16 2:21
17 3:23
18 2:06
19 3:16
20 3:06
21 3:34
22 2:38
23 2:37
24 2:08
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