The Kingsmen

The Best of the Kingsmen [Laserlight]

  • AllMusic Rating
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

This album contains the Portland, OR garage band's most popular recordings which include "Annie Fanny," "Killer Joe," and their rendition of the Wailers version of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie." The Kingsmen recorded Berry's song in a garage for the grand sum of $50, and these others appear to have been cut there too. "Death of an Angel" is the sole ballad on a CD that will not overburden your player -- none of the ten songs plays for more than about two and half minutes, with "The Jolly Green Giant" chiming in a second shy of a brief two minutes. Only a few of the tracks have any real charm or charisma, and remakes of "Mustang Sally," "Shout," and "Money (That's What I Want)" doesn't begin to compare with the originals. The Kingsmen's lead singer is indistinguishable; every track comes off like a bunch of guys just jamming with the tape rolling.

blue highlight denotes track pick