A-Ooga!!! Stamp & Shake with the Routers

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Remembered by Mr. and Ms. Average Listener solely for their 1962 Top 20 instrumental "Let's Go Pony," the Routers rode that hit to record a surprising wealth of material in the early to mid-'60s, including four albums and numerous singles. This 27-track compilation lives up to the promise of its subtitle "The Best, The Rarest & the Unreleased," including their chart hits they did have a mild one after "Let's Go Pony," "Sting Ray", some singles that make their CD debut, and four previously unreleased tracks. "Let's Go Pony" was a simple but memorable tune built around crackling surf-ish guitar, soaring sax, and cheerleader-friendly clapping, yet they never did ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Remembered by Mr. and Ms. Average Listener solely for their 1962 Top 20 instrumental "Let's Go Pony," the Routers rode that hit to record a surprising wealth of material in the early to mid-'60s, including four albums and numerous singles. This 27-track compilation lives up to the promise of its subtitle "The Best, The Rarest & the Unreleased," including their chart hits they did have a mild one after "Let's Go Pony," "Sting Ray", some singles that make their CD debut, and four previously unreleased tracks. "Let's Go Pony" was a simple but memorable tune built around crackling surf-ish guitar, soaring sax, and cheerleader-friendly clapping, yet they never did manage anything else as catchy, despite the era's top Hollywood session men playing on their records. While you've got to love liner notes that start off by declaring "it's fair to say that the Routers were never about high-minded cerebral matters," these largely instrumental tracks -- singing and chanting are periodically heard -- are mostly hasty if energetic throwaways, often sounding like a cross between a sports marching band and a rock & roll combo with one foot in R&B and the other in surf. They're kind of fun to party to if you're not demanding much, and capture the innocence of the Los Angeles rock scene at a time when few aspired to do anything more than enjoy themselves and sell records, but they're not very interesting. More interesting, to be blunt, are the extensive liner notes, which explain the Routers' tangled evolution and connections to key Hollywood session rockers, who were so tight that only one member of the band touring under the Routers' name actually played on the records. Oddly, however, they don't mention that two tracks, "Snap, Crackle, and Pop" and "Amoeba" were written by future Redbone leaders Pat and Lolly Vegas, or that one of the touring Routers, Scott Engel who's seen in one of the photos, became star singer Scott Walker of the Walker Brothers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/3/2012
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667050227
  • Catalog Number: 6705022
  • Sales rank: 96,486

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let's Go (Pony) (2:19)
  2. 2 A-OOGA (2:06)
  3. 3 Make It Snappy (2:20)
  4. 4 Snap, Crackle and Pop (2:20)
  5. 5 Snap Happy (2:09)
  6. 6 No Particular Place To Go (2:50)
  7. 7 Sting Ray (1:55)
  8. 8 Crack Up (2:39)
  9. 9 Stamp and Shake (2:18)
  10. 10 Amoeba (2:15)
  11. 11 Pipeline (2:32)
  12. 12 The Green Door (2:48)
  13. 13 Halftime (1:59)
  14. 14 Charge (3:01)
  15. 15 Grandstand Stomp (2:00)
  16. 16 Washington and Lee Swing (2:14)
  17. 17 Ah-Ya (2:22)
  18. 18 Marie Elena (2:31)
  19. 19 Let's La La La (2:22)
  20. 20 Bucket Seats (2:06)
  21. 21 Wild Weekend (2:06)
  22. 22 Boom Ti Boom (2:14)
  23. 23 Big Band (2:27)
  24. 24 Pep Rally (2:18)
  25. 25 Silverfinger (2:33)
  26. 26 Guitar Man (2:01)
  27. 27 Too Much Monkey Business (2:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Routers Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Chuck Berry Composer
Duane Eddy Composer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
John Barry Composer
Dave Burke Liner Notes
Ernie Freeman Composer
Michael Z. Gordon Composer
Rene Hall Composer
Jimmie Haskell Composer
Dayton Howe Composer
Joe Saraceno Composer
Alan Taylor Liner Notes
Lolly Vegas Composer
Brian Carman Composer
Bob Spickard Composer
Phil Todaro Composer
Pat Vegas Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Tom Shannon Composer
By Dunham Composer
Jean Sharp Composer
Francis Blanche Composer
Robert Duncan Composer
Charles Robbins Composer
M.W. Sheafe Composer
Lanny Duncan Composer
T. W. Allen Composer
Castro Barcelata Composer
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