Best of the Rip Chords

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although the Rip Chords are remembered as something of a one-hit wonder for their early 1964 Top Five hot rod smash "Hey Little Cobra," they did actually record a fair amount of material in the mid-'60s, with four other singles reaching various lower regions of the charts. This well-done, 20-track compilation has all five of those hits, as well as assorted obscurities from their 45s and LPs, topped off by three previously unissued cuts. The songs in which Terry Melcher, Bruce Johnston, P.F. Sloan, and Steve Barri had a hand in writing are emphasized, though interestingly none of those figures were involved in penning "Hey Little Cobra" itself. For all the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although the Rip Chords are remembered as something of a one-hit wonder for their early 1964 Top Five hot rod smash "Hey Little Cobra," they did actually record a fair amount of material in the mid-'60s, with four other singles reaching various lower regions of the charts. This well-done, 20-track compilation has all five of those hits, as well as assorted obscurities from their 45s and LPs, topped off by three previously unissued cuts. The songs in which Terry Melcher, Bruce Johnston, P.F. Sloan, and Steve Barri had a hand in writing are emphasized, though interestingly none of those figures were involved in penning "Hey Little Cobra" itself. For all the considerable talent involved, Best of the Rip Chords does sound rather like the Beach Boys/Jan & Dean lite, with only "Hey Little Cobra" and maybe "Surfin' Craze" sounding as good as the best songs coming out of the vocal surf/hot rod genre at the time. If it's a sound you just can't get enough of, however, the guys who wrote and recorded under the Rip Chords' name were among the more able practitioners in the genre, also coming up with other serviceable cuts like "This Little Woodie," the ballad "Beach Girl" the most blatantly Brian Wilson-esque number here, and "Wah-Wahini."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771116826
  • Catalog Number: 11168
  • Sales rank: 95,301

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hey Little Cobra (2:02)
  2. 2 The Queen (2:29)
  3. 3 Trophy Machine (2:00)
  4. 4 Here I Stand (2:05)
  5. 5 Karen (1:46)
  6. 6 Gone (2:00)
  7. 7 Three Window Coupe (2:01)
  8. 8 This Little Woodie (1:57)
  9. 9 Hot Rod U.S.A. (2:40)
  10. 10 Surfin' Craze (2:04)
  11. 11 Beach Girl (2:40)
  12. 12 My Big Gun Board (2:30)
  13. 13 Summer U.S.A. (1:37)
  14. 14 One Piece Topless Bathing Suit (2:33)
  15. 15 Wah-Wahini (2:13)
  16. 16 Don't Be Scared (2:42)
  17. 17 Red Hot Roadster (1:44)
  18. 18 Wiameah Baby (2:44)
  19. 19 Sting Ray (1:56)
  20. 20 X.K.E. (4:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rip Chords Primary Artist
Technical Credits
P.F. Sloan Composer
Bruce Johnston Producer
Terry Melcher Producer
Steve Barri Composer
Jan Berry Composer
Phil Stewart Liner Notes
S. Stewart Composer
Roger Christian Composer
Jud Cost Liner Notes
Bob Irwin Mastering
Ernie Bringas Liner Notes
Stephen J. McParland Liner Notes
R. Webster Composer
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