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Cruisin' 1961
     

Cruisin' 1961

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An instantly recognizable bargain bin staple since the late '70s, thanks to their colorful comic book covers tracing the romantic life of an Everycouple named Peg and Eddie, the Cruisin' series of discs are built on a brilliant concept: each disc is devoted to a single year, with hit songs, local commercials, station jingles, and news headlines all presided

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An instantly recognizable bargain bin staple since the late '70s, thanks to their colorful comic book covers tracing the romantic life of an Everycouple named Peg and Eddie, the Cruisin' series of discs are built on a brilliant concept: each disc is devoted to a single year, with hit songs, local commercials, station jingles, and news headlines all presided over by a noted DJ from the era for a near-perfect re-creation of that year's AM radio experience. Cruisin' 1961 features Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg of Boston's WMEX. As the nickname implies, Ginsburg was one of those "wacky" DJs, complete with noisemakers and weird voices. Although this style of DJ is most often associated with frantic teenybopper stations, the play list for Cruisin' 1961 is heavy on the cool R&B tunes, including Shep and the Limelites' sublime "Daddy's Home," one of the all-time great doo wop ballads. Other highlights include Clarence "Frogman" Henry's "But I Do," Little Caesar and the Romans' "Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You)," and the great "My True Story" by the Jive Five. The commercials and promos are a rather disappointing lot this time around, other than some terrifically weird station jingles, but this is one of the meatier volumes in the Cruisin' series musically.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/1993
Label:
Increase Records
UPC:
0015668196125
catalogNumber:
1961
Rank:
64805

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Berry   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer,Musician
Lee Dorsey   Vocals,Track Performer,Musician
Jive Five   Track Performer,Musician
Little Caesar & the Romans   Track Performer
Del Shannon   Vocals,Track Performer,Musician
Regents   Track Performer
Marathons   Track Performer,Musician
Romans   Musician
Joe Dowell   Vocals,Track Performer,Musician
Clarence "Frogman" Henry   Vocals,Track Performer,Musician
Bobby Lewis   Vocals,Track Performer
Shep & the Limelites   Track Performer
Bobby Lewis   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
Lee Dorsey   Composer
Alan Freed   Composer
Del Shannon   Composer
Peter Johnson   Liner Notes
Troy Seals   Composer
Ritchie Adams   Composer
H.B. Barnum   Composer
Martin Cooper   Composer
Max Crook   Composer
Cliff Goldsmith   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
Clarence Lewis   Composer
Morgan Robinson   Composer
Fred Smith   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
William Miller   Composer
Eugene Pitt   Composer
Ka Lihi Kai'o Ka'ena   Composer
Paul Leo Politi   Composer
Robert Guidry   Composer
James Sheppard   Composer
Nick Curinga   Composer
Kay Twomey   Composer
Oscar Waltzer   Composer
Malou Rene   Composer
Dave Parkinson   Composer

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Cruisin' 1961 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As has been traditional over the last couple of decades, the CD "reissues" of the Crusin' series stand out as the worst, ham-fisted ("see "butchered"") reissues of all time. This one is such an example. Songs are removed (""Blue Moon" by The Marcels is no longer on this release), rearranged from their original playing order ("Nadine" by Chuck Berry, which was the third song on the original, now comes ahead of "My True Story" instead of after), and some questionable substitutions ("Peanut Butter" by the Marathons, and "Those Oldies But Goodies" by Little Caesar and the Romans, neither of were part of the original Cruisin' 1961 album) all mar what was once a skillfully crafted recreation of WMEX back in the day. Until there's some label with enough sense to secure the rights to the original songs and rerelease these albums they way they first appeared (are you listening, Rhino? Shout! Factory?), avoid these CDs like the plague. You will NOT be getting the original Crusin' series!