Hot Rod Twangin': The 1960s Crown Recordings

Hot Rod Twangin': The 1960s Crown Recordings

by Jerry Cole
     
 

Jerry Cole is an excellent guitarist. Just the list in the liner notes of several dozen stars on whose records he played -- including Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, Phil Spector, Aretha Franklin, and …  See more details below

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Jerry Cole is an excellent guitarist. Just the list in the liner notes of several dozen stars on whose records he played -- including Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, Phil Spector, Aretha Franklin, and Elvis Presley for starters -- is a testament to that. Being a good guitarist and making good records are different things, however. And while Cole did make a lot of records on which he was the featured artist, many of them were quite run-of-the-mill instrumentals. They form the main diet on this 24-track collection of sides he played on for budget LPs on the Crown label in 1960-1966 that were attributed to numerous different artists, including not just Jerry Cole, but also Jerry Kole, the Stingers, Billy Boyd, the Scramblers, the Hot Rodders, the Winners, and even the Blasters (no, not the Blasters with the Alvin brothers). While Cole's playing is accomplished and spirited, it hardly pierces the arrow of the heart in the fevered, imaginative way that axemen Link Wray and Lonnie Mack could on many of their instrumental discs from the same time. That's not to say that everything here is as instantly dispensable as those budget Crown LPs were no doubt thought of by the label itself. Cole sometimes manages a tough, burning bluesy tone, "The Green Monster" being an outstanding example, though that track (as well as some others) is kicked along by some gimmicky burning-rubber hot rod sound effects. And, as the title promises, there's twang aplenty, though a leaner, suaver, and bluesier sort than Duane Eddy's. He also gets into some relatively early fuzz workouts on numbers like the Stingers' "Mustang," which has something of a Davie Allan feel. You hunger, however, for a little more along the lines of the Bo Diddley-styled "Mojo," where it seems like he's stretching for something more adventurous, particularly when he dives into unexpectedly lowdown distorted fuzz. Much of the rest of this comp is coasting in the songwriting department (which was usually Cole's department), as formidable a testament as the disc is to his versatile skills.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/09/2007
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667021524
catalogNumber:
1122
Rank:
235507

Tracks

  1. Hip Hugger
  2. Pealin' Out  -  Jerry Kole & the Strokes
  3. Mustang
  4. Mambo Boogie
  5. Twin Scramblers  -  Scramblers
  6. Boss Hair
  7. Ventures Venture
  8. Super Charged
  9. Ticket to Ride (Sunset Strip)  -  Jerry Cole & the Stingers
  10. Shuffle Boogie
  11. The Pursuit  -  Jerry Kole & The Strokers
  12. Soul Twist (Hey Little Girl)  -  Jerry Kole & the Stingers
  13. Bad Rubber  -  Blasters
  14. Night Rock
  15. Twelve a Go Go
  16. Cops and Robbers  -  Winners
  17. Mojo
  18. Diggin' the Blues
  19. George Played
  20. Oil Burner  -  Blasters
  21. Duck Walk
  22. The Green Monster  -  Jerry Kole & The Strokers
  23. Around the Oval  -  Scramblers
  24. Along Came Mary  -  Jerry Cole & the Stingers

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