Lost Treasures! Rarities From the Vaults of Del-Fi

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In the years just prior to the British Invasion, the L.A.-based Del-Fi label was apparently willing to take a chance on almost anything, if the 22 rarities on this CD are any guide. A mixture of very rare singles and unissued material, there ain't no hits to be found here, although bongo player Preston Epps did once have a big hit, "Bongo Rock," for another label. Mostly these are gutsy instrumentals in the R&B, surf, and twist styles, or really strange novelties, the kind from which even Dr. Demento might shy away. If that sounds like a tall order to fill, check out Bob Ridgley's "The Way Out Mummy," the Bedwells' "Karate," or Yo Yo Hashi's "Yo Yo's Pad," the ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In the years just prior to the British Invasion, the L.A.-based Del-Fi label was apparently willing to take a chance on almost anything, if the 22 rarities on this CD are any guide. A mixture of very rare singles and unissued material, there ain't no hits to be found here, although bongo player Preston Epps did once have a big hit, "Bongo Rock," for another label. Mostly these are gutsy instrumentals in the R&B, surf, and twist styles, or really strange novelties, the kind from which even Dr. Demento might shy away. If that sounds like a tall order to fill, check out Bob Ridgley's "The Way Out Mummy," the Bedwells' "Karate," or Yo Yo Hashi's "Yo Yo's Pad," the last of which breaks up standard energetic three-chord instrumental vamps with Asian dialog straight out of your basic Hong Kong exploitation movie -- real hitbound stuff, to be sure. Then there's the non-LP B-side by exotica weirdo Eden Ahbez, an instrumental with whacked-out and for circa 1960 adventurous phasing effects. There are also extremely rare pre-fame appearances by Love's Arthur Lee as part of the American Four, who offer a sub-Booker T. & the MG's instrumental, and two of the Walker Brothers who play on the Moongooners' raunchy instrumental, "Moongoon Twist". These might have been throwaway sessions, but the resulting CD, though certainly geared to a narrow market, isn't a throwaway at all. It's a cool and occasionally glorious reminder of the days when rock & roll indies let the musicians blast away in search of that left-field hit, conventional pop standards of taste and song construction be damned.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/1995
  • Label: Del-Fi Records
  • UPC: 731867900621
  • Catalog Number: 9006

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chicken Grabber - The Nighthawks (2:06)
  2. 2 Ah Ha Crazy, Pt. 1 - The James Boys (2:01)
  3. 3 Moongoon Twist (2:01)
  4. 4 Soul Food (2:59)
  5. 5 Minister Bongos (1:51)
  6. 6 Yo Yo's Pad (1:46)
  7. 7 Karate (2:23)
  8. 8 Spanish Twist (2:23)
  9. 9 Don't Sit Down (2:04)
  10. 10 Tobago (2:22)
  11. 11 Drum City Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 (4:13)
  12. 12 She Was a Mau-Mau - Bob Ridgely (1:45)
  13. 13 B'Wana Bongos (1:56)
  14. 14 Voodoo Mash Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 (4:42)
  15. 15 Beatle Walk - Scramblers (2:28)
  16. 16 The Way Out Mummy - Bob Ridgely (1:59)
  17. 17 The F.B.I. (2:10)
  18. 18 Rockin' Moondog (2:33)
  19. 19 The Beatle Blues - Scramblers (2:10)
  20. 20 Hot Toddy (2:16)
  21. 21 Just, Pt. 2 (2:22)
  22. 22 Surfin' Anniversary (1:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
LaVern Baker Track Performer
The Cadillacs Track Performer
The Coasters Track Performer
Lee Dorsey Track Performer
The Drifters Track Performer
Roy Hamilton Track Performer
Garnet Mimms Track Performer
The Raindrops Track Performer
Billy Track Performer
The Blendells Track Performer
Ivan Track Performer
Ray Smith Track Performer
Big Dee Irwin Track Performer
Gene Thomas Track Performer
Ray Bryant Combo Track Performer
Ersel Hickey Track Performer
Cathy Jean Track Performer
Preston Epps Track Performer
Scramblers Track Performer
Chuck Chandler Track Performer
Yo Yo Hashi Track Performer
The American Four Track Performer
The James Boys Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bob Keane Executive Producer, Producer, Concept
Gary Tanenbaum Producer
Josh Agle Art Direction
Bryan Thomas Producer, Liner Notes
Bob Dalley Liner Notes
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