Riot City!: Rocking Northwest Instrumentals

Riot City!: Rocking Northwest Instrumentals

     
 

The Pacific Northwest, as even some casual rock listeners knew by the 21st century, was a hotbed of activity for instrumental rock groups, usually heavily R&B-influenced, in the first half of the '60s. Riot City! is a compilation of instros released during that era by the Jerden label and its subsidiaries, along with four previously unreleased cuts from itsSee more details below

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The Pacific Northwest, as even some casual rock listeners knew by the 21st century, was a hotbed of activity for instrumental rock groups, usually heavily R&B-influenced, in the first half of the '60s. Riot City! is a compilation of instros released during that era by the Jerden label and its subsidiaries, along with four previously unreleased cuts from its vaults. Actually this focuses almost wholly on 1963-1965 rather than the very early '60s, as the Northwest instrumental sound continued blaring on record for a year or two after the British Invasion had made such an approach passé. One won't find the relatively best-known exponents of the Pacific Northwest instrumental sound -- the Wailers and of course the Ventures -- here. Even to serious collectors, Don & the Goodtimes (better known as a vocal pop
ock group) are the only band who might have a familiar ring. The Northwest sound was chunky, thumping rhythms built around basic, repetitive riffs, using some saxes and organs as well as guitars. That's what one gets here, and it would have been more exciting to hear this at youth dances -- the natural context of this music -- than one after the other (31 in all) on a CD. Actually it might have been oft-monotonous live too, and this is just an average instrumental rock compilation, a little odder than most in that the style had passed out of fashion by the time many of these numbers were recorded. The freneticism does get pretty amazing at times, as on the Juveniles' organ-on-speed arrangement of "I've Got a Woman." As some welcome variation, the Chessmen, from Vancouver, mimic the Shadows well on "Mr. Meadowlands"; a young Terry Jacks plays the rhythm guitar. Pre-fame big names also appear on the two sides by Sir Raleigh & the Cupons, who had future Buffalo Springfield drummer Dewey Martin (who adds novelty spoken vocals to their "Somethin' or Other"), future Flying Burrito Brothers guitarist Pete Kleinow, and ex-Gene Vincent lead guitarist Johnny Meeks.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667181624
catalogNumber:
816
Rank:
146448

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Tracks

  1. Riot City
  2. Sticky
  3. David's Mood, Pt. 2
  4. Turn On
  5. Backfire
  6. Aces High  -  Classics
  7. Clyde, Clyde, the Cow's Outside  -  Counts
  8. Alki Point  -  Jesters
  9. Hitch Hiking Home
  10. Quiet Riot
  11. Backyard Compost  -  Imperials
  12. Mr Meadowlands  -  Chessmen
  13. Sampan
  14. Somethin' or Other
  15. Wop Sticks
  16. I've Got a Woman
  17. Work Song
  18. Fidget
  19. Purple Peanuts
  20. Excelsior
  21. Straight Scepter
  22. Chitlins Etc (Chitlins con Carne)  -  Counts
  23. Banzai Pipeline
  24. Torquila
  25. The Wheeley
  26. Drivin' Home
  27. Soul Searchin'
  28. Feel Alright  -  Counts
  29. Chinese Checkers  -  Imperials
  30. Black Cat  -  Checkers
  31. Whitcomb Street

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Imperials   Track Performer
Jesters   Track Performer
Adventurers   Track Performer
Chessmen   Track Performer
Checkers   Track Performer
Beachcombers   Track Performer
Classics   Track Performer
Raymarks   Track Performer
Juveniles   Track Performer
Counts   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Nat Adderley   Composer
Terry Jacks   Arranger
Oscar Brown   Composer
Nick Robbins   Mastering
Alec Palao   Liner Notes
Phil Smee   Cover Design
Lev Konstantinovich Knipper   Composer

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