Riot City!: Rocking Northwest Instrumentals

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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: 8/28/2001
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667181624
  • Catalog Number: 816

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Riot City (2:05)
  2. 2 Sticky (2:23)
  3. 3 David's Mood, Pt. 2 (3:14)
  4. 4 Turn On (2:12)
  5. 5 Backfire (2:17)
  6. 6 Aces High - The Classics (2:07)
  7. 7 Clyde, Clyde, the Cow's Outside - The Counts (2:41)
  8. 8 Alki Point - The Jesters (2:15)
  9. 9 Hitch Hiking Home (2:18)
  10. 10 Quiet Riot (2:25)
  11. 11 Backyard Compost - The Imperials (1:56)
  12. 12 Mr Meadowlands - The Chessmen (2:35)
  13. 13 Sampan (2:29)
  14. 14 Somethin' or Other (2:29)
  15. 15 Wop Sticks (2:00)
  16. 16 I've Got a Woman (1:53)
  17. 17 Work Song (2:08)
  18. 18 Fidget (2:50)
  19. 19 Purple Peanuts (2:16)
  20. 20 Excelsior (2:08)
  21. 21 Straight Scepter (2:06)
  22. 22 Chitlins Etc (Chitlins con Carne) - The Counts (1:53)
  23. 23 Banzai Pipeline (2:46)
  24. 24 Torquila (2:40)
  25. 25 The Wheeley (2:08)
  26. 26 Drivin' Home (2:37)
  27. 27 Soul Searchin' (2:49)
  28. 28 Feel Alright - The Counts (2:12)
  29. 29 Chinese Checkers - The Imperials (2:46)
  30. 30 Black Cat - The Checkers (2:21)
  31. 31 Whitcomb Street (2:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Imperials Track Performer
The Jesters Track Performer
Adventurers Track Performer
The Chessmen Track Performer
The Checkers Track Performer
Beachcombers Track Performer
The Classics Track Performer
The Raymarks Track Performer
The Juveniles Track Performer
The Counts Track Performer
Technical Credits
Nat Adderley Composer
Terry Jacks Arranger
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Alec Palao Liner Notes
Phil Smee Cover Design
Lev Konstantinovich Knipper Composer
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