Best of Crest Records: Rockin' & Rollin'

The Best of Crest Records: Rockin' & Rollin'

     
 
Crest Records was founded in 1947 as an offshoot of American Music Publishing, who handled some of the top songwriters from the early days of country music. When rhythm & blues began crossing paths with hillbilly music and spawning rock & roll, Crest was one of the many independent labels that hopped on the bandwagon, and this compilation from the German SPV label

Overview

Crest Records was founded in 1947 as an offshoot of American Music Publishing, who handled some of the top songwriters from the early days of country music. When rhythm & blues began crossing paths with hillbilly music and spawning rock & roll, Crest was one of the many independent labels that hopped on the bandwagon, and this compilation from the German SPV label collects 30 tunes from Crest's archives. Crest's best known act was Eddie Cochran, who cut some country-flavored sides for the label and scored his first rock & roll hit with "Skinny Jim" before moving on to Liberty Records, where he recorded his best and best known work; "Skinny Jim" makes the cut here, as well as a C&W number he recorded with Bob Denton, "Pretty Little Devil." Glen Campbell also recorded some early material for Crest, and "Buzz Saw" (credited to the Gee Cees) is a tough instrumental number with Campbell's guitar work facing off against a horn section. Beyond Cochran and Campbell's juvenilia, the best known release from Crest was Tommy Dee's "Three Stars," a maudlin tribute to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper released only a few weeks after their fatal plane crash in February 1959 (oddly, Eddie Cochran also cut a version of the tune, and his less saccharine, more heartfelt interpretation is vastly superior), and the rest of The Best of Crest Records is devoted to lesser-known material. But most of the tracks on this collection are fun stuff, ranging from swinging country boogie verging on rock (Tom Wilson's "Can You Bop" and Hank Sanders' "Been Gone a Long Time"), wild R&B ("Function at the Junction" by Smoki Whitfield), and hot instrumentals "Ridin' the Frets" by the Desert Stars) to lots of potent early rock & roll. Crest may not have been one of the great labels of the first rock & roll era, but this stroll through their catalog shows they released more than their share of top-notch singles, and there are plenty of fine sounds to be found here.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/2009
Label:
Yellow
UPC:
0693723066523
catalogNumber:
306652
Rank:
296713

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Tracks

  1. Wild Man Wild
  2. Skinny Jim
  3. Can You Bop?
  4. Stack a Records
  5. Been Gone a Long Time
  6. Somebody To Love
  7. Primitive Love
  8. Buzzsaw
  9. Lovin' Lorene
  10. Rock 'N' Roll Blues
  11. Umm, Kiss Me Goodnight
  12. Spotlight
  13. I.O.U.
  14. Ballin' Keen
  15. Pretty Little Devil
  16. Ridin' the Frets
  17. You're the Reason
  18. Rockin' and a Rollin'
  19. Can't Walk Em Off
  20. Drowning All My Sorrows
  21. What Happened Last Night?
  22. Yea, Yea, Come Another Day
  23. Date Bait
  24. Bumble Twist
  25. Cool Juice
  26. You're the Prettiest One
  27. Three Carburettors
  28. Function At the Junction
  29. Don't Be Bashful Little Girl
  30. Three Stars

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Eddie Cochran   Composer
Phil Baugh   Composer
Marty Cooper   Composer
Jerry Capehart   Composer
Tommy Dee   Composer
Gib Guilbeau   Composer
Fred James   Liner Notes
Tom Reeves   Composer
Fred Carter   Composer
Tom Tall   Composer
Chris Musto   Cover Design
Tony Casanova   Composer
B.H. Edwards   Composer
Dick Bills   Composer
Bo Davis   Composer
Johnny Donn   Composer
Hal Jackson   Composer
Tommy Law   Composer
Bill Skidmore   Composer
Norm Skylar   Composer
Buddy Lowe   Composer
T. Fell   Composer
T. Caraway   Composer
Smoki Whitfield   Composer
N. Hamlet   Composer
M. Imes   Composer
J. Maness   Composer
J. Bowen   Composer
Hal Jackson   Composer
G. Guilbeau   Composer
G. Garrison   Composer
F. Renaud   Composer
F. Horton   Composer
F. Henley   Composer
E. Renaud   Composer
D. Cotton   Composer
C. Veale   Composer
Boddy Lowe   Composer
Bill Skidmore   Composer
B. Caraway   Composer
A. McCoy   Composer
D. Fitzsimmons   Composer
D. Carson   Composer
G. Campbell   Composer
W. Moore   Composer
R. Stanley   Composer
Wes Bryan   Composer
E. Williams   Composer
T. Scott   Composer

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