Teen Beat Vol 5 Various Artists (Teen Beat)


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The appearance of this fifth volume in the Teen Beat series is a testament to its continuing popularity among thousands of red-blooded instrumental fans who have supported the series as it has evolved into the ultimate compendium of classics from the late 50s and early 60s.

Sadly, it seems this volume may be the last simply because the supply of hits on which the series depends has become exhausted. However, rest assured we are already busy formulating new instrumental concepts for those unable to satisfy their craving for those seemingly endless configurations of wailing guitars, blastin' saxes and thunderous drums, not to mention the odd keyboard blast, which make up the so-called "instro" genre.

We hate to compare like with like but Volume 5 is arguably the best TEEN BEAT yet, because it most accurately reflects the spirit and musical diversity of the times, while retaining its cohesion as a listening experience. There are surfing classics - Point Panic (Surfaris), Penetration (Pyramids) and Boss (Rumblers)-.-R&B grooves spearheaded by Bill Doggett's groundbreaking Honky Tonk whose influence can also be detected in Sil Austin's Slow Walk, Doc Bagby's Dumplin's, "7-11" (Gone All-Stars) and Weekend by the Kingsmen-.-and pounding rockers, (Jupiter C by Pat & the Satellites), Leap Frog (Chuck Alaimo) and Paul Revere's Like Long Hair, all set against a rich backdrop of hardy perennials such as Last Night, Green Onions and Let There Be Drums. And there are half as many goodies again, almost all of them classics.

Surfer's Stomp (Mar-Kets), Let's Go (Routers) and No Matter What Shape (T-Bones) were three hits produced by Joe Saraceno, a business graduate from New York who migrated to California in the mid-50s and was working as an auditor for US Steel when a friend introduced him to someone in the record business. Fancying himself as a vocalist, Saraceno got together with a friend and lucked into a one-off hit (as Tony & Joe) with The Freeze in the summer of 1958. Emboldened by this seemingly effortless rite of passage, Saraceno became an indie producer specialising in studio-contrived rock instrumentals characterised by their razor-sharp production.

As always, it's the photos (including previously unseen pics of the Frantics and the Mark II), original trade ads and ephemera which bring it all to life and it goes without saying that the digital reproduction from primary sources is second to none. It's a winner!

By Rob Finnis


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Let's Go (Pony) - The Routers

  • 02 Preview Let There Be Drums - Sandy Nelson

  • 03 Preview Point Panic - The Surfaris

  • 04 Preview The Lonely Surfer - Jack Nitzsche

  • 05 Preview Green Onions - Booker T & The MGs

  • 06 Preview Slow Walk - Sil Austin

  • 07 Preview Bumbershoot - Phil Harvey

  • 08 Preview Percolator - Billy Joe & The Checkmates

  • 09 Preview No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) - The T-Bones

  • 10 Preview Quiet Village - Martin Denny

  • 11 Preview Dumplin's - Doc Bagby

  • 12 Preview 7-11 (Mambo #5) - Gone All Stars featuring Buddy Lucas

  • 13 Preview Weekend - The Kingsmen

  • 14 Preview Surfer's Stomp - The Mar-Kets

  • 15 Preview Werewolf - The Frantics

  • 16 Preview Like Long Hair - Paul Revere & The Raiders

  • 17 Preview Gonzo - James Booker

  • 18 Preview Yakety Sax - Boots Randolph

  • 19 Preview Raw-Hide - Link Wray

  • 20 Preview The Madison Time (Part1) - Ray Bryant Combo

  • 21 Preview Jupiter-C - Pat & The Satellites

  • 22 Preview Boss - The Rumblers

  • 23 Preview Last Night - The Mar-Keys

  • 24 Preview Night Theme - The Mark II

  • 25 Preview Penetration - The Pyramids

  • 26 Preview Leap Frog - Chuck Alaimo Quartet

  • 27 Preview Night Hop - Jimmie & The Night Hoppers

  • 28 Preview Guitar Boogie - Arthur Smith & His Cracker-Jacks

  • 29 Preview Honky Tonk (Part 1) - Bill Doggett

  • 30 Preview Honky Tonk (Part 2) - Bill Doggett

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