taken from my old post on NNM (18.04.2007)
A rock & roll band from Portland, Oregon, the Kingsmen's one big hit "Louie, Louie" defined the garage-band style and became one of the all-time classics. The original lineup included Jack Ely (lead singer and guitar), Lynn Easton (drums), Mike Mitchell (lead guitar), Bob Nordby (bass), and Don Galucci (piano). After Ely had "incorrectly" taught the rest of the band the Wailers version of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie" (thus altering the basic rhythm into the now famous duh-duh-duh, duh-duh, duh-duh-duh, duh-duh riff that has become the only way anyone has played it since), they recorded it for fifty dollars at a primitive local recording studio with only three mikes, ... Read More...
1. Louie, Louie2. Money (That's What I Want)3. Jolly Green Giant, The4. Little Latin Lupe Lu5. Death Of An Angel6. Annie Fanny7. Climb, The8. Killer Joe9. Little Sally Tease10. Don't You Just Know It11. That's Cool, That's Trash12. Long Green13. Shout14. Mashed Potatoes15. Little Green Thing16. Shake A Tail Feather17. Mustang Sally18. I Like It Like That19. Twist And Shout20. Do You Love Me21. New Orleans22. Fever23. Gimme Some Lovin'24. Tall Cool One25. Long Tall Texan26. Night Train
When the Kingsmen's ragged, stumbling and accidentally brilliant version of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie" broke out as a national hit in 1964, it created a three-chord stomping template for garage and frat bands everywhere, and the Kingsmen themselves never abandoned the organ-driven R&B approach that spawned the song, working the formula into other hits like "Jolly Green Giant" and the huge, crushing "Killer Joe." This set collects the essential tracks and tosses in a few instrumentals, as well. A few of the cuts are supposedly done live in concert, but one can never be sure with the Kingsmen, since the group's early albums would frequently have dubbed in audience noise added to studio performances. Not that it matters much with a group this immediate and raw -- the Kingsmen hardly needed audience noise, real or not, to sound exciting.