Friday, May 7, 2021

VA - The Wrecking Crew [2015] + The Wrecking Crew, Take 2 [2018] (7 x CD's)


WRECKING CREW WALL OF SOUND

VA - The Wrecking Crew [2015] + The Wrecking Crew, Take 2 [2018] (7 x CD's)

This Soundtrack compilation, 4 x CD box set (3 CD's are filled with hits and interviews about the songs and the 4th CD is called, The Crew Cuts) illustrates part of the story of "The Wrecking Crew" journey,  is a superb collection of their greatest hits. 

Also Included here is the 2nd compilation of Songs that are tied to the Wrecking Crew.  Two CD's are filled with songs from the 50's -70's and a 3rd CD honors the musicians themselves with their own recording under their own names.

They were the studio musicians behind some of the biggest hits in the 1960's and 70's. From Be My Baby to California Girls Strangers in the Night to Mrs. Robinson You've Lost that Lovin Feelin to Up, Up and Away and from Viva Las Vegas to Mr. Tambourine Man the group dubbed The Wrecking Crew played on them all. Six years in a row in the late 1960's and early 1970's, the Grammy for Record of the Year went to Wrecking Crew member recordings.

The talents of this group of first call players were used on almost every style of recording including television theme songs, film scores, advertising jingles and almost every genre of American popular music, from the Monkees to Bing Crosby. Notable artists employing the Wrecking Crew's talents included Nancy Sinatra, Bobby Vee, the Partridge Family, David Cassidy, Jan & Dean, the Mamas & the Papas, the 5th Dimension, the Association, the Carpenters, Glen Campbell, Cher, John Denver, the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, the Grass Roots and Nat King Cole.

The record producers most often associated with the Wrecking Crew are Phil Spector, who used the Crew to create his trademark Wall of Sound and Beach Boys member and songwriter Brian Wilson, who used the Crew's talents on many of his mid-1960's productions including the songs Good Vibrations, California Girls, Pet Sounds, and the original recordings for Smile. Members of the Wrecking Crew played on the first Byrds single recording, Mr. Tambourine Man, because Columbia Records, namely, producer Terry Melcher did not trust the skills of Byrd musicians except for Roger McGuinn. Spector used the Wrecking Crew on Leonard Cohen's fifth album, Death of a Ladies Man. Two of their members, drummers Hal Blaine and Earl Palmer, were among the inaugural Sidemen inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, while the entire Wrecking Crew was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2007. According to Blaine, the name the Wrecking Crew was derived from the impression that he and the younger studio musicians made on the business older generation, who felt that they were going to wreck the music industry. (Amazon)

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Track lists


VA - The Wrecking Crew [2015] CD1

01 Ronettes Be My Baby 2:42

02 Moments Walk Right In 2:11

03 Gary Lewis & the Playboys This Diamond Ring 2:18

04 Jewel Akens The Birds and the Bees 2:16

05 Ritchie Valens La Bamba 2:05

06 Shelly Fabares Johnny Angel 2:21

07 Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man 2:31

08 Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Discuss Stoned Soul Picnic 0:59

09 5th Dimension Stoned Soul Picnic 3:33

10 Routers Let's Go (Pony) 2:22

11 April and Nino Deep Purple 2:44

12 Ritchie Valens Donna 2:28

13 Chris Montez Let's Dance 2:31

14 Mike Melvoin Mike Melvoin Drummer Joke 0:10

15 Dean Torrence Dean Torrence Talks About Baby Talk 1:39

16 Jan and Dean Baby Talk 2:25

17 Mamas & the Papas Monday, Monday 3:27

18 Teddy Bears To Know Him is to Love Him 2:26

19 Sandpipers Guantanamera 3:13


VA - The Wrecking Crew [2015] CD2

01 Beach Boys Good Vibrations 3:39

02 Mamas & the Papas California Dreamin' 2:44

03 Tommy Roe Dizzy 2:56

04 Barry McGuire Barry McGuire Talks About Eve of Destruction 1:11

05 Barry McGuire Eve of Destruction 3:34

06 Association Windy 2:56

07 5th Dimension Up, Up and Away 2:38

08 Herb Alpert This Guy's in Love With You 4:02

09 Harry Nilsson Everybody's Talkin' 2:51

10 Miss Toni Fisher The Big Hurt 2:11

11 Monkees Mary, Mary 2:27

12 Sonny and Cher The Beat Goes On 3:32

13 Jack Nizsche Baja 2:22

14 Shacklefords California Sunshine Girl 2:45

15 Various Cast The Flying Telecaster Story 3:20

16 Michael Nesmith You Told Me 4:37

17 Suzi Jane Hokom Little War 2:08


VA - The Wrecking Crew [2015] CD3

01 Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman 3:10

02 Grass Roots Midnight Confessions 2:49

03 Beach Boys God Only Knows 2:55

04 Wayne Newton Danke Shoen 2:39

05 Louie Shelton Louie Shelton Talks About Valleri 1:22

06 Monkees Valleri 2:27

07 Sam Cooke Another Saturday Night 2:44

08 Marketts Out of Limits 2:13

09 Ann Margret and Lee Hazlewood Sleep in the Grass 3:25

10 Paul Revere and the Raiders Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) 2:55

11 Mike Melvoin Mike Melvoin Saxophone Player Joke 1:10

12 Cher Gypsies Tramps and Thieves 2:40

13 Seals and Crofts Summer Breeze 3:30

14 Jack Nitzsche The Lonely Surfer 2:37

15 Hal Blaine Hal Blaine Joke 0:11

16 Tijuana Brass Whipped Cream 2:37

17 Mamas and Papas Dedicated to the One I Love 3:02

18 Ray Charles It Ain't Easy Being Green 2:47

19 Bobby Sherman Julie, Do Ya Love Me 2:58

20 Lee Hazlewood Forget Marie 2:01


VA - The Wrecking Crew [2015] CD4

01 Hal Blaine The Beat Goes On 3:39

02 Al Casey Surfin' Hootenanny 2:11

03 Billy Strange James Bond Theme 2:00

04 Tommy Tedesco Walking and Talking 6:52

05 Al Delory Floreando 3:39

06 Don Randi & John Depatie Depatie Melt 2:57

07 Buddy Collette Safari West 7:01

08 Hal Blaine Deep Drum 3:12

09 Mike Deasy Lost in the Shuffle 3:08

10 Frank Capp Cute 3:08

11 Dennis Budimir Concierto De Aranjuez 4:55

12 Emil Richards Ciao Bella 5:50

13 Michel Rubini Blues Cha Cha 3:30

14 Lyle Ritz Beginner's Luck 3:20

15 Chuck Berghofer Afternoon in Paris 6:32

16 Barney Kessel Begin the Blues 4:26

17 Tommy Tedesco Room 2000 2:19

18 Plas Johnson Grease Patrol 6:26


VA - The Wrecking Crew, Take 2 [2018] CD1

01 Glen Campbell Galveston 2:41

02 Marketts Surfer Stomp 1:59

03 Mason Williams Classical Gas 3:05

04 Marilyn & Billy Davis Talking About Bell to Answer 1:40

05 5th Dimension One Less Bell to Answer 3:33

06 Gloria Jones Tainted Love 2:13

07 Joe & Eddie Walkin' Down the Line 2:45

08 Stephen Bishop The Making Of Little Italy 3:16

09 Stephen Bishop Little Italy 3:31

10 Gary Puckett & the Union Gap Young Girl 3:16

11 Art Garfunkel Woyaya 3:16

12 Bones Howe I Saw Her Again Story 0:59

13 Mamas & the Papas I Saw Her Again 3:13

14 Association Windy 2:55

15 Bobby Darin 18 Yellow Roses 2:18

16 Jan & Dean Dead Man's Curve 2:30

17 Bob Lind Elusive Butterfly 2:50

18 Perry Botkin Story 3:08

19 Harry Nilsson Without Her 2:12

20 Kenny Loggins Lady Luck 4:43

21 Jackie Deshannon When You Walk in the Room 2:40

22 Jack Nitzsche Puerto Vallarta 2:32

23 Cher Half Breed 2:45


VA - The Wrecking Crew, Take 2 [2018] CD2

01 Bobby Vee Take Good Care of My Baby 2:40

02 Addrisi Brothers It's Love 2:07

03 Phil Spector Phil Spector's Christmas Album Story 1:15

04 Ronettes I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause 2:40

05 Albert Hammond It Never Rains in California 3:51

06 Al Kooper She Gets Me Where I Live 3:34

07 Crystals He's a Rebel 2:30

08 Minnie Riperton Stay in Love 3:17

09 Ron Hicklin Story of Batman Session 0:29

10 Jan & Dean Batman 2:28

11 Sam Cooke Shake 2:52

12 Seals & Crofts Hummingbird 4:35

13 Grassroots Temptation Eyes 2:39

14 Marty Cooper Jack Nietzsche Told By 3:25

15 Jack Nitzsche Surf Finger (Aka Blowup) 2:32

16 Spiral Starecase More Today Than Yesterday 2:49

17 Bob Nolan Man Walks Among Us 3:49

18 Artie Butler Feeling Alright Soundbite 1:47

19 Joe Cocker Feelin' Alright 4:10

20 Honeys He's a Doll 2:25

21 Rip Chords Hey Little Cobra 2:00

22 Elvis Presley Memories 3:18

23 Avalanches Ski Surfin' 2:29


VA - The Wrecking Crew, Take 2 [2018] CD3

01 Hal Blaine Bell Book and Drum 2:40

02 Tommy Tedesco & Friends L' Aquila 4:47

03 Frank Capp & His Orchestra Lil' Darlin' 4:35

04 Michel Rubini Mr. Blues-4am Version 6:05

05 Al De Lory Carta De Amor 3:42

06 Emil Richards Cauliflower Ear 6:35

07 Dennis Budimir Bachianas Brasiers No. 5 4:39

08 Don Randi and Quest Help Me Rhonda 4:13

09 Tommy Tedesco Bags Groove 7:06

10 Don Peake Lookin' for Trouble 5:38

11 Al Casey Jivin' Around 2:27

12 Peter Erskine , Chuck Berghofer & Terry Trotter Charlie's Blues 10:04

13 Lyle Ritz A Felicidade 4:02

14 Tommy Tedesco & Friends Samba Italiano 4:39

15 John Rotella Ambrosia 1:48

16 Mike Deasy Green Onions 3:16

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7 comments:

  1. Thanks for all these volumes together. Funny, I just watched the Wrecking Crew movie again the other day. Man, what a group of true musicians. Cheers!

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    1. Hi hotrodmike.
      It really is worth watching a few times. A really interesting video.

      Cheers.

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  2. Awsome post! I had only Take One. Many thanks again.
    Your rhythm of publication is demential and too quick for my possibilities of listening (laugh)!

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    1. Hi Racati.
      Glad you picked up the addition set.

      Cheers.

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    1. Hi Zipper,
      It is a wonderful couple of sets to listen to.
      The movie is also a great way to spend and afternoon.

      Cheers.

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  4. I'd heard of The Wrecking Crew, and know they'd been (pardon the pun) instrumental in a pivotal era of music, so I figured there might be a one- or two-disk compilation out there, recognizing their work. Well, this is more than just two paltry CDs, Butter - thanks!

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