Presse Archiv - The Coasters - Rock - Now Dig This Away from the cuts penned by Jerry and Mike, the two obvious standout tracks are the group's handling of the standards 'Brazil' and 'Besame Mucho', both of which they inject with enough grooviness to make them sound like they were brand new. The material here is so familiar that there's really no need to go into any further detail. We all have our own faves and, away from the obvious hits, mine would have to include the superb 'Turtle Dovin", the split-tempo 'Down In Mexico', the daft Run Red Run' (one of Jerry Leiber's finest lyrics) and the aforementioned 'Brazil' (those harmonies!!!). Shame they couldn't find room for 'Hey Sexy' and 'The Slime', but you can't have everything. The accompanying 36-page booklet is loaded with trade ads and photos (though that's not the 1958 line-up as listed on page 14) plus a detailed essay by Bill Dahl and full session info. Trevor Cajiao
Presse Archiv - The Coasters - Rock - Goldmine The latest entry in Bear Family Productions "Rock” series is The Coasters Rock and, boy, they ain’t kidding. Complete with fascinating booklet of information and pictures, these 32 tracks, sounding as great as ever, run the gamut from the opening “This Is Rock and Roll” to “Three Cool Cats” (The Beatles loved this one so much, they just had to record it too) to “Young Blood,” “Down In Mexico,” “Poison Ivy,” even “Besame Mucho” (another Beatle favorite). There’s no pot holes on this super-fine highway of hilarity.