Various – The Wrecking Crew – 4CD
There was only one band behind them all!
Deluxe 4 CD box set featuring many of the biggest hits that the Wrecking Crew played on for numerous artists and bands, including The Beach Boys, The Monkees, The Mamas & The Papas, The Byrds, Jan & Dean, Righteous Brothers, Herb Alpert, Ray Charles, Sonny & Cher and dozens more
3 CDs are filled with hits and interviews about the songs and the 4th CD is called The Crew Cuts which is filled with songs cut under the musicians’ own names
The Wrecking Crew was the “house” band for West Coast Pop/Rock hits from the U.S. in the mid-60s. The combined firepower of these studio giants performed on countless hits helping fuel tens of millions of dollars in single and album sales. If you listened to songs by The Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, The Fifth Dimension, The Mamas & The Papas, The Turtles, The Monkees and scores of other bands, they all relied on spontaneous tasty licks and fills these pros provided to flesh out and finish their ideas.
This deluxe 4CD box set illustrates part of the story of “The Wrecking Crew”. This is the first time this grouping of songs has ever been put together. Each song was chosen because of a connection to the Wrecking Crew session musicians. The credits of the musicians listed were compiled from the contracts provided by the American Federation of Musicians.
The Ronettes: 1. Be My Baby - The Moments: 2. Walk Right In - Gary Lewis & The Playboys: 3. This Diamond Ring - Jewel Akens: 4. The Birds And The Bees- Ritchie Valens: 5. La Bamba - Shelley Fabares: 6. Johnny Angel - The Byrds: 7. Mr. Tambourine Man - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.: 8. Discuss Stone Soul Picnic - The Fifth Dimension: 9. Stoned Soul Picnic - The Routers: 10. Let's Go (Pony) - Nino Tempo & April Stevens: 11. Deep Purple - Ritchie Valens: 12. Donna - Chris Montez: 13. Let’s Dance - Mike Melvoin: 14. Mike Melvoin Drummer Joke - Dean Torrence: 15. Dean Torrence Talks About Baby Talk - Jan & Dean: 16. Baby Talk - The Mamas & The Papas: 17. Monday Monday - The Teddy Bears: 18. To Know Him Is To Love Him - The Sandpipers: 19. Guantanamera -
The Beach Boys: 1. Good Vibrations - The Mamas & The Papas: 2. California Dreamin' - Tommy Roe: 3. Dizzy - Barry McGuire: 4. Barry McGuire Talks About Eve Of Destruction - Barry McGuire: 5. Eve Of Destruction - The Association: 6. Windy - The Fifth Dimension: 7. Up, Up, And Away - Herb Alpert: 8. This Guy's In Love With You - Harry Nilsson: 9. Everybody's Talkin' - Toni Fisher: 10. The Big Hurt - The Monkees: 11. Mary Mary - Sonny & Cher: 12. The Beat Goes On - Jack Nitzsche: 13. Baja - The Shacklefords: 14. California Sunshine Girl - Michael Nesmith: 15. Flying Telecaster - Michael Nesmith: 16. You Told Me - Suzi Jane Hokom: 17. Little War -
Glen Campbell: 1. Wichita Lineman - The Grass Roots: 2. Midnight Confessions - The Beach Boys: 3. God Only Knows - Wayne Newton: 4. Danke Shoen - Louie Shelton: 5. Louie Shelton Talks About Valerie - The Monkees: 6. Valleri - Sam Cooke: 7. Another Saturday Night - The Marketts: 8. Out Of Limits - Ann Margret and Lee Hazlewood: 9. Sleep In The Grass - Paul Revere & The Raiders: 10. Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) - Mike Melvoin: 11. Mike Melvoin Saxophone Player Joke - Cher: 12. Gypsies, Tramps, And Thieves - Seals & Crofts: 13. Summer Breeze - Jack Nitzsche: 14. The Lonely Surfer - Hal Blaine: 15. Hal Blaine Joke - The Tijuana Brass: 16. Whipped Cream - The Mamas & The Papas: 17. Dedicated To The One I Love - Ray Charles: 18. It Ain't Easy Being Green - Bobby Sherman: 19. Julie, Do Ya Love Me - Lee Hazlewood: 20. Forget Marie -
CD4: CREW CUTS (Recordings Under Their Own Name)
Hal Blaine: 1. The Beat Goes On - Al Casey: 2. Surfin' Hootenanny - Billy Strange: 3. James Bond Theme - Tommy Tedesco: 4. Walking And Talking - Al De Lory: 5. Floreando - Don Randi & John DePatie: 6. DePatie Melt - Buddy Collette: 7. Safari West - Hal Blaine: 8. Deep Drum - Mike Deasy: 9. Lost In The Shuffle - Frank Capp: 10. Cute - Dennis Budimir: 11. Concierto De Aranjuez - Emil Richards: 12. Ciao Bella - Michel Rubini: 13. Blues Cha Cha - Lyle Ritz: 14. Beginner’s Luck - Chuck Berghofer: 15. Afternoon In Paris - Barney Kessel: 16. Begin The Blues - Tommy Tedesco: 17. Room 2000 - Plas Johnson: 18. Grease Patrol -