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Jerry Cole - A Go Go Guitars (60s) (2008)

Jerry Cole - A Go Go Guitars (60s) (2008)

Jerry Cole - A Go Go Guitars (60s) (2008)

01 - Jerry Cole - Curfew
02 - Jerry Cole - Teenage Fair
03 - Jerry Cole - Ventures Venture
04 - Jerry Cole - 12 A Go Go
05 - Jerry Cole - Hip Hugger
06 - Jerry Cole - Really Got It Bad
07 - Jerry Cole - The Tower Of London
08 - Jerry Cole - Boss Hair
09 - Jerry Cole - George Played
10 - Jerry Cole - Sloppin'

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The ID -The Inner Sounds Of The Id (1967)

The ID  -The Inner Sounds Of The Id (1967)

By 1967, psychedelia had become trendy and commercial enough that major labels released goofy, self-conscious experimental psychedelic rock records that didn't have a chance in hell of making the charts. RCA's The Inner Sound of the Id was one such relic. Like some other obscure major-label psychedelic products of the time, it seems like it might have been a "psychsploitation" project that was designed more as a quick cash-in on a fad rather than a sincerely ambitious musical endeavor. Some strange guitar reverb and distortion, along with dashes of sitar and pseudo-Eastern musical and mystical influences, couldn't disguise the shortage of good songs and ideas and the overall aura of a strained attempt to be freaky. The presence of well-traveled Los Angeles session guitarist Jerry Cole on the LP makes one wonder if the Inner Sound of the Id were a studio-only group.

Jerry Cole - Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals, Sitar
Glenn Cass - Bass
Don Dexter - Drums
Norman Cass - Rhythm Guitar

Although the Id's sole and rare album is weird, it's weird in a forced, mediocre fashion that makes it sound more like an exploitation of the psychedelic movement than a genuine part of it. At times (particularly on the songs with chanted pseudo-séance vocals), it's hard to tell whether they're trying to emulate the early freakiness of the Mothers of Invention, or whether they embody precisely the kind of mediocre California psychedelic bands Frank Zappa viciously satirized on the Mothers' We're Only in It for the Money. Some strange-on-the-sleeve efforts like "Wild Times," with its gratuitous overlay of sitar sounds, sits cheek-by-cheek with rather ordinary garage-pop/rock ("Baby Eyes") and melancholy psych-folk-rock ("Stone & Steel"). The most famous cut, and probably the most memorable due to its nonchalant oddness, is "Boil the Kettle, Mother," with its outlandish lyrics and poker-faced spoken vocal.

The ID  -The Inner Sounds Of The Id (1967)

Jerry Cole - Hot Rod Twangin' The 1960's Crown Recordings

Jerry Cole - Hot Rod Twangin' The 1960's Crown Recordings

Jerry Cole is an excellent guitarist. Just the list in the liner notes of several dozen stars on whose records he played -- including Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, Phil Spector, Aretha Franklin, and Elvis Presley for starters -- is a testament to that. Being a good guitarist and making good records are different things, however. And while Cole did make a lot of records on which he was the featured artist, many of them were quite run-of-the-mill instrumentals. They form the main diet on this 24-track collection of sides he played on for budget LPs on the Crown label in 1960-1966 that were attributed to numerous different artists, including not just Jerry Cole, but also Jerry Kole, the Stingers, Billy Boyd, the Scramblers, the Hot Rodders, the Winners, and even the Blasters (no, not the Blasters with the Alvin brothers). While Cole's playing is accomplished and spirited, it hardly pierces the arrow of the heart in the fevered, imaginative way that axemen Link Wray and Lonnie Mack could on many of their instrumental discs from the same time. That's not to say that everything here is as instantly dispensable as those budget Crown LPs were no doubt thought of by the label itself. Cole sometimes manages a tough, burning bluesy tone, "The Green Monster" being an outstanding example, though that track (as well as some others) is kicked along by some gimmicky burning-rubber hot rod sound effects. And, as the title promises, there's twang aplenty, though a leaner, suaver, and bluesier sort than Duane Eddy's. He also gets into some relatively early fuzz workouts on numbers like the Stingers' "Mustang," which has something of a Davie Allan feel. You hunger, however, for a little more along the lines of the Bo Diddley-styled "Mojo," where it seems like he's stretching for something more adventurous, particularly when he dives into unexpectedly lowdown distorted fuzz. Much of the rest of this comp is coasting in the songwriting department (which was usually Cole's department), as formidable a testament as the disc is to his versatile skills.

Jerry Cole - Hot Rod Twangin' The 1960's Crown Recordings

Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Outer Limits (1963)

Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Outer Limits (1963)

Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Outer Limits (1963)

Jerry Cole was a first-call session guitarist in the 1960s who played on a number of Phil Spector's epochal sides and led the pit bands for the rock & roll-oriented TV shows Shindig and Hullabaloo. When he wasn't busy with all that, he cut a number of instrumental rock albums under a variety of assumed names, but Outer Limits features Cole and his band working under his own shingle for a change. Outer Limits is a no-fuss collection of 11 surf-influenced tunes, many of them covers of popular hits of the day, and while Cole's style couldn't be called "revolutionary," there's a lot more muscle in the performances of "Pipeline" and "Wipeout" than on the originals. Cole's discreet use of fuzz and the full-bodied tone he could conjure from his gear give his performances a sound that stands out from others of his ilk, and his originals are strong if basic stuff. If this isn't exactly the Holy Grail for surf fans (and the more passionate might want to spring for Power Surf!: The Best of Jerry Cole & His Spacemen), Outer Limits is still good fun, and anyone who digs classic surf and instrumental sides will get hip to this.

Джери Коул(Jerry Cole)был истинным гением и одним из тех кого заслуженная слава обошла стороной. Джерри Коул умел играть и в стиле сёрф, и кантри, и Go-Go,- он был разнообразным музыкантомю И действительно,если кто-то заслуживает того,чтобы быть замеченным,это было Джерри Коул. Он был одним из самых популярных сессионных музыкантов в Лос-Анжелесе которые работали с крупнейшими именами в те времена,такими как Beach Boys, The Byrds, Фил Спектор(Phil Spector) с Гленом Кэмпбеллом в The Champs с их вечным легендарном теперь хитом,Текила(Tequila). В шестидесятые годы он записал под множеством лейблами и даже с несколькими группами на Shindig и Hullabaloo. Он занимался кантри-музыкой в 70-х и работал с Роджером Миллером(Roger Miller) и был введен в Rockabilly Зал славы в 2004 году. Джерри умер в своем доме Калифорнии в возрасте 68 лет.

01. Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Outer Limits
02. Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - The Strut
03. Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Wipe Out
04. Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Colour Blues
05. Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Pipeline
06. Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Sukiyaki
07. Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Midnight Surfer
08. Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Pokey
09. Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow
10. Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Point Panic
11. Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Tequila
12. Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Surf Age

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Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - Outer Limits (1963)

Jerry Cole & The Stingers and The Hot Rodders - Guitars A Go-Go


 Jerry Cole (born Jerald Kolbrak; September 23, 1939 – May 28, 2008) was an American guitarist who recorded under his own name, under various budget album pseudonyms and as an uncredited session musician.

Raised in Chicago, Cole first entered the pop music scene as one of The Champs along with Glen Campbell. Campbell and Cole formed the Gee Cee's after they left the Champs and released one single called "Buzzsaw Twist". Cole increased his income and recordings by playing for various budget albums with a variety of credits.In an interview with Psychotronic Video issue , Cole explained his dealings with Crown Records. Crown would request five surf albums, five country and western albums and five easy listening albums. Cole would write nine different songs for each album to back one cover version of a hit of the time, organize a band, arrange and record the music for master tapes that he would deliver to Crown in about three weeks time; doing an album or two in a day. Impressed by his playing as a session musician, Bobby Darin recommended him to Capitol Records where he led an instrumental surf guitar group called "Jerry Cole and his Spacemen". Capitol tried Cole as a vocalist but found his voice wasn't strong enough.

Throughout the 1960s, Cole was a highly sought-after session player, working with The Byrds ("Mr. Tambourine Man" / "I Knew I'd Want You"), Nancy Sinatra ("These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"), The Beach Boys ("Pet Sounds" LP) and Paul Revere & the Raiders ("Kicks") among others. He recorded as one of "The Wrecking Crew" and as a writer, arranger and conductor for numerous pop groups and performers and performed on many American television shows of the time. He led the pit bands of the teenage music shows Hullabaloo and Shindig![4] His bandleader abilities were also tapped by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Roger Miller, and Ricky Nelson and he was a first-call guitarist on TV show bands for Andy Williams, Sonny & Cher, The Smothers Brothers, Laugh In, and Dick Van Dyke.....

Jerry did it all and did it like no-one else could. He recorded a load of high-octane, low-down, all-original exploitation projects and several great records under his own name. There was nothing vanilla about Jerry’s music and he had the unique ability to understand which way the trends were going and to make them his own.

Jerry’s career as a “fictitious” band leader began with his work on the Crown label. In 1963 he wrote the music, produced and played on several hotrod/motorcycle-themed LPs for the label by fictitious artists including the Hot Rodders, the Blasters, the Winners, the Scramblers and the Strokers. While these LPs include some fun and sometimes dreadful vocals, the instrumentals are raw, take-no-prisoners slabs of hot rod music at its best. That same year he recorded the first of three Joe Saraceno-produced themed LPs for Capitol, “Outer Limits” (exploiting the exploiter!) as Jerry Cole & the Spacemen. Introduced to Capitol by Bobby Darin, Jerry went on to record “Hot Rod Dance Party” and the seminal “Surf Age”, regarded as probably the most sophisticated surf LP of the era. He also appeared on several Gary Usher Capitol projects including “Hot Rod High” by the Knights. At the same time, Jerry was recording loads of drag racing, motorcycle and speed boat-themed instro albums for the Liberty label under the the Hornets banner. While this is not a complete list of studio instro LPs he appeared on, all of his efforts were fast-paced, balls-to-the walls original LPs that hold up well today. 

With the advent of the go-go craze, Jerry recorded three themed LPs for Crown between 1965-66. Being situated in Hollywood, working the Sunset Strip and band leader of television’s smash dance/music show Shindig, Cole was smack dab in the middle of the swinging go-go scene. The first LP, “Guitars A Go Go” by the Stingers, included a few of the same tracks from the hotrod LPs, sans the hotrod sound effects with alternate titles. ‘Dang Thing’ appears as ‘Bad Rubber’ from the Blasters’ “Sounds Of The Drags”, ‘Coming On’ as “Pealin’ Out’ from the Strokers’ “Hot Rod Alley” and ‘Unchained Soul’ is an alternate version of ‘The Green Monster’ from the same LP. Also compare ‘Great Scott’ with the Champs’ ‘Red Eye’ – Jerry worked this riff on several tracks during the 60s. The next LP, “A Go Go Guitars” was credited to him and is somewhat more polished. All 10 tracks are standouts and ‘Curfew’, ‘Really Got it Bad’, ‘Sloppin’’, ‘Tower Of London’ and ‘Teen Age Fair’ are featured here. “Guitars A Go Go Vol 2”, this time by Jerry Cole and the Stingers, features Jerry playing a ferocious, twangy, rubber band-sounding Telecaster backed by Leon Russell’s signature piano and long-time band mates/brothers Glen and Norm Cass with Don Dexter on drums. This was one hell of a tightly-wound rhythm section and deserve much credit for Jerry’s overall sound on most of his instrumental recordings. This just might be some of the fastest and rockin’-est guitar playing ever recorded. 

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Jerry Cole - A Go Go Guitars (60s) (2008)The ID  -The Inner Sounds Of The Id (1967)Jerry Cole - Hot Rod Twangin' The 1960's Crown RecordingsJerry Cole & His Spacemen - Outer Limits (1963)Jerry Cole & The Stingers and The Hot Rodders -  Guitars A Go-Go

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