The String-A-Longs Very Best of The String-A-Longs, Featuring "Wheels"
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- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
Like their contemporaries The Fireballs, the String-A-Longs were also an instrumental band which hailed from New Mexico. This collection features the best of this quintet's work from the early 1960s, including their Top 10 hit "Wheels".
- 2.Sentimental Journey
- 3.Harbor Lights
- 4.Are You Lonesome Tonight
- 7.Panic Button
- 8.Red River Twist
- 9.Nearly Sunrise
- 11.Walk Don't Run
- 12.Save The Last Dance For Me
The String-A-Longs: Keith McCormack (vocals, guitar); Richard Stephens, James Torres (guitar); Aubrey Lee DeCordova (bass); Don Allen (drums).
Includes liner notes by Mark Marymont.
The Very Best of the String-A-Longs isn't really a best-of collection. This reissue of the 1961 album Pick-A-Hit Featuring Wheels omits two of the String-A-Longs' three Warwick hits and numerous single sides. The String-A-Longs reached number three on the pop charts with the mild-mannered guitar instrumental "Wheels," but aren't as well remembered as their labelmates Johnny & the Hurricanes, even though the latter never made a hit that charted as high as "Wheels." Johnny & the Hurricanes' "Red River Rock" is reinterpreted by the String-A-Longs as "Red River Twist," and a version of "Walk Don't Run" likewise pays tribute to the instrumental rock & roll tradition. The clean guitar tone and relaxed pace of these recordings is pleasant enough, but much of the album is one short step away from guitar Muzak. ~ Greg Adams
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- UPC: 090431612224
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