Various Artists Northwest Grease Norton Records EP-119
Songs: 01. The Mighty El Dukes: Frankenstein's Den 02. Lord Dent And His Invaders: The Greaser 03. Joe Boot And The Fabulous Winds: Rock And Roll Radio 04. The Mighty El Dukes: Walking Beside You
Dig this crazy feast of NORTHWEST GREASE!
The Mighty El Dukes serve up the chilling doo wop original Walking Beside You plus a hip take of the Hollywood Flames' Frankenstein's Den. Both unreleased chants are taken from a cool Rex Recording Company acetate out of Portland Oregon.
Tacoma, Washington rock n' roll icons Clayton Watson and the Silhouettes first scored in 1958 with the Lavender label waxing Everybody's Boppin'. They howled again the following year under the name Lord Dent and his Invaders (so dubbed for Watson's numerous car wrecks) with "Wolf Call" on the Shelley subsidiary of Golden Crest Records. Here we spin out with The Greaser, the sleazy flip of their Shelley single.
Joe Boot's boozy 1958 R&B wobbler Rock And Roll Radio was released on Seattle's Celestial label and features curiously inaudible vocal group support from the Fabulous Winds as well as backing by Floyd Standifer's jazz ork. Standifer recalls Boot downing a full bottle of whiskey during the recording. It might not be a bad idea to follow suit if you're playing along at home.
The cool '56 vintage cover snamp of Tacoma's unrecorded Cool Breezes (with Paul Smith, later of Imperial label stars the Barons) caps off this swank little party package.