What a revelation to learn that The Coasters, along with producers Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, collaborated with Fania recording legend, Larry Harlow, on five tracks that were recorded in Autumn, 1971 – the highlight being a fresh boogaloo take on “Cool Jerk“:
Click on this link to play “Cool Jerk” by The Coasters
Recording session info below thanks to Claus Röhnisch‘s excellent Coasters website – it would seem to be saying that tracks recorded at the Starday-King studios were then mixed and edited in NYC:Marty Sheller, arranger; Larry Harlow,director; Mike Stoller, possibly on piano; Taco Meza, flute; probably Thomas Palmer, guitar; unknown second guitar; unknown orchestration. Dave Palmer, engineer; Leiber & Stoller, producers. Mixed & edited at Electric Lady Studios, New York City, late 1971.
(Starday) Studios, probably. New York City – Autumn, 1971
K-13959 Cool Jerk 2:56 King LP 1146; King 6389
K-14176 Good Lovin´ ?:?? (unissued – only instrumental track exists)
K-14177 Mustang Sally 3:38 King LP 1146
K-14178 On Broadway 2:30 King LP 1146
K-14179 The In Crowd 2:55 King LP 1146
Note: “In Crowd” is essentially a ‘dub’ version of “Cool Jerk” that features Taco Meza’s flute playing.
Starday-King in the Lieber-Stoller Era
Says Claus: In the autumn of 1971 Leiber and Stoller purchased and remastered all Date/Columbia tracks. They overdubbed and edited some tracks from the 1968 session, produced the new recordings above, and reissued all Date singles (with K-master numbers used) on Starday-King, newly bought up by Leiber, Stoller, Freddy Bienstock, and company president, Hal Neely.