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“Cool Jerk”: Starday-King Goes Boogaloo

What a revelation to learn that The Coasters, along with producers Jerry Leiber 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:

“Cool Jerk”     The Coasters     1971

Click on this link to play “Cool Jerk” by The Coasters

The recording session info below – thanks to Claus Röhnisch‘s excellent Coasters website – seems 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.

Coasters - Cool Jerk

Starday-King in the Leiber-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.

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