Tuesday, January 22, 2008


If it hadn’t been for Tim Warren and the CRYPT label I might never have heard THE PINETOPPERS until the mp3 era, but thanks to an amazing late 80s compilation LP series of 50s/60s rockabilly, early rock & raunch called “SIN ALLEY”, I was introduced to the outright amazing “Shout Bamalama” – one of two songs cut on a single 45 under the PINETOPPERS name. By now the story is far better known that the band was OTIS REDDING’s first “garage band” stop in a career of R&B/soul hitmaking, but it seems to me that the two cuts – “Shout Bamalama” and its flip side, “Fat Gal” – still need to be better-heard than they’ve been to date. I personally think they’re as wild & raw as anything from the 50s up til now, and get a load of Redding’s voice. If you think he was an amazing shouter on his well-known stuff (and he was), listen to him belt out, “I’m goin’ out back to get ten or ‘leven more!” or the way he screams the one-syllable word “I” at the start of “Fat Gal”. Wow! It doesn’t get much more “desperate” than this – fantastic stuff.

Play or Download THE PINETOPPERS – “Shout Bamalama” (A-side)
Play or Download THE PINETOPPERS – “Fat Gal” (B-side)


Anonymous said...

fantastic a side jay, glad yr back...b side said file not found, fyi...m.k.

Anonymous said...

Hell yeah! Now you're talking!

luKe said...

Jay, you should check out THE UPSETTERS; not the Jamaicans but Little Richard's former backing band. Many years ago, Charly Records issued a vinyl compilation and a couple of years ago, a bootleg cd came out on La Cienega Records. It seems like Roots&Rhythm still has copies in stock (http://www.rootsandrhythm.com/roots/NEWSLETTER129/newsletter129_r&b_1.htm)
Some of the wildest R&B you are likely to hear!!