Sandy Nelson's Big Sixties All-Nighter!

Sandy Nelson's Big Sixties All-Nighter!

by Sandy NelsonSandy Nelson


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Man, did Sandy Nelson record a lot of albums in the last half of the 1960s -- more than 15 between 1965 and 1969. This 24-track collection samples from most of them, the program dominated by instrumental covers of big '60s rock hits like "Good Lovin'," "Hey Joe," "Good Lovin'," "Wooly Bully," and "I Don't Need No Doctor." Thrown in are a few '60s oldies, some rocked-up non-rock tunes like "The Lion in Winter," and a few things that weren't hits for anyone. Nelson was inarguably overexposed during his time at Imperial Records, but this very selective pick of his 1965-1969 work is actually better than you'd expect, even if its appeal is primarily limited to hardcore instrumental rock fans. Nelson really does drive most of the tracks along with a supercharged snare-heavy beat, and it's not that much of a stretch to say that you can hear how he was probably an influence on Keith Moon, though Nelson didn't have anything like the context Moon did with the Who. He did, however, record with the cream of the Hollywood session players, including names like Barney Kessel, Carol Kaye, Larry Knechtel, Jim Gordon, Dr. John (then known as Mac Rebennack, who funnily enough plays on "I Don't Need No Doctor"), and Al Casey. It has a flashy mod rock production that makes some of these workouts -- like "Scratchy," "Whittier Boulevard," "Come on Let's Go," "I Don't Need No Doctor," "Good Lovin'" -- way-above-average incidental period go-go soundtrack music, though a few of the songs (particularly some of the late-'60s cuts) are routine drags. Note, too, that a young Jim Messina was the co-author of (and plays on) one of the filler instrumentals that was never a hit for anyone, "Boss Beat."

Product Details

Release Date: 12/06/2005
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667015523
catalogNumber: 1080
Rank: 67516

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sandy Nelson   Primary Artist,Drums
Bob Cooper   Guitar
Victor Feldman   Percussion
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Pat Longo   Saxophone
Lyle Ritz   Bass
Julius Wechter   Percussion
Mike Post   Guitar
Don Abney   Keyboards
John Audino   Trumpet
Ron Brown   Bass
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Red Callender   Bass
Roy Caton   Trumpet
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Jewell L. Grant   Saxophone
Rene Hall   Guitar
Sharkey Hall   Percussion
Jim Hobson   Keyboards
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Carol Kaye   Bass
Jackie Kelso   Saxophone
Larry Knechtel   Bass,Keyboards
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Mike Melvoin   Keyboards
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet
Melvin Moore   Trumpet
Larry Muhoberac   Keyboards
Donald Peake   Guitar
Bill Pitman   Guitar
Michel Rubini   Keyboards
Tommy Shepard   Trombone
Tony Terran   Trumpet
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
Arthur Wright   Guitar
Dr. John   Guitar
Mike Deasey   Guitar
Gene Garf   Keyboards
Gerry McGee   Guitar
Ken Russell   Keyboards
Lou Morrell   Guitar
John Ewing   Trombone
Fred Cook   Percussion
Dennis "Mars Bonfire" McCrohan   Guitar
Bob West   Bass

Technical Credits

Chris Kenner   Composer
Jim Messina   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Travis Wammack   Composer
Whispers   Composer
Richard Berry   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Roy Head   Composer
Harlow Wilcox   Composer
Marty Cooper   Composer
Ritchie Adams   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Dave Burke   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Gene Chrisman   Composer
Rex Garvin   Composer
Gene Kurtz   Composer
Domingo "Sam" Samudio   Composer
Joe Saraceno   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Scott Turner   Composer
Ritchie Valens   Composer
Bob Warren   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Peter Holman   Composer
Rudy Clark   Composer
Enotris Johnson   Composer
Clayton Dunn   Composer
Russ Wapensky   Liner Notes
Roy Marquez   Composer
Clive Poole   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Billy Roberts   Composer
Arthur Resnick   Composer
Malou Rene   Composer

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