Tuesday, July 6, 2010

SHA NA NA The Golden Age Of Rock 'N' Roll

The Golden Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll

Here it is, the big daddy of all double album oldies vinyl sets. Kama Sutra Records released this in 1973 and it features New York studio sessions on side one and three sides FULL of live recordings from the Winterland in San Francisco, the city where Sha Na Na found early popularity. This 2 LP set contains over 30 classic oldies done by the Sha Na Na boys.

The opening track “A Lover’s Question” is one of my all-time favorite songs that was originally a hit by the late, great Clyde McPhatter. Denny Greene does a nice job singing it here and that’s probably the reason they opened the album with it. “His Latest Flame” is sung by the band’s resident Elvis vocalist, Scott "Santini" Powell, who’s still billed as ‘Captain Outrageous’ on this album but by the time of the TV show he'd found his ‘loverboy’ image as Santini. He’s currently a doctor in Santa Monica!

Bowzer’s in full effect, slowly becoming a main voice which is understandable because the ‘bassman’ was so prevalent in early rock ‘n’ roll and also his speaking voice was interesting and "tough." As usual, Jocko ROCKS, Donny and Johnny put soul into their lead vocals and the secret weapon is piano man, Screamin’ Scott Simon.

Lead guitar on this LP is the great Vinnie Taylor who sadly died just one year later. But he is immortalized on the ‘HUGE SOUVENIR POSTER’ so rock on, Vinnie!



  1. I can't get over how good these guys were, they are so much more than a novelty act. It's tough for music fans in our age bracket to not feel some sort of nostalgia for Sha Na Na, but they really were good. At the time of the series I really thought of them more as TV stars than a band even though I knew they had albums and a career prior to the show. In my mind during the time from the show going off the air and myself growing up, I kind of looked upon them as a Novelty act that I had fond memories of. They were so much more.

  2. PS: Jim what is it with all of your solitary posts occuring at 4 20? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

  3. Jon Baumann said that when he was a kid,the closest he ever got to guys like Bowser was when they would beat him up,and throw his books down the sewer...