AUTHENTIC VINYL ORIGINALS!
When you see the GENUINE CRUISIN' VINYL SEAL, you will KNOW it's authentic and authorized.
On this page, you'll learn why:
No. Do NOT buy the re-issued CDs. Look for original LPs, only. Buy the LP and burn it to CD. ORIGINAL and AUTHENTIC CRUISIN' albums produced by me for Watermark's INCREASE RECORDS, distributed by GRT, were released on vinyl albums, 8-track and cassette. The butcher who bought the rights in the 1980s blatantly replaced any records he could not clear. When I discovered that was his intent, I sent him back my advance check for $10,000 a lot of money when gas was under a buck a gallon.
For the record, the original clearances were handled by GRT VP Tom Bonetti. He operated from a list I submitted to him. Our first meeting about the project was held at Watermark's funky, second-story setup on La Cienega, in West L. A. In attendance was the son of one of the legendary Chess brothers, who founded the label of that name. GRT had acquired the rights to their Incredible catalog.
Those songs were the nucleus of titles we obtained, headlined by the immortal Chuck Berry. He has outlived all but three of the CRUISIN' deejays and is still playing (always COD from the promoters) at the age of 81. My favorite memory of Berry was sitting with him and fellow KPOI-boys in George's Inn, next to the old Honolulu Civic Auditorium in 1957. A big hurricane caused the show to be cancelled. The three of us sat there, drinking beverages, and discussing to what extent the storm was an "Act of God". This would determine how much he would be paid for not playing that night.
Tell "Cris" that the great Ron Jacobs sez:
I NEVER "PASSED THEM OFF" AS AIRCHECKS FOR CHRISSAKE.
Copyright 2008 Ron Jacobs and REELRADIO, Inc.