Alvin Cash & The Crawlers

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Alvin Cash & The Crawlers

“Twine Time”!

 

7″ ALVIN’S BAG / WHIP IT ON ME                                                                          TODDLIN’ TOWN   TT 104

1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ ALVIN’S BOO-GA-LOO / LET’S DO SOME GOOD TIMING (Registers)      MAR-V-LUS US      6014

1966? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ BARRACUDA, THE / DO IT ONE MORE TIME (Crawlers)                            MAR-V-LUS US      6005

1965? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ DIFF’RENT STROKES… / CHARGE, THE (Registers)                                 MAR-V-LUS US      6018

1966? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ DOIN’ THE ALI SHUFFLE / FEEL SO GOOD (Registers)                             MAR-V-LUS US      6015

1966? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ DOING THE FEELING                                                                                         DAKAR US              DK 4559

1976 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

7″ KEEP ON DANCING / (Instrumental) (Scott Brothers)                                  TODDLIN’ TOWN   TT 111

1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ MOANING AND GROANING / FUNKY ’69                                                        TODDLIN’ TOWN   TT 119

1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ PARTY TIME / DOIN’ THE CREEP (Hundred $ Bills)                                    77 RECORDS        77-118

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ PENGUIN, THE / UN-WIND THE TWINE (Crawlers)                                    MAR-V-LUS US      6006

1965? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

LP TWINE TIME (Crawlers / Registers)                                                                 MAR-V-LUS US      MLP-1827

1964? 12 TRKS re-issue

7″ TWINE TIME / BUMP, THE (Crawlers)                                                             MAR-V-LUS US      6002

1964? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ UNWIND THE TWINE / BOSTON MONKEY (Registers)                              MAR-V-LUS US      6009

1965? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

I first heard Alvin Cash & The Crawlers on the AM radio, likely about 1965 or so.  By that time, it was already a few years old.  But even then, ‘oldies’ had a way of creeping into AM airwaves – maybe on weekends.  By the end of the 60’s, I heard guys on the radio calling “oldies” ‘pre-Beatle Golden Oldies’.

Latter day musicologists would probably class Alvin Cash & The Crawlers as “Garage Soul” – “Twine Time” is not very “hi-fi” – the 45 was pressed badly / cheaply, but it nonetheless managed to communicate it’s infectious groove.

In the 80’s, I mail-ordered the “Twine Time” LP from a long-forgotten seller in Goldmine magazine – so, maybe I have a pirated / counterfeited copy of this R&B chestnut?  From yet another Goldmine dealer, I got a whole slew of wonderful mid-60’s Alvin Cash 45’s.  “Funky ‘69” is pretty hot – definitely for fans of Dyke & The Blazers!

So, if you want some lo-fi nitty gritty R&B, you can’t go wrong with the Alvin Cash oeuvre.  I am not aware of any full-length CD releases of the “Twine Time” LP, but I know that the ’big hit’ shows up on assorted R&B collection CD’s – and sometimes not mastered very well.

Boy, some of the titles above are so swank sounding – “Boston Monkey”, “Doin’ The Ali Shuffle”, and, of course, the aforementioned “Funky ‘69”.

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