The Kingsmen On Campus

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The Kingsmen On Campus
Studio album by The Kingsmen
Released 1965
Genre Pop
Length 39:15
Label Wand LP 670
Producer Jerry Dennon
The Kingsmen chronology
The Kingsmen Volume 3
(1965)
The Kingsmen On Campus
(1965)
The Kingsmen 15 Great Hits
(1966)

The Kingsmen On Campus is the fourth album by the rock band The Kingsmen, released in 1965.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.0/5 stars[1]

The Kingsmen's fourth album featured two chart singles, "The Climb" (#65) and "Annie Fanny (#47), plus several Northwest and R&B classics, a cover of the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" and two Lynn Easton compositions. The album entered the Billboard Top LPs chart on October 30, 1965, and remained for 17 weeks, peaking at #68.[2]

The album received mixed reviews and only a two-star rating from Allmusic.com where Joe Viglione's review stated, "... it is obvious the band loved classic R&B. Too bad they couldn't inject it into their performances on record. Despite the lack of passion, "The Climb" ranks with "Annie Fanny" as the best two tracks to be found in the grooves of The Kingsmen on Campus."[1]

The album's sales and chart tenure were supported by the ongoing controversy over the lyrics of "Louie Louie" and the Kingsmen's extensive touring schedule. As with earlier albums, crowd noise was dubbed on some tracks to simulate a live performance. The back of the LP jacket featured a collage of college and university pennants emblematic of the Kingsmen's reputation as a "frat rock" and college concert band.

The LP was released in both mono (WDM 670) and stereo (WDS 670) versions. In 1994 Sundazed and Bear Family reissued the album on CD with bonus tracks "Get Out Of My Life Woman", "Don't Say No" and "My Wife Can't Cook", all previously released only as singles, and with crowd noise overdubs removed on all tracks.

A reference to the album cover occurs in the 2003 movie Old School when the main characters, dressed in cardigan sweaters, walk down the Janss Steps located on the UCLA campus.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Annie Fanny – 2:05 (L. Easton)[3]
  2. Rosalie – 3:09 (R. Roberts)
  3. A Hard Day's Night – 2:21 (J. Lennon-P. McCartney)
  4. Stand By Me – (3:47) (B. King)[4]
  5. Little Green Thing – 1:59 (D. Lewis)
  6. The Climb – 2:31 (L. Easton)
  7. Sticks And Stones – 1:52 (Titus Turner)[5]
  8. Peter Gunn – 4:45 (H. Mancini)
  9. Sometimes – 2:46 (G. Thomasson)[6]
  10. Shotgun – 2:37 (A. Dewalt)[7]
  11. I Like It Like That – 1:56 (C. Kenner-A.Toussaint)
  12. Genevieve – 2:30 (Smith)
  13. Get Out Of My Life Woman† – 2:47 (A. Toussaint)
  14. Don't Say No† – 1:58 (Bartholemew-Richardson)[8]
  15. My Wife Can't Cook† – 2:12 (G. Russ)[9]

† CD bonus tracks

Note: Track times are from the Sundazed reissue CD and differ in some cases from listings on the original Wand LP.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1965) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 68

Musicians and production[edit]

  • Lynn Easton: vocals, saxophone
  • Mike Mitchell: vocals, lead guitar
  • Barry Curtis: organist
  • Norm Sundholm: bass guitar
  • Dick Peterson: drums
  • Producer: A Jerden Production by Jerry Dennon
  • Arranger: Lynn Easton and The Kingsmen
  • Engineer: Kearney Barton
  • Studio: Audio Recording, Seattle, Washington
  • CD booklet layout: Jeff Smith

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Kingsmen On Campus". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Albums. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-117-9. 
  3. ^ Written by Lynn Easton, Kingsmen lead singer. Title taken from the Little Annie Fanny comic strip published in Playboy magazine.
  4. ^ Written by Ben E. King with Leiber and Stoller
  5. ^ LP and CD incorrectly cite Ray Charles as the songwriter based on his well known 1960 version, but Titus Turner wrote the song.
  6. ^ Originally released as a single in 1961 by Gene Thomas (real name Gene Thomasson).
  7. ^ Autry Dewalt Mixon, Jr. is Junior Walker's real name.
  8. ^ Bartholemew and Richardson are Barry Curtis and Dick Peterson of the Kingsmen.
  9. ^ Written by Gerald L. "Lonnie" Russ and released as a single in 1961.