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  • Audio CD (24 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: History of Soul Records
  • ASIN: B00D1RSKOC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Shake A Tail Feather - Five Du-Tones - The Five Du-Tones
2. Shake Sherrie - The Contours - The Contours
3. Mashed Potatoes U.S.A. - James Brown - James Brown
4. Do Wa Diddi - Frank Ballard - Frank Ballard
5. Carl's Dance Party - Carl "Little Rev" Lattimore - Carl 'Little Rev' Lattimore
6. Teach Me How To Shimmy - The Isley Brothers - The Isley Brothers
7. Stupidity - The Van Dykes - The Van Dykes
8. The Greasy Chicken - Andre Williams - Andre Williams
9. Foot Stomping Pt 1 - The Flares - The Flares
10. Now Let's Popeye Pt 2 - Eddie Bo - Eddie Bo
See all 32 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Shout and Shimmy - James Brown - James Brown
2. Mashed Potato Time - Dee Dee Sharp - Dee Dee Sharp
3. Bacon Fat - Andre Williams - Andre Williams
4. The Flea - The Five Du-Tones - The Five Du-Tones
5. The Twist - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
6. Twist It Up - Herbert Hunter - Herbert Hunter
7. Pony Time - Don Covay - Don Covay
8. Sloppy Twist - Thomas 'Little Jr.' Cannaday & His Midnite Flyers - Thomas 'Little Jr.' Cannaday & His Midnite Flyers
9. Dish Rag Pt 1 - Nat Kendrick & The Swans (James Brown) - Nat Kendrick and His Swans
10. Waddle Waddle - The Bracelets - The Bracelets
See all 31 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Since youth was youth and fashion was fashion, the dance floors of the Western world have periodically been swept by dance rages. Prior to World War I, Irene and Vernon Castle popularized a variety of dances, notably the Fox Trot and a number of animal dances. The 1920s saw huge popularity for the Charleston, Blackbottom, and Lindy, and in the late 1930s the rage began for wild jitterbugging to swing bands. But none of these dance crazes could match the early 1960s for their sheer variety of dance fads: there was a veritable explosion of all kinds of rock n roll and rhythm and blues dances and dance records, all emerging out of the popularity of the Twist. This survey covers some of the most distinctive and entertaining dances of that era up to the dance-crazed peak of 1962. Part of the History of Soul series, the accompanying illustrated booklet is written by Robert Pruter, acclaimed author of Chicago Soul, so get reading and get dancing!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judge John on 12 Jan. 2014
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The suggestion that these songs produced "crazes" is more than little far fetched and some of the tracks are complete rubbish but there is lots of good early soul playing and singing from the likes of Wilbert Harrison ("The Horse"); Chubby Checker ("The Fly"); King Curtis ("Twistin' with the King") and Hank Ballard and the Midnighters ("The Twist"). Dee Dee Sharp convinced me it was "Mashed Potato Time" in 1962 and she is worth listening to again. However - "Waddle Waddle" by the Bracelets? A dance craze? Do me a favour. Similar nonsense from Lonnie Brooks doing "The Popeye". The "Dish Rag" passed me by because Nat Kendrick presumably couldn't get it to a wider audience than his next door neighbours. And once you have listened to "Sloppy Twist" by Thomas "Little Junior" Cannaday you will understand why he disappeared without trace. And don't try twisting to this. You will do yourself an injury.
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By souldj2 on 21 Jun. 2014
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I expected to recognize more tunes than I did , still a good collection just not my cup of tea.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 1 Nov. 2013
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Amazing how much of this kind of thing was made.The influence of the Twist for example spread to the British Invasion where many of the Beatles novelties included a single called The Beatle Dance.
This only touches on an entire sub genre and other collections like the Ace ones contain many different songs
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fun Collection - Here Are the Tracks 26 Jun. 2014
By Jonker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a fun collection. The CDs are packed and a lot of these tunes aren't easy to find. You might find listening to both discs straight through can get tedious if it's not in a social or dance situation, but great its stuff to pull off for mixtapes (or "playlists" as the case may be).

Since Amazon doesn't list the tracks as of the time of this review, here they are.

Disc 1:
Shake a Tail Feather - The Five Du-Tones
Shake Sherrie - The Contours
Mashed Potatoes U.S.A. - James Brown
Do Wa Diddi - Frank Ballard
Carl's Dance Party - Carl Lattimore
Teach Me How to Shimmy - The Isley Brothers
Stupidity - The Van Dykes
Andre Williams - The Greasy Chicken
The Flares - Foot Stomping
Eddie Bo - Now Let's Popeye
J.C. Davis - The Chicken Scratch
Arthur Alexander - A Shot of Rhythm and Blues
Booty Green - Bobby Marchan
Dee Dee Sharp - The Wah-Watusi
The Olympics - The Slop
George Hudson - The Roach
Do the Camel Walk - Magic Sam
The Coasters - The Climb
Slow Twistin' - Chubby Checker
Hitch Hike - Marvin Gaye
The Dutones - The Bird
Freddie King - The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist
Nat Kendrick - (Do The) Mashed Potatoes
Maximilian - The Snake
The Gay Jays - The Chicken Back
Do the Hully Gully - King Coleman
Pass the Bug - Gene The Hat
Bobby Peterson - The Hunch
Bill Doggett - The Hully Gully Twist
Let's Pony Again - The Vibrations
The Olympics - The Stomp
Willie Mitchell - The Crawl

Disc 2
Shout and Shimmy - James Brown
Mashed Potatoe Time - Dee Dee Sharp
Bacon Fat - Andre Williams
The Five Du-Tones - The Flea
Hank Ballard - The Twist
Twist It Up - Herbert Hunter
Pony Time - Don Covay
Sloppy Twist - Thomas Cannaday
Nat Kendrick - Dish Rag pt 1
Waddle Waddle - The Bracelets
Baby Hully Gully - The Olympics
Camel Walk - Benny Gordon
Let's Shimmy - King Coleman
The Rollers - The Continental Walk
Hush Puppy - Gene The Hat
Dance the Bommerang - The Canjoes (Cajones? lol)
Chubby Checker - The Fly
Wilbert Harrison - The Horse
Lonnie Brooks - The Popeye
JC Davis - The Splib
Big Jay McNeely - The Squat
Shake Shout & Soul - Lil Ray and The Premiers
Do the Bug - George Hudson
Twistin' With the King - King Curtis
The (Bossa Nova) Bird - The Dells
The Vibrations - The Watusi
The Isley Brothers - The Drag
Let's Do the Slop - Little Joe Cook
Al Brown's Tunetoppers - The Madison
Cha-Cha Twist - Brice Coefield
Twist and Shout - The Top Notes
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