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Twistin' The World Around [CD]

The Twistin' Kings Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hallmark
  • ASIN: B006ZYS8DG
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Old Folks Twist 2. White House Twist 3. Twistin' The World Around 4. Twist Ala B.G. 5. Flying Circle Twist 6. Mexican Twist 7. Congo Twist 8. Christmas Twist 9. Twisting Ales Style - The Twistin' Kings

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Only the second album ever released on the Motown label, Twistin' The World Around was a blatant attempt to capitalise on the twist craze then sweeping across the country. The individual track titles have little or no relevance - Twisting Ales Style and Twist Ala B.G. are obviously so named in deference to Barney Ales and Berry Gordy - but what makes this an important album is the quality of the playing. You would expect nothing less from the Funk Brothers, featuring Thomas 'Bean' Bowles, Ron Wakefield, James Jamerson, Benny Benjamin et al, and they do not disappoint. It did not set the cash tills ringing when originally released but has been a much sought after item ever since.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great snapshot of the early Funk Brothers 20 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
A vital early Motown LP featuring a bunch of mainly-instrumental tracks recorded by the Funk Brothers, the immortal Motown house band. The highlight is "Congo Twist", a frantic seven-minute Benny Benjamin drum freakout later chopped in half and split across both sides of a 7-inch single. Vinyl copies of the album have changed hands for big money since its original release, but this is its first appearance on CD - for this price, you can't go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motown's 2nd LP 30 Dec 2012
By Richard
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A little known LP which attracted daft money and is now on CD yet few bother to review it.
Its an example of the label as opportunists who would copy everything in sight but then so many did in the Twist era
Which is a giant plus factor in my book.I love copycats and Tamla Motown were on the same level as Cameo Parkway-the labels were notorious for copying their own hits which even went as far as the titles eg the followup to the Marvelettes'Please Mr Postman was called Twistin' Postman.
Though never released in the U K-or even known about-its now on the Real Gone box set Tamla Motown 1961 subtitled Seven Classic Albums.There are no sleeve notes but al you need to know about the Twistin' Kings LP is that it was the house band later known as the Funk Brothers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Motown! 22 Feb 2013
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This CD encapsulates the rhythms of early 1960's Detroit, and sets the scene for Motown boss Gordy to establish history!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Curiosity In CD Form - A Much Sought Vinyl Album 18 Mar 2012
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In the early days of the Tamla/Motown coming empire, the first album (LP) released under the Motown logo was Mary Wells' Bye Bye Baby I Don't Want To Take A Chance (Motown MLP 600) in 1961. But with finances an ever-present concern, Berry Gordy et al made an unabashed foray into the Twist craze (even Frank Sinatra got into the act at Capitol with Everybody's Twistin') with their second album, Twistin' The World Around by The Twistin' Kings (Motown MLP 601) that same year.

In reality, The Twistin' Kings were really the label's resident house band, The Funk Brothers, led by pianist Joe Hunter and which, at various times, included saxophonists Ron Wakefield and Thomas "Bean" Bowles, James Jamerson on bass guitar, trombonist Paul Riser, percussionist Eddie "Bongo" Brown, guitarists Joe Messina, Robert White and Eddie Willis, drummers Benny "Papa Zita" Benjamin and Richard "Pistol" Allen, Jack Ashford on tambourine (also percussionist, vibraphonist and marimba player), and pianist Earl Van Dyke who took over from Hunter in 1964. This collection of musicians would have a hand in many of Motown Corporation's biggest hits over the years. There is some suggestion that they also functioned as The Swinging Tigers over on Tamla.

This album, re-issued here in CD format by Hallmark, contains these tracks: 1. Old Folks Twist; 2. White House Twist; 3. Twistin' the World Around; 4. Twist Ala B.G. 5. Flying Circle Twist; 6. Mexican Twist; 7. Congo Twist; 8. Christmas Twist; 9. Twisting Ales Style. Several were written by Berry and Motown's Sales head Barney Ales, which explains tracks 4 and 9. Who the vocalists are is anyone's guess.

There were even two singles released from the LP as by The Twistin' Kings - Xmas Twist/White House Twist (Motown 1022), and Congo - Part 1/Congo - Part 2 (Motown 1023) in November and December 1961 respectively.

Neither single, nor the album, made any impact on the respective charts at the time, but today that original LP is a highly sought after disc. In CD form, a curiosity at best.
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