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Double Top (Very Best Of)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2006
In 1977 fro my 12th christmas, mum and dad bought me my first stereo, an alba cassette radio. They also bought me my first album - The Amazing darts, on cassette. needless to say it got played to death, and became a firm favourite. Years later, with a collection of cassettes, vinyl and CD albums in the thousands, it is still a favourite album. but alas, the tape finally bit the dust and I was left with nothing. Then came the darts CD 'the platinum collection'. Fantastic to finally be able to hear darts again, but unfortunately the compilation contained only half of the 20 tracks I wanted.

Now, at last, with the release of this double CD, I finally have all the tracks I loved so much, plus a whole heap of extra material to listen too. Pure heaven. Darts have to be one of the very best bands of any era. Tremendous fun to listen to, but musically brilliant too. With classic and self penned tracks of pure doo wop, rock & roll, & boogie woogie. Superb musicianship, tight harmonies, and above all a sense that they really loved doing what they did. I wish today's pop music had half the sense of enjoyment and less of it's own sense of self importance. If you can listen to this without tapping your toes or singing along, you must have been lobotomised! Buy this, you will not be disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I've been a fan of the band since the start and have most of their stuff.

This album is a welcome re-issue as it gives fans new and old a chance to relive those memories.

I'm sure you'll all be glad to hear that the Darts have reformed for a 30th anniversary reunion and are performing at the 100 Club in London on November 9th so get your tickets fast for what is guaranteed to be a great night. see [...] for other dates
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2007
I cannot think of anything bad to say about any of the songs or of where they appear on the cds as they bring back so many memories, however, someone at Warner quality control office needs a kick in the pants. There is a glaring printing error on both the back inlay cover and in the booklet that states the first bonus track on cd2 is Don't Let It Fade Away, the error is also apparent when you play the cd on a pc/laptop. This is bearable however in addition I have had two copies now that both skipped on Goodbye Brenda at 2min 45secs. I would suggest if you buy the cd to check this track first.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2007
Delighted to purchase / listen to Double Top, but... Having listened so many times to original LPs I quickly realised that it mis-represents itself by claiming to be the first two albums + bonus tracks. Firstly, the bonus tracks include all 14 from the excellent 3rd album; secondly, the single versions of Come Back My Love and It's Raining are featured rather than album versions. So, the only album that appears in full, albeit not in order, is the only one not advertised as doing so. Why?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The very best in this case is everything that Darts did with bass vocalist Den Hegarty and a little more besides. The first disc is the better of the two, displaying all shades of doowop, whether its the manic energy of the first hit, 'Daddy Cool/The Girl Can't Help It', the chiming arrangement of 'Bells In My Heart' or the tenderness of 'Sh-boom'. The disc begins with their first album and they're irrepressible throughout. With four strong personalities sharing lead vocals, Darts had a lot of possibilities at their disposal and here they make use of them. Mention should also be made, however, of the accomplished five-piece instrumental unit behind them. Between them they give the music a big sound.

B-sides double up the run time and are welcome additions. Apart from a raft of expert cover versions, they include the typically irreverent 'Messing Shoe Blues' and 'Naff Off'. Post-Hegarty hits, including 'Duke Of Earl' are also present.

The second disc begins with their second album, which kicks off with their version of 'The Boy From NYC', arguably their most popular recording. Although there's another classy hit, 'It's Raining', this album isn't quite as good. More of the lead vocals are taken by Hegarty, perhaps because he'd emerged as the foremost personality, but this is a mistake. The band haven't lost their humour or enthusiasm, but they overplay the bassman's 'mad' persona. Even so, it's enjoyable fare, with pianist Hammy Howell getting the opportunity to demonstrate a couple of party pieces.

This album is 130 minutes of joy, recalling the fun music of bands like The Coasters, whose catalogue is well-represented here. The only disappointment is that you can't watch them performing these songs, as Darts were also a marvellous visual experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An interesting double CD giving the best of teh Darts, part of that late `70s/early `80s rockabilly revival that also spawned Shakin' Stevens, Mud and Showaddywaddy. The Darts were an entertaining bunch who knocked out some good tunes with passion and energy, and a sense of.

The first disc is more focused on the `serious' music, with some good dcovers and interesting originals. As the group went on they became more of an entertainment act than a band, and the second disc contains quite a bit of their `zany' antics, which seem a bit dated today. I don't listen to the second disc that often.

In all an interesting set that nicely covers the group's career. It might have benefitted from a more ruthless selection process and being cut down to a 1 disc set, and there is a bit of filler to be found here. So 4 stars in all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2011
Well What can you say.....

A couple of months ago via a auction website, i bought a "Ghetto-Blaster" identical to one i saved up for when i was about 16 or so on the said appliance a continuous diet of darts was inflicted on the vicinity wherever i went from the cassette......

Well the ghetto-blaster doesnt sound as good as it once did but but surprisingly The Darts do....

For me the darts provided a springboard to later go and discover the original artists - Reet petite / Sam Cooke, - sh boom / the crew cuts - Honey love / Bunny Paul et al..... the list goes on

For me the "albums" were always better than the released singles

Even though the band changed in terms of line-up & content during their "prominent" years. what is consistent is the craftsmanship both musically and vocally. The Darts will probably never be remembered as anything more than a retro- R&B / Doo Wop band of the late 70`s - whats clear is that what they did - they did well.

This compilation covers a lot of their good stuff. on a long road journey stick it in the slot & enjoy ...........

happy travels
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on 23 September 2013
Brilliant!

I bought this album to work to. A refreshing change from the humdrum of modern music. It seems that we've forgotten music for fun. This album is generally up tempo with an eclectic blend of voices, rhythms and instruments. You could mistake it for wedding music, but if that's the case then it is the best wedding music. Fun fun fun...
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on 15 March 2014
Great selection of their best tunes but gets a bit samey by the end of disc 2. Not great that one of the songs sticks on the CD which no amount of cleaning has corrected.
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on 28 January 2014
good value for money album that 50's rockers like me got to have in their collection. all the band's hits and other do- de-wop favourites are on this 2disk album.darts style of 50's rock really comes through,making it a real foot tapping ,catchy pleasureable sound.this is darts at the top of their game.
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