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Catering for a need,
This review is from: Land of 1000 Dances Vol.1: the Ultimate Compilation of Hit Dances 1958-1965 (Audio CD)
Listening to this as American pop music which preceeded and ran with the Beatles is to hear music which was exciting.In the UK there was no sort of dance craze thing and the Scaffold sent the whole thing up with Do the Albert Hall-which exorted the 2 people to stand in the middle of the floor and not move!
These sets are a great way of acquiring these tracks many of which were just of the moment when everyone cashed in to some extent. Like the Pastel 6 who were little more than a studio creation.
A few of these records ended up being heard in Liverpool and Let's Stomp was a favorite.So was Twist & Shout-the Beatles made it their own property!
Probably rock'n'roll musicologists pore over this sort of stuff-every one of the so called dance craze hits or misses had something interesting going for it or would spawn later creations-the Rivingtons begat the Trashmen and even the little known Trashwomen later and had been involved with music from the Lamplighters to the Sharps to Duane Eddy.
And Chris Kenner's song which titles the sets was not to chart in any big way till Cannibal & the Headhunters covered it
But really it was just utility music at the time-in the UK we marvelled at it like how did they make the Gary U S Bonds records.They could knock this stuff off in 5 minutes and move onto something that really mattered
But now seen in retrospect this was fine music which just gives you a lift
As for me I definitely preferred this kind of music to deep soul