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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ace (UK)
  • ASIN: 5550935643
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Land of 1000 Dances 18 Nov. 2011
By Joy - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Another great CD purchased through Amazon. Amazon is my "go to" place when I am looking for something I need or want! This CD just gets you dancin' !! Love it! Thanks, Amazon!!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Land of 1000 Dances 26 July 2010
By Patricia A. Sowers - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
a great source of rock and roll music that's danceable, fun to listen to and timeless fun!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but incomplete 11 Sept. 2015
By LLO - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First of all, because this is an ACE Records release, it is generally excellent and also contains a generous 30 cuts! The only shortcomings of this disc and Volume 2 is that Ace apparently couldn't get the rights for some really important Dance songs. There are no Cameo Records artists so we do not get The Twist by Chubby Checker, Wa-Watusi by the Orlons, and Dee Dee Sharp's Ride! (The Pony), Mashed Potato Time, Gravy, Do the Bird, and Slow Twistin'. We are also missing Hitch Hike by Marvin Gaye, and Pop-Pop-Popeye by the Sherrys. What's on this CD is good, but some of the dances (Popeye, Hitch Hike, Mashed Potato, and The Twist) are unfortunately represented by lesser known artists. Get this and burn a volume 3 of your own with the above mentioned tracks!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance til you drop 2 Feb. 2002
By Zub - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Classic-age rock and roll was punctuated with dance tunes. Fast ones let teenagers expend some pent-up, sometimes sexual, energy. Slow ones provided an opportunity to make some parent-understood if not sanctioned contact with an out and no consequences. Is there a theme here?...

Anyway, in recognition of its impact, Ace has gathered together a massive 30 dance-oriented tunes from the classic era of American rock and roll. With tons of familiar chart hits to keep the musical memory clicking and aging but still agile hips moving, this disc also includes a number of rarities to provide lots of musical variety while keeping with the album's theme. Sandwiched between monsters like Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion", the Isley's "Twist and Shout" and Joey Dee's "Peppermint Twist" are obscurities in the form of "The Push and Kick" from Mark Velentino and Tony and Joe's "The Freeze".

As has come to be expected, Ace has produced this CD from the best sources available and the sound is as good as you'll find for these tracks, if found at all elsewhere. Lots of stereo versions (1,6,7,10,12,17,21,25-28,30) contribute to the sound experience and enjoyment. The piece is capped off with the 16-page booklet with info on all the included tracks and lots of great pictures of the artists and promo pieces. If there had to be a criticism leveled here, it would be the absence of the biggest dance tune of all, Chubby Checker's "The Twist". Its omission is due to the restrictive licensing policy of the catalog owners (ABKCO) at the time this CD was compiled. Credit, however, must go to Ace for NOT including the dodgy rerecorded version that often appears in other compilations. With all the other terrific tunes here, its absence can be easily overlooked.

All things considered, this is an absolutely top-notch collection of jumping tunes from the classic American rock and roll dance-tune era - a collector's essential.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More, and Better? 12 April 2003
By John B Goode - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the previous reviewer LAND of 1000 DANCES is a good `un, but find it a bit too "stuffed" with familiar cookie-cutter fabricated dances, and not enough quirky unknown or off beat numbers.
As for the longstanding problem of original Cameo-Parkway materiel not appearing on cd, well, the bootleggers have looked after things for us.
As for Ace, which would not use unlicenced material, I am sure they could have found some dynamite versions of those songs by other performers - some re-recordings are quite good; contemporaneous and licenceable (sp?) recordings of those songs would have been great.
Another twist would have been to throw in some of the many big band or "jazzy" recordings of dance craze songs that got made. I can think of Mancini's twist tunes, and dozens of others.
The strange thing here, is there is a Volume 2 of this set,...and I now can tell you that it is the equal in quality of Volume 1. It does contain Hank Ballard's original version of The Twist...
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