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  • Audio CD (26 Aug. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Jasmine Records
  • ASIN: B00DG2GOYK
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When Hank Ballard and The Midnighters recorded their song, "The Twist" they would have had no idea what they were about to start. For what was about to happen would change dancehalls across the known world forever, welcome ladies and gentleman to the dance phenomenon, The Twist!

Here we have 50 tracks inspired by the craze that was sweeping the nation like a teenage jigging plague and includes all the major classics such as, "Let's Twist Again", and "Twistin' the Night Away".

Features, as you expect all the usual suspects: Chubby Checker, Sam Cooke, The Isley Brothers and the not so obvious, Frank Sinatra!

So come on, roll back the carpet it's twisting time!

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HISTORY:

Although the ‘Twist’ is firmly established as the biggest dance phenomenon of the 20th Century, its genesis is almost entirely based on one song “The Twist” written by Hank Ballard and originally recorded by him with the Midnighters. Ballad’s “Twist” can be traced back to the 1930s and the North Carolina area where Black youngsters first began to dance in a way that was similar, though less polite, than the dance we know today. However, Ballard and his guitarist Cal Green used the melody of one of their recording “Is Your Love Real”, which in turn was lifted directly from Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters 1955 hit “What’cha Gonna Do.”

Ballard’s “The Twist” was the b-side of “Teardrops From Your Letter,” which eventually peaked at No. 16 on R&B chart only. Later, Ballard’s “Finger Popping Time” was featured prominently on the Dick Clark American Bandstand, and King Records re-promoted “The Twist” and enjoyed #28 on Billboard Hot 100 in 1960 and #6 on R&B chart.

It was Dick Clark who prompted Kal Mann to record the song with Chubby Checker, because he was reluctant to promote an old record by Hank Ballard, while his “Finger Popping Time” was still very popular. King owner Syd Nathan and Dick Clark cut a deal whereby Clark would plug “Finger Poppin’ Time” mercilessly in return for the permission to record “The Twist” with Chubby Checker. Nathan couldn’t lose as he published both songs.

“The Twist” by Chubby Checker hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. The “Twist” phenomenon had truly arrived. So big had it become that when Parkway reissued “The Twist” in 1961, it went back to No. 1, the only record to re-enter the chart and return to the #1 position. This record is still holding up to this day.
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I wouldn't dare argue with this collection's subtitled "50 GREAT RECORDINGS DEDICATED TO THE MOST POPULAR DANCE OF THE CENTURY" as the steps were easy enough for anyone to follow or simply improvised as the craze provided both good exercise as well as the ideal way to enjoy the music!

Although Chubby Checker's 1960 hit THE TWIST has always been credited to have headed the twist chart invasion, it would appear it had early rock `n' roll roots dating back many decades and merely preceded THE TWIST as performed by Hank Ballard & His Midnighters which had previously hit the US R&B Charts during 1959.
Anyway, with Chubby continuing to mine the craze, Joey Dee and The Starliters also joined the trend with PEPPERMINT TWIST and even featured on an included promotional track on which the singer taught the steps. Sam Cooke, Bill Haley Gary US Bonds, Fabian, The Isley Brothers etc. joined the plethora of recordings, and even Sinatra attached himself to an old but reinvented number as well as Count Basie offering his big band in twist format. The result was a proverbial deluge of groups and singers finding diverse ways to provide variations on the fad with great enthusiasm and occasional chart success.

Anyway, this comprehensive double-disc set includes the above US artists plus many more with their mono/stereo mix of recordings representing the period 1959-1962 when those energetic dance moves were at the height of popularity. All good fun and proving there's never been reason to knock it!
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fantastic the uplifting from the music Enjoy and listern to how great it was and still is from the time of twisting the nigh away
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Twist is a holiday. In my youth, there have been rare record. They do not exist on these discs. But I have found in this collection are a lot of new for yourself tvistov.Sbornik very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twistin’ The Night Away (2CDs): 50 glorious and fun Twistin’ songs, filled with energy and nostalgia! 11 Mar. 2016
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HISTORY:

Although the ‘Twist’ is firmly established as the biggest dance phenomenon of the 20th Century, its genesis is almost entirely based on one song “The Twist” written by Hank Ballard and originally recorded by him with the Midnighters. Ballad’s “Twist” can be traced back to the 1930s and the North Carolina area where Black youngsters first began to dance in a way that was similar, though less polite, than the dance we know today. However, Ballard and his guitarist Cal Green used the melody of one of their recording “Is Your Love Real”, which in turn was lifted directly from Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters 1955 hit “What’cha Gonna Do.”

Ballard’s “The Twist” was the b-side of “Teardrops From Your Letter,” which eventually peaked at No. 16 on R&B chart only. Later, Ballard’s “Finger Popping Time” was featured prominently on the Dick Clark American Bandstand, and King Records re-promoted “The Twist” and enjoyed #28 on Billboard Hot 100 in 1960 and #6 on R&B chart.

It was Dick Clark who prompted Kal Mann to record the song with Chubby Checker, because he was reluctant to promote an old record by Hank Ballard, while his “Finger Popping Time” was still very popular. King owner Syd Nathan and Dick Clark cut a deal whereby Clark would plug “Finger Poppin’ Time” mercilessly in return for the permission to record “The Twist” with Chubby Checker. Nathan couldn’t lose as he published both songs.

“The Twist” by Chubby Checker hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. The “Twist” phenomenon had truly arrived. So big had it become that when Parkway reissued “The Twist” in 1961, it went back to No. 1, the only record to re-enter the chart and return to the #1 position. This record is still holding up to this day.

CONTENT:

Jasmine Records, a well-respected reissue label from UK, has decided to release a set of 2 CDs, comprising of 50 songs, all related to the “Twist.” I have collected compilation CDs on “various dances”, like Land Of 1000 Dances released by Ace Records from UK in 2009. There were 3 volumes, and 1 volume was dedicated to “All Twistin’ Edition” (24 songs released in 2009 on Ace). But Jasmine’s version has more songs and is more comprehensive. In 2015, there was a 10-CD box set of “Twist Around The World.”

I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & no., chart position, year and personal comments), which is as follows:

Disc 1:
01 The Twist – Hank Ballard And The Midnighters (King 5171)(R&B 16/1959, 6/1960; POP 28/1960)*the original and first version of The Twist
02 Twistin’ The Night Away – Sam Cooke (RCA 7983)(POP 9/1962; R&B 1/1962; UK 6/1962)*great song!
03 Peppermint Twist Part I – Joey Dee And The Starliters (Roulette 4401)(POP 1(3)/1961; R&B 8/1961; UK 33/1961)
04 Peppermint Twist Part II – Joey Dee And The Starliters (Roulette 4401)(b-side to Part 1)
05 The Twist – Chubby Checker (Parkway 811)(POP 1/1960, 1(2)/1962; R&B 2/1960, 4/1962; UK 14/1960, 5/1975)*the only song in the entire history of Billboard that has re-entered the chart a second time and reached #1; a record still unbroken to this day
06 Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker (Parkway 824)(POP 8/1961; R&B 2/1961; UK 14/1960, 5/1975)
07 Dear Lady Twist – Gary (U.S.) Bonds (Legrand 1015)(POP 9/1962; R&B 5/1962)*his biggest hit was Quarter To Three (1(2)/1961)
08 Twist And Shout – The Topnotes (Atlantic)(uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem
09 Spanish Twist – Bill Haley & His Comets (Gone 5111)(uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem
10 Meet Me At The Twistin’ Place – Johnny Morrisete (SAR 126)(POP 63/1962; R&B 18/1962)*rare gem; song written by Sam Cooke
11 Slow Twistin’ – Chubby Checker and Dee Dee Sharp (Parkway 835)(POP 3/1962; R&B 3/1962; UK 23/1962)
12 Twist Twist Senora – Gary (U.S.) Bonds (Legrand 1018)(POP 9/1962)*inspired by the calypso song Shake Shake Senora; currently used in TV commercial by Telus
13 Soul Twist – King Curtis & His Noble Knights (Enjoy 1000)(POP 17/1962; R&B 20/1962)*rare gem
14 A Kissin’ And A Twistin’ – Fabian (Chancellor 1061)(POP 91/1960)*rare gem; Fabian’s biggest hits: Tiger, Turn Me Loose and Hound Dog Man
15 Hey Let’s Twist – Joey Dee And The Starliters (Roulette 4408)(POP 20/1962)*rare gem
16 Twistin’ Matilda (And The Channel) – Jimmy Soul (S.P.Q.R. 3300)(POP 20/1962; R7b 20/1962)*rare gem; twist version of the calypso song Matilda popularized by Harry Belafonte; his biggest hit: If You Wanna Be Happy (1/1963), based on the calypso song Ugly Woman
17 Twist Around The Clock – Clay Cole & The Capris (Imperial 5804)(uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem; title song from the movie of the same name; no relation to Rock Around The Clock
18 Twistin’ Fever – Marcels (Colpix 629)(POP 103/1962)*rare gem; their biggest hits: Blue Moon (1(3)/1961; Heartaches (7/1961); it is rumoured that they are visiting Toronto later this year (2013)
19 Twist Her – Bill Black’s Combo (Hi 2042)(POP 26/1961)*rare gem; their biggest hit: White Silver Sands (9/1960); I’d also prefer to have their version of Twistin’ – White Silver Sands included in this compilation
20 Twist And Shout – The Isley Brothers (Wand 124)(POP 17/1962; R&B 2/1962; UK 42/1962)*the original and first version of this classic, later also performed by the Beatles
21 Bristol Twistin’ Annie – The Dovells (Parkway 838)(POP 27/1962; R&B 28/1962); their biggest hits: Bristol Stomp and You Can’t Sit Down
22 Wobble Twist – King Curtis & His Noble Knights (Enjoy 1001)(POP 119/1962)*rare gem
23 Twistin’ Postman – The Marvellettes (Tamla 54054)(POP 34/1962; R&B 13/1962)*rare gem; no relation to their No. 1 hit Please Mr. Postman (1/1961)
24 Scratch ‘N’ Twist – Wild Jimmy Spruill (Everlast 5017)(uncharted single, 1962)*rare gem
25 It’s Twistin’ Time – Hank Ballard (King 5601)(uncharted single, 1962)*rare gem

Disc 2:
01 Teach Me To Twist – Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell (Cameo 214)(POP 109/1962; UK 45/1962)*this song on Cameo label because Bobby Rydell was on that label
02 Good Twistin’ Tonight – Hank Ballard (King 5655)(uncharted single, 1962)
03 Merry Twistmas – The Marcels (Colpix 617)(uncharted single, 1962)*rare gem
04 Xmas Twist – The Twistin’ Kings (Motown 1022)(uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem
05 Whitehouse Twist – The Twistin’ Kings (Motown 1022)(b-side to Xmas Twist, 1961)*rare gem
06 Twist On Little Girl – Jimmy Clanton (Ace 641)(uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem; no relation to Go On Little Girl; his biggest hits: Just A Dream & Venus In Blue Jeans
07 Twistin’ USA – Danny And The Juniors (Swan 4060)(POP 27/1960)*rare gem; their biggest hit: At The Hop (1(7)/1957)
08 Twistin’ With Linda – The Isley Brothers (Wand 127)(POP 54/1962)*rare gem; follow-up to Twist and Shout
09 Peppermint Twist – Danny Peppermint & The Jumpin’ Jacks (Carlton 565)(POP 54/1961; UK 26/1961)*rare gem; different song than Joey Dee’s Peppermint Twist; almost electrocuted on stage in 1961, but fully recovered
10 Twistin’ All Night Long – Danny And The Juniors/Freddie Cannon (Swan 4092)(POP 68/1962)*rare gem;
11 Twist Chango – Machito (Roulette 4402)(uncharted single, 1962)*rare gem
12 Everybody’s Twistin’ – Frank Sinatra (Reprise 20063)(POP 75/1962; UK 22/1962)*see how big influence the Twist has – even our Chairman of the Board recorded a Twist song
13 Basie Twist – Count Basie And His Orchestra (Roulette 4403)(POP 94/1962)*rare gem; the same applies to the big band Count Basie
14 The Twister – Bo Diddley (from album Bo Diddley’s A Twister)(Checker LP 2982, 1961)*rare gem
15 Muddy Water’s Twist – Muddy Waters with Earl Hooker’s Orchestra (Chess 1827)(uncharted single, 1962)*rare gem; even the Blues master get into the act too
16 Jam Up Twist – Tommy Ridgley (Atlantic 2136)(uncharted single, 1962)
17 New Orleans Twist – Blazer Boy (Imperial 5801)(uncharted single, 1962)
18 Twistin’ Out In Space – Robert Parker (Imperial 5842)(uncharted single, 1962)
19 Twisting Time – King Curtis & His Noble Knights (Enjoy 1000)(b-side to Soul Twist, 1962)*rare gem
20 The Italian Twist – The Unique Echoes (Southern Sound 108)(unchrated single, 1962)
21 Twist And Freeze – Billy Huhn & The Catalinas (Lesley 1924)(uncharted single, 1962)
22 Medley: The Twist/Mother’s Club Twist – Danny And The Juniors (from album Twistin’ All Night Long, Swan LP 506, 1962)*rare gem
23 The Twist – The Olympics (Arvee 5051)(uncharted single, 1962)*rare gem; their biggest hit was Western Movies (8/1958) on Demon label
24 The Alvin Twist – The Chipmunks (Liberty 55424)(POP 40/1962)*rare gem; from David Seville & the boys
25 Joey Dee Teaches You How To Do The Peppermint Twist (Promotional disc given away free with Vaseline Hair Tonic in 1961)*rare gem; one-of-a-kind; 5:38 minute with a and b-sides of teaching; hilarious about wiping one’s back with towels; reminded me of the time when I had my dancing lesson for Rumba and Cha Cha…

The sound is very well remastered with no hiss. All the songs are original versions. Jasmine Records has improved on the booklet in that finally the chart position, year, label & number are finally listed. The essay on Twistin’ The Night Away was quite informative.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Finally, Jasmine Records has come up with a fun record with songs full of energy and danceable beat. When you listen to this set, you can’t help but get up to do some twistin’ (SLOW twistin’ for older folks like myself…ha ha). This 50 songs give us a very comprehensive review of the Twist. The entire set is enjoyable to listen to. For collectors like myself, this is a welcome addition to my library. If you like more Twistin’ songs, Land Of 1000 Dances (All Twistin’ Edition) on Ace with 24 songs is also recommended. There are very few repetitions.

The above set is highly recommended.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More twistin 12 Dec. 2013
By THOMAS C. BIAGI - Published on Amazon.com
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Half the cd was good stuff, but much of it has been reissued over and over again in the last few months.
Kind of embarrassing watching older people twistin now. But I guess its good exercise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
By Rocnic - Published on Amazon.com
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Everything like expected.
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