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on 7 January 2004
From names of animals, to titles of songs, British groups in the Sixties seemed to have used just about every conceivable moniker to be known and remembered. Some bands even borrowed the name of the leader for the same purpose: Manfred Mann, Dave Clark 5, Spencer Davis Group. Still, no one would have guessed that by stringing together the names of all five of the group's members one would have perhaps the most memorable--if not the funniest--names of all. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich not only had humour in the name. There was just as much wit, charm and pure fun in their music as well. Their debut album, now reissued with its original cover and a fine selection of bonus tracks, is an apt introduction to the group in all respects. From the first track, a clever spoof on that formidable name, to their first mega-hit, "Hold Tight" (the pounding drum tempo supposedly suggesting the rhythm of Dave Dee's roommate's love-making) this album gives a selection of the mid Sixties Mod sound it its purest form. Ballads such as "Here's A Heart," and "After Tonight," mingle with the driving beats of "You Make It Move," and "Frustration." Among the bonus material is a true rarity: Due to the perceived suggestive lyrics of the hit song "Bend It," their American label insisted on alternate lyrics introducing a new dance craze, and so a completely new song was born. It was months before some teenagers in the USA learned that in no other land was the "Bend It" a dance sensation. As part of a new group of Dave Dee, etc. reissues, this album sets the stage for a splendid and very thorough representation of the heyday of a band that still continues to this very day. It's well worth a listen for anyone still curious as to what The Swinging Sixties were all about.
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on 28 January 2016
I particularly liked the descants and harmonies in ‘Is It Love’, ‘I Can’t Stop’, ‘You Know What I Want’ and ‘Over And Over Again’.
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