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Land of 1000 Dances: All Twistin' Edition [Ace UK]
1. Twist, The - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
2. Spanish Twist - Bill Haley & His Comets (Take 4, alternate take)
3. Peppermint Twist, Pt. 1 - Joey Dee & the Starliters
4. Twistin' with Linda - The Isley Brothers
5. Ya Ya Twist - Petula Clark
6. Double Twist - Freddie Fowell/Howie Casey & the Seniors/Petula Clark
7. Twist with Me Annie - Smokey Smothers
8. Twist and Shout - Top Notes
9. Twisting on Bandstand - Sprouts
10. Mama's Doin' the Twist - Linda Hopkins
11. Kissin' Twist - Jack Hammer
12. Monster Twist, The - Cro-Magnons
13. Twistin' USA - Danny & the Juniors
14. Lone Twister, The - The Lone Twister
15. Twist St Troupez - Les Chats Sauvages
16. Twist and Freeze - Billy Huhn
17. No Twistin' on Sunday - Zircons
18. Twist Around the Clock - Cole
19. Twistin' Fever - The Marcels
20. Twist All Night - Louis Prima/Sam Butera & the Witnesses
21. Work Out - Ricky Dee & The Embers
22. Do the President Twist - Jack Hammer/Lula Reed/Freddy King
23. Twistin' Postman - The Marvelettes
24. Twist to End All Twists, The - Rob Lawrence
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1220
Liner Note Author: Tony Rounce.
The Twist, of course, was the most popular topic for rock & roll dance songs when dance-craze tunes briefly became a dominant trend in popular music in the early '60s. So it's not too hard to compile an entire CD of Twist songs from the era, though you might think it another matter to make such a thing too listenable. But Ace Records, as usual, comes through with a well-selected and smartly annotated volume of 24 such tracks with Land of 1000 Dances: All Twistin' Edition, though the limited subject matter does make this a little bit of a novelty compilation even if you're a big oldies collector. Some of the core classics of the mini-genre are here, starting with Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' original version of "The Twist," though nothing by the guy who stole his thunder, Chubby Checker, is here due to licensing difficulties. (Such hurdles unfortunately also prevented the inclusion of any material from Sam Cooke, who did one of the greatest Twist hits, "Twisting the Night Away"). But as compensation, a couple other big smashes are here, namely Joey Dee & the Starliters' "Peppermint Twist, Pt. 1," the Marvelettes' "Twistin' Postman," and Danny & the Juniors' less mammoth (yet still entertaining) "Twistin' USA," along with Petula Clark's British Top 20 hit "Ya Ya Twist" (sung in French!). The emphasis, however, is more on rarities you probably haven't heard before, like the Top Notes' original version of the Isley Brothers/Beatles classic "Twist and Shout"; "Double Twist" by Howie Casey & the Seniors, a Liverpool band that actually released its first records before the Beatles put out "Love Me Do"; Les Chats Sauvages' "Twist St. Tropez," from France; a horror Twist novelty in Tyrone A'Saurus & the Cro-Magnons' "The Monster Twist"; and Murray "The K"'s entertainingly awful "The Lone Twister," done under the pseudonym of the Lone Twister. There are also early rock & rollers trying to cash in on the craze (Bill Haley & His Comets' "Spanish Twist") and even non-rock & rollers trying the trend on for size (Louis Prima's "Twist All Night"). Admittedly, a lot of these non-hits are somewhat in the fun-for-a-listen-or-two category instead of being first-class tracks in their own right, the major exception being the Isley Brothers' terrific "Twistin' with Linda." ~ Richie Unterberger
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