Land of 1000 Dances: All Twistin' Edition [Ace UK]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 à 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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/2009
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667036924
  • Catalog Number: 1220
  • Sales rank: 169,270

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Twist - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters (2:38)
  2. 2 Spanish Twist (2:20)
  3. 3 Peppermint Twist, Pt. 1 (1:59)
  4. 4 Twistin' with Linda (2:36)
  5. 5 Ya Ya Twist (2:15)
  6. 6 Double Twist - Derry Wilkie (2:45)
  7. 7 Twist with Me Annie (3:02)
  8. 8 Twist and Shout (2:06)
  9. 9 Twisting on Bandstand - Sprouts (2:17)
  10. 10 Mama's Doin' the Twist - Linda Hopkins (2:31)
  11. 11 Kissin' Twist - Jack Hammer (2:21)
  12. 12 The Monster Twist - Cro-Magnons (2:45)
  13. 13 Twistin' USA (2:26)
  14. 14 The Lone Twister - The Lone Twister (2:51)
  15. 15 Twist à St Troupez (1:44)
  16. 16 Twist and Freeze - Billy Huhn (2:20)
  17. 17 No Twistin' on Sunday - Zircons (2:02)
  18. 18 Twist Around the Clock - Cole (2:19)
  19. 19 Twistin' Fever - The Marcels (2:07)
  20. 20 Twist All Night - Sam Butera & the Witnesses (1:55)
  21. 21 Work Out (2:30)
  22. 22 Do the President Twist - Jack Hammer (2:43)
  23. 23 Twistin' Postman (2:28)
  24. 24 The Twist to End All Twists - Rob Lawrence (2:18)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Louis Prima Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Lee Dorsey Composer
Martial Solal Composer
Sam Butera Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Jimmy Wisner Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Sonny Thompson Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Joey Dee Composer
Henry Glover Composer
O'Kelly Isley Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
Clarence Lewis Composer
Kal Mann Composer
Phil Medley Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Morgan Robinson Composer
Andre Michel Salvet Composer
Winfield Scott Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Philip Springer Composer
Derry Wilkie Composer
Wilson Meadows Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Annebelle Thompson Composer
Robert Bateman Composer
William H. Jr. Cosby Composer
Georges Aber Composer
Beverly Bridge Composer
Billy Huhn Composer
Clay Cole Composer
Derry Wilkie Composer
André Salvet Composer
Anne Thompson Composer
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