Land of 1000 Dances, Vol. 2: 1956-1966

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As the compilation title promises, this has 30 dance-oriented rock & roll singles from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s, most of them big or mid-level hits, with a few rarities as well. There's no questioning the classic credentials of the big hits on board: the Miracles' "Mickey's Monkey," Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' original version of "The Twist," Jackie Wilson's "Baby Workout," the Larks' "The Jerk," Robert Parker's "Barefootin'," and Alvin Cash's "Twine Time." There are also a host of lower-charting hits that are nonetheless pretty familiar staples, though they tend not to make it onto mainstream oldies compilations: Bobby Comstock's "Let's Stomp," the ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As the compilation title promises, this has 30 dance-oriented rock & roll singles from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s, most of them big or mid-level hits, with a few rarities as well. There's no questioning the classic credentials of the big hits on board: the Miracles' "Mickey's Monkey," Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' original version of "The Twist," Jackie Wilson's "Baby Workout," the Larks' "The Jerk," Robert Parker's "Barefootin'," and Alvin Cash's "Twine Time." There are also a host of lower-charting hits that are nonetheless pretty familiar staples, though they tend not to make it onto mainstream oldies compilations: Bobby Comstock's "Let's Stomp," the Flares' "Foot Stomping Pt. 1" with, mind you, the organ part missing from most reissues, Huey Smith's "Pop-Eye," and Danny & the Juniors' "Twistin' USA." For collectors, the real charm will be in the lesser-known low-charting singles and the rarities, some of which didn't make the Top 100 at all. There is, for instance, the pretty awful novelty "The Lurch" by Ted Cassidy, who played Lurch on TV's The Addams Family; Andre Williams' "Bacon Fat," covered to much better effect by the Sir Douglas Quintet a decade later; the Rivingtons' "The Bird's the Word," which formed part of the basis for the Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird"; the Five Du-Tones' "Shake a Tail Feather," the original version of an early soul standard which nonetheless isn't frequently anthologized; and the Novas' ridiculous wrestling novelty "The Crusher," familiar to Dr. Demento listeners and trash-culture lovers everywhere. Of course, some of the other obscurities aren't very good, though Candy and the Kisses' "The 81" is an extremely uncanny and enjoyable rip-off of Martha & the Vandellas' "In My Lonely Room." The annotation is superb, giving basic biographical details and specific stories behind each record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2002
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667184021
  • Catalog Number: 840

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mickey's Monkey - The Miracles (2:48)
  2. 2 Let's Stomp (2:00)
  3. 3 The Twist - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters (2:35)
  4. 4 Loop de Loop - Johnny Thunder (2:21)
  5. 5 The Jerk - The Larks (2:35)
  6. 6 The 81 - Candy & the Kisses (2:31)
  7. 7 The Madison Time, Pt. 1 (3:07)
  8. 8 The Bounce - The Olympics (2:37)
  9. 9 The Lurch - Ted Cassidy (2:10)
  10. 10 The Bird's the Word (2:11)
  11. 11 Foot Stomping, Pt. 1 - The Flares (2:16)
  12. 12 Twine Time (2:22)
  13. 13 Shake a Tail Feather - The Five Du-Tones (2:25)
  14. 14 (I Do The) Shimmy Shimmy (2:36)
  15. 15 Cool Shake (2:12)
  16. 16 Cinnamon Cinder (It's a Very Nice Dance) (2:02)
  17. 17 The Roach (Dance) - Gene & Wendell (2:32)
  18. 18 (Make With) The Snake (2:13)
  19. 19 The Crawl (2:16)
  20. 20 The Crusher - The Novas (2:01)
  21. 21 Bacon Fat - Andre Williams (3:01)
  22. 22 The Wobble (2:00)
  23. 23 Pop-Eye - Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns (2:54)
  24. 24 Barefootin' - Robert Parker (2:35)
  25. 25 Skate Now (2:58)
  26. 26 Land of 1000 Dances (The "Na Na" Song) (2:17)
  27. 27 Twist, Twist Senora - Gary "U.S." Bonds (2:39)
  28. 28 Baby Workout - Jackie Wilson (2:59)
  29. 29 Twistin' USA (2:27)
  30. 30 (Dance With The) Guitar Man (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hank Ballard Track Performer
The Del Vikings Track Performer
The Rivingtons Track Performer
Jackie Wilson Track Performer
Bobby Comstock Track Performer
Danny & the Juniors Track Performer
Mark IV Track Performer
The Midnighters Track Performer
Pastel Six Track Performer
Guitar Junior Track Performer
Curtis Lee Track Performer
Lou Courtney Track Performer
Bobby Freeman Track Performer
Dave Cadison Rhythm Guitar
Lynn Hamm Drums
Round Robin Track Performer
Tony Stealman Saxophone
Bob Toten Guitar
Ray Bryant Combo Track Performer
Duane Eddy & The Rebelettes Track Performer
Bill K. Myers Saxophone
Johnny Thunder Track Performer
Alvin Cash & the Crawlers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Robert Parker Composer
The Ramones Composer
Andre Williams Producer
Jerry Ross Composer
Frank Zappa Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Hank Ballard Jr. Composer
Rob Finnis Annotation
Duncan Cowell Mastering
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