Let's Dance: The Best of Ballroom Swing, Lindy, Jitterbug & Jive

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Let's Dance: The Best of Ballroom Swing, Lindy, Jitterbug & Jive was designed to cash in on the swing and lounge revival of the '90s by offering a selection of uptempo swing and jump blues songs, along with a choreography and beats-per-minute guide, designed for hip young swingers who want to dance the Lindy, jitterbug, and jive. Despite a few selections that indicate the compilers didn't really understand the idea behind the swing revival -- Joe Jackson's "Jump, Jack, You're Dead" and the Manhattan Transfer are good examples of the revival, while tracks by the Commitments, Aretha Franklin, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, and James Cotton, Junior Wells, Carey ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Let's Dance: The Best of Ballroom Swing, Lindy, Jitterbug & Jive was designed to cash in on the swing and lounge revival of the '90s by offering a selection of uptempo swing and jump blues songs, along with a choreography and beats-per-minute guide, designed for hip young swingers who want to dance the Lindy, jitterbug, and jive. Despite a few selections that indicate the compilers didn't really understand the idea behind the swing revival -- Joe Jackson's "Jump, Jack, You're Dead" and the Manhattan Transfer are good examples of the revival, while tracks by the Commitments, Aretha Franklin, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, and James Cotton, Junior Wells, Carey Bell and Billy Branch are simply not suited for this kind of ballroom dancing -- the music is generally first-rate, offering a selection of eight "swing" songs, three Lindy numbers, and five jive blues. Ultimately, the rhythm of the music is what matters on Let's Dance, and while this disc takes a few wrong steps here and there, it ultimately serves the modern-day ballroom dancer quite well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/1997
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227287429
  • Catalog Number: 72874

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ability to Swing (4:51)
  2. 2 Think (2:20)
  3. 3 Who - Carey Bell (4:09)
  4. 4 Destination: Anywhere - The Commitments (3:12)
  5. 5 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (2:50)
  6. 6 Hot Coffee - Carl Anderson (4:54)
  7. 7 Messin' with the Kid (2:15)
  8. 8 Chain of Fools (2:48)
  9. 9 Rocket 88 (2:51)
  10. 10 My Boyfriend's Back (3:27)
  11. 11 Ol' Man River (3:26)
  12. 12 Jive After Five (2:22)
  13. 13 The Walkin' Blues (5:22)
  14. 14 Trickle Trickle (2:22)
  15. 15 Jack, You're Dead! (2:48)
  16. 16 Why Do Fools Fall in Love? - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (2:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Branch Track Performer
James Cotton Track Performer
Buddy Guy Track Performer
Junior Wells Track Performer
Nina Simone Track Performer
Carl Anderson Track Performer
Patti Austin Track Performer
Aretha Franklin Track Performer
Frankie Lymon Track Performer
Melissa Manchester Track Performer
Carl Perkins Track Performer
Buster Poindexter Track Performer
The Manhattan Transfer Track Performer
Earl Grant Track Performer
The Teenagers Track Performer
Royal Crown Revue Track Performer
Carey Bell Track Performer
Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers Track Performer
Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive Track Performer
The Commitments Track Performer
Technical Credits
Walter Bishop Jr. Composer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Mel London Composer
Maria Villar Art Direction
Dave Schultz Remastering
Sergio Baradat Illustrations
Richard Miles Composer
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