Windy City Workout: The Essential Dance Craze Hits & Rarities 1964-73

Windy City Workout: The Essential Dance Craze Hits & Rarities 1964-73

by Alvin Cash
     
 

During the '60s, Alvin Cash was something of a staple in the Chicago soul scene, thanks to his grooving instrumental hit "Twine Time" -- a dance record produced by Andre Williams. He never quite capitalized on that single, despite it going all the way to 14 on the Billboard charts in 1965, but it wasn't for lack of trying. He kept recording throughout the '60s,… See more details below

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During the '60s, Alvin Cash was something of a staple in the Chicago soul scene, thanks to his grooving instrumental hit "Twine Time" -- a dance record produced by Andre Williams. He never quite capitalized on that single, despite it going all the way to 14 on the Billboard charts in 1965, but it wasn't for lack of trying. He kept recording throughout the '60s, racking up similarly bright, breezy, grooving sides like "The Barracuda," "The Philly Freeze," "Alvin's Boo-Ga-Loo," and "Keep On Dancing," but rarely getting heard outside of the Windy City and, then in the years afterward, he was relegated to hardcore cult status, partially because his music never saw reissue on CD. Charly's long-overdue 2012 compilation Windy City Workout finally rights that wrong, offering 39 sides Cash recorded for Mar-V-Lus, Toddlin' Town, Seventy-Seven, and Sound Stage Seven, including all of his lone LP, Twine Time, plus various rarities. The fidelity may be a little rough -- and not just by design from Williams on those early tracks, either -- but that's fine, considering the rarity of these tracks; plus it sounds fitting that these grooves are pumping away on an AM radio. Almost all of these tracks are about good-time vibes: they're dance songs, no matter which era they're from. As the '60s gave way to the '70s, Cash rode a couple of fads, contributing a popcorn single ("Poppin' Popcorn"), covering Wilson Pickett's "Funky Broadway," and stealing bits from James Brown. There are no knockouts here, but they're fun as soul artifacts, capturing a time, sound, and style that were only around for a few years, and it's nice to finally have these singles reissued so Alvin Cash can finally get his due as an appealing second-string Chicago soul singer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2012
Label:
Snapper Classics Uk
UPC:
0803415764624
catalogNumber:
646

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Shake a Tail Feather  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers
  2. Twine Awhile  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers
  3. Hawk Eye  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers
  4. The Bump  -  Alvin Cash & the Crawlers
  5. Twine Time  -  Alvin Cash & the Crawlers
  6. Fool That I Am  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers
  7. The Barracuda  -  Alvin Cash & the Crawlers
  8. You Shot Me Through the Grease  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers
  9. In Need of Love  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers
  10. Burn Just a Hair  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers
  11. Shake  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers
  12. Do It One More Time  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers
  13. Un-Wind the Twine  -  Alvin Cash & the Crawlers
  14. The Penguin (Tuxedo Bird)  -  Alvin Cash & the Crawlers
  15. Boston Monkey  - Alvin Cash
  16. The Philly Freeze  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers
  17. No Deposit-No Return  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers
  18. Alvin's Boo-Ga-Loo  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers
  19. Let's Do Some Good Timing  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers

Disc 2

  1. Feel So Good  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers
  2. Doin' the Ali Shuffle  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers
  3. Diff'rent Strokes For Diff'rent Folks  -  Alvin Cash & The Registers
  4. The Charge  -  Registers
  5. Whip It On Me  - Alvin Cash
  6. Alvin's Bag (AKA Funky Bag)  - Alvin Cash
  7. Keep On Dancing, Pt. 1  -  Scott Brothers Orchestra
  8. Keep On Dancing, Pt. 2  -  Scott Brothers Orchestra
  9. Funky '69  - Alvin Cash
  10. Moaning and Groaning  - Alvin Cash
  11. Poppin' Popcorn, Pt. 1  - Alvin Cash
  12. Poppin' Popcorn, Pt. 2  - Alvin Cash
  13. People Sure Act Funny  - Alvin Cash
  14. Funky Street  - Alvin Cash
  15. Funky Broadway  - Alvin Cash
  16. Alvin's Doin' His Thing  - Alvin Cash
  17. It's Party (Party Time)  - Alvin Cash
  18. Doin' the Creep  -  Alvin Cash & The Hundred Dollar Bills
  19. I Don't Want It (If It Don't Look Good)  - Alvin Cash
  20. Funky Washing Machine  - Alvin Cash

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