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

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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 803415764624
  • Catalog Number: 646

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shake a Tail Feather - Alvin Cash & The Registers (2:28)
  2. 2 Twine Awhile - Alvin Cash & The Registers (1:45)
  3. 3 Hawk Eye - Alvin Cash & The Registers (2:41)
  4. 4 The Bump - Alvin Cash & the Crawlers (2:25)
  5. 5 Twine Time - Alvin Cash & the Crawlers (2:20)
  6. 6 Fool That I Am - Alvin Cash & The Registers (2:27)
  7. 7 The Barracuda - Alvin Cash & the Crawlers (2:20)
  8. 8 You Shot Me Through the Grease - Alvin Cash & The Registers (2:55)
  9. 9 In Need of Love - Alvin Cash & The Registers (2:42)
  10. 10 Burn Just a Hair - Alvin Cash & The Registers (2:40)
  11. 11 Shake - Alvin Cash & The Registers (2:34)
  12. 12 Do It One More Time - Alvin Cash & The Registers (2:35)
  13. 13 Un-Wind the Twine - Alvin Cash & the Crawlers (2:02)
  14. 14 The Penguin (Tuxedo Bird) - Alvin Cash & the Crawlers (2:14)
  15. 15 Boston Monkey (2:15)
  16. 16 The Philly Freeze - Alvin Cash & The Registers (2:34)
  17. 17 No Deposit-No Return - Alvin Cash & The Registers (2:27)
  18. 18 Alvin's Boo-Ga-Loo - Alvin Cash & The Registers (2:38)
  19. 19 Let's Do Some Good Timing - Alvin Cash & The Registers (3:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Feel So Good - Alvin Cash & The Registers (2:09)
  2. 2 Doin' the Ali Shuffle - Alvin Cash & The Registers (2:25)
  3. 3 Diff'rent Strokes For Diff'rent Folks - Alvin Cash & The Registers (2:23)
  4. 4 The Charge - The Registers (2:52)
  5. 5 Whip It On Me (2:12)
  6. 6 Alvin's Bag (AKA Funky Bag) (2:50)
  7. 7 Keep On Dancing, Pt. 1 - The Scott Brothers Orchestra (2:39)
  8. 8 Keep On Dancing, Pt. 2 - The Scott Brothers Orchestra (2:45)
  9. 9 Funky '69 (2:38)
  10. 10 Moaning and Groaning (2:54)
  11. 11 Poppin' Popcorn, Pt. 1 (2:15)
  12. 12 Poppin' Popcorn, Pt. 2 (2:14)
  13. 13 People Sure Act Funny (2:27)
  14. 14 Funky Street (2:49)
  15. 15 Funky Broadway (2:11)
  16. 16 Alvin's Doin' His Thing (2:28)
  17. 17 It's Party (Party Time) (2:17)
  18. 18 Doin' the Creep - Alvin Cash & The Hundred Dollar Bills (2:55)
  19. 19 I Don't Want It (If It Don't Look Good) (2:52)
  20. 20 Funky Washing Machine (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alvin Cash Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Harold Burrage Producer
Robert Pruter Liner Notes
Jean Luc Young Executive Producer
Stuart Russell Photo Courtesy
A. Christian Composer
S. Cooke Composer
M. Higgins Composer
Bob Fisher Concept
H. Scott Composer
W. Scott Composer
T. Turner Composer
Rober Hoylman Cover Design
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