Land of 1000 Dances: The Ultimate Compilation of Hit Dances 1958-1965

Land of 1000 Dances: The Ultimate Compilation of Hit Dances 1958-1965


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Thirty-song compilation of big and small hits from 1958-1965 based around a rock & roll dance. Although it's imperfect and the smaller, more obscure hits simply aren't as good as the familiar smashes, it's about as good an anthology of the sort as you're going to get, due to the length and quality of the presentation. How to argue with "The Loco-Motion," "Ride Your Pony," "Peppermint Twist," "Walking the Dog," "Cool Jerk," "Twist and Shout," "The Monkey Time," "The Nitty Gritty," "Let's Dance," "The Walk," "The Monster Mash," "The Stroll," and Cannibal and the Headhunters' version of "Land of 1,000 Dances"? You also get almost a dozen cuts that hardly show up on any collections, like Russell Byrd's "Hitch Hike Part 1," Ray Barretto's "El Watusi," Al Brown's "The Madison," Tony and Joe's "The Freeze," and Steve Alaimo's "Mashed Potatoes," which add some enticement to the collection even if they're not among the disc's musical highlights. Presumably because of licensing restrictions, some obvious contenders from the Cameo-Parkway catalog are not here, like Chubby Checker's "The Twist" and Dee Dee Sharp's "Mashed Potato Time."

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/1999
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667170222
catalogNumber: 702
Rank: 74246

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby "Boris" Pickett   Track Performer
Jimmy McCracklin   Track Performer
Johnny Otis   Track Performer
Ray Barretto   Track Performer
Diamonds   Track Performer
Lee Dorsey   Track Performer
Isley Brothers   Track Performer
Tommy James & the Shondells   Track Performer
Major Lance   Track Performer
Chris Montez   Track Performer
Olympics   Track Performer
Rufus Thomas   Track Performer
Steve Alaimo   Track Performer
Champs   Track Performer
Jackie Lee   Track Performer
Rollers   Track Performer
Vibrations   Track Performer
Shirley Ellis   Track Performer
Mark Valentino   Track Performer
Capitols   Track Performer
Joey Dee   Track Performer
Little Eva   Track Performer
Bobby Freeman   Track Performer
Tony & Joe   Track Performer
Joey Dee & the Starliters   Track Performer
Russell Byrd   Track Performer
Billy Graves   Track Performer
Starliters   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Carl Smith   Composer
Earl Nelson   Composer
Chan Romero   Composer
Don Covay   Composer

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Land of 1000 Dances: The Ultimate Compilation of Hit Dances 1958-1965 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Essential Roots Rock collection. Thirty numbers sure to please. Great value. Outstanding liner-notes w/photos!