Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Dave Clark Five - Bits and Pieces / Rarities, Hits and Single Tracks
|This final volume in the complete DCV series collects rarities and singles, plus the Bits And Pieces album. The single "Bits And Pieces" ranks as a garage classic. I still recall the thunder of their high heels on Ed Sullivan's stage as they rock it up! 4 instros, including the rockin' single cut of "Chaquita" and some fine pop-rock awaits you here. They were a rock-solid pop band in an era of sappy crud and Beatles clones.|
Picks: Chaquita, First Love, I Walk The Line, All Night Long
Track by Track Review
This is the earliest version of this amazing instro. It rocks with Latin percussion and exotica ethics, while launching from a rock solid beat and hard driving sound. The lead sax is nasty-raspy, and even louder than the album version, as is the guitar, which is significantly raunchy. Totally hot!
Shadows MOR (Instrumental)
The Dave Clark Five do a slow dance guitar number on the low-E for the teeny boppers at the hop. This cheesy instro sports a big guitar lead over a sock hop organ and chorus. MOR at heart, it's just a stone's throw from Duane Eddy.
UK Guitar Sub Surf MOR (Instrumental)
Acoustic guitar under a great low-E vibrato lead that borders on surf playing the Johnny Cash tune. Despite the male chorus, it holds up well. I still think the best DCV instro is "Chaquita."
Blues Rock (Instrumental)
"All Night Long" is a raucous instro in a tuff British R&B groove, with screaming and raw harmonica. It would fit right in a set of Graham Bond and Alexis Koerner stuff. Great rockin' hard edged blues rock.