Sunday, 3 March 2013

Retro Vinyl: The Dave Clark Five's Greatest Hits (Columbia, 1966)

This is another of those great Greatest Hits packages from the 1960s that does exactly as it says on the label and gives you great music, in this case 14 fabulous tracks by The Dave Clark Five.

My mum only actually ever owned Glad All Over, which shot to the top of the charts in 1964 and when I got into 60s music in the 80s I was quite taken with this band particularly as they were heavily featured on reruns of Ready Steady Go on Channel 4.

Dave Clark who owned the rights to Ready Steady Go must have been on good terms with Channel 4 as the DC5's only ever film Catch Us If You Can was shown a few times over this period.

I remember my absolute shock when going into Darlington one Saturday afternoon finding this gem within five minutes of getting off the bus on a market stall for 50p.

The Dave Clark Five's Greatest Hits (Columbia) doesn't hold back from defining its own greatness by subtitling itself 14 World Million Sellers. All the essential hits are on here Glad All Over, Bits and Pieces, Do You Love Me, Because and of course Catch Us If You Can. The mono presentation serves the bands dynamic energy well and it still sounds fabulous all these years later...

Sadly we've lost three of Dave's great band in recent times, Denis Paynton, Mike Smith and most recently Rick Huxley.Lenny Davidson and Dave himself  along with Rick were present when the band were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame in 2008.

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