Monday, 16 March 2015

Stars on 45: The Dave Clark Five - Good Old Rock N Roll (Columbia, 1969)

A Charity shop find from a few years ago in Newport for 50p, The Dave Clark Five Play Good Old Rock 'N' Roll (Columbia DB8638)from 1969 is a bit of a mammoth release for the 45 RPM format.

Firstly, rare for the 1960s (especially in the UK) this single comes in a picture sleeve featuring cartoon characters of the DC5. Secondly, the single itself features a medley of seven songs on the A side comprising the tracks Good Old Rock N Roll, Sweet Little Sixteen, Long Tall sally, Chantilly Lace, Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On, Blue Suede Shoes and Lucille. The B side features a medley of two fuller recordings of Reelin' and Rockin' and Memphis Tennessee.

Released in time for Christmas 1969 and capitalizing on the then current Rock N Roll Revival trend, these medleys are fully of boundless energy and appear to be recorded in the studio with girls screams overdubbed to create a live effect.

Both tracks are also well over the five minute length mark proving great value for money at the time and displaying the Dave Clark Five were well ahead of their time as the medley single format would prove popular once again in the early 1980s with releases from Starsound, Gidea Park, The Beatles and The Hollies.

No doubt this release went down particularly well at Christmas parties in 1969. Good Old Rock N Roll peaked in the UK chart at No.7 and proved to be The Dave Clark Five's final chart hit of the 1960s.

Check out the above YouTube video to hear the song...

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