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The History of the Dave Clark Five: cute

The Dave Clark Five

℗ 1994 Hollywood Records HR 61482

℗ 1993 Hollywood Records HR 61482: The History Of The Dave Clark Five

℗ 2012 barin.livejournal.com BR LLI 61779: The History Of The Dave Clark Five

℗ 1993 Hollywood Records HR 61482 A: disc 1

℗ 1993 Hollywood Records HR 61482 B: disc 2

The Dave Clark Five • 1994 • The History of the Dave Clark Five: cute

For many years, the Dave Clark Five were one of the few major groups of the 1960s whose work was unavailable on compact disc. This two-disc, 50-track reissue not only rectifies that situation but arguably includes more than all but devoted fans will want to hear. All of the band's mammoth mid-'60s hits —"Glad All Over," "Bits and Pieces," "Because," "Catch Us If You Can," "Any Way You Want It," and others — are included, and while they don't rival the work of British Invasion heavyweights like the Beatles, Stones, and Kinks, they still burst with exuberant melodies, harmonies, and dense production. This compilation also features worthy lesser-known hits like "Try Too Hard" and "Everybody Knows," as well as obscure but commendable beat ballads and raveups from their B-sides and albums. Nonetheless, there is a fair amount of filler, and their post-1966 work is undistinguished by either artistic growth or the hooks and heavy beat of their early material. But at their peak, the DC5 captured the joie de vivre of the British Invasion with a lasting power that cannot be dismissed. This reissue includes a comprehensive booklet featuring recollections from Dave Clark himself. — Richie Unterberger.