The Dave Clark Five-Classic British Combo Rock of Yesteryear

December 27, 2009 by  
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In March of 2008 itunes made available a 28 song digitally remastered package of  Dave Clark Five standards. I hadDave Clark Five v been searching high and low for some DC5 for some time, but no cigar. Lo & Behold, now I`m diggin` the ‘air-hammer’ sound of the DC5 once again, but it`s been years. Now this is real ‘Combo Rock.’ Their records sound more like the live band just playing straight up. Their sound is distinctive. They really punch hard. Mike Smith is playing a Farfizza organ, I think. His vocals are raucous and bawdy. And Denis Payton blows a mean rock & roll tenor saxophone.

Glad All Over and Bits and Pieces has each sold more than 2.5 million units. My favorite DC5 song is Can`t You See That She`s Mine. Listen for the airtight timing between bass and drums, & then a blow it out the park sax lead by Denis Payton. Because is a great slow one, that can compete any day with Paul McCartney`s And I Love Her. Catch Us If You Can was the Dave Clark Five`s answer to A Hard Days Night.

Dave Clark Five viDave Clark wrote his own songs, produced their records, was their manager, and later actually was a very successful business entrepreneur in music. He had the wisdom to acquire the rights to the Ready Steady Go! TV shows from England, that carefully documented many of the great 60s acts. Every show is out of this world and are much in demand too. I bet Dave`s made a bundle off it. Dave even made an early version of the music video.

Boy, it`s great to hear these DC5 hits again. Yet One still wonders why the DC5 faded out in the late 60s? I believe it`s because they did not translate well once Rock went Psychedelic. The DC5 were pure rockers with their roots in the 50s. Did you know that they were on the Ed Sullivan Show 18 times? And did you know that they were the first British band to successfully tour the U.S.?