Saturday, December 05, 2009

The Dave Clark Five - Complete vol. 7



You Got What It Takes

Year Of Release: 1965

Leading off with their last big U.S. hit, "You've Got What It Takes" (a cover of an early-'60s soul hit by Marv Johnson), this 1967 LP might not have been a particularly strong album; you wouldn't say that, in fact, about any individual Dave Clark Five album, as good as their hits were. But it did mark an improvement over their previous album, Five by Five, and was less formulaic, if hardly bold or startling. It was something of an indictment of the group's failure to advance much creatively that one of the best tracks, the jittery good-time rocker "Thinking of You Baby," had actually been a moderate U.K. hit in 1964, though somehow it had eluded U.S. release until it found its way onto this long-player three years later. "Lovin' So Good" has something of the British Invasion catchiness that came more effortlessly to the band when they made their first US splash, with a bit more West Coast pop influence in the vocal harmonies. "Doctor Rhythm," the B-side of "You've Got What It Takes," is the toughest original, with a pile-driving riff and cocky Mike Smith vocal that makes up for the relatively slight song at the core. Elsewhere the songs are on the yet slighter side before a couple departures from the usual approach close the album: a brassy cover of "Blueberry Hill" where Smith's quite passionate singing outclasses the slow arrangement, and "Tabatha Twichit," which plugs into the passing fancy for nursery rhyme-type numbers in the 1967 British pop scene.

1 - 2 Lp Everybody Knows
4 - 7 Lp You´ve Got What It Takes
8 - 19 Lp 5 By 5
3, 20 - 24 Sg

01 - Bernadette
02 - You Don't Play Me Around
03 - Man In A Pin-Stripped Suit
04 - Doctor Rhythm
05 - Let Me Be
06 - Lovin' So Good
07 - Play With Me
08 - Just A Little Bit Now
09 - Maze Of Love
10 - Return My Love
11 - Best Day´s Work
12 - Who Do You Think You´re Talking To
13 - Got Love If You Want It
14 - Red Balloon
15 - Please Stay
16 - Devoted To Me
17 - 34 - 06
18 - Away From The Noises
19 - No One Break A Heart Like You
20 - You Don´t Want My Lovin´
21 - Mulberry Tree
22 - Small Talk
23 - Children
24 - Forget

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