Tuesday, April 27, 2010

George Hudson DOUBLE DAMAGE - It's Twistin' Time / Dance Time

I'd been meaning to upload it's Twistin' Time for a little while so when I pulled out my thrift store purchase of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" and found George Hudson's "Dance Time" instead  (UGH, ROOKIE MISTAKE) I figured it was a sign that this must be posted.

That's not to suggest it's exactly mindblowing. These are twist records number a-billion and a-billion and one and though plenty of fun and worth it if you want another two twist records, there's not too much to make them stand out. Dance Time is the better record of the two, with a better swing and more exciting recording sound. However, if it's your thing It's Twistin' Time has a couple of pretty good organ-fueled instrumentals, where Dance Time only has one bluesy one. A whole lot of covers on these... and plenty off rip-off-might-as-well-be-covers. But who really cares?

Who is George Hudson anyway? I've been trying to get to the bottom of this and been kind of confused with what I've dug up. One site claims that his "Kings of Twist" are a supergroup including Hank Ballard, Jack Hammer, Chubby Checker and Joey Dee. If ze means that literally I don't know where that info's coming from and it seems way too sonically consistent for that to be the case. One site has said that he was a New York DJ and most of the singers, including Hoagy Lands, were uncredited.

I've even had a little trouble finding the cover for Dance Time because mine looked like this 

Ugh, you got me this time, Al

Anyway, here's the full track list of these two albums

It's Twistin' Time (Capitol T-1578)

A Side:

  1. It's Twistin' Time
  2. Blueberry Hill
  3. Baby Face
  4. Lazy River
  5. Little Twister
  6. The Railroad Twist

B Side:

  1. Kansas City
  2. Doodlin' Twist
  3. The Twist
  4. My Blue Heaven
  5. A Little Bit 'o Soap
  6. I'd've Baked a Cake

Dance Time (1962 Capitol ST-1697)

A Side:

  1. The Peppermint Twist
  2. Shimmy Shimmy Walk
  3. Do the Bug
  4. Come on An' Slop
  5. Do the New Continental
  6. Bronx Stomp

B Side:

  1. I'm Popeye the Sailor Man
  2. (Do the) Mashed Potatoes
  3. The Roach
  4. Do the Limbo
  5. Gonna Twist Along Without Ya Now
  6. Hully Gully Firehouse

These are zipped together here


Anonymous said...

Of course I didn´t mean that literally. I was only kidding! "Kings of the Twist" sounded just a tad toooo big to let it pass uncomented. After all Chubby, Checker and Jack Hammer really were the kings ot the twist and as you wrote yourself: these George Hudson twists are not exactely mindblowing. They´re not bad either, but nowhere near some of the killer twists that Jack Hammer recorded.

Sorry for the nitpicking. I just discovered your very nice blog and we obviously share some of the same interests. Now I´ll go read your blog...

Greeting from Berlin

Hunter said...

haha that's fine, the only reason I thought maybe you meant literally was because I noticed that Jack Hammer was tagged on there. But then again, Jack Hammer absolutely deserves to be tagged at every mention.

Anyway, your blog is pretty great as well

BSS said...

«I've even had a little trouble finding the cover for Dance Time because mine looked like this»



Hunter said...

BSS I got nuthin' but love for ya

Daniel said...

"Do The New Continental" is corrupted... GRRRR!!!! Thanks for sharing these lovely LPs!!