Dancefloor stormers from one of the most fruitful periods in American
music – a set of tracks that were all based around a specific style or dancing mode, but which have gone onto become some of the best-remembered grooves of the time! The collection brings together Northern Soul, group harmony tracks, blues and rockers, and even a few Latin-styled tracks as well – most of which lent their name to a dance fad that they either inspired, or were recorded to help push forward – although the music here is more than great enough to keep on going, long after the dancefloor has died down! And given the strength of these cuts, the whole thing's way more than just a collection of faddish tracks – because these tunes have lasted a lot longer than their steps on the floor. Titles on this first
volume include "The Loco Motion" by Little Eva, "Harlem Shuffle" by Bob & Earl, "The Duck" by Jackie Lee, "El Watusi" by Ray Barretto, "Let's Dance" by Chris Montez, "The Nitty Gritty" by Shirley Ellis, "Hitch Hike (part 1)" by Russell Byrd, "The Shag" by Billy Graves, "Twist & Shout" by The Isley Brothers, "Hanky Panky" by Tommy James & The Shondells, "Hippy Hippy Shake" by Chan Romero, "Walking The Dog" by Rufus Thomas, "The Stroll" by The Diamonds, "Mashed Potatoes" by Steve Alaimo, "The Push & Kick" by Mark Valentino, "The Freeze" by Tony & Joe, "Hully Gully" by The Olympics, "Land Of 1000 Dances" by Canninbal & The Headhunters, and "The Walk" by Jimmy McCracklin.