The Dave Clark Five – American Tour

ARTIST: The Dave Clark Five                  220px-American_Tour_(_Epic_1964_)

TITLE: American Tour

YEAR RELEASED: 1964

CHART ACTION: #11

SINGLES: Because (#3)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Oh, no, because Dave Clark kept everything under wraps (and still does)

LINEUP: Dave Clark, Mike Smith, Lenny Davidson, Rick Huxley, Dennis Payton

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A better than usual hit + filler thanks to some strong songwriting.

 SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: At first glance, this may be “Because” plus 11 other tracks. Not so fast.

Yeah, there are some instrumentals, but the band gets into them with great vigor. And “Come on Over” is a blatant rip of “Glad All Over”, but still stomping fun. But what makes the deep cuts special is the booming bass of Rick Huxley. His deep bass lines, unusual for the UK scene, make his sound distinctive and adds a sonic character to the tracks that the usual UK 60’s bands didn’t have. Add in Dave Clark’s booming drums.

Sure, it’s short and sometimes slight, and probably best for DC5 or beat group fanatics, but they’ll love it.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Dave Clark has allowed some whole albums to stream. Of course, there was such a disparity between US and UK albums (the band didn’t release many UK albums until 1968, but cranked out 13 between 1964 and 1967, including four each in 1965 and 1966.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

 GRADE B: My sister left me this album and I played it quite a bit as a kid, because it’s right in a kid’s wheelhouse. It’s got charm and stompability.

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