Thursday, January 6, 2011

DC5 45s!

Bits And Pieces b/w All Of The Time
Epic #5-9671 Released 1964

A solid one-two punch from the DC5, “Bits And Pieces” is heavy like Sabbath and “All Of The Time” is an underrated British Invasion jam that really does rival the best of Lennon & McCartney. And for a white rock group, the saxophone and organ are as good as they can be.
I Like It Like That b/w Hurting Inside
Epic #5-9811 Released 1965

Mike Smith sings this Chris Kenner cover version with that famous grit in his voice found on all DC5 rockers. Co-written by the legendary New Orleans pianist/producer Allen Toussaint, the boys took this one to #7 on the charts although I might have to go with the original recording as my personal choice.

The b-side is one of the band’s best, another slice of Beatle-esque pop that like much of the DC5’s original album material often goes overlooked.
Satisfied With You b/w Don’t Let Me Down
Epic #5-10053 Released 1966

Saxophonist Denis Payton supplies the a-side for this 1966 single which has a country & western feel and despite Mike Smith’s Elvis-style lead vocal this record went nowhere with the public.

However, the b-side is a uptempo Little Richard throwaway that’s one part Jerry Lee and another part “I’m Down.” Crank it!

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