1962

TWIST AND SHOUT * THE ISLEY BROTHERS * WAND 124 * USA

First recorded by The Top Notes on Atlantic, Twist and Shout was one of those landmark recordings that seem to belong to not just a particular time but, like Respect by Otis Redding, belong to a whole decade. It's just pure hedonistic dance music, the lyrics, what there are of them, are almost irrelevant it's the constant smooth forcefulness and certainty of the music along with the intensity, confidence and distinct vocal relationship (they are all from the same family so share the same basic voice structures) of the singing that all combine to make Twist And Shout representative of a time; oh that and it was covered by the Beatles.

DJM released a rerecorded version in 1976 (see below) that, unfortunately, neither brings the song up to date in the Funk or Disco style nor recreates the spontaneity, excitement and energy of the original. 

TWIST AND SHOUT * THE ISLEY BROTHERS * DJM 640 * UK

See also: 

I Hear A Symphony Take Me In Your Arms Tango Shout Part 1

 

 


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