2 LPs ON 1 CD + 7 BONUS TRACKS - LONG UNAVAILABLE!!!
Gary U.S. Bonds is a talented R&B singer/songwriter, the architect of the raucous, echo-laden “Norfolk Sound”, and one of the dance-craze era’s biggest artists. He left an indelible mark on the first generation of rock and soul aficionados with smash hits like “New Orleans”, “School Is Out”, and “Quarter to Three”. His music combined rock-combo raunch with impassioned, scorched soulsinging, backed by joyous horns and vocal chants that sounded like a rocked-up revival meeting. Both Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt were greatly influenced by Bonds’ music. A chance meeting between these three artists in the late seventies, led to friendship and, shortly after, an outstanding musical collaboration.
This release includes Gary U.S. Bonds’ two first LPs in their entirety: Dance ‘Til Quarter to Three (1960) and Twist Up Calypso (1962). Both albums were originally issued by the Legrand label, and have been remastered and packaged together in this very special collector’s edition, which also includes 7 bonus tracks, consisting of hard to find sides from the same period. These fabulous recordings offer a solid introduction into this man's specialbrand of soul, and contain some of the best R&B and rock & roll of the era.
“One of the premier party singers of all time.” - New York Times
"There’s nothing quite like the U.S. Bonds sound for dancing feet and for sheer excitement on a record.” - Dick Clark
INCLUDES 16-PAGE BOOKLET RARE PHOTOS, VINTAGE MEMORABILIA & DETAILED LINER NOTES
GARY U.S. BONDS, lead vocals, plus:
The Church Street Five:
Gene Barge (tenor saxophone and backing vocals)
Leonard Barks (trombone and backing vocals)
Ron “Junior” Farley (double bass)
Willie Burnell (piano)
Emmet “Nabs” Shields (drums), among others .
Recorded at Legrand Studios, Norfolk, Virginia, between 1960 and 1962.
Original recordings produced by Frank Guida.
DANCE ‘TIL QUARTER TO THREE
01. QUARTER TO THREE 2:36
02. A TRIP TO THE MOON 2:31
03. CECILIA 2:43
04. THAT’S ALL RIGHT 1:58
05. I KNOW WHY DREAMERS CRY 2:02
06. MINNIE THE MOOCHER 2:37
07. NEW ORLEANS 2:26
08. ONE MILLION TEARS 2:17
09. NOT ME 2:37
10. PLEASE FORGIVE ME 2:26
11. SCHOOL IS OUT 2:43
12. DON’T GO TO STRANGERS 2:28
TWIST UP CALYPSO
13. DEAR LADY TWIST 2:30
14. NAUGHTY LITTLE FLEA 2:13
15. STOP THE MUSIC 2:27
16. MAMA LOOK A BOOBOO 2:46
17. SCRATCH, SCRATCH ME BACK 2:30
18. FOOD OF LOVE 2:11
19. TWIST, TWIST SEÑORA 2:41
20. MAN SMART, WOMAN SMARTER 2:46
21. GIVE ME ONE MORE CHANCE 2:42
22. COCONUT WOMAN 2:10
23. CORDELIA BROWN 2:47
24. DAY-O (THE BANANA BOAT SONG) 2:50
25. HAVIN’ SO MUCH FUN 3:16
26. SEVEN DAY WEEKEND 2:34
27. SCHOOL IS IN 2:08
28. TIME OLE STORY 2:46
29. WHAT A DREAM 2:28
30. I DIG THIS STATION 2:16
31. COPY CAT 2:36