THE ORIGINAL DIRTY DANCER!
Ken Rogers | Easley, SC USA | 11/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Almost every teen ager in the fifties loved the hot R&B dance music. The personifacation of "dirty dancin'" came when Hank Ballard's Midnighters sang those double entendre lyrics to classics like "Work With Me Annie" and "Annie Had A Baby". This fabulous compilation produced by the Masters at ACE RECORDS has made these classic dance cuts come alive with new vibrance. These fabulous recordings have been restored to flawless perfection. Every cut on this CD is fabulous. The original "The Twist" is the best I've ever heard it. Along with "Henry's Got Flat Feet", "Finger Poppin' Time" and "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go", all sound the best I've ever heard. I've heard the "Twist" thousands of times and on this CD, I hear things I've never heard before. The durums, the backup singers and the saxaphones are in your face. It's fabulous. If you want to take a trip back to the good time days of rock'n roll and r&b. Take my advice, this one is well worth your time and money."
Best Ballard/Midnighters compilation
Zub | Forks Twp., PA | 06/22/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although this collection consists of Hank Ballard and the Midnighters' dance-oriented tunes, as such it represents a fairly complete "greatest hits" compilation. Anchoring the 24 tracks of dance tunes are their biggest hits including "The Twist", "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go" and "Finger Poppin' Time". There are many other Midnighters discs available but most of them are of mediocre quality at best. Ace records has taken these tunes and produced the best sounding collection of this material to be found. There are even a number of tracks in true stereo (15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24) which is a real rarity with King (the Midnighters' original label) material. If you are considering one Midnighters' disc, this is the one to get. If you're a fan of their music, this is a worthwhile upgrade to nearly any previous reissue of Midnighters' music."