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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

1962: Doin' The Twist At the Peppermint Lounge

Today the RetroGuy time machine is set for 1962, and a popular little club on West 45th Street in New York City called the Peppermint Lounge. The center of the Twist dance craze, the club boasts a rockin' house band called Joey Dee and the Starlighters, who have the #1 record in the country with their "Peppermint Twist" on the Roulette label. Dee and company chose the Roulette label specifically because they were willing to record the band live in the club--which they do for "Doin' The Twist Live At The Peppermint Lounge." Recording live in a small, jam-packed club obviously presented certain limitations to Roulette (the mix seems a little wonky at times) and musically, the band is hardly perfect. And that's kind of where the magic of this recording is: in its imperfection. What the band lacks in musicality, they more than make up for in sheer enthusiasm. With the sounds of the crowd in the background, the album gives us a real "you are there" feel. Cover art is included in the zip file.


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