“5 By 5” by The Dave Clark Five - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1967Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

The American LP “5 By 5” (Epic LN 24236) opens with the album’s sole hit single - the rocky “Nineteen Days” (#48 in the States, failed to chart in the UK). Mike Smith sings it in a style which spins my brain directly to The Beatles belting out “my baby don’t care” on “Ticket To Ride”. Seems to me this lot were obsessed. “Something I’ve Always Wanted” is a pucker, knee-trembling blues-beaut - here Mike’s amazing vocal veers from the attitude drawl to the soulful rasp with equal aplomb, whilst the nagging harmonica and the tough back beat drive it home brilliantly. It’s a real hidden DC5 treasure. “Little Bit Strong” rips the Stones for “It’s All Over Now”. And why not. They’ve been ripping black America since ’62. Seems fair game! The soppy “Bernedette” proceeds to kill my mojo stone dead. It seems normal service is resumed. “How Can I Tell You” serves up all the musical drama of Barry McGuire’s “Eve Of Destruction” - but is set to yet more lyrics about relationshp trauma’s… they’re missing a trick methinks. The recurring country fantasy alarmingly returns with “Picture Of You”. $$$. Sincere or not, its naff. They had no real sense of direction. Guaranteed fanbase alienation. Especially if you’d paid UK import duty…

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A1 [01:55] 6.4.png The Dave Clark Five - Nineteen Days (Dave Clark, Denis Payton) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A2 [02:00] 8.7.png The Dave Clark Five - Something I’ve Always Wanted (Dave Clark, Denis Payton) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A3 [01:21] 6.2.png The Dave Clark Five - Little Bit Strong (Dave Clark, Lenny Davidson) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A4 [02:11] 3.5.png The Dave Clark Five - Bernedette (Dave Clark, Lenny Davidson) Pop Ballad
A5 [02:40] 5.8.png The Dave Clark Five - Sitting Here Baby (Dave Clark, Mike Smith) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B1 [02:42] 6.3.png The Dave Clark Five - You Don’t Want My Loving (Dave Clark, Denis Payton) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B2 [02:05] 5.5.png The Dave Clark Five - How Can I Tell You (Dave Clark, Lenny Davidson) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B3 [01:50] 3.2.png The Dave Clark Five - Picture Of You (Dave Clark, Denis Payton) Country
B4 [02:15] 6.0.png The Dave Clark Five - Small Talk (Dave Clark, Mike Smith) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B5 [02:01] 5.4.png The Dave Clark Five - Pick Up Your Phone (Dave Clark, Mike Smith) Pop
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