Andy Smith's Jam Up Twist - The Dynamite Sounds Of The Nationwide Club Night Various Artists (Andy Smith)


Rhythm & Blues
Catalogue Id:
BGP2 231

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Andy Smith's Jam Up Twist, CD (£12.56)

Wind your way down the stairs at The Book Club in Hoxton and the first thing you see is a pool table and the queue to the cloakroom. Beyond that a crowd has formed and the party is off and going. You have entered the world of Andy Smith’s Jam Up Twist. Instead of the area’s blend of the latest dance music trends, Andy is expertly weaving a mix of great music from the distant past. A blend of rockabilly, jump blues, 60s soul and ska is pulling a crowd, and from the moment I heard it I knew that Andy was once more creating a club night that we at BGP would like to celebrate on CD.

Andy came to prominence working as a DJ with Portishead when they hit the big time in the mid-90s. His inquisitive style of DJing has seen him pull music from all sorts of genres, creating an eclectic fusion that was celebrated in his seminal mix CD “The Document”. Since then he has hooked up with the BGP team for two compilations, including “Andy Smith’s Northern Soul”, which was based around his club night that attempted to introduce great 60s soul to a whole new crowd, and succeeded. We hope to repeat this success with “Andy Smith’s Jam Up Twist”.

Once again Andy creates a seamless mix of tracks from the 50s through to the 70s, but it is his skill as a selector that really catches the ear. In each of the genres covered by the compilation he pulls out gems that are not only great tracks but relevant to a modern dancefloor. The rockabilly and the jump blues are just the sort of sounds that provide the influence for modern acts such as Imelda May and Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, and in cuts such as ‘Let’s Go Bopping Tonight’ by Al Ferrier, Jimmy Carroll’s ‘Big Green Car’, Mickey Champion’s ‘Bam-A-Lam’ or the Sonny Bono-penned ‘Touch And Go’ from Wynona Carr, Andy has chosen the very best.

He is equally at home in the worlds of ska and Northern Soul. From the Northern pile he’s picked longstanding classics from Mel Williams and Toni & the Showmen and joined them up with some more recent finds such as the San Francisco TKOs and Luther Ingram, whose version of ‘Oh Baby Don’t You Weep’ has been one of the great discoveries of the past few years. To hear the Skatalites on a BGP comp is a real pleasure (and apt, as on ‘Malcolm X’ they are in fact covering Lee Morgan’s jazz dance classic ‘Sidewinder’), as it is to hear the voice of the great Alton Ellis.

So let’s hope Andy is as successful in pushing the boundaries here as he has been in the past, because this is as great a blend as we could hope to hear.

By Dean Rudland


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Talk About A Party - Boogaloo & His Gallant Crew

  • 02 Preview Bloodshot Eyes - Wynonie Harris

  • 03 Preview Touch And Go - Wynona Carr

  • 04 Preview Rock And Roll Jungle - Joe Benson

  • 05 Preview Ooh-Eeh! Ooh-Eeh! - Floyd Dixon

  • 06 Preview Let's Go Bopping Tonight - Al Ferrier & His Bopping Billies

Side 2

  • 01 Preview Big Green Car - Jimmy Carroll

  • 02 Preview Jello Sal - Benny Ingram

  • 03 Preview Nobody But You - The Wooden Nickels

  • 04 Preview Tracks To Your Mind - The Sounds Of Lane

  • 05 Preview Try My Love - Toni & The Showmen

Side 3

  • 01 Preview Oh Baby Don't You Weep - Luther Ingram

  • 02 Preview Can It Be Me - Mel Williams

  • 03 Preview Don't Happen No More - Young Jessie

  • 04 Preview My Man aka He May Be Your Man - Dolly Cooper

  • 05 Preview The Bear - Johnny "Guitar" Watson

  • 06 Preview Ska Beat - Alton Ellis

Side 4

  • 01 Preview Malcolm X - The Skatalites

  • 02 Preview Fast Mouth - Randy's All Stars

  • 03 Preview Collie Bud - The Skatalites

  • 04 Preview Bam-A-Lam - Mickey Champion

  • 05 Preview Hit, Git And Split - Young Jessie

  • 06 Preview Make Up Your Mind - The San Francisco TKOs

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