Backfield In Motion
DJ Mike: Updating the old
Mel & Tim song, Heart and Soul manages to blend Myrtle Beach with classic
soul to make a sound all their own. This is an excellent version Iíll be
DJ Jim: Although I feel this song is just a
tad fast for Shaggers I think Boppers will eat this one up. Itís got a great
up-tempo, fun sound.
Chain Of Fools
DJ Jim: Popularized by
Aretha Franklin Shawnette Baity totally kills this version of a familiar
song. Our Boppers will love this song straight up although we might speed it
up just a bit. Shaggers will love this one as well.
DJ Mike: I think Iíd punch this one up a few
percent just to give it a bit more oomph. Still, a good version but not one
Iíd play that often.
The Way You Love Me
DJ Mike: This song is an
original which demonstrates the true talent of this band. Smooth Myrtle
sound perfect for a Shag Smoothie or for our dancers, a Cha Cha. Good vocals
and crisp production make this an outstanding song.
DJ Jim: I couldnít agree more, I really love
the sound of this song. Itís clear, bell-like sound is really pleasant to
listen to and I know our dancers will enjoy this one.
Sighed Sealed Delivered
DJ Jim: This song is ok for
me but isnít one of my favorites on this CD so far. Itís not a bad song, it
just lacks something I look for when choosing a dance tune. Maybe Iím just
unsure what our dancers would do with it but I probably wonít play this one.
DJ Mike: I know whatís missing DJ Jim. It
definitely needs a stronger back beat. Somehow the dance beat gets lost in
the song. That said, the song is making some noise on the charts due to the
I Know You Know
DJ Mike: Although I think
this is a good cut, itís not my favorite of the CD. You definitely need to
add 3 or 4 percent to make it danceable for Boppers. I think it will take a
few plays before our crowd will warm up to it.
DJ Jim: I think this oneís got a much better
dance beat than the last song. I like the piano and the vocals remind me of
Barbara Carr or Francine Reed. Itís got grit and groove. Although the lyrics
get a bit repetitive, I like it.
Give Me Just A Little
DJ Jim: Sounds like Myrtle
Beach to me. This original cut is smooth and clean. Shaggers should love
this one although our Boppers wonít find a strong enough back beat for their
liking. If we play too many songs like this one you can be sure someone will
come to the booth and ask us to speed it up, or as one annoying character
continually requests, ďPlay some Rock N Roll!Ē How annoying!
DJ Mike: Boy, did you hit the nail on
the head DJ Jim! We get a lot of requests for things that donít make sense.
Where do they come up with it. As for the song, although itís as smooth as
it can be, itís definitely not the sound our crowd jumps at but the
Having A Party
DJ Mike: This is my favorite
cut on this CD. I even like playing the intro although most DJís will
probably cut it out. Iím a big fan of Sam Cook and I think heíd be proud of
this version. Although it performs well straight up, some DJís will plus it
a few percent.
DJ Jim: I agree with Mike. This is a great
song. I find myself thinking gospel. Although I realize it isnít it just
seems to have a gospel sound. Mike played this recently and says our dancers
ate it up. I can see why. Shaggers and Boppers alike should love this cut.
I Canít Make You Love Me
DJ Jim: This Bonnie Rait
tune really demonstrates the power and clarity of Shawnette Baityís voice.
Itís slow, itís sultry, itís smoky. If youíre looking for a slow song this
oneís got everything it takes to bring the lovers to the dance floor. Great
DJ Mike: Iíll add sexy to your list DJ Jim.
This is belly-rubbiní at itís best. Save this one for that late night
snuggle. Excellent vocals which pull you in and wonít let go. Nuff said.
You Are My Sunshine
DJ Mike: Ooohhh Yeeaah,
hereís one thatíll pull the Boppers to the dance floor in droves. This oneís
got it all. Great guitar work, great vocals, and a Boppiní beat that makes
you want to move.
DJ Jim: Elizaís version was really popular
with our dancers last year and I thought it was good, but this oneís better.
Itís got a bluesy sound she lacked. Once again Ms. Baityís vocals shine.
This girl is really talented. Boppers and Shaggers will love it.
The Way You Do The Things You Do
DJ Jim: An old Motown tune
revised. This tune is ok, just not great. Once again although thereís a back
beat, I think itís too fast to lure the dancers to the floor. Itís bluesy
alright, I just donít hear a tune our dancers will like that much and itís
definitely too fast for Shaginí.
DJ Mike: Once again the production saves an
otherwise average cut. Not bad, just not the sound necessary to pull dancers
to the floor. Something about it just leaves you wanting more. Good listeniní
tune, just not a dancer.
Some Kindaí Wonderful
DJ Mike: This cut could work
with a little help. Because it seems to drag a little I would definitely
speed it up. Shawnette adds a gospel flavor which helps the song a lot. Iíll
let the crowd decide on this one.
DJ Jim: I agree, it could be a bit faster,
but then the gospel angle might not work as well. This tune definitely shows
off the smoky, blusey voice of Shawnette Bain and I know our dancers would
dance to this one but I donít hear it as a favorite dance tune. I think I
enjoy listening to it more than I would enjoy dancing to it. I find the
dance beat to be a bit fast while the songs gives you the impression itís a
bit slow. Count the beat and youíll see what I mean.
Since Youíve Been Gone
DJ Jim: It takes more than a
minute for this song to get going but when it does, Shawnetteís vocals
really come on strong. This band should count their blessings for finding
this talented singer. Sheís single-handedly changing the sound of this band.
Although I find the beat of this song a bit of a challenge for dancing
occasionally it mostly works well as a Bop or Shag tune.
DJ Mike: Not to be negative, but this song
just does not connect with me. There seems to be too much going on to really
attract the dancers to the floor. Iím sure that the song when performed live
really shows off the band. As far as dancing goes, I can imagine is
free-styling and clapping along.
If You Donít Know Me By Now
DJ Mike: Hereís a classic
that brings back memories. This song might have been your first slow dance
with that special someone. Now you can live it all over again. This a is
good version of a great classic.
DJ Jim: Right on Mike. Everyoneís got to
know this one and this group does an excellent version. Although it
obviously only works as a slow song itís got a great sultry sound. You gottaí
Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On
DJ Jim: Bring on that
Hammond B3 and watch out Gloria Hardiman. An old R & B classic and man once
again Shawnette Baity makes it her own. This one smokes. Our Bop dancers
will eat this up and come back for more. This is definitely one of my
favorite songs on this CD.
DJ Mike: Shawnetteís vocals just drip soul.
These guys are very licky to have found her. This might push my copy of
the original a bit further back in the case. Smokiní.