Soul RecordsSoul S 35010 (B), March 1965

B-side of Never Say No To Your Baby

(Written by Robert Staunton and Robert Walker)

BritainTamla Motown TMG 513 (B), May 1965

B-side of Never Say No To Your Baby

(Released in the UK under license through EMI / Tamla Motown)

Label scan kindly provided by Lars “LG” Nilsson - www.seabear.se.  All label scans come from visitor contributions - if you'd like to send me a scan I don't have, please e-mail it to me at fosse8@gmail.com!First* impressions on listening to the mysterious Hit Pack’s Let’s Dance: Hey, this is energetic! What a beat! We’re in for some fun here!

Second impressions: Actually, this isn’t as energetic as I thought it was going to be. The singer is flat and underpowered, making up for it by shouting and screaming a lot, the groove – while impressively muscular – doesn’t go anywhere, and the song just kind of runs out of puff before it’s over without having smashed any doors in.

Third impressions: Imagine how mad the Contours (AWOL due to contractual and line-up issues) must have been hearing this – it’s essentially another, less-good group taking advantage of their absence from the release schedules by stealing their entire schtick.

* (Well, actually, my very first impression was: “Wow, listen to that opening drum riff! Ooh, is this going to be a cover of the Four Tops’ Baby I Need Your Loving…? Oh. No, no it isn’t. Damn, that’s a shame.” But I digress.)

The beat’s good, the groove is there, but until the singer (is this Robert Dobyne again?) starts cutting loose, it’s unforgiveably boring, and that thudding 4/4 beat is its only concession to anything that had happened at Motown since 1962, otherwise you’d assume this was cut much earlier. The vocalist starts bringing in hints of both Stu Gardner and Shorty Long towards the end, which suits him a lot better than any of that tiresome “carrying a tune” nonsense from the early verses – again, shades of the Contours (and only shades) – but to be honest, my attention had started to wander by that stage.

Not awful – I can see how people might even prefer this to the A-side, it certainly kicks more arse – but it’s too aimless (and frankly, too dull) to be my cup of tea.



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