The Dave Clark Five, often called The DC5, were an English rock and roll band formed in Tottenham in 1957. In January 1964 they had their first UK top ten singles, “Glad All Over”, which knocked the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” off the top of the UK Singles Chart. It peaked at No. 6 in the United States in April 1964. Although this was their only UK No. 1, they topped the US chart in December 1965, with their cover of Bobby Day’s “Over and Over”. Their version of Chet Powers’ “Get Together” reached No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart retitled as “Everybody Get Together”. The group disbanded in early 1970. On 10 March 2008, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here are all of The Dave Clark Five albums. ranked.
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6. Coast To Coast (1965)
“The sound is clean, clear and crisp. The songs are marvelous and remind me how terribly underrated the 5’s contributions to the evolution of pop and rock are sitting in history.One can hope that Mr. CLark will realize that ALL of his band’s recorded output has a place in today’s market and that he will continue releasing this material. Their later music, although completely overlooked in America, has as much importance as any other 60s band.”
5. Try Too Hard (1966)
“The keyboards and saxophone that made them so unique have taken a back seat on their last 6 albums and here as well. They seem to have the mindset of playing it safe and releasing records that can probably be played on the radio a whole lot. Here, they’ve gotten comfortable as they are and aren’t trying to do anything different. The trademark ‘loud’ sound that the DC5 were known for is almost entirely gone as well.”
4. Session With Dave Clark Five (1964)
“On this album the group avoid the pounding-rhythm effect that characterized most of the songs on “Glad All Over”, and take things down a notch. In fact, they take things down a bit too far on Side B — it sags. Nonetheless, the variety is welcome. The catchiest songs are A1, A2, and A5. A3 rocks a little harder; A4 is a cover of the Link Wray instrumental, which they don’t quite pull off. “
3. Catch Us If You Can (1965)
“This is a perfect slice of mid-sixties British Beat music. It oozes all the class, freshness, and vitality of the British Beat/Pop boom of 1963-1966. If that means nothing to you musically or personally, then hear this album and, if necessary, pick out the flaws, and even tear it to pieces if objective criticism merits it.”
2. American Tour (1964)
“The DC5 were huge in their day and churned out the hits, with their success lasting a bit longer in Britain than here. They should’ve made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sooner than they did so that Mike Smith, their superb vocalist, could have been alive to enjoy it but that’s another story. The hits are here as well as some later songs and covers that you might not have heard before. The mystery is why Dave Clark is so stingy with releasing the entire catalog-surely the surviving band members and the families of all the members could use additional income”
1. Glad All Over (1964)
“Based on London, this band was the second most successful in England, to the point of being confronted with The Beatles by the press of that country. This album is a perfect sample of his style full of energy and with a certain skill for composition. Glad All Over, Bits and Pieces and All of the Time stand out.”