Grant Tracy

Everybody Shake: Grant Tracy & the Sunsets, the Complete Collection

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Both sides of all eight of the singles credited to either Grant Tracy & the Sunsets, Grant Tracy solo, or the Sunsets alone are on this 26-track anthology, along with four songs that only appeared on their 1963 LP Teenbeat and half a dozen demos and unreleased tracks. As an archival document, the thoroughness is admirable, enhanced by lengthy liner notes with memories from Pete Dello. As music, however, it's mediocre, just-pre-Beatles-styled British rock, whether they're doing Shadows-styled instrumentals or Tracy is imitating American teen idols. Few other singers emulated Del Shannon as blatantly as Tracy did, in fact, on some of these sides, like "Taming Tigers" and "Turn the Lights Down Jenny." The energy does rise several levels for the 1963 single "Everybody Shake," which takes its cues from the wildest side of early Merseybeat, even if the song isn't much. In a more bizarre twist, the group sings in German on their rare 1963 German single "Ya Ya Twist," backed by the yet stranger "Ein Manlein Steht Im Walde Twist," a rock update of a traditional German folk song about a one-legged man (no joke). Tracy updated his sound mildly for his final 1965 single, which was produced by Mark Wirtz, who also wrote the Ricky Nelson-styled "Bye Bye Jeannie," a previously unissued 1965 recording. But this is one only for British '60s rock completists, or big Honeybus fans curious as to what Pete Dello and Ray Cane were up to in their pre-Honeybus days.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Sunsets
1:50
2
feat: Sunsets
2:13
3
2:28
4
1:55
5 2:35
6 2:31
7
2:29
8
2:05
9
2:09
10 2:27
11 2:12
12 2:07
13
1:50
14
2:28
15
1:44
16
2:31
17
1:57
18
2:07
19 2:32
20 2:43
21
feat: Sunsets
1:57
22 2:48
23 2:06
24
2:35
25
2:49
26 2:39
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