The Dave Clark Five

Having a Wild Weekend

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Like the movie which spawned this soundtrack, this isn't all that bad, but neither is it a lost classic. "Catch Us If You Can," a big hit, is the obvious highlight, and the raucous '50s-styled "Having a Wild Weekend" is OK. "Don't Be Taken In," a fine downbeat Beatlesque midtempo tune that is strongly reminiscent of the "No Reply" kind of material on Beatles for Sale, is a genuinely overlooked gem, but it appears on the History compilation. There are a couple of kinda neat surf-drag-spy-movie type instrumentals with dirty sax, and probably no group harmonized with as much exuberance on shabby original material as the Five did on their album filler, but this isn't an essential addition even for DC5 fans. Note how they try to tap into a Walker Brothers vibe on "Don't You Realize."

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