Victor Wood

Dance to Victor Wood's Greatest Hits, Vol. 4

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Vicor Records released Dance to Victor Wood's Greatest Hits, Vol. 4, a collection of upbeat songs recorded by Philippine artist Victor Wood for the label between 1970 and 1975. The album is dominated by remakes of popular American songs from the 1950s and 1960s. One song, "Black Is Black," was originally recorded in the 1960s by Spanish group Los Bravos, and was an international hit. Wood's version contains a distinctive, scratch-like wah-wah guitar not heard in the original version. Wood has an enjoyable voice and delivery, and sometimes changes his vocal style to better suit the song. For example, he sings Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood" in an exciting, funky style that sounds like Eddie Floyd. Wood uses a Caribbean accent on Harry Belafonte's late-'50s hit, the calypso-styled "Banana Boat Song (Day-O)." He utilizes the calypso approach on two other calypso-styled songs here, "Come Back to Me" and "Island in the Sun." Wood uses an extra gruff voice for the exciting "Little Darlin'," first recorded in the 1950s by American vocal group the Gladiolas and then by Canadian group the Diamonds. Victor Wood's version of Buddy Holly's great 1950s hit, "Peggy Sue," features an exciting arrangement that differs markedly from the original version, and contains stirring horn lines and funky wah-wah guitar. Still, Wood's vocals sound like Buddy Holly, and are smooth and earnest. This is an enjoyable album, although there are no Philippine songs on it.

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