THE DAVE CLARK FIVE The History Of The Dave Clark Five (1993)

The History Of The Dave Clark Five (1993)
Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder, Or Some Such Shit

Released by Hollywood Records in 1993 – then inexplicably deleted – The History Of The Dave Clark Five is an outstanding 50 track comp from one of the British Invasion’s better imports. It’s been a $50-$100 collector’s item almost since its release, and I still remember my excitement at seeing one in a used record store for only $8, only to get it home and find homemade CD-Rs inside. I considered taking it back and pitching a fit but realized it was a sound investment in any universe. After the band split up in 1970, drummer and group leader Dave Clark would develop a reputation as a tough, savvy businessman… curious, since he stymied much of the band’s legacy by refusing to license The DC5’s material for nearly 20 years. Since the mid-70s, not even a best of. And, it was this 2CD set that was designed to re-introduce the band’s catalog to the world. But after three years, Clark yanked it off the market. To this day, every DC5 album is still out of print. Why? No clue. I’ve never heard Clark’s reasoning. It was only when The DC5 were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, in 2008, that the music would again surface… but only on iTunes. Unless you’re a fanatic or collector, however, this set is likely all you’ll ever need. Find The DC5’s rare, Canadian-only Instrumental Album in the archives, HERE… and TONS more DC5 in a Wormhole, HERE. Get The History Of The Dave Clark Five at Amazon, HERE.

Glad All Over
Bits And Pieces
Do You Love Me
Can’t You See That She’s Mine
Don’t Let Me Down
Any Way You Want It
Everybody Knows (I Still Love You)
Any Time You Want Love
Thinking Of You Baby
Whenever You’re Around
Little Bitty Pretty One
Crying Over You
Don’t Be Taken In
Reelin‘ And Rockin
Come Home
Mighty Good Loving
Hurting Inside
Having A Wild Weekend
‘Til The Right One Comes Along
Catch Us If You Can
I’ll Be Yours My Love
I Am On My Own
I Need Love

Try Too Hard
All Night Long
Look Before You Leap
Please Tell Me Why
Somebody Find A New Love
Satisfied With You
At The Scene
I Miss You
Do You Still Love Me
Nineteen Days
I’ve Got To Have a Reason
I Like It Like That
Over And Over
You Got What It Takes
Doctor Rhythm
Small Talk
Concentration Baby
Everybody Knows
Inside And Out
At The Place
Best Day’s Work
Maze Of Love
Here Comes Summer
Live In The Sky
Everybody Get Together



  • Capt. Willard
    November 2, 2010 - 20:40 | Permalink

    Get it HERE.

  • RoBurque
    November 23, 2010 - 06:03 | Permalink

    Thanks very much for this one, Cap!

    The first LP I ever bought was DC5's I Like It Like That. Played it thin over the course of 35 years. And of course, I can't find a copy of it anywhere even a vinyl rip to replace the old LP.


  • Anonymous
    February 11, 2011 - 04:16 | Permalink

    A really nice find, I always liked this band. Thankyou very much for posting this one. cheers….JeffH

  • Anonymous
    March 10, 2011 - 15:59 | Permalink

    One small glimpse of Nirvana; somehow my father got tickets to the first Ed Sullivan DC5 appearance in '64, and I took the very lovely, very english, Shirley…….

    Thank you for posting this. Of curse, it's missing the great "Red Balloon" single and some others, but Dave Clark's real crime against humanity was not releasing the songs in {{{{{{Stereo}}}}}}. They were on a UK "Best of" LP on Starline, the US double LP compiled by the great Ken Barnes in 1972 (with a very lame cover), and a great Japanese 2 cd boot. Those amazing Japanese also put out a DC5 laserdisc.
    Dave bought up all the old Ready Steady Go's, etc., and began releasing some back in the 80's, but again, he could have done so much more.

    So sad about Mike Smith. There's YouTube of him on Letterman taking over for Paul Schaffer about a year(?) before the accident. He was STILL great.


  • W
    March 10, 2011 - 16:17 | Permalink

    Many thanks.

  • Ian of Cornwall
    October 18, 2011 - 11:38 | Permalink

    Thanks, Willard. I remember having their ’25 Thumpin Great Hits’ on LP about 30 years ago n enjoyin that, so with me not being a fanatic, this is all I’ll ever need, indeed. Oh yeah, no Red Balloon. Damn. Re: Dave Clark not releasing anything on CD. Does that mean he’s effectively stopping original band members – if they’re still around – get any further royalties? Cheers! Peace.

    • Willard
      October 18, 2011 - 12:16 | Permalink

      Yeah… I would imagine he’s caught some shit from bandmembers over the years.

    • Colin Lazzerini
      November 12, 2014 - 16:31 | Permalink

      Only royalties of real value are those generated by the “composer” – i.e. Dave Clark

  • Anonymous
    October 19, 2011 - 20:46 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. I’ve never understood his thinking on the reissue question and other matters, but it will be fun to hear this.

  • Ernie
    September 12, 2012 - 20:03 | Permalink

    Thanks for this Willard. This post explains why I can’t find DC5 anywhere but here.

  • Supersonic75
    July 30, 2013 - 21:22 | Permalink


  • joe
    September 16, 2013 - 18:54 | Permalink

    Apparently Mr. Clark prefers that his music is distributed on the internet for free. His loss. I already own this but thanks for keeping this great music alive. I really do like DC5, even if the “leader” is a bonehead.

  • roger
    September 17, 2013 - 18:57 | Permalink

    Thank you. Now I feel like watching the movie. :-)

  • Psyclist
    September 19, 2013 - 10:50 | Permalink

    I got this set a few weeks back from another blog. I knew only Glad All Over but the rest is just as good. It deserves to be heard again!

  • dutchie
    November 29, 2013 - 12:08 | Permalink

    thanks a lot for this beauty greetings from the netherlands ,

  • Anonymous
    August 23, 2014 - 13:59 | Permalink

    Hello. Would you mind reupping this please? MF links seem to be offline. Thanks!

    • Willard
      August 23, 2014 - 15:28 | Permalink

      Links are working fine. You ALWAYS have to try MediaFire links more than once… because they sometimes give false negatives. Just don’t ask me why.

  • Colin Lazzerini
    November 12, 2014 - 17:10 | Permalink

    Dave Clark lived along the street where I grew up as a kid in Tottenham. He and his mum lived over the top of a co-operative grocers’ called “Williams Bros” where they beat butter into shape with wooden paddles. Never saw his dad – although I understand he did have one – but I did often have the misfortune to wander past on errands at times when he was practicing. And what an absolutely appalling racket it was.

    God-awful drummer but a very smart cookie who valued his business independence very highly, and was band-manager as well as chief song-writer. Thus he was able to lever a record royalty rate higher than that of the Beatles. Certainly no “bonehead”. Just a very crap musician, ridiculed by his contemporaries for being inept and ungroovy with such total committment and dedication. The UK market, it seems – hot for Tamla-Motown, James Brown, Ray Charles, and the blues – were blithely unaware of the influence of Ed Sullivan. Square, tacky and tasteless as Sullivan may have been, his absence of discrimination allowed him to enthusiastically succumb to the clean-cut Christian image of Dave and his boys. And they were on his show way more than any other pop combo of the day – hence establishing a solid foothold and market lead in the US.

    While enjoying a couple of number one hits Stateside, the band-members were all still holding down day-jobs. And while Dave’s contemporaries – those who regarded his music with disdain – were busily trying to emulate black American music and building a repertoire of blues covers, Dve himself was busy carrying to the bank the composer and management royalties from his original plodding pop successes.

    So DC the leader is very far from being a bonehead.
    He worked hard and he was financially astute.
    But still a musical embarrassment.

  • jack bond
    November 27, 2015 - 09:36 | Permalink

    Very happy to have this….

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