Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Dancing at the Nick at Niteclub [Nick at Nite/550 Music, 1997]
Rhino's Groove 'n' Grind wrote the disc on dance-craze collections, and three of the four CD-only tracks there repeat here, along with the Diamonds' "The Stroll." But cut-for-cut the competition's close. This one is nicely Southern-fried (Joe Simon, King Curtis, Archie Bell) but soft on famous dances trailing ordinary records (watusi, jerk). It shares its greatest triumph with the Hairspray soundtrack: Gene & Wendell's "The Roach." Stomp here. A-