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Mike Adams and the Red Jackets - Twist Contestdotdot
artworkFirst, there is no Mike Adams and the Red Jackets! Second, these tacks were issued under various titles, including on other Mike Adams and the Red Jackets albums, as well as by The Wave Crests. This is a budget production. It likely included Steve Douglas and Jerry Cole. It should mostly be avoided like the plague.

This is the Mike Adams and The Red Jackets / Wave Crests Track Title Maze:

Blue Tail Twist = Blue Tail Fly
Clementine Twist = Oh My Darling Clementine
Foam And Fiberglass = Blue Tail Fly
Green Sleeves And Blue Baggies = Greensleeves
Green Sleeves Twist = Greensleeves
Hot And Glassy = Irene
Malabar Twist = Malabar
New Orleans Twist = Lucille
Over The Waves = Oh My Darling Clementine
Queen's Surf = Shortnin' Bread
Red River Rock = Red River Valley
Rock Around The Surf = Lucille
Rompin' At Rincon = Lucille
Shortnin' Bread Twist = Shortnin' Bread
Surfer's Beat = Oh My Darling Clementine
Surfer's Noise = Irene
Surfer's Rock = Blue Tail Fly
Surfer's Roll = Greensleeves
Surfing For Two = Red River Valley
Surftime Frenzy = Frenzy
The Surf And I = When The Saints Go Marching In
When The Kooks Go Surfin' By = When The Saints Go Marching In
When The Saints Go Twistin' In = When The Saints Go Marching In
Wipe Out At Sunset Beach = Frenzy
Woodie = Malabar Twist
Picks: Green Sleeves Twist, Malabar Twist

Track by Track Review


Red River Twist dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While Steve Douglas' sax wails, the band behind him is light weight, and the backtrack arrangement is less than interesting. Ho-hum! I'll stick with Johnny and the Hurricanes!

Twistin' Irene dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The fluffy backtrack and arrangement are just not very interesting - in fact, I'd say they border on juvenile. "Hot And Glassy" is a fast number with relentless drums and a speed freak pace. Some really nice piano and occasional sax flair.

Clementine Twist dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Little Richard's "Lucille" provides the rhythm idea, and the melody is Percy Montrose's "Oh My Darling, Clementine." Dismissible!

Green Sleeves Twist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a tasteful version of King Henry VIII song for Anne Boleyn, "Green Sleeves." This may just be a different take from the same sessions as The Wavecrests, as it sounds very similar, just not exact.

When The Saints Go Twistin' In dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Virgil Stamp's "When The Saints Go Marching In" is rocked up, but is a long way from essential, or even very interesting, though the drums do rock.

Blue Tail Twist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This version of "Blue Tail Fly" heavily is influenced by Johnny and the Hurricanes' "Beatnik Fly." The drums rock, the piano if cool, and the frantic pace kinda cool.

Shortnin' Bread Twist dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Queen's Surf" is a romp through James Whitcomb Riley's "Shortnin' Bread." Pure pap, more or less. Quite dismissible.

Malabar Twist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Perhaps the most interesting song on the Surfer's Beat LP, at least from an originality perspective, "Woodie" employs an original rhythm riff and frantic drums with walking bass. Otherwise jammy, it's just odd enough to stand out.

New Orleans Twist dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Richard Penniman's "Lucille" is the basis of "Rompin' At Rincon." Very pedestrian.

Twistin' On The Tailspin dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very pedestrian blues jam. Its unremarkable riffs and structure just don't create a lasting impression. Some melody lines are borrowed from Fat's Domino.