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Archie and the V2's - Twist Del Mundodotdotdotdot
artworkArchie and the V2's have improved the clarity of their recordings, producing a more effective presentation of their excellent work. This is a most welcome addition to the library.
Picks: The Pope's Green Room, Cossack Song, South Of The Border, Bristol Express, Petite Fleur, Siboney, Malaguena, Boom Boom Twist, Midnight Surfer, Twistin' The Twist, La Palma, Milkshake Twist, San Antonio Rose, The Pope's Green Room (alt)

Track by Track Review

The Pope's Green Room dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very catchy, almost churchy surf rendering of a theme from Johann Sebastian Bach. Wonderfully surfy, rhythmically reverby, and solid. "The Pope's Green Room" is a really fine track!

Cossack Song dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

As you might expect from the title, Russian influence is strong, but "Cossack Song" is far more about the surf. Muted reverby rhythm and liquid flow. Way cool!

South Of The Border dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a sensual rendering of the classic "South Of The Border." Liquidy, Mexican flavored, holiday relaxed, and very groovy for a leisurely cruise down US 1!

Bristol Express dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bristol Express" is an instro that the (UK) Eagles cut years ago. Grand chords and significant warmth.

Petite Fleur dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This classic melody serves the surf idiom well. Fluid and melodic and smooth, with warmth and rich tone. Sidney Bechet's "Petite Fleur" ("Little Flower") has seen many arrangements, though seldom rock instro. The other one I can think of is the Ventures'.

Siboney dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ernesto Lacuona's lovely "Siboney" always seems to work with electric guitars, and especially with reverb. Archie and the V2's give it a fluid coastal charm that's irresistible.

Malaguena dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's always a fine treat to hear a surfband play Ernesto Lecuona's "Malaguena" without using the Trashmen as the reference point. Much more like early recordings influentially, this is simply wonderful!

Boom Boom Twist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A cheesy organ and a light romantic melody collide like lovers at a carnival. This is quite fun!

Midnight Surfer dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Perhaps you've heard this song before by Jerry Cole and his Spacemen, but did you know it was written by (that) Terry Jacks with John Wayne Crowe? This is a wonderful arrangement, far superior in my opinion to the Cole take. i found myself coming back to this several times.

Twistin' The Twist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like "Boom Boom Twist," this track is playful and carnival like, with reverb and glissandos. Quite fun.

La Palma dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"La Palma" a.k.a. "La Paloma" (Sebastian de Iradier y Salaverri) has been covered in a great number of styles by countless artists, yet aside from Amon Düül II, is seems to be mostly overlooked in rock'n'roll. Archie and the V2's make it seem almost as it it was written around 1851 with surf in mind. La Paloma

Milkshake Twist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Much like a a fifties rocker with a blues basis, "Milkshake Twist" is a party-targetted funner with a warm shimmer and much richer sound than most such tracks get. I'm reminded a bit of Duane Eddy here.

San Antonio Rose dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There's a cheesy warmth to Bob Wills's "San Antonio Rose" that seems more than fitting. The organ's pump and whirl are really well suited, and is complimented well by the surf guitar.

The Pope's Green Room (alt) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Coming full circle, the album closes out with an alternate version of "The Pope's Green Room." The differences are not stark, but the track has a more direct feeling to it. Way cool!