Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Invictas - Just A Little Bit Of Everything
|many bands used the moniker The Invictas. These guys were from Andover, Massachusetts. This ep dates from 1963. Two of the tracks are very good, the best being the cover of Richard Podolor's "Samoa."|
Picks: Samoa, Sticky, Harlem Nocturne
Track by Track Review
Saxes play a classic, saucy line while the guitar delivers Stax-Volt chords. This is the sort of R&B number that was often used as a set-ender or warm up. Great drums and energy.
The Beachcombers' superb "Samoa," also known as "Quiet Surf," is very nicely done. It retains the surf of the later Pacific Surfers recording, but the pace and sizzle of the Beachcombers take. The bass is soulful, and the surf creds strong. Quite nice.
Romping sax and stomping drums drive "Sticky." I expected a surf number from the title, but alas it sits squarely into the R&B camp. fairly raucous, it also almost feels like James Brown inspired Pacific Northwest rawk!
Based totally on The Viscounts' shivering version of Earl Hagen's superb "Harlem Nocturne," this is dangerous and sad, and foggy. Great tremolo chords.