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The Invictas - Swinging With The Jet Setdotdotdotdot
artwork20th Century Fox issued this by Detroit's Invictas (aka The 5ive Invictas) in mid 1964. It's musical quality is varied, with some surf and some rock. Very rare these days.
Picks: Missing, Shadrack, Spanish Harlem, Karen, Breakout, Red Board

Track by Track Review


Missing dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Missing" is simply excellent. A slow "Harlem Nocturne" backtrack, and an excellent rhythm guitar under a very sad lead with tribal drums make this a very unusual track. It's well arranged and shimmering with atmosphere. Essential!

Shadrack dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Organ melody, a cool cycling low-E guitar pattern, and great drums. "Shadrack" is almost great - just diminished some by the organ. That said, it is very engaging, almost spooky.

Spanish Harlem dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ben E. King's "Spanish Harlem" gets an instro arrangement with fine guitar work. Partly exotic, partly tribal, it is surf edged rock with delightful muted patterns and cheesy organ.

Karen dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Whistling organ lead creates spooky ambiance, while excellent drums with crisp hi-hat deliver tribal emotion, and the lead guitar does a sort of Middle Eastern riff. This is a bit like Johnny and the Hurricanes' "Sheba."

Tiger dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tiger" is very riffy, chord dominated, and not too surfy. Lots of energy, just more jam than song. Still, it's darn fun.

Exodus dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big drama and lightly double picked guitar in the opening yield to cheesy organ lead. The cymbals are the brightest part of this otherwise rather uninspired rendering of "Exodus."

Breakout dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Eerie tremolo and tribal drums, with a spooky, call and response duet between echoed guitar and fiercely whistling organ. Odd in some ways, but mostly "Breakout" is downright disturbed. A line or two in low-E with surf tone connects the dots.

Summertime dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

George Gershwin's "Summertime" is haunted by whammy and Viscounts' drum patterns. Throbbing tremolo guitar and thumping bass. The organ is too overbearing.

Point Lookout dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Point Lookout" is a low brow fifties style riff rocker, saved only by its energy and great drums. Sounds more like it's from 1959 than 1964.

One Life One Love One You dot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow dance stroll with mall organ. "One Life One Love One You" is hideously arranged and mixed. Yikes!

Red Board dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Red Board" is The Fireballs' "Torquay" and employs a Challengers arrangement merged with sound more like The New Dimensions' "Tor Chula." Pretty cool.

The End dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Likely named for its place in the set list (last dance numbers were traditionally slow in '64), "The End" is an easy going and gentle number with a pleasant melody and echoed lead guitar. While pretty, it's fairly unremarkable.