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The Jet Blacks - Twistdotdotdot
artworkPerhaps The Jet Blacks' coolest album, Twist has been tracked in CD compilations.
Picks: Boudha, Hava Naguila, Wailin', Stick Shift, Ginchy, Torquay

Track by Track Review


The Jet dot
Rock (Instrumental)

"The Jet" is a goofy instro with gimmicky slides and a sax melody that's way too close to Wanda Jackson's "Let's Have A Party" for comfort.

Boudha dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a primal and intriguing song. "Boudha" opens with a low down cry of "boo-dah." Tribal drums and a fifties rhythm underscore a basic riff rocker that's quite enjoyable and just slightly Asian. Groovy!

Hava Naguila dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a low brow sax cover of this classic song "Hava Nagila." It rocks, but has little real character to set it apart. half way through, however, it seems to gain clarity and edge, saving it from the junk heap.

Texas Twist dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a close cousin to When The Saints Go Marching In until the guitar noodle jam break comes along. The drums are cool at times, but in the end, "Texas Twist" fades pretty quickly from memory. Interesting also are the engineering errors during mix where the lead if brought up late and too high, then backed off. Very poorly done.

Twist In U. S. A. dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Typical chumpy sax pop rock fair based on the vocal twist hits of Chubby Checker. Not really worth crossing the street for.

Wailin' dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Wailers' "Wailin'" is an aggressive riff rocker that sounds a lot like midwest b-sides of the late fifties. No real melody, but gutsy guitar, great drums, walking bass, and a ton of energy. Pretty darn fun!

Stick Shift dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a delicate muted guitar version of The Duals' "Stick Shift." While it's fairly quiet and tame, it does pump in a cool way. There's plenty of energy, but it doesn't sound rock'n'roll loud. Still, I like it just fine.

Let's Twist Again dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again" is sax driven and, aside from the drums and extreme vibrato, fairly forgettable. The throbbing guitar is really the only interest here.

The Twist dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Chubby Checker's "The Twist" is a typical sax rocker. On the more raw side, and perhaps more edgy than many from The Jet Blacks, but not really memorable.

Ginchy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf whammy and vibrato shimmer bring The Jet Blacks into the surf. Bert Weedon's "Ginchy" is done with The Ventures' arrangement in mind. The drummer rocks, though he's pretty far back in the mix.

King Neptune's Guitar dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Tremolo guitar and squonky sax take "King Neptune's Guitar" nearly into surf territory, at least until the double time verses come along - which are just fifties rock style.

Torquay dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a decent cover of The Fireballs' "Torquay," with nice guitar tone and occasional whammy. With a little reverb, this could have been a surf instro. The bass pumps and the drums are almost missing in the mix.