What a front jacket! How best to describe it? A child's crayon scribblings? A movie poster for Attack of the Killer Silly String? An image from a failed 1960 private eye series?
Pretty minimalist, but I like it. And this twist LP (aptly called Twist) features something fairly rare to budget label twistploitation albums: Accurate track credits. The tracks are by the actual R&B artists--Bobby Dunn and Les Cooper--actually credited! My friend and R&B/budget label expert Brian McFadden kindly confirmed this for me. Save for a few retitled tracks, this release is totally on the level. And Brian sent me an image of Bobby Dunn's You Are the One (which shows up on Side 2, track 3) in its original 45 rpm issue:
Come the next Palace Twist LP, "Beep Bottomly" was the name on the cover. I think we can assume that "Beep Bottomly" was totally made up. Or we can only hope, for Beep's sake.
Some excellent R&B by these two well known artists in that vein, even if at least a couple selections are somewhat derivative. I refer to the Side 2 opener, Do the Twist! which is basically Money Honey and Fannie Mae, melody- and riff-wise. I love it, regardless. And the Side 2 opener, What a Thrill! also uses the Fannie Mae riff. Interestingly, Buster Brown's Fannie Mae was coupled with the Les Cooper hit Wiggle Wobble on a 1963 Oldies label reissue. Small world.
Like most twist LPs, real or of the twistploitation variety, this gets a little monotonous, but it rocks solidly throughout. Come to think of it, my last budget twist offering (by "Tubby Chess") was unusually good for a jobber-rack release, so maybe we're seeing a pattern here. Or maybe not.
If you're in the mood to twist (and, by the fourth day of fall, who isn't?), this is the twist LP for you! Or, if you prefer, the Twist LP for you! Thanks again to Brian for his help.
DOWNLOAD: Twist--Bobby Dunn With Les Cooper and His Twisters (Palace M-689)
Do the Twist!
Twisting With Joyce
The Congo Twist
Les Cooper's Twist
I've Got Love in My Heart for You
Twist With the Twisters
What a Thrill!
You Are the One (Bobby Dunn)
The Chinese Twist
The Latin Twist
Twisting on the Hill