The Peppermint Twisters

The Peppermint Twisters

by Joey Dee & the StarlitersJoey Dee & the Starliters

CD(Spanish Import)

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"Shimmy Baby, Pt. 1," a lively early-'60s rocking studio performance with overdubbed applause and glasses tinkling, easily melts into a creative Hawaiian instrumental from Eden Ahbez entitled "Lonely Island," which in turn weaves its way into the third track, "Walking Down the Street." None of Joey Dee's five Roulette Records Top 40 hits appear on this Scepter release called The Peppermint Twisters, and no one song stands out as memorable, though it is an interesting artifact from the day. Dee singing "hey hey" in "Walking Down the Street" could be the precursor to Chris Montez asking "Let's Dance," or Tommy Roe's plea to "Sheila," a low-rent predecessor to the two big hits that would emerge a year after this outing. "(Bad) Bulldog" resembles many a Kingsmen album that would follow in these footsteps, so the style of the sound that Joey Dee was imprinting on these Scepter discs would have its impact, which makes these dozen performances all the more interesting. "Coming Back to Me" dips into the '50s -- and though there are no credits other than the star and liner note writer Ira Howard, one wonders if actor Joe Pesci is performing in this 1961 version of a band he was a part of in that era, the Starlighters. Joey Dee sounds more like a teen idol cutting the Doc Pomus classic "Lonely Avenue," Willie "Loco" Alexander giving it a more intense reading two decades later as documented on El Loco's Greatest Hits release. The manufactured "live concert" sounds return on the second side, along with "Shimmy Baby, Pt. 2," and those sounds are as bothersome as they would be showing up on The Kingsmen on Campus a couple of years later. Maybe it was a Scepter/Wand label thing. If you ever had a need to hear the Flamingos backing up Bobby Vee, the song "The Face of an Angel" sure comes close. "These Memories" keeps the mellow mood before the instrumental "The Twister" kicks in like a B-side from the Champs, with presumably Joey Dee on saxophone. "Before We Met" might have the most personality on an album that lacks that quality, though is a pretty accurate imprint of the sock-hop sounds of the early '60s.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 8436542017176
catalogNumber: 1103158
Rank: 62028

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joey Dee & the Starliters   Primary Artist
Estelle Bennett   Background Vocals,Group Member
David Brigati   Group Member
Joey Dee   Alto Saxophone,Vocals,Group Member
Ronnie Bennett   Background Vocals,Group Member
Nedra Talley   Background Vocals,Group Member
Larry Vernieri   Vocals,Group Member
Sam Taylor   Group Member
Roger Freeman   Vocals,Group Member
Carlton Lattimore   Organ,Group Member
Willie Davis   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Little Willie Littlefield   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Lee Dorsey   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Joey Dee   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer,Recording Producer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
Clarence Lewis   Composer
Johnny Nash   Composer
Morgan Robinson   Composer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Windsor King   Composer
Sam Taylor   Composer
Waymon Glasco   Composer
Ira Mack   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Dessie Rozier   Composer
Eddie Carson   Composer
Charles Singleton   Composer
Gary Blailock   Liner Notes
Santi Comelles   Liner Notes,Track Compilation
Tom King   Composer

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