Although he's best known by our ears for his 70s funk masterpiece Investigation No 1, back in the 60s Carl Holmes was working with a groovy combo called The Commanders – and cut this hard-wailing album of soul tracks for Atlantic
! The set's got "twist" in the title, which might make you suspect some cheapo cash-in – but it's not that at all, and really cooks with a raw party soul energy that's quite unique for the time – even at Atlantic
! Some of the tracks on the album run a bit longer than usual, really letting the combo stretch out on sax, guitar, and electric piano – and vocalist Marco King shouts his way through some of the tunes – calling in the band and really creating this raw energy that's totally great. We half suspect the album may have been recorded live, given the sound of the set – and the whole thing's a key link between 50s R&B Atlantic
, and some of the label's harder soul of the 60s. Titles include "Ain't Got No Money", "Good Good Lovin", "I Can't Sit Down", "Lonely Winds", "Roundtable Twist", "Mashed Potatoes", and "Twist It Baby".