Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Invictas - The Best Of Herb Gross And TheInvictas


Rochester, NY band that had a big local hit with the rudimentary dance song "The Hump," though a claim on the liner notes to an album sleeve that the single even outstripped sales of the Beatles in the New York State area is probably fatuous. (Unless the Beatles just didn't happen to have a single out at the time.) Though "The Hump" is well-regarded by some garage fans, the Invictas were definitely below average for the genre. With a semi-soul orientation, they could be viewed as sort of a garage Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, although that description might be leading you to expect too much. Much of their recorded material consisted of inferior covers of well-known mid-'60s rock and R&B hits, and their originals, penned by leader Herb McGovern, were clunky and unimaginative, highlighted by occasional Roky Erickson-like yelps. Biography by Richie Unterberger .
1. Baby Please Don't Go2. Interview With the Invictas - Herb Gross & the Invictas, , Jim Kohler3. Hump4. Hang on Sloopy5. Land of a Thousand Dances6. Farmer John7. I'm Alright8. Stuf F9. Do You Wanna Go Hi Steppin'10. Louie, Louie11. Do It12. Ooh Poo Pah Doo13. Shake a Tail Feather14. Detroit Move15. Long Tall Shortie [Live]16. Finger Lickin' Good17. Girl Like You18. Hump '9519. Twist and Shout20. Joint Was a Rockin' (Round & Round) [Live]
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