Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Shadows Of Knight - 4 albums



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"The Stones, Animals and Yardbirds took the Chicago Blues and gave it an English interpretation. We've taken the English version of the Blues and re-added a Chicago touch." The Shadows of Knight's self-description was fairly accurate. Although this mid-'60s garage band from the Windy City did not match the excellence of either their British or African-American idols, the teen energy of their recordings remains enjoyable, if not overwhelmingly original. The group took a tamer version of Them's classic "Gloria" into the American Top Ten in 1966, and also took a Yardbirdized version of Bo Diddley's "Oh Yeah" into the Top 40 the same year. Their patchy albums contained a few exciting R&B covers in the Yardbirds/Stones... Read More...


All Reviews from for CD release

Gloria - 1966

Although revisionist historians will claim that any Shadows of Knight best-of that includes "Gloria" will cover just about everything you'll ever need on this Chicago punk band (and usually acting as if Van Morrison's and Them's original was the actual hit — wrong), true believers have long championed their two original albums for the Dunwich label, especially their debut long-player named after their big hit. Why? Simply because it positively rocks with a raw energy of a band straight out of the teen clubs, playing with a total abandon and an energy level that seems to explode out of the speakers. Equal parts Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Who, and snotty little Chicago-suburb bad boys, the Shadows of Knight could easily put the torch to Chess blues classics, which make up the majority of the songs included here. Their wild takes on "I Just Want to Make Love to You," "Oh Yeah," and "I Got My Mojo Working" rank right up there with any British Invasion band's version from the same time period. Original material was never plentiful on either SOK long-player, but worth checking out are "Light Bulb Blues," the blues ballad "Dark Side," and the why-me? rocker "It Always Happens That Way." Completing the package is the inclusion of three bonus tracks, the single-only "Someone Like Me" and an alternate version, and "I Got My Mojo Working," which is vastly superior to the take on the original album. A not-too-vastly-different alternate mix of "Oh Yeah" completes the bonus tracks, although the original album version is curiously missing from this otherwise excellent package. Nonetheless, a reissue well worth adding to the collection. If you're only going to own one Shadows of Knight package, you could, and should, start right here.


01 - Gloria
02 - Light Bulb Blues
03 - I Got My Mojo Working
04 - Dark Side
05 - Boom Boom
06 - Let It Rock
07 - Oh Yeah
08 - It Always Happens That Way
09 - You Can't Judge A Book
10 - Hoochie Coochie Man
11 - I Just Want To Make Love To You



Back Door Men - 1967

The original LP version of this album, the second by the legendary white Chicago garage punk/blues outfit, was one of the most sought-after artifacts of mid-'60s punk rock. Back Door Men was a loud, feedback-laden, sneering piece of rock & roll defiance, mixing raunchy anthems to teenage lust ("Gospel Zone," "Bad Little Woman"), covers of Chicago blues classics (Willie Dixon's "Spoonful," Jimmy Reed's "Peepin' and Hidin'"), raga rock ("The Behemoth"), folk-rock ("Hey Joe," "Three for Love," "I'll Make You Sorry"), and a blues-punk grab off of commercial Top 40 ("Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day") all on one 12" platter. What makes the record even more startling is that every one of these tracks, however far afield they go from one another, works. The band strides across the music spectrum with a reach and boldness that most listeners usually only associate with the likes of the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, and a grasp that, for a moment here, may have exceeded either of those groups, as they slide from electric guitar into extended Chess-style blues instrumentals ("New York Bullseye").


12 - Bad Little Woman
13 - Gospel Zone
14 - The Behemoth
15 - Three For Love
16 - Mystery Track - I'm Not Talking
17 - Hey Joe
18 - I'll Make You Sorry
19 - Peepin' And Hidin'
20 - Tomorrow's Going To Be Another Day
21 - New York Bullseye
22 - High Blood Pressure
23 - Spoonful

24 - I'm Gonna Make You Mine
25 - Willie Jean
26 - Someone Like Me
27 - I Am The Hunter



Raw 'N Alive at the Cellar, Chicago - 1966

This is one of the very few live garage band tapes from the mid-'60s of relatively decent sound quality (considering the standards of the era). The song selection of this set should also please fans of one of the most famed '60s garage bands, captured here at a club in their home turf of Chicago in December 1966. The 13 songs include live versions of many of the tunes from their first (and best) album, as well as a six-minute workout of their lone national hit "Gloria" and a couple of Solomon Burke covers. However, it's not essential if you already have the original albums, or the fine best-of compilation released in the U.K. on Edsel, Gee-El-O-Are-I-Ay. These versions are very close in arrangement to the officially released ones, but the performance is less accomplished, as it were, and the sound quality worse. An interesting artifact that nevertheless has little appeal beyond '60s garage collector circles, although the very brief quotes from the Mothers of Invention's "Help I'm A Rock" are most curious and unexpected.


01 - i got my mojo working
02 - oh yeah
03 - tomorrow's gonna be another day
04 - it takes a long time comin'
05 - let it rock
06 - hey joe
07 - gospel zone
08 - got to get you off my mind
09 - everybody needs somebody to love
10 - don't fight it
11 - spoonful
12 - dark side
13 - gloria



Shake(aka Shadows Of Knight ) - 1969

In 1966, the Shadows of Knight were the biggest band on the Chicago garage rock scene, having hit the charts with the massive hit single "Gloria" and a solid follow-up, "Oh Yeah." However, three years later things didn't look so rosy for the group — after a multitude of lineup changes, lead singer Jim Sohns was the only original member left in the Shadows of Knight, and the record company that had put them on the charts, Dunwich, had effectively gone out of business. Determined to stay in the game, Sohns and bassist Lee Brovitz put together a new version of the band and signed a recording deal with Super K Productions, the masterminds behind such bubblegum acts as the Ohio Express and the 1910 Fruitgum Company. While Super K producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz scored a final hit for the Shadows of Knight with "Shake," the self-titled album that followed is a bit of a mess. Kasenetz and Katz were more interested in hits than the concept of group identity (no great shock there), and with the Shadows of Knight going through a bit of a personality crisis after so much personnel turnover, the result was an album that wanders all over the stylistic map — along with the sort of sneering garage rock that was their stock in trade ("I Wanna Make You All Mine" and a different version of "Shake") and a lascivious blues workout on "Back Door Man," SoK wade though some clumsy psychedelia ("Uncle Wiggley's Airship"), attitudinal proto-punk ("I Am What I Am"), hard rock with lots of guitar soloing ("I'll Set You Free" and "Bluebird"), and moody pop ("Alone" and "Times & Places"). Without much in the way of a musical focus (and with Kasenetz and Katz reportedly loading down the songs with instrumental overdubs without the group's OK), Shadows of Knight sounds more like a multi-artist compilation than an album by one of the great acts of the garage rock era, and in this case that's not a compliment, though there are enough great moments to make this an interesting curio if not an especially effective album.


By mid-1967, the only original member of the Shadows of Knight remaining was vocalist Jim Sohns, who, through simple default, inherited the band's name and legacy.In 1968, Dunwich sold the master tapes to its Shadow of Knight recordings to Atlantic Records for one dollar. Sohns then moved the band from Chicago to New York, where they signed with Buddah Records.[2] Sohns had hoped to take the band in a British power-rock direction, but the Super K record label pulled them into a more commercial orientation, pairing the band with bubblegum groups such as the 1910 Fruitgum Company and the Ohio Express on tour. In 1969, the second generation Shadows of Knight released "Shake" on Buddah's short-lived subsidiary Team Records; the track eventually climbed to #46. That same year, without the band's knowledge or consent, the unsuccessful update "Gloria '69" was released by Dunwich. It consisted of new bass and guitar tracks overdubbed by Peter Cetera (later of Chicago) and Jim Donlinger, both Chicago rock veterans... Read more...

Lossless (FLAC +CUE+SCANS)

01 - Follow
02 - Alone
03 - Times & Places
04 - I Am What I Am
05 - Uncle Wiggley's Airship
06 - I Wanna Make You All Mine
07 - Shake Revisited '69
08 - I'll Set You Free
09 - Under Accustic Control
10 - Bluebird
11 - Back Door Man
12 - From Way Out To Way Under
13 - My Fire Department Needs A Fireman

14 - Shake 45' version
15 - Run Run Billy Porter


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