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The Shadows Of Knight ‎–Gloria lp


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American 1998 reissue on black vinyl

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 garage band, true believers have long championed 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.” If you’re only going to own one Shadows Of Knight album, you could, and should, start right here.

Track list:
1. Gloria
2. Light Bulb Blues
3. I Got My Mojo Working
4. Dark Side
5. Boom Boom
6. Let It Rock
7. Oh Yeah
8. It Always Happens That Way
9. You Can’t Judge A Book (By The Cover)
10. (I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
11. I Just Want To Make Love To You

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Sundazed Music ‎Records

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LP 5034