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Thee Complete Midniters: Songs of Love, Rhythm and Psychedilia Box set

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These Chicano rock n roll pioneers released these four LPs between 1965 and 1969; today, they re impossible to find on vinyl and they ve never been on CD til now! As an added attraction, each disc is packed with rare bonus alternate takes, alternate-language versions, instrumental mixes, live cuts and sought-after single sides. You get it all the complete Midniters: 'Land of a Thousand Dances'; 'Whittier Blvd'.; 'To Be with You'; 'Slow Down'; 'Money'; 'Evil Love'; 'Good Lovin'; 'Gloria'; 'Yesterday'; 'Chile Con Soul'; 'Devil with a Blue Dress'; 'Dragon-Fly'; 'Walk On By'; 'Chicano Power'...68 tracks on 4 CDs!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Whittier Blvd.
  2. Stubborn Kind of Fellow
  3. That's All
  4. Come Back Baby
  5. Empty Heart
  6. I Need Someone
  7. Land of a Thousand Dances
  8. To Be with You
  9. Slow Down
  10. Giving Up on Love
  11. Money
  12. Johnny B. Goode
  13. Evil Love [*]
  14. It's Not Unusual [*]
  15. Heat Wave [*]
  16. Land of a Thousand Dances, Pt. 1 [Live][*]
  17. Land of a Thousand Dances, Pt. 2 [Live][*]
  18. Heat Wave [*][Instrumental]
  19. Ball o' Twine [*]

Disc: 2

  1. Love Special Delivery
  2. Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things
  3. Do You Love Me
  4. Soul and Inspiration
  5. Good Lovin'
  6. When a Man Loves a Woman
  7. Strangers in the Night
  8. Gloria
  9. Love Makes the World Go Round
  10. I Found a Peanut
  11. Don't Go Away
  12. Are You Angry
  13. It'll Never Be Over for Me [*]
  14. Thee Midnite Feeling [*]
  15. Hey Little Girl [*]
  16. Are You Angry [Alternate Take][*]

Disc: 3

  1. Everybody Needs Somebody to Love
  2. Cheatin' Woman
  3. Could It Be
  4. Thee Walking Song
  5. Dreaming Casually
  6. Never Knew I Had It So Bad
  7. Yesterday
  8. Devil with a Blue Dress/Good Golly, Miss Molly
  9. Making Ends Meet
  10. Chile con Soul
  11. Welcome Home Darling
  12. The Town I Live In
  13. The Big Ranch (El Rancho Grande) [*]
  14. Dragon-Fly [*]
  15. Looking out a Window [*]
  16. Jump, Jive and Harmonize [*]
  17. Tu Despedida [*]
  18. You're Gonna Make Me Cry [*]
  19. The Ballad of Cesar Chavez [English Version][*]
  20. La Copla de Cesar Chavez [Spanish Version][*]

Disc: 4

  1. Whittier Blvd.
  2. Goin' out of My Head
  3. Land of a Thousand Dances
  4. Walk on By
  5. Sad Girl
  6. Everybody Needs Somebody to Love
  7. Brother Where Are You?
  8. Breakfast on the Grass
  9. Strangers in the Night
  10. Love Special Delivery
  11. That's All
  12. Chicano Power [*]
  13. Never Give You Up [*]
  14. Balla Cinderella [#][*]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 8, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Micro Werks
  • ASIN: B0028SVQBE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've been collecting The Midniters Lp's and singles since the mid '70's. The first two lp's I found (On Whittier Blvd and Bring You Love Special Delivery) were sealed copies, the third (Unlimited) was used but still in very good condition and the last lp (Giants) was a sealed pressing from the early eighties. No master tapes exist for Thee Midiniters catalog and I understand that Micro Werks used the best vinyl copies they could find at the time and about 90% the songs turned out quite well but my biggest beef is the 10% that skip due to scratches in the source material (vinyl lp's). Should Micro Werks decide to run the box set a second time I'd gladly loan my collection to correct those flawed tracks.

I'm not going to review the music itself as I own most of it and love it all. This is a group that wasn't afraid to take chances. Know best for their "Brown Eyed Soul" ballads and the classic rocker, Whittier Blvd only scratches the surface. From garage to instrumentals tinged with a touch of jazz to straight up rockers and "psychedelia". Thee Midniters truly were "Unlimited" as stated on the album of the same name.

Is the collection still worth owning? Yes. They went through great lengths to make this a box set worth owning. Each of the cds comes in a paper tri-fold jacket with the front and back cover of the respective lp. Also on each jacket are song listings with writer and publisher credits along with photos of the singles included on that cd and the finishing touch, Each cd is designed to resemble the Whittier Records green, white and pink label with the hot rod on top. The well written liner notes by Richie Unterberger are printed on the backside of a fold out poster made up of rare photos of the band. The box is a simple black hinged box with unbleached paper labels.
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Thee Midniters were hands-down the cream of the rock `n' soul scene that sprouted in mid-60s East Los Angeles. Contemporaries like the Premiers and Cannibal & The Headhunters each made indelible marks, but the Midniters' talent filled four full albums, numerous non-LP singles and ranged across a unique mix of `50s doo-wop and R&B, `60s rock, soul and jazz. Their chart success was minor (a 1965 version of "Land of a Thousand Dances" that was covered by the Headhunters and then completely overshadowed by Wilson Pickett), but their originals and covers resound to this day with the unfettered release of a Saturday night rave-up and the slow heat of the night's last dance.

The band's guitar, organ and horns sat atop propulsive bass lines and potent back beats, and moved easily from the soulful croon of Jerry Butler's "Giving Up on Love" to a wicked, organ- and guitar-led cover Barrett Strong's "Money." The ballads are warm and comforting, and the up-tempo tunes are scorching. The band's debut album Whittier Blvd., originally released in 1965, is constructed from a dozen covers, the title track being a hotted-up reworking of the Stones "2120 South Michigan Avenue." The song list is drafted from then-popular regional and national hits by Marvin Gaye, Lenny Welch, Chris Kenner, and Roddie Joy, and spiked with a pair of rock `n' roll classics from Larry Williams ("Slow Down") and Chuck Berry ("Johnny B. Goode"). Bonus tracks included with the first album are highlighted by a playful cover of Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual" and a shriek-lined live version of "Land of a Thousand Dances.
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This is a very complete compilation of the best band to come out of East Los Angeles,their sound is unigue,from fast hard driving rock n roll ,to the beautiful soulful ballads, with the one and only Little Wllie "G" on lead vocal, these are the songs we grew up with ,cruised the Boulevard with, and made out with our girlfriends too. This album epitomizes the 1960'S growing up in the Los Angeles area, this group played all the hot spots in East L.A.,like The Kennedy Hall, the Little Union and even between movies on saturdays at The Golden Gate Theater. Oh! and The Montebello Ballroom,just to name a few. These songs are timeless, just like the Oldies that Art Laboe plays on Sundays. This 4 cd set will give you every song you been looking for and more. Peace,Johnny B.
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WOW! I grew up listening to Thee Midnighters and had every album they put out... so, I thought it would be great to finally have them on CD... WOW! I never imagined I would get all these other great songs I never even knew they did! I'm a fan all over again! This truly is a must have if you like any of Thee Midnighter's songs at all... That's All!
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simply put - this is one of the best bands that most people have never heard of them. I grew up going to their concerts and listening to Thee Midnighters on the radio. If you do one thing this year BUY THIS CD. You will not regret it. And if you hear they are playing close to you go see them.
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Maybe the greatest box set of all time! Whoever I played this for wound up trying to get it themselves. A history of mid 60"s music styles filtered through a Chicano perspective. Not to speak of Little Willie G. What a voice! Try to get it while it's still available at a reasonable price.
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