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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago Rocks!, August 18, 2001
This review is from: Gloria (Audio CD)
What an album! Not to take anything away from Van Morrison but if you lived on the NW side of Chicago, or in the NW suburbs in the Mid-60's, this was THE version of "Gloria." I don't want to analyze it too much but I think by taking the organ out, The Shadows made it a bit more primitive.
A couple of weeks ago, more than 35 years later, I'm at carnival in the Chicago burbs and some of the old Chicago rockers are playing there. This guy Ronnie Rice who used to be with the New Colony 6 does kind of a "human jukebox" gig where he comes out and plays a whole bunch of 60's songs, sometimes all the way through, sometimes just snippets. Anyway, he's at the carnival and he starts playing "Wild Night" by Van Morrison, then he starts "Brown Eyed Girl." He stops singing "Brown Eyed Girl" but keeps playing the chords. He says something like, "you might be wondering why I'm doing 2 Van songs in a row. Well, we got a guy whose band had a big hit with a Van Morrison song,....." and he brings out the Shadows of Knight's lead singer, Jimmy Sahns and they finish up "Brown Eyed Girl" and then break into "Gloria."
I was sitting there with a friend of mine, and she used to see The Shadows at the Cellar in Arlington Heights in the 60's. And for us, and especially her, it was a true rock and roll moment to see the leader of Chicago's rockin-est 60's band, back on his home turf.
So, if any of this makes any sense to you, do yourself a favor and pick up this gem of garage rock from the Chicago suburbs!

At the Close of a Century
At the Close of a Century
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4.0 out of 5 stars Re-mastering the Master, September 8, 2000
This a great collection from one of premier artists of the second half of the 20th Century. Any argument with the selection of songs has to be minimal. However, I have a problem with the re-mastering of some of these songs, specifically the 1960 radio hits.
The Motown sound of the 60's was like a funky version of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. And like the Wall of Sound, it blended all the instruments into one sound that made a huge, glourious sound from a car or transistor AM radio. On this set, the 60's songs, Fingertips, I Was Made to Love Her, Signed Sealed and Delivered and on and on, have been made to sound significantly different than when they blasted out of radios and 45 record players. All the instruments sound separately and the high end has been expanded. On paper this may sound like a good thing but it's not. On Fingertips, the harmonica sounds harsh and the audience noise, part of what makes the song so much fun has been reduced. They should have taken a cue from George Martin and the Beatles who have not re-mastered the orginals. Why mess with perfection?
Fortunately, the 70's and 80's material lends itself more to this re-mastering process. Though I thought the 70's and 80's material was recorded superbly to begin with, it is interesting to hear these songs with more modern technology.
I wish (that is on here , too) that the record company would have left well enough alone. But Stevie's artistry, his writing, playing and singing, transcend any technological problems and for that reason I can recommend this set.
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