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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: #254,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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I saw them when I was a teenager and I was amazed how professional their sound was. I would of given it 5 stars but there is one song missing. The B-Side of "Making Ends Meet" 45 was "You make me so very happy" would made this collection complete.
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Thee complete midnighters song of love, rhythem &psychedipsychedilia was the cd collection I've ever owned thank to amazon for being in this world your friend client allways mr. Robert medina
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By Raymond on February 28, 2014
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If you like the Midniters you'll love this set it even has some songs I never knew that they recorded. Pretty cool to have all there hits in one set.
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By vasqlar on January 26, 2015
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nice
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Has the best of their songs.
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Who ever put these together did not follow the table on the back of each album and added their own songs in place. I would have liked them to stick to more traditional Midniter songs.
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