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Thee Midniters Greatest Original recording remastered

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Land Of A Thousand Dances
  2. Whittier Blvd.
  3. That's All
  4. Empty Heart
  5. I Need Someone
  6. Giving Up On Love
  7. Sad Girl
  8. Brother Where Are You?
  9. It'll Never Be Over For Me
  10. Love Special Delivery
  11. Are You Angry?
  12. Don't Go Away
  13. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
  14. Dreaming Casually
  15. Never Knew I Had It So Bad
  16. Making Ends Meet
  17. Welcome Home Darling
  18. The Town I Live In
  19. Jump, Jive And Harmonize
  20. Chicano Power


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 28, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Thump Records
  • ASIN: B000084TSX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As the best of the '60s Latino rock bands, it's amazing that Thee Midniters' original sides are only now debuting on CD. The band's minor 1965 chart success with "Land of a Thousand Dances" (quickly eclipsed by fellow East Los Angelinos, Cannibal & The Headhunters, and replaced in the public consciousness by Wilson Pickett the following year) barely scratched the surface of their talent.
Equally influenced by '50s doo-wop and R&B, and mid-60s rock, soul and jazz, Thee Midniters waxed an impressive array of covers and originals, ranging from ballad standards like "That's All" (famously sung by Nat "King" Cole) to blistering renditions of The Rolling Stones' "Empty Heart" and "2120 South Michigan Avenue" (loosely relocated to "Whittier Blvd.") and socially conscious originals such as "Chicano Power."
The band's mix of guitars, organ and horns was built on a rhythm section that laid down wickedly propulsive bass lines and stomping back beats. Lead vocalist Little Willie G. sang everything from down-tempo covers of Jerry Butler ballads and Philly-sound originals to a punky covers of Solomon Burke and grade-A garage rockers, such as "Love Special Delivery." They also wrote Mitch Ryder styled blues-rock and covered Chicago R&B with equal aplomb.
This twenty track collection of slow-dances and sweat-drenched rave-ups is not only a fine overview of the band's output, it's a stellar party soundtrack, perfect for dancing the East L.A. favorite, The Slauson!
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Prior to sampling this "Greatest Hits" CD my only exposure to the music of Thee Midnighters was their 1965 recording of "Land of A Thousand Dances". I always did prefer Thee Midnighters version to the much more successful Cannibal and the Headhunters recording. At any rate for some reason I never owned this record and it had been more that 30 years since I had even heard this tune. Until tonight. Several weeks ago a friend of mine who does not own a computer asked me if I could locate a copy of "Thee Midniters Greatest Hits" for him on the internet. He had read lots of good things about this group. And lo and behold I discovered this 2002 release from Thump records on Amazon.com. I ordered it for him and tonight I got a chance to hear this material for the very first time. What a revelation!!! Easily qualifies as one of my best finds of 2005!

First of all, since I knew practically nothing about this group, I really did appreciate the thoughtfully done 8 page booklet that accompanies "Greatest Hits". I discovered that Thee Midnighters was a seven man group from East LA that was tremendously popular in Southern California in the mid to late 1960's. Led by vocalist Willie Garcia this group made some incredible music during their rather brief heyday. "Greatest Hits" offers the listener a generous 20 tracks and I think that it is safe to say that you that you will not be disappointed. Much to my surprise, nearly half of the tunes on this disc are ballads. That is not quite what I would have expected but I can assure you that I have no objections. I found myself simply spellbound by tunes like "That's All", "The Town I Live In" and most expecially "Dreaming Casually".
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By Robert Cruz on February 20, 2005
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For those of you who have not seen this group in concert or heard their music, let me just say, Thee Midniters had the charisma, showmanship and most importantly the sound of great harmony. A distinguish blend of R&B and British rock. Having been there during their heyday, their music was remarkable. Each track on this CD is a combination of love ballads and leisurely dance. That being said, this music is not for everyone, but if you appreciate a unique sound of the 60's from the hottest Chicano group, this CD is one to own. Initially, I was slightly disappointed that some tracks were recorded from vinyl, but then I realized, it was like finding gold in the banks of a river. Why it took so long for this CD to come out I'll never know.

For those fans who know what I'm talking about, you may not have heard, but the lead singer of thee Midniters, Willie Garcia, AKA "Little Wille G", after a long struggle of hardship and trials of life, made an album titled "Little Willie G, Make up for the lost time".. he included the songs "Come back Baby", It'll never be over for me", and "To be with you"... he teamed up with David Hidalgo, (Los Lobos) and developed a great sound... Although Willie has matured as we all do, he still has that great sound and I found his album can still inspire even the young and the old.
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Thee Midniters have been my favorite group for over 40 years. I was fortunate enough to have seen them in their heyday back in the mid 60s, and also have seen them again within the last couple of months as they have gotten back together to perform live once again after 40 years. They haven't missed a beat. They sound as good as ever, and have added more horns, and additional players whose musicianship is terrific. Little Willie G, their lead singer sounds as good if not better than when he did the original recordings of their music. They've always been a great live performance band. What has always separated them from the other local bands was the ballad singing of Little Willie G. This CD gives ample voice to those ballads. They always seemed to do songs that were a little bit obscure, such as Lenny Welch's "I Need Someone", Jerry Butler's "Giving Up on Love", Nat King Cole's "That's All", Jay Wiggins' "Sad Girl", and Oscar Brown Jr.'s "Brother Where Are You?". Little Willie G did a great job on these and on other ballads on the CD, as well as rocking versions of the fast songs on this CD. It's a shame that they never received the attention of a national stage, but at least now their music is available on CD for more people to experience. I highly recommend this CD, and hope that a lot more people get to hear their music.
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