- 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)
Thee Midniters Greatest Original recording remastered
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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!
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".Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I forgot how much I love this music. I grew up in East L.A. and the Midniters were a little ahead of my time, so to
listen now really brings me right back to that time. Read more
I grew up listening to Oldies but their jams are the best. I couldn't be more satisfied with the purchase.Published on February 1, 2012 by Jay Hernandez
What i can about listening to classic mellow songs. i wanted to get my dad something he could take to work with him and listen to some of his favorite music. Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by LadyTiger1
Love this CD. Anyone who has East Los Angeles connection will appreciate this CD.Published on February 17, 2009 by Margie Yumul