Although revisionist historians will claim that any Shadows of Knight best-of that includes “Gloria” will cover just about everything you’ll ever need on this Chicago punk band (and usually acting as if Van Morrison’s and Them’s original was the actual hit — wrong), true believers have long championed their two original albums for the Dunwich label, especially their debut long-player named after their big hit.
Why? Simply because it positively rocks with a raw energy of a band straight out of the teen clubs, playing with a total abandon and an energy level that seems to explode out of the speakers.
Equal parts Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Who, and snotty little Chicago-suburb bad boys, the Shadows of Knight could easily put the torch to Chess blues classics, which make up the majority of the songs included here.
Their wild takes on “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” “Oh Yeah,” and “I Got My Mojo Working” rank right up there with any British Invasion band’s version from the same time period.
Original material was never plentiful on either SOK long-player, but worth checking out are “Light Bulb Blues,” the blues ballad “Dark Side,” and the why-me? rocker “It Always Happens That Way.” – Rockasteria Blog
Tracklist: Gloria / Light Bulb Blues / I Got My Mojo Working / Dark Side / Boom Boom / Let It Rock / I Got My Mojo Working [Mono Alt. Very.] / Oh Yeah / It Always Happens That Way / You Can’t Judge A Book (By The Cover) / (I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man / I Just Want To Make Love To You / Oh Yeah [Mono Single Vers.] / Someone Like Me [Mono Single]
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