2131 South Michigan Avenue: 60's Garage and Psychedelia from USA and Destination Record

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In the mid-'60s, Chicago had one of the liveliest rock & roll scenes in the nation, with great bands packing the city's teen clubs and a few even making their way onto the national charts. The most notable act on the Windy City garage rock scene was the Shadows of Knight, but they were far from the only game in town; while they recorded for the local Dunwich Records label who had national distribution through Atlantic, the Buckinghams, the Messengers, and a number of other notable Chicago groups were signed to U.S.A. Records, an important regional label run by Jim Golden. Most of the U.S.A. masters have been out of print for years, but thankfully, Sundazed Records has ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In the mid-'60s, Chicago had one of the liveliest rock & roll scenes in the nation, with great bands packing the city's teen clubs and a few even making their way onto the national charts. The most notable act on the Windy City garage rock scene was the Shadows of Knight, but they were far from the only game in town; while they recorded for the local Dunwich Records label who had national distribution through Atlantic, the Buckinghams, the Messengers, and a number of other notable Chicago groups were signed to U.S.A. Records, an important regional label run by Jim Golden. Most of the U.S.A. masters have been out of print for years, but thankfully, Sundazed Records has stepped up to release a comprehensive sampler of their output as well as their sister label, Destination Records, and 2131 South Michigan Avenue: 60s Garage and Psychedelia from U.S.A. and Destination Records is a fine, lavishly packaged collection of 40 rare tracks from their archives. Dunwich tended to focus on the tougher and grittier Chicago-area teen acts, while Golden demanded a bit more polish from his U.S.A. artists, so anyone hoping for a set of Back from the Grave-style bashing should look elsewhere. Similarly, the label petered out in 1968, so most of the "psychedelic" material here is of the "Wow, I Feel Strange" variety rather than authentic stuff for connoisseurs. But U.S.A had plenty of acts who could rock out, and Golden and his crew knew what to do with them in the studio; anyone with a serious taste for mid-'60s rock will be impressed with the scope and talent displayed on this set. The Buckinghams were U.S.A.'s biggest act, and their hit, "Kind of a Drag," wasn't available for this set, but their energetic take on "I'm a Man" shows they were heavier than their signature tune would suggest. While Oscar Hamod & the Majestics had one of the least graceful names in the history of Chicago rock & roll, they delivered some forceful R&B-influenced performances, including a great vocal take of the Bar-Kays classic "Soul Finger." The Messengers scored a Midwest hit with their version of "In the Midnight Hour," but the flipside, "Hard, Hard Year," is a great slice of moody folk-rock that deserves a wider hearing. Every scene had at least one all-girl band back in the day, and the Daughters of Eve were a great one, and "Help Me Boy" is top-notch AM pop. A long way from their later horn-infused recordings for Columbia, the Flock offers up some Byrdsian jangle on "Are You the Kind" and the impressively addled "What Would You Do If the Sun Died." The Lost Agency let loose with some deadly fuzztone swagger as they warn the opposite sex about their troubles with commitment on "One Girl Man." And The Cryan' Shames merge tough garage rock guitar with silky harmonies on the terrific "Ben Franklin's Almanac." As usual for a Sundazed project, the mastering makes the most of these rare tapes, the liner notes are entertaining and informative, and there are lots of great photos and label scans to go along with the great music. 2131 South Michigan Avenue is a superb tribute to one of the key labels on the Midwest rock & roll scene in the garage rock era, along with the excellent bands who created music worth documenting, and this is likely to be the landmark garage rock reissue of 2009.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771120120
  • Catalog Number: 11201
  • Sales rank: 102,132

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One Girl Man (3:04)
  2. 2 I'll Make You Pay - Shady Daze (1:58)
  3. 3 Got to Have Your Lovin' - Oscar & the Majestics (2:38)
  4. 4 Take Me Back and Hold Me (2:31)
  5. 5 Echoes - Lord & the Flies (2:05)
  6. 6 Midnight Hour - Messengers (2:32)
  7. 7 If You Ever Go - Ronnie Ross & The Good Guys (2:01)
  8. 8 Soul Finger - Oscar & the Majestics (2:33)
  9. 9 I'll Never Let You Go - Jokers (2:20)
  10. 10 Do You Still Love Me - The Sheffields (2:46)
  11. 11 I'm the One for You (2:20)
  12. 12 Ben Franklin's Almanac (2:02)
  13. 13 Need a Little Lovin' (3:00)
  14. 14 I Can't Explain - Oscar & the Majestics (2:15)
  15. 15 Don't Want to Cry (2:13)
  16. 16 Come with Me - The Boyz (2:33)
  17. 17 You're Gonna Lose That Girl (2:17)
  18. 18 I Cannot Stop You (2:38)
  19. 19 Time to Dream (2:15)
  20. 20 Rowe Jukebox Promo (0:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stop Cheating on Me - The Counts (2:34)
  2. 2 Til the End of the Day - Trafalgar Square (2:09)
  3. 3 Hard Times All Over - The Boyz (2:14)
  4. 4 You Made a Fool of Me - Lord & the Flies (2:42)
  5. 5 I Don't Want You - The Ricochettes (2:23)
  6. 6 Hard Hard Year - Messengers (2:39)
  7. 7 No Chance Baby - Oscar & the Majestics (2:37)
  8. 8 What'cha Gonna' Do - Jokers (2:50)
  9. 9 I Don't Need Your Help - Gary & the Knight Lites (2:44)
  10. 10 Are You the Kind - The Flock (1:56)
  11. 11 Help Me Boy (2:36)
  12. 12 I'm a Man (5:12)
  13. 13 My Girl Is Waiting - Oscar & the Majestics (2:27)
  14. 14 Lifs (Don't Mean Nothin') (1:56)
  15. 15 The Trip - Park Avenue Playground (2:29)
  16. 16 I Know - Park Avenue Playground (2:17)
  17. 17 Gotta Take It Easy (2:07)
  18. 18 What Would You Do If the Sun Died - The Flock (2:47)
  19. 19 Time to Dream (2:17)
  20. 20 Radio Spot (0:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ronnie Ross Organ, Vocals
Tommy Allison Guitar, Vocals
Rick Canoff Saxophone, Vocals
Al Ciner Guitar
Dennis Conroy Drums
Richard Coughlan Drums
Tom Doody Vocals
Jim Fairs Guitar, Vocals
Fred Glickstein Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Steve Grimm Guitar, Vocals
Bill Jordan Guitar, Vocals
Ron Karpman Drums
Gary Loizzo Guitar, Vocals
Rick Mann Guitar
John Marcelli Bass
Gregg Owen Organ
Jim Pilster Percussion, Vocals
Frank Posa Trumpet
Dave Purple Bass, Vocals
Mickey Stanhope Vocals
Dennis Tufano Harmonica, Vocals
Alan Vavrin Drums, Vocals
Tim Walkoe Bass, Vocals
Tom Webb Saxophone
Doug Mazique Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Carl Giammarese Guitar
Nick Fortune Bass
Dennis Miccolis Organ
Jerry Lee Smith Bass
Brian Bennett's Heat Exchange Organ
Artese Williams Drums
Jon Poulos Drums
Jeff Taylor Vocals
Chuck Colbert Bass, Vocals
Wayne Beckner Vocals
Paul Cosenza Drums
Jack DeCarolis Organ
Tom Fini Guitar
Ron Gagnon Bass
Gerry Stone Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Eron Bucciarelli Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Judy Johnson Guitar, Vocals
Debi Pomeroy Drums
Marsha Tomal Organ, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
John Dunn Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Bob Wilson & His Orchestra Guitar, Vocals
Bob Wheeler & His B-Bops Rhythm Guitar
Dan Parsons Vocals
Rob Gibson Guitar
Mike Jones Group Organ, Vocals
Rick Atril Bass
Frank Ball Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Peter Barans Guitar, Vocals
Gene Bruce Guitar
Irv Burgraff Bass, Vocals
Rick Chuckro Saxophone
Mark Drzewiecki Drums
George Eder Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Tom Eifler Guitar
Tim Gonda Guitar
Kurt Gore Bass
Gary Grenland Guitar
David Gruber Drums
John Hammes Drums
Bud Hamod Drums
Sam Hamod Bass, Vocals
Art Hauffe Bass
Dave Hedlund Organ
Herb Hohnke Bass, Vocals
Ron Howard Guitar
Peter Hoy Guitar, Vocals
Vince Jakim Drums
Ron Januchowski Drums, Vocals
Greg Jeresek Bass, Vocals
Augie Jurishica Drums
Dale Knoll Bass
Paul Kovak Drums
Charlie Maas Bass
Jeff McNamee Drums
Jimmy Michalek Drums
Rod Mullett Drums
Bob "Humpty" Neuhofer Drums
Ray Paluzzi Bass, Vocals
Denny Roche Bass
Rich Sevich Drums
Keith Sippel Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Jim Sonnenleiter Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Dave Suekoff Drums
Gary Teal Vocals
Lonney Thome Guitar, Vocals
Nick Truske Guitar, Vocals
Irv Vetter Drums, Background Vocals
Jerry Wollenzien Guitar, Vocals
Oscar & the Majestics Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Pete Townshend Composer
Ronnie Ross Photo Courtesy
Larry Weiss Composer
David Roth Composer
Stu Black Engineer
Scott English Composer
Jim Fairs Composer
Larry Goldberg Producer
Jim Golden Producer, Photo Courtesy
Steve Grimm Photo Courtesy
Gary Loizzo Photo Courtesy
Ron Malo Engineer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Bob Monaco Producer
Glen Rupp Composer
Mickey Stanhope Composer, Photo Courtesy
Alan Vavrin Photo Courtesy
Dick Wagner Composer
Wesley Willard Producer
Jeff Jarema Annotation
Bob Irwin Mastering
Buddy Ross Producer
Dan Belloc Producer
James Butler Producer
Clark Besch Photo Courtesy
Carl Bonafede Producer, Photo Courtesy
Wayne Beckner Composer
Jack DeCarolis Composer
Bob Wilson & His Orchestra Photo Courtesy
Frank Ball Composer, Photo Courtesy
R. Chappelow Producer
Peter Hoy Composer, Photo Courtesy
Greg Jeresek Photo Courtesy
Bill Overman Producer
Lonney Thome Composer
Irv Vetter Photo Courtesy
Dutch Wenzlaff Producer
Oscar & the Majestics Composer, Producer, Photo Courtesy
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