Thee Complete Midniters: Songs of Love, Rhythm and Psychedelia

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
An East L.A. band from the 1960s, Thee Midniters are a bit of a well-kept secret. Led by the soulful vocals of Willie Garcia, the guitar playing of George Dominguez, and the ferocious drumming of George Salazar and Danny LaMont -- and featuring horns, timbales, and congas -- Thee Midniters were solidly professional, and essentially set the template for later pop horn bands like Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago, although almost any musical form was in play for this band, including British Invasion, R&B, salsa, gospel, and straight-out soul. This wonderful set collects the group's entire recorded output on four discs, and includes a stomping rendition of "Land of a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
An East L.A. band from the 1960s, Thee Midniters are a bit of a well-kept secret. Led by the soulful vocals of Willie Garcia, the guitar playing of George Dominguez, and the ferocious drumming of George Salazar and Danny LaMont -- and featuring horns, timbales, and congas -- Thee Midniters were solidly professional, and essentially set the template for later pop horn bands like Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago, although almost any musical form was in play for this band, including British Invasion, R&B, salsa, gospel, and straight-out soul. This wonderful set collects the group's entire recorded output on four discs, and includes a stomping rendition of "Land of a Thousand Dances," covers of soul ballads like "The Town I Live In" and "Giving Up on Love," Chicano-themed material such as "The Ballad of César Chávez," and minor minor in the sense that few people really heard them hits "Whittier Boulevard," "Love Special Delivery," and "That's All." It's all pretty impressive, a bit like finding an earlier, nascent version of Los Lobos. Tons of alternate versions, demos, and live tracks are also collected in this well-thought-out collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Micro Werks
  • UPC: 813411010021
  • Catalog Number: 2

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Whittier Blvd. (2:28)
  2. 2 Stubborn Kind of Fellow (2:18)
  3. 3 That's All (3:06)
  4. 4 Come Back Baby (2:21)
  5. 5 Empty Heart (2:31)
  6. 6 I Need Someone (2:59)
  7. 7 Land of a Thousand Dances (2:20)
  8. 8 To Be with You (2:38)
  9. 9 Slow Down (3:03)
  10. 10 Giving Up on Love (2:42)
  11. 11 Money (3:01)
  12. 12 Johnny B. Goode (2:38)
  13. 13 Evil Love (2:12)
  14. 14 It's Not Unusual (2:17)
  15. 15 Heat Wave (2:25)
  16. 16 Land of a Thousand Dances, Pt. 1 (2:28)
  17. 17 Land of a Thousand Dances, Pt. 2 (3:35)
  18. 18 Heat Wave (2:26)
  19. 19 Ball O' Twine (1:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Love Special Delivery (2:12)
  2. 2 Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things (3:14)
  3. 3 Do You Love Me (3:07)
  4. 4 Soul and Inspiration (4:10)
  5. 5 Good Lovin' (3:08)
  6. 6 When a Man Loves a Woman (2:49)
  7. 7 Strangers in the Night (4:44)
  8. 8 Gloria (3:16)
  9. 9 Love Makes the World Go Round (3:28)
  10. 10 I Found a Peanut (2:30)
  11. 11 Don't Go Away (2:46)
  12. 12 Are You Angry (2:24)
  13. 13 It'll Never Be Over for Me (3:23)
  14. 14 Thee Midnite Feeling (3:09)
  15. 15 Hey Little Girl (2:45)
  16. 16 Are You Angry (2:39)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (2:41)
  2. 2 Cheatin' Woman (2:45)
  3. 3 Could It Be (2:03)
  4. 4 Thee Walking Song (2:18)
  5. 5 Dreaming Casually (3:05)
  6. 6 Never Knew I Had It So Bad (2:31)
  7. 7 Yesterday (2:34)
  8. 8 Devil with a Blue Dress/Good Golly, Miss Molly (3:13)
  9. 9 Making Ends Meet (2:32)
  10. 10 Chile Con Soul (2:33)
  11. 11 Welcome Home Darling (2:17)
  12. 12 The Town I Live In (3:18)
  13. 13 The Big Ranch (El Rancho Grande) (2:50)
  14. 14 Dragon-Fly (3:06)
  15. 15 Looking out a Window (2:57)
  16. 16 Jump, Jive and Harmonize (2:29)
  17. 17 Tu Despedida (2:54)
  18. 18 You're Gonna Make Me Cry (2:40)
  19. 19 The Ballad of Cesar Chavez (4:55)
  20. 20 La Copla de Cesar Chavez (4:58)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Whittier Blvd. (2:30)
  2. 2 Goin' out of My Head (5:32)
  3. 3 Land of a Thousand Dances (2:24)
  4. 4 Walk on By (5:15)
  5. 5 Sad Girl (2:42)
  6. 6 Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (2:38)
  7. 7 Brother Where Are You? (4:04)
  8. 8 Breakfast on the Grass (2:31)
  9. 9 Strangers in the Night (4:44)
  10. 10 Love Special Delivery (2:15)
  11. 11 That's All (3:07)
  12. 12 Chicano Power (3:04)
  13. 13 Never Give You Up (3:22)
  14. 14 Balla Cinderella (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thee Midniters Primary Artist
Danny Lamont Piano, Drums, Group Member
Romeo Prado Trombone, Vocals, Group Member
Little Willie G. Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Trombone, Vocals, Group Member
George Dominguez Guitar, Mandolin, Group Member
Roy Marquez Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Larry Rendon Organ, Flute, Piano, Saxophone, Group Member
Jimmy Espinoza Bass Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Ronny Figueroa Organ, Conga, Vocals
Romeo Prado Trombone, Vocals
Technical Credits
Chuck Berry Composer
Solomon Burke Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer
Deon Jackson Composer
Chris Kenner Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Larry Williams Composer
Bert Kaempfert Composer
Hubert Laws Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Lenny Welch Composer
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Alan Brandt Composer
Hal David Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
George Gordy Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Van Morrison Composer
Bruce Morgan Engineer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Jerry Wexler Composer
Gene Aguilera Creative Consultant
Rudy Clark Composer
Janie Bradford Composer
Bob Haymes Composer
Fredrick Long Composer
Sam Bobrick Composer
Richie Unterberger Liner Notes
Silvano Ramos Composer
Arthur Resnick Composer
Nanker Phelge Composer
Samy Phillip Composer
Jerry Peterson Remastering
A. Flores Composer
R. Marquez Composer
Weinstein Composer
C. Singleton Composer
A. Wright Composer
R. Blackwell Composer
E. Garcia Composer
Randazzo Composer
S. Garcia Composer
E. Snyder Composer
Gamble Composer
J. Goldstein Composer
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