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 featuring horns, timbales, and congas, Thee Midniters essentially set the template for later pop horn bands like Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Chicago. However, 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 including 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 Csar Ch vez," and minor (minor in the sense that few people really heard them) hits "Whittier Boulevard," "Love Special Delivery" and "That's All." Tons of alternate versions, demos and live tracks are also collected in this well-thought out collection.
Release Date: 28 February 2010