New LP - Shoes - Black Vinyl Shoes (2012 Reissue) - ORIGINALS HAVE GONE FOR $150!
Numero Records continues to astound in 2012, dropping this batch of late-comers at the tail-end of the year... Zion, IL's favorite sons: SHOES - Remastered and reissued! We're talkin' "One In Versailles", the unreleased album "Bazooka", "Present Tense Demos" and their 1977 power-pop classic "Black Vinyl Shoes". If Numero were here right now, I think we'd give 'em a kiss on the lips! Numero's all-laced up, so read on about SHOES:
"The gateway LP for power popping mainliner’s the world over, Black Vinyl Shoes makes its return to the format in elegant fashion. Replica 150 gram reissue retains John Murphy’s original 1977 cover art, inserts, and even the t-shirt iron-on. Cut directly from the analog master tapes to disc, this is the definitive Black Vinyl."
FINALLY an affordable reissue of one of the greatest power pop albums of all time (and an all-around shop favorite) - "Black Vinyl Shoes" operates in an otherworldly space, with a oddly warm but disconnected sonic feeling overall. Recorded by the band at their home in Zion, this is the culmination of their previous work on the bedroom pop majesty of "One In Versailles" and the shelved "Bazooka" album, resulting in a perfect distillation of what makes midwestern power pop so amazing. Earnest delivery, working class image and a casual attention to songcraft that upon repeated listens reveals simple sounding tunes to be monsters of pop construction. Is this album worth all the hype and praise heaped upon it? We think so. You wanna know REAL Illinois power pop? Cheap Trick? Who needs 'em - these guys are the REAL deal. Featuring the original restored artwork and even includes the tee-shirt iron-on that was included in the OG pressing. Hell's yeah - RECOMMENDED.