New LP - Shoes - Present Tense Demos - 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:
"Prior to signing with Elektra in 1979, Shoes were just four guys cutting demos in a Zion, Illinois basement. Compiled here for the first time on vinyl is a track-by track reevaluation of those Zion demos, cut from the original master tapes and molded in 150 gram vinyl."
We're big fans of the Shoes around these parts and listening to the demos of their major-label debut is like hearing this album all-over again for the first time! VASTLY different feel than the actual album - more rockin' and, well - "true" maybe? We always sorta felt "Present Tense" was a bit lacking, production-wise in comparison to "Black Vinyl Shoes", glossing-over their unique sound and swaddling it in synthesizers whereas to us Shoes operate better as a guitar outfit. The TUNES were always there, but now they're able to poke their heads over the horror that Eighties production wrought on so many albums. Numero really aced it with the packaging too - designed by Chunklet's Henry Owings who tweaks the 'Present Tense' jacket, "remixing" it for the demos album - really sharp! Nice work fellas. This is a A SOLID and amazing record that you need to hear - even if you think you've already heard it. Totally RECOMMENDED!