"Thee Complete Midniters" is a stunning 4-CD box set released on Micro Werks that represents the crown jewel collection from the kings of East L.A. music from the '60s. Amazingly enough, this is the first time that the four original Thee Midniters albums (that originally came out from 1965-1969 & today are nearly impossible to find on vinyl), have ever been released on CD!!! And as an added attraction, each CD contains bonus tracks/super rarities that were pulled from B-sides of their mega rare 45 singles that never were released on any of their four LPs. Use "Thee Complete Midniters" box set as your introduction to the group that asked you to take a trip down "Whittier Blvd." and who asked you if you knew how to Pony in "Land Of A Thousand Dances." Thee Midniters still remain among the greatest groups in the history of Chicano Rock 'n' Roll.
Personnel: Little Willie G. (vocals, guitar, harmonica, trombone, piano); Romeo Prado, Romeo Prado (vocals, trombone); Ronny Figueroa (vocals, organ, congas); Jimmy Espinoza (vocals, bass guitar); Roy Marquez (vocals); George Dominguez (guitar, mandolin); Larry Rendon (flute, saxophone, piano, organ); Danny Lamont (piano, drums).
Audio Remasterer: Jerry Peterson .
Liner Note Author: Richie Unterberger.
Recording information: Sherwood Recorders, North Hollywood, CA; Stereo Masters, Hollywood, CA.
Photographers: George "Rico" Rodriguez; Larry Rendon; Gene Aguilera; George Rodriguez; Danny Lamont; Jimmy Espinoza; William Garcia.
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 C‚sar 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.