VA – If You’re Ready! The Best Of Dunwich Records… Volume 2 (1994)

Posted by Green on May 23, 2022as

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This second volume investigating the history of Chicago’s best — and most influential — teen band label of the mid-’60s comes up with 28 tracks of classic Windy City garage band genius with more emphasis on rarities and unissued material than its initial volume, Oh Yeah! Dunwich was a small concern, run by three jazz heads, who nonetheless managed to tap into Chicago’s fertile teen scene of the mid-’60s and get the very best groups down on tape at the city’s best studio, Universal. Although “Gloria” by the Shadows of Knight was their only major national hit, they were one of the few labels that steadily catered to this kind of teenage racket; the quality of their releases was very high and many of them have reached legendary status. The Pride and Joy (actually the Del-Vetts) kick things off with the title track and rare Dunwich 45s from the Shadows of Knight (“I’m Gonna Make You Mine,” which starts out with a four-chord guitar blast dripping with reverb, distortion, and rock & roll), Things to Come, the Luv’d Ones, Saturday’s Children (“You Don’t Know Better”), the Rovin’ Kind (great covers of “Girl” and John Sebastian’s “Didn’t Want to Have to Do It”), and the Wanderin’ Kind all keeping the disc stuck in high gear. Seven of the tracks here are previously unissued masters, and these, along with radio spots by H.P. Lovecraft and the American Breed — one of them for Ban deodorant! — and a rare alternate session take of the Shadows of Knight creaming “I Got My Mojo Working” (originally released on a vinyl album of Dunwich outtakes in the ’70s called Early Chicago) make this fine collection a worthwhile addition to anyone’s ’60s garage band collection. This one literally screams of teen clubs, Rickenbacker guitars, and fake IDs.


01. The Pride and Joy – If You’re Ready
02. Shadows of Knight – I’m Gonna Make You Mine
03. Things To Come – I’m Not Talkin’
04. Things To Come – ‘Til the End
05. The Luv’d Ones – I’m Leaving You
06. The Luv’d Ones – Walkin’ the Dog
07. Shadows of Knight – Bad Little Woman
08. The Light Nites – Same Old Thing
09. Saturday’s Children – Born On Saturday
10. Saturday’s Children – You Don’t Know Better
11. The Wanderin’ Kind – Something I Can’t Buy
12. The Knaves – Away
13. The Rovin’ Kind – Girl
14. The Rovin’ Kind – Didn’t Want to Have to Do It
15. The Luv’d Ones – Dance Kid Dance
16. The Luv’d Ones – Stand Tall
17. Saturday’s Children – Tomorrow Is Her Name
18. Saturday’s Children – Deck Five
19. The American Breed – Radio Spot: The Alone Phone
20. The American Breed – It’s Getting Harder
21. The Troys – Take Care
22. The Warner Brothers – Dirty Ernie
23. The Warner Brothers – Oleo Margarine
24. Sounds Unlimited – You’re Gonna Lose That Girl
25. H.P. Lovecraft – Radio Spot: Ban Deodorant
26. The Beau Gentry – Black Cat Blues
27. George Edwards and Friends – Quit Your Lowdown Ways
28. Shadows of Knight – I Got My Mojo Working

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