A rare 1968 UK press of this MOD anthem.. this 45 has never been an easy find. But the fundamental reason it's auction status, is that this offering is MINT!! WE kid you not MINT!
So very perfect we, decided to lift the double soundfile from the USA Team 520 release, so's not to deflower this discs perfectness. Nearly 50 years old and we believe it has never been played; Which frankly is astonishing!
Highly regarded 5 man Chicago rock gathering had already pleasure the MOD scene with Gloria, Bad Little Woman, Oh Yeah, Someone Like You, with their taste for Freak-beat, Psyche saturated in attitude and defiance. Outrageous guitar displays on most every recording they attacked.. in 1968 they came under the wing of Joey Levine who along with Kris & Artie Resnick brought them into the SUPER K fold who carved a reputation as leaders of the "Bubblegum" sound.. but this is so much more than "Quick Joey Small, Jumped Over The wall" Bubblegum.
"Shake" is a MOD anthem, vocally confrontational, with Molotov-cocktail of rebellious guitar and snarling vocals.. a masterpiece of the 1968 sound, with The Shadows of Knight surely stamping their own character on, what might have become a "Quick Joey Small.." if the had weaken followed the burgeoning Bubblegum path...the result is "Killer Tune.." no basking in MOD classic status.
Having said all that, DO NOT OVERLOOK the enthralling instrumental hidden away on the flip, that is exceedingly good also.
But may we just say again to find a UK copy in 2017 that appears to be unplayed is just staggeringly pleasing!
MINT / MINT / MINT still house in original wavy-top white sleeve it was born in.