Though the '60s garage band explosion was felt in every corner of the country, the local uprising of talent in Chicago thrived unlike anywhere else. The Windy City had the perfect infrastructure in place; from a booming population of teenagers, to hip music stores in every suburb, a proliferation of teen clubs willing to take their money, and a powerhouse radio station (WLS) equally up to promoting local bands.When it came to giving local groups a shot at 45 rpm fame, no Chicago label--not even the hallowed Dunwich Records--was more prolific than USA Records. USA's Jim Golden was such a strong supporter of Midwest talent that he started up a second label focused solely in this area, Destination Records.
A quarter century into the CD age, it's hard to believe these pivotal labels have never been properly anthologized. Until now, that is! Sundazed once again arrives to the rescue with an exhaustive dive into the pure, undiluted garage side of USA and Destination Records; tapping into everything from priceless artifacts from the Lost Agency, the Foggy Notions, and ParkAvenue Playground to label hitmakers the Buckinghams, the Cryan' Shames, and the Flock at their most rockin'. There's so much impossibly great music on these labels, we had to expand this collection to 40 tracks.
The album artwork is stuffed with rare photos, band bios, and an interview with the legendary Jim Golden. For a full course of Chicago '66 garage at its finest, look no further than 2131 South Michigan Avenue: 60's Garage & Psychedelia from USA and Destination Records!
One Girl Man - The Lost Agency • I’ll Make You Pay - The Shady Daze • Got To Have Your Lovin’ - Oscar Hamod and The Majestics • Take Me Back And Hold Me - The Foggy Notions • Echoes - Lord And The Flies • Midnight Hour - The Messengers • If You Ever Go - Ronnie Ross And The Good Guys • Soul Finger - Oscar Hamod and The Majestics • I’ll Never Let You Go - The Jokers • Do You Still Love Me - The Sheffields • I’m The One For You - The Great Society • Ben Franklin’s Almanac - The Cryan’ Shames • Need A Little Lovin’ - The Foggy Notions • I Can’t Explain - Oscar and The Majestics • Don’t Want To Cry - The Buckinghams • Come With Me - The Boyz • You’re Gonna Lose That Girl - The Cryan’ Shames • I Cannot Stop You - The Cherry Slush • Time To Dream - The Lost Agency • Stop Cheating On Me - The Counts • Til The End Of The Day - Trafalgar Square • Hard Times All Over - The Boyz • You Made A Fool Of Me - Lord And The Flies • I Don’t Want You - The Ricochettes • Hard Hard Year - The Messengers • Rowe Jukebox Promo - The Buckinghams • No Chance Baby - Oscar Hamod and The Majestics • What’cha Gonna’ Do - The Jokers • I Don’t Need Your Help - Gary And The Knight Lites • Are You The Kind - The Flock • Help Me Boy - The Daughters Of Eve • I’m A Man - The Buckinghams • My Girl Is Waiting - Oscar Hamod and The Majestics • Lifs (Don’t Mean Nothin’) - Michael and The Messengers • The Trip - Park Avenue Playground • I Know - Park Avenue Playground • Gotta Take It Easy - The Cherry Slush • What Would You Do If The Sun Died - The Flock • Time To Dream (alt vocal) - The Lost Agency • Radio Spot - The Daughters Of Eve