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SHOES-One In Versailles-USA '75-Wave/Pop avant-garde-LP


One In Versailles,

USA 1975


500 numbered / heavy engraved sleeve / 180 gram pressing /2 page insert

Shoes are formed in Zion, Illinois, in 1974 by brothers John and Jeff Murphy, and Gary Klebe.The Murphy brothers and Klebe were high school friends and decided to form a band following graduation. In the fall of 1974, Shoes was in its infancy as a band. Members Gary Klebe, John Murphy and Jeff Murphy had just completed their first official recording project, Heads or Tails, recorded in a basement on a Teac 4-channel tape machine.

In college at this time, Gary was an architecture student signed up to study abroad at the campus in Versailles France. In his absence John and Jeff decided that it would be a fitting tribute and testament to their commitment to the new band, to record a new batch of songs in their newly established home base in Jeff¿s small rented flat (referred to as La Cabane) and dedicate it to their pal Gary.

The title would be One In Versailles, in his honor. The inspiration of Versailles, France became the basis of an imaginary long-distance romance between a boy and his overseas girlfriend. Despite the limited resources, limited equipment and strained working schedule, the elemental sounding One In Versailles proved to be a crucial link in the fundamental development of the band.

The initial pressing of 300 copies have become a sought-after collector¿s items among record collectors the world over. Appearing here, on vinyl for the first time since it¿s limited, 1975 pressing, the songs of One In Versailles provide a look inside the very earliest days of the band and represent a snapshot in the development of Shoes, one of the first do-it-yourself bands to embrace and capitalize on the home-recording technologies.

The Shoes have released of 20 recordings over the years. Really amazing album this is. Not so power-pop as the others.

This has an underground charm which lots of heavy guitar, great vocals and and tight song-structure.

It sails in-between an great Wave/Pop album with a touch of "Spoils Of War" avant-garde underground on a rough but clear ocean.





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