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  • Having created a grassroots buzz with their homemade proto-power pop classic “Black Vinyl Shoes” (currently available from Cherry Red in extended 3-CD format), Illinois band Shoes duly attracted major label interest, and they signed to Elektra in early 1979.

 

  • Over the next three years they released a triptych of classic pop albums – “Present Tense”, “Tongue Twister” and “Boomerang” – and a clutch of Wurlitzer-worthy seven-inch nuggets that should have catapulted them to fame, fortune and all manner of related excess.

 

  • Sadly, however, they never quite made the leap from critics’ darlings to Top Thirty success, and the band were obliged to settle for enduring cult status as power pop avatars.

 

  • But while rock-star level fame and fortune never quite came their way, Shoes do have the considerable consolation of knowing that their body of work has stood the test of time far better than many of their more commercially successful contemporaries.

 

  • This 4-CD anthology of the band’s recordings for Elektra, fleshed out with a swathe of pre-album demos, “lost” songs, alternative versions and live tracks dating from the same period, is a veritable smorgasbord of perfect pop from a time when Shoes were genuine contenders for rock’s glittering prizes.

 

  • Housed in a stylish clamshell box, Elektrafied contains a 32 page booklet that features rare photos and a new 10,000 essay on the band’s adventures during their sojourn with Elektra.

TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE
PRESENT TENSE

1. TOMORROW NIGHT
2. TOO LATE
3. HANGIN’ AROUND WITH YOU
4. YOUR VERY EYES
5. IN MY ARMS AGAIN
6. SOMEBODY HAS WHAT I HAD
7. NOW AND THEN
8. EVERY GIRL
9. I DON’T MISS YOU
10. CRUEL YOU
11. THREE TIMES: SEE ME/SAY IT/LISTEN
12. I DON’T WANNA HEAR IT
BONUS TRACKS
PRESENT TENSE 8-TRACK HOME DEMO VERSIONS
13. TOMORROW NIGHT
14. TOO LATE
15. HANGIN’ AROUND WITH YOU
16. YOUR VERY EYES
17. IN MY ARMS AGAIN
18. SOMEBODY HAS WHAT I HAD
19. NOW AND THEN
20. EVERY GIRL
21. I DON’T MISS YOU
22. CRUEL YOU
23. THREE TIMES: SEE ME/SAY IT/LISTEN
24. I DON’T WANNA HEAR IT

1-12 The album Present Tense, Elektra 6E-
244, released September 1979
13-24 Demo versions of Present Tense,
unreleased at the time

DISC TWO
TONGUE TWISTER

1. YOUR IMAGINATION
2. BURNED OUT LOVE
3. THE THINGS YOU DO
4. ONLY IN MY SLEEP
5. KAREN
6. SHE SATISFIES
7. GIRLS OF TODAY
8. HOPIN’ SHE’S THE ONE
9. WHEN IT HITS
10. YES OR NO
11. FOUND A GIRL
12. HATE TO RUN
BONUS TRACKS
TONGUE TWISTER 8-TRACK HOME DEMO VERSIONS
13. TIME TO MAKE IT
14. BURNED OUT LOVE
15. THE THINGS YOU DO
16. ONLY IN MY SLEEP
17. KAREN
18. SHE SATISFIES
19. GIRLS OF TODAY
20. HOPIN’ SHE’S THE ONE
21. WHEN IT HITS
22. YES OR NO
23. FOUND A GIRL
24. HATE TO RUN

1-12 The album Tongue Twister, Elektra 6E-
303, released January 1981
13-24 Demo versions of Tongue Twister,
unreleased at the time

DISC THREE
BOOMERANG

1. IN HER SHADOW
2. CURIOSITY
3. MAYDAY
4. TOO SOON
5. DOUBLE TALK
6. THE SUMMER RAIN
7. UNDER THE GUN
8. THE TUBE
9. WHAT LOVE MEANS
10. BOUND TO BE A REASON
11. SHAKE IT AWAY
12. TESTED CHARMS
BONUS TRACKS
BOOMERANG 8-TRACK DEMO VERSIONS
13. IN HER SHADOW (DEMO VERSION 2)
14. CURIOSITY
15. MAYDAY
16. TOO SOON
17. DOUBLE TALK
18. THE SUMMER RAIN
19. UNDER THE GUN
20. WHAT LOVE MEANS
21. THE TUBE
22. BOUND TO BE A REASON
23. SHAKE IT AWAY
24. TESTED CHARMS

1-12 The album Boomerang, Elektra 9
60146-1, released August 1982
13-24 Demo versions of Boomerang,
unreleased at the time

DISC FOUR
RARITIES

1. JET SET (MANOR VERSION)
2. EVER AGAIN
3. TAKE YOU AWAY (DEMO VERSION 1)
4. SEE ME (1ST DEMO)
5. JET SET (DEMO VERSION 1)
6. IN HER SHADOW (DEMO VERSION 1)
7. A VOICE INSIDE ME (DEMO VERSION 1)
8. TAKE YOU AWAY (DEMO VERSION 2)
9. KAREN (ACOUSTIC DEMO)
10. JET SET (DEMO VERSION 2)
11. A VOICE INSIDE ME (DEMO VERSION 2)
12. I WANNA GIVE IT TO YOU
BONUS TRACKS
SHOES ON ICE (LIVE)
13. TOO LATE
14. HANGIN’ AROUND WITH YOU
15. CRUEL YOU
16. IN MY ARMS AGAIN
17. SHE SATISFIES
18. HATE TO RUN

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DISC ONE
PRESENT TENSE

1. TOMORROW NIGHT
2. TOO LATE
3. HANGIN’ AROUND WITH YOU
4. YOUR VERY EYES
5. IN MY ARMS AGAIN
6. SOMEBODY HAS WHAT I HAD
7. NOW AND THEN
8. EVERY GIRL
9. I DON’T MISS YOU
10. CRUEL YOU
11. THREE TIMES: SEE ME/SAY IT/LISTEN
12. I DON’T WANNA HEAR IT
BONUS TRACKS
PRESENT TENSE 8-TRACK HOME DEMO VERSIONS
13. TOMORROW NIGHT
14. TOO LATE
15. HANGIN’ AROUND WITH YOU
16. YOUR VERY EYES
17. IN MY ARMS AGAIN
18. SOMEBODY HAS WHAT I HAD
19. NOW AND THEN
20. EVERY GIRL
21. I DON’T MISS YOU
22. CRUEL YOU
23. THREE TIMES: SEE ME/SAY IT/LISTEN
24. I DON’T WANNA HEAR IT

1-12 The album Present Tense, Elektra 6E-
244, released September 1979
13-24 Demo versions of Present Tense,
unreleased at the time

DISC TWO
TONGUE TWISTER

1. YOUR IMAGINATION
2. BURNED OUT LOVE
3. THE THINGS YOU DO
4. ONLY IN MY SLEEP
5. KAREN
6. SHE SATISFIES
7. GIRLS OF TODAY
8. HOPIN’ SHE’S THE ONE
9. WHEN IT HITS
10. YES OR NO
11. FOUND A GIRL
12. HATE TO RUN
BONUS TRACKS
TONGUE TWISTER 8-TRACK HOME DEMO VERSIONS
13. TIME TO MAKE IT
14. BURNED OUT LOVE
15. THE THINGS YOU DO
16. ONLY IN MY SLEEP
17. KAREN
18. SHE SATISFIES
19. GIRLS OF TODAY
20. HOPIN’ SHE’S THE ONE
21. WHEN IT HITS
22. YES OR NO
23. FOUND A GIRL
24. HATE TO RUN

1-12 The album Tongue Twister, Elektra 6E-
303, released January 1981
13-24 Demo versions of Tongue Twister,
unreleased at the time

DISC THREE
BOOMERANG

1. IN HER SHADOW
2. CURIOSITY
3. MAYDAY
4. TOO SOON
5. DOUBLE TALK
6. THE SUMMER RAIN
7. UNDER THE GUN
8. THE TUBE
9. WHAT LOVE MEANS
10. BOUND TO BE A REASON
11. SHAKE IT AWAY
12. TESTED CHARMS
BONUS TRACKS
BOOMERANG 8-TRACK DEMO VERSIONS
13. IN HER SHADOW (DEMO VERSION 2)
14. CURIOSITY
15. MAYDAY
16. TOO SOON
17. DOUBLE TALK
18. THE SUMMER RAIN
19. UNDER THE GUN
20. WHAT LOVE MEANS
21. THE TUBE
22. BOUND TO BE A REASON
23. SHAKE IT AWAY
24. TESTED CHARMS

1-12 The album Boomerang, Elektra 9
60146-1, released August 1982
13-24 Demo versions of Boomerang,
unreleased at the time

DISC FOUR
RARITIES

1. JET SET (MANOR VERSION)
2. EVER AGAIN
3. TAKE YOU AWAY (DEMO VERSION 1)
4. SEE ME (1ST DEMO)
5. JET SET (DEMO VERSION 1)
6. IN HER SHADOW (DEMO VERSION 1)
7. A VOICE INSIDE ME (DEMO VERSION 1)
8. TAKE YOU AWAY (DEMO VERSION 2)
9. KAREN (ACOUSTIC DEMO)
10. JET SET (DEMO VERSION 2)
11. A VOICE INSIDE ME (DEMO VERSION 2)
12. I WANNA GIVE IT TO YOU
BONUS TRACKS
SHOES ON ICE (LIVE)
13. TOO LATE
14. HANGIN’ AROUND WITH YOU
15. CRUEL YOU
16. IN MY ARMS AGAIN
17. SHE SATISFIES
18. HATE TO RUN