Shoes - Elektrafied - The Elektra Years - 1979-1982 - 4CD
Having created a grassroots buzz with their homemade proto-power pop classic "Black Vinyl Shoes" 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.
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.