Zion, Illinois’ Shoes comes in second only to Cheap Trick in embodying the sound and story of Illinois pop in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Helmed by brothers Jon and Jeff Murphy and schoolmate Gary Klebe, Zion’s favorite sons were more bedroom than barroom, focusing on nailing their technique, not the local barmaid. While their Elektra-issued Present Tense LP produced four MTV-ready singles and videos, it’s their pre-major label work that genre fans have clung onto hardest. Originally issued in a quantity of 300 hand-pasted and assembled LPs, 1976’sOne In Versailles has been remastered from the original analog masters for this high-fidelity pressing.
Black Vinyl Shoes
Pre-Tense: Demos 1978-1979