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. Though their catalog has remained in print on CD for as long as the format has been around, the LPs have had far less bin exposure as the decades have worn on.
Originally issued in a quantity of 300 hand-pasted and assembled Lps. Shoes' One In Versailles is finally back on its intended format. Replica 150 gram vinyl edition includes facsimiles of lyric and photos inserts included in the 1976 issue. Remastered from the original analog tapes for optimum fidelity, this is the definitive Versailles.