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The Gories

The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88 - Third Man Records

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Maybe Gories-men Mick Collins and Danny Kroha would gain wider recognition with the Dirtbombs and the Demolition Doll Rods, respectively, but the music they made during their artistically formative years shouldn’t be forgotten. The Gories seamlessly blended the blues wail of John Lee Hooker with the primal energy of the Stooges, and the result was an odd mix of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and the Velvet Underground.

Indeed, the good people at Third Man believe the Gories should be viewed with the same reverence as the Velvets — based on the idea that, while the guys didn’t sell many records, the people who heard them were inspired enough to form bands. This live album was recorded at a house party in ’88, so the band is suitably loose, free and vivacious. For those of us who didn’t get to see the band live in those crazy days, this will have to do.

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