Gloria (Shadows of Knight album)

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Studio album by Shadows of Knight
Released April 1966
Recorded March 1966
Universal Recording Corp., Chicago, IL
Genre Garage rock
Length 38:06
Label Dunwich Records (original release)
Radar Records (UK 1979 release)
Sundazed Records (CD release)
Shadows of Knight chronology
Back Door Men
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Gloria is the first album by the Shadows of Knight, released in 1966. The Shadows of Knight are primarily known for their hit version of the Van Morrison penned Them band's "Gloria". At the same time, the band today is regarded as one of the original punk bands.

The band's association with "Gloria" has caused some to miscategorize them as one-hit wonders.[2] One reviewer points out that their first album, and its follow-up, Back Door Men, represent far greater diversity: "(The Gloria album) positively rocks with a raw energy of a band straight out of the teen clubs, playing with a total abandon and an energy level that seems to explode out of the speakers. Equal parts Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Who, and snotty little Chicago-suburb bad boys, the Shadows of Knight could easily put the torch to Chess blues classics, which make up the majority of the songs included here. Their wild takes on "I Just Want to Make Love to You," "Oh Yeah," and "I Got My Mojo Working" rank right up there with any British Invasion band's version from the same time period."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gloria" (Van Morrison) – 2:34
  2. "Light Bulb Blues" (McGeorge, Sohns) – 2:32
  3. "I Got My Mojo Working" (Morganfield) – 3:28
  4. "Darkside" (Rogers, Sohns) – 2:00
  5. "Boom Boom" (John Lee Hooker) – 2:28
  6. "Let It Rock "(Chuck Berry) – 1:52
  7. "Oh Yeah (Ellas McDaniel)" – 2:45
  8. "It Always Happens That Way" (Rogers, Sohns) – 1:52
  9. "You Can't Judge a Book by Looking at the Cover" – (Willie Dixon) 2:37
  10. "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man" (Dixon) – 3:52
  11. "I Just Want to Make Love to You" (Dixon) – 3:49

Bonus tracks on LP and CD reissue, 1998[edit]

  1. "Oh Yeah" (alternate version; McDaniel) – 2:45
  2. "I Got My Mojo Working" (alternate version; Morganfield) – 3:14
  3. "Someone Like Me" (single release not on original album; MacDowell, Novak) – 2:18



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ They are not so categorized in the List of 1960s one-hit wonders in the United States.
  3. ^ Cub Koda, Review of Gloria album;