Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Paul Revere & Raiders|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Paul Revere and the Raiders were at their hitmaking peak when they released 1966's Midnight Ride, which offers a massive dose of the band's tough, infectious trademark punk-pop sound. Highlights include the immortal AM cl... more »
Paul Revere and the Raiders were at their hitmaking peak when they released 1966's Midnight Ride, which offers a massive dose of the band's tough, infectious trademark punk-pop sound. Highlights include the immortal AM classic "Kicks" and the garage-rock standard "Louie, Go Home," alongside such lesser-known but equally notable winners as "Little Girl in the Fourth Row," "There's Always Tomorrow" and "Ballad of A Useless Man." Also featured is the Raiders' original version of "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone," which predated the Monkees' hit version and is considered by many to be the greatest existing version of the song. In addition to being one of the Raiders' best-loved albums, it's also their most democratic, with all five members making songwriting contributions. Sundazed's expanded edition adds three rare bonus tracks, and new liner notes by Raiders Drake Levin and Phil "Fang" Volk.
Rockin' Paul Revere
Ron | Tacoma, WA | 04/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"1966 was possibly the greatest year in rock & roll history. The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds", Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde", "Revolver" by the Beatles, and "Face to Face" by the Kinks were all released in 1966. I add to that list"Midnight Ride" by Paul Revere & the Raiders. It was their third album for Columbia (fifth overall), and the first not to rely heavily on cover versions of other people's songs. "Kicks" and "I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone" were supplied by the songwriting teams of Mann-Weil and Boyce-Hart. Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay wrote six of the songs on the album, and one of the CD bonus tracks, "Shake it Up". Guitarist Drake Levin contributed "Ballad of a Useless Man" and collaborated with drummer Mike Smith ("There's Always Tomorrow") and bassist Phil Volk ("Get it On"). Most of the songs have the basic sound of the band playing together. Revere's Vox organ is prominent in the mix, and Levin's rhythmic guitar is unmistakeable. Also of note is the strong bass lines from Volk. 60's recordings usually buried bass guitar in the mix, unless it was a Motown record. Maybe the Raiders learned a few tricks from them. The clarity on this CD is eye opening. I've never heard "Kicks" sound as good as it does on this CD. "I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone" will have you forgetting all about the Monkees version - Mark growls out the lyrics like nobody's business! "Louie Go Home" is a killer Revere - Lindsay collaboration that should have been a single. It would have been a smash. "Take a Look at Yourself" is another killer rocker with strong lyrics. On the lighter side, there's Mark singing to the "Little Girl in the 4th Row" - some of the band members hated it, but Lindsay's teen fans loved it; "Melody for an Unknown Girl", an instrumental featuring Mark's sensitive sax; and "There She Goes", an up pop number with producer Terry Melcher on background vocals. The Raiders were to go on to make more sophisticated pop albums (with practically unlimited studio time as they desired), but it doesn't get any better than this: one of America's greatest bands rockin' it out with a great batch of songs."
Charm of Nostalgia
Kevin Killian | San Francisco, CA United States | 09/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This LP used to be my favcorite, until one day it didn't seem cool and I pushed it to the back of my recvord cabinet with some other records I was ashamed of. They were trying too hard to be like the Stones is what I figured, and they weren't cutting it. Oh boy, how I wrong I was. But as it turned out, most of the records I was ashamed of loving then, have come back from the valley of shame and are now my favorites! Isn't it funny?
Before the renmastered reissue with the extra tracks, the final song on side B USED TO BE the instrumental "Melody for an Unknown Girl," heavy with saxes, a tune I thought the ultimate in romance, sort of like "Caroline No" was for the Beach Boys PET SOUNDS. I'd play it on my little mono player again and again. The needle would click, click, click after the last groove while I was lost in a silence that grew more tenuous and romantic with every minute that passed, while I thought of the way that eventually I would become a teenager and be out there falling in love every day and a half and breaking hearts and getting my heart broken too I suppose. It was the idea of the "unknown girl," tantalizingly mysterious in the mist of anticipation, parallel to the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" which my dad took me to see, which also broke my heart.
I liked KICKS then too, from a child's perspective the song was filled with an older boy's looking back to a time long past when "Kicks" weren't quite as hard to find as nowadays; I had regret that I was too young to live in that time--the hedonist's utopia, some archetypal time before the expulsion from Eden. If that sounds far fetched, the lyrics to verse 2 are all about the way the girl in the song is looking (through drugs I used to think) "for another piece of paradise." We're all looking for that time before our own births in which sin and death had not yet corrupted our innocence. Maybe that's why those old albums and the pop tracks they contained now have the place of pride on my iPod."
A Real Trip!
gootch | Bartlett, Illinois United States | 07/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Raiders were hitting their Rock & Roll stride. 1st song is the Anti Drug Anthem called Kicks. Then There's Always Tomorrow/Mark's soothing Little Girl in the 4th Row. A stomper called Ballad of a Useless Man. A Remake of I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone(as great as the Monkees)a shorty called There She Goes. Side 2:A neat beat called All I Really Need Is You. Then Get It On! The sequel: Louie Go Home, then Take A Look At Yourself then Mark's ballad called Melody for an Unknown Girl. The CD add ons:the 45 Shake it Up. an Italian of Little Girl in the 4th Row & the rare 45's of SS 396 & Corvair Baby. ENJOY!!!