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  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Raven
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,424 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
2. MONEY (That's What I Want)
9. THESE ARE BAD TIMES (For Me and My Baby)
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Disc: 2
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On a great value Double CD, Raven presents 'Evolution to Revolution' 5 Classic Albums (1965-67) by one of the most popular and successful American groups of the 1960s. The essential core of their Columbia Records output,'Here They Come!' (1965), 'Just like Us!' (1965), 'Midnight Ride' (1966), 'The Spirit of '67' (1966) and 'Revolution!' (1967) are among the best records issued during the era. The energetic and prolific Raiders racked up 14 Top 40 US hit singles and as resident act on Dick Clark's 'Where the Action Is' made hundreds of television appearances to rival The Monkees for sheer prime-time appeal. Under the direction of producer Terry Melcher, their brash and exuberant hits between 1965 and 1967 ('Steppin' Out', 'Just like Me', 'Kicks', 'Hungry', 'Good Thing', 'Him or Me – What's It Gonna Be') were "bold, unpretentious slices of '60s rock & roll with a defiant, punky edge" - All Music Guide. Following the group's inclusion on the essential Nuggets box set and a reassessment of their albums the Raiders have been elevated to their rightful place among the pantheon of America's greatest groups. With 57 songs, 150 minutes of superb audio, 12-page colour booklet and detailed liner notes.

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This beautiful Raven Records release contains five of the best albums from Paul Revere & the Raiders. The sound is really great and the fine productions especially the last three albums really come to their right.

The group had in its heyday an image that was often often a bit problematic, as they (especially Mark Lindsay) had the ambition to be taken seriously as creative artists. Producer Terry Melchior was the man who helped stimulating and realizing these ambitions.

There is a clear development to discover from "Here We Come" from 1965 to the highly ambitious "Revolution" of 1967. All five albums are in their own ways worthwhile, with the first two perhaps belong most to the category og garage rock and the three following could rasther be called psych rock. The melodic catchy element is consistent on all five albums.

There are fine notes with background information on the group written by Ian McFarlane on the 12 page booklet. No bonus tracks are included for any of the five albums, so if you want interesting non-album releases, too, I can recommend the 3 CDs set "The Complete Columbia Singles"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MARGARET MCLEOD on 14 Oct. 2013
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this is a good value purchase although I would have liked if each album had its own compact disc individually
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By ilfordianuk on 28 Oct. 2014
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Excellent product and timely arrival.
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The Raiders First 5 Columbia Albums 21 Mar. 2013
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
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This 2-CD Raven Records release contains the first five albums Paul Revere & The Raiders released between 1965 and 1967. Sundazed rereleased these albums in the mid-nineties with bonus tracks, but here they are presented with their original track listing--no bonus material.

These five albums represent the heyday of this hugely popular group. Like their peers Herman's Hermits and The Dave Clark Five, they were never taken seriously by the rock press. They all scored huge hits--they had eight Top 40 hits from these albums, including "Kicks," "Hungry," "Good Thing" and "Him or Me--What's It Gonna Be?" They had regular national television exposure on Dick Clark's "Where the Action Is." And Mark Lindsay was all over the covers of teen mags like "16" and "Tiger Beat."

What critics overlooked at the time, was that The Raiders were releasing some of the punchiest rock music this side of the Rolling Stones. Even on HERE THEY COME (1965), the live side features gritty covers of "You Can't Sit Down," "Do You Love Me" and "Oo Poo Pah Doo." (It also includes--depending on which story you want to believe--their version of "Louie, Louie" that predates the Kingsmen's hit version.) That album was produced by Terry Melcher and Roger Hart. Melcher would be in the producer's chair for their next four albums and co-write many of their hits. By the time of REVOLUTION (1967), Melcher and Lindsay wrote all of the songs.

JUST LIKE US (1965) produced their first major hit with "Just Like Me" falling just outside the Top 10. However, it wasn't until MIDNIGHT RIDE (1966) that the band started writing more of their own material. Lindsey and Paul Revere wrote half the tracks, including the shoulda-been-a-hit "Louie, Go Home." In addition, lead guitarist Drake Levin wrote "Ballad of a Useless Man" and co-wrote "There's Always Tomorrow" with drummer Mike Smith and "Get It On" with bassist Phil Volk.

The band peaked with THE SPIRIT OF '67 (1966) with three of their best singles: "Good Thing," "Hungry" and "The Great Airplane Strike." This in spite of the fact that Levin had left the band to be replaced by Jim Valley. The band was also expanding its sound, although the Lindsay/Revere-penned "Undecided Man" is very derivative of the Beatles "Eleanor Rigby." Like the previous two albums, THE SPIRIT OF '67 went gold. It was the last album to feature Smith and Volk.

By the time REVOLUTION! (1967) was recorded, there were only two original Raiders left, Lindsay and Revere. Also Lindsay and producer Melcher were writing all the band's material. The album only went to No. 25, but it contained perhaps their finest single--"Him or Me--What's It Gonna Be?" In fact, this album holds up very well against THE SPIRIT OF '67 with tracks like the bluesy "Reno," the quasi psychedelic "I Had a Dream" ( a minor hit at No. 17) and "Tighter." Even the roots rockish throwaway "Ain't Nobody Can Do It Like Leslie Can" is great fun.

The 12-page booklet has a great essay on the band. A couple of complaints though: the photos don't have captions and there isn't detailed info on each album (who plays/sings on each track, for example).

But if you're looking for the next step beyond one of their greatest hits collections, this is a great place to start. And on a personal note, if the Rock Hall can induct the Dave Clark Five (and I agreed with their inclusion), then the Raiders are long overdue. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED [Running Time - Disc 1, 78:34; Disc 2, 79:03]
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Great music from an underappreciated band 26 Mar. 2013
By Rushmore - Published on Amazon.com
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These guys are from my era. I had a couple of their records on vinyl. This is a great opportunity to own 5 records for about the price of a couple of CDs. It startles me how fresh this music still sounds. They totally belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are strong musicians, they all are decent vocalists, and they really get into the music.

This band did mostly covers in their early years, as did the Beatles and many other bands from the same era. Their Satisfaction and Time Is on My Side don't compare vocally to The Rolling Stones, but instrumentally both are very good. These guys were musicians. Mark Lindsay on vocals and sax, Paul Revere on the organ, Mike Smith "Smitty" on drums, Drake Levin on guitar, Phil "Fang" Volk on bass - this was quite a talented lineup, and every one of them could take a turn at the mic and do a respectable job.

They also had a great sense of fun. I love to listen to Smitty on I Know, trying to find a key he could sing in, and being encouraged by his bandmates.

The songs they wrote themselves also translate well to the present. Hungry, Good Thing, Kicks - this is good stuff. Also, maybe not for everyone, but Little Girl in the Fourth Row from Midnight Ride is a song that still appeals to the teenaged girl in me.

I have really enjoyed rediscovering this music. It reminds me of a simpler time when making music was pure enjoyment. I highly recommend this collection.

Edited 3/28/13 - I had a few songs left to listen to when I originally wrote this review. Unfortunately, I feel compelled to remove a star. For me the last album Revolution lacks the sparkle of the earlier records. It is gloomier, less energetic. In some cases the band (which had lost several of its most recognizable members by this point) seems to be trying to reinvent itself, exploring psychedelia and protest music, occasionally trying retreads of earlier hits, and suffering by comparison. I don't think I ever listened to Revolution in my teenage years, although I do remember the hit Him or Me - What's It Gonna Be? (which frankly seems out of place with the rest of the songs on this album).

What I loved and still love about this band is the sound of pure joy in making music. For the most part, when they got all serious, they lost me. Still a recommendation - I quite like the idea of showing the evolution of a band over 5 albums, even if I don't agree with the path they ultimately took.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Well Mastered Audio 6 May 2013
By Tracy S. Petit - Published on Amazon.com
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Quality remaster and darn good sound quality even for a CD. Too bad this wasn't released as a Hybrid SACD.
A must-have for fans of mid-60s rock!!! 18 Mar. 2015
By Spudsy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my favorite era of the Raiders. On Here They Come, the fans get to hear the Raiders' version of Louie Louie... Any album with Just Like Me & Steppin' Out has got to be good & the album Just Like Us is a great 'stepping stone' to the next album... My sister got Midnight Ride for Christmas 1966. It's a great album by a great American rock and roll band. Fantastic!!!... I received Spirit of '67 for my birthday in April '67. It's even better than the prior release!!! These guys were competing with The Beatles, the Stones & DC5. And they were competing well! They definitely rocked harder than any popular American rock and roll band at the time- including the great American bands at that time: The Byrds, the Beach Boys or the Lovin' Spoonful. (Hendrix & others hadn't done much yet.). And like the Beatles, their music was maturing & changing, as well... With Revolution, which my brother received for his birthday, the group had had a major change in personnel. Two of their most popular all-time members left the band. Bassist Phil 'Fang' Volk and drummer Mike 'Smitty' Smith formed The Brotherhood with former lead guitarist Drake Levin. Levin was replaced after Midnight Ride by Jim 'Harpo' Valley. For Revolution, Valley was replaced by Freddy Weller, a fine guitarist with roots in country & western music. Joe Correro, Jr was the drummer. He's an excellent drummer! Charlie Coe plays bass on Revolution. The music on Revolution was markedly different, as well, with blues & slide guitar being introduced on different songs. Oh sure, the great pop/ rock songs are here: Him or Me, What's It Gonna Be? & I Had A Dream. But things were changing for Paul Revere & The Raiders..... My one complaint with this 2 cd set: the jewel box & inside holder were cracked, so the cds won't rest securely. Musically, these are a must for fans who want to hear American rock from the mid 60s.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Somewhat disappointing 31 July 2013
By Jersey Kid - Published on Amazon.com
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Australia's Raven Records gives us the first five Columbia albums by Paul Revere and the Raiders on a two CD set. Doing it that way - which results in the third album (Midnight Ride) being divided between the two CDs - is a bit disappointing, especially when compared with The Rascals Original Album series. That boxset gave us each album in its original format, right down to a reproduction of the original LP covers and it was in glorious mono. The Raiders material also suffers from a desultory booklet that does little more than tell us why this collection is important without any detail whatsoever.

After listening to the cuts, some of you may, as I did, come away with a somewhat different view of the band. Prior to obtaining this set, I had perceived Paul Revere and the Raiders as a 60s garage rock/bar band giant. This view was informed not just by some truly classic rock `n' gems (Hungry, Just Like Me, Him or Me and Good Thing), but also from TV shows like `Where the Action Is' and `Hullabaloo' and live performances. Now, after hearing what they put out between 1965 and 1967, the band appears more like the Dave Clark Five; that is to say capable of tremendous rock `n' roll, but at the cost of an almost equal amount of mundane stuff. How else can you explain "Hungry" and "Our Candidate" on the same LP? Worse still is `Revolution,' where "Him or Me"' resides alongside "`Mo'reen" and "Ain't Nobody Who Can Do It Like Leslie Can." I suspect it's indicative of several factors: Raul Revere's show band approach to music and far greater limitations on the songwriting skills of Terry Melcher, Mark Lindsay, Paul Revere, Drake Levin, Phil Volk and Mike Smith.

But, as this is virtually the only source for the band's work - and it is the first five albums in original form - this set is worth its price.
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