I agree with the reviewer who said it would have made more sense to pair Indian Reservation with the Country Wine album on this CD. But at least the Indian Reservation album, probably the Raiders' best overall, is finally on CD. The delay in releasing it may have been partly because the title song was available on so many various artists CD compilations. But this album had much more going for it. In keeping with the times, this was the Raiders' "social conscience" album with covers of songs such as "Heaven Help Us All," "Eve of Destruction" and "Prince of Peace" joining the title track. And Mark Lindsay's voice was at its peak here, as he outsings Steve Wonder and Barry McGuire's original versions of those classics.
There is also some great drum work (probably by studio legend Hal Blaine) on "Come in, You'll Get Pneumonia."
Blaine definitely plays the drums on the "Indian Reservation" song (Lindsay has said Blaine kept the dust covers on his drums for that song to get the proper muffled sound), but some of the actual Raiders played on that album as well, something that didn't happen often after the group's first year. This was probably the Raiders' strongest overall lineup, though, as bass player Keith Allison had a solo career before joining the Raiders and guitarist Freddy Weller had numerous country hits while and after he was with the Raiders, as well as having been a studio guitarist before joining them (playing on Billy Joe Royal's 1965 hit, "Down in the Boondocks," among others). Weller has said he's not sure which tracks he played on for this album but Allison claims to have played the keyboards on "Indian Reservation" (including the strong signature closing) as well as bass on several songs. Keyboardist Paul Revere's main contribution to this album was promoting it, as his motorcycle tour of radio stations across the country has been credited with helping the title song reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
Of the 10 songs on the Indian Reservation album, the only weak one is the aptly named "The Turkey." It is also the only song on that album written by Lindsay, who must have been experiencing writer's block at the time after composing so many great hits for the group. But hey, even John Fogerty writes a bad song once in a while.
The Collage album is not as great, but this CD concludes with two dynamite bonus tracks from the Country Wine album, "Country Wine" and Power Blue Mercedes Queen." They and the first nine tracks from the Indian Reservation album are more than enough to give this CD five stars.