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Kicks! The Anthology 1963-1972 [Import]

Paul Revere & The Raiders Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Jun 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Raven
  • ASIN: B0009OUBCO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,572 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Louie Louie
2. Steppin' Out
3. Just Like Me
4. Kicks
5. Action
6. Hungry
7. I'm Not Your Stepping Stone
8. Louie, Go Home
9. Ballad Of A Useless Man
10. The Great Airplane Strike
11. Good Thing
12. Why? Why? Why? (Is It So Hard)
13. Louise
14. Him Or Me - What's It Gonna Be?
15. Mo'reen
16. Gone - Movin' On
17. Tighter
18. I Had a Dream
19. Ups and Downs
20. Peace of Mind
See all 30 tracks on this disc

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From "Louie Louie" (1963) through the hits of the mid '60s to the "Indian Reservation" Raiders of the early '70s, this is the ultimate 30-track hit collection of the group America couldn't help but go "Steppin' Out" with. As the resident act on Dick Clark's Where The Action Is, the Revolutionary War clad-group had prime time TV exposure only rivalled by The Monkees. Fronted by the charismatic Mark Lindsay – a powerful singer and songwriter – they became the hottest teen act in the US and bona-fide idols with saturation media coverage and smash hits that just kept on coming. From the tough and raunchy "Steppin' Out", "Just Like Me" and "Kicks" to "Hungry", "Good Thing", "Him Or Me" to the powerful #1 hit from 1971, "Indian Reservation", this prolifically talented band managed to juggle intense teen fame with musical credibility. Rediscover the fun sounds of one of America's great rock/pop groups.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can't beat 'em join 'em! 20 Nov 2006
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
From their beginnings as an instrumental group in the 50s,Paul Revere & the Raiders joined in the Louie Louie race but lost out to the Kingsmen.

A year later a change of direction meant the group would become possibly the finest of all of the British Beat copyists,beginning their account with a nice copy of the Yardbirds called Steppin' Out.

Through the years came the hit singles inspired by the Beatles,the Stones and the Kinks-the latter were recalled for Just like me-apparantly a cover of a regional hit by the writers.

I've never really been sure whether they did the first version of I'm not your stepping stone as the Monkees did the song at the same time but this has remained the most covered of their songs when a number of punk bands did it in the late 70s.

Louie Go Home in spite of sounding as if Richard Berry had written an answer version of Louie was not a soundalike but a new song which was covered in the UK by a pre fame David Bowie.

Louise is simply a great Beatles copy with strands of Norwegian Wood and Eleanor Rigby thrown in.

With an ever changing lineup Paul Revere & the Raiders were always the same 2 guys who had begun the group-Revere and the singer Mark Lindsay-who opted for a solo career in the early 70s as a country singer,charting with Arizona.They also had another later member Freddy Weller who did the same thing and had a number of hits on the country chart.

Paul Revere & the Raiders cut an album in Memphis as good as the ones Elvis did and in 1971 disbanded when they were on top-literally.

Indian Reservation,a cover of the Don Fardon original which charted in England,hit No 1 for a group known then as just the Raiders.

And apart from the reunions and things that was it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lucky dip. Some good some not so. 30 Jan 2011
By AlanMusicMan TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Paul Revere and the Raiders. Never a big band in the UK, seems to be because they never toured here, due to a weekly TV commitment in the USA.

I have a Vinyl copy of the "Hard and Heavy (With Marshmallow)" album by the band, which I like a lot - though it turns out that was quite a late incarnation of the band (which I had never realised). I was always aware of "Him or Me" which was almost a UK hit in 1966/7. I recently tripped over "The Great Airplane Strike" on video on YouTube, and thought it was great. So, time, I thinks to meself, to get an anthology CD of these guys to see what all the fuss was about - so I got this compilation, which it turns out was compiled in Australia.

Well, there are some excellent tracks on here. All the ones mentioned above are top-notch. But, there are some tracks on here that don't really grab me at all: Even after a couple of listenings, I would not go back to them. Many tracks are too derivative or just devoid of anything to grab onto.

Some material that is already familiar from other versions "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" and "Indian Reservation" were - IMHO - just as well, or better, done by The Monkees and others and Don Fardon respectively. I do like "Kicks" and "Just Like Me" though, and "Tighter" is a grower. Perhaps I'll go back and listen again to see if any more tracks click. Have to say though, that for me, it wasn't quite the treasure house of pop excellence that I was hoping for. Wonder why they left off "Time after Time" and "Out on that Road" - they were the stand out singles tracks from the "Hard and Heavy..." album.

Oh, and most of the CD is better played in mono if you can. Many tracks sound odd and disjointed if you don't reduce or eliminate the stereo width. "Mr Sun, Mr Moon" excepted, that is good in full stereo. Also have to note that the sound quality on some tracks is not all that great either - some are very muddy.

Alan T
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue, exceptionally well done and priced right to boot! 22 July 2005
By Paul Tognetti - Published on Amazon.com
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What more could you possibly ask for? Australian based Raven records has done it once again! To the best of my knowledge there has never been a comprehensive collection of the hits of Paul Revere and the Raiders. Until now. "Kicks 1963-1972: The Anthology" features 21 of groups 24 U.S. charted hits. Naturally, you get the big ones from the groups early years including tunes like "Kicks", "Hungry", "Good Thing" and of course "Him or Me-What's It Gonna Be?" from 1967. But there are also a whole bunch of the Raiders later hits which I enjoyed almost as much. Songs like "Don't Take It So Hard", "Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon" and "Birds of A Feather" were great pop tunes but only modest hits. Also included in "Kicks 1963-1972: The Collection" is the gang's biggest record of all time, 1971's #1 smash "Indian Reservation". And while Paul Revere and the Raiders managed to place two dozen singles on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, they were also a surprisingly successful album group. Between 1965 and 1972, the group boasted 14 hit albums. In fact in 1966 and 1967 three of these albums, "Just Like Us", "Midnight Ride" and "The Spirit of '67" made the Top Ten. This compilation is sprinked with a number of tunes from these and other LP's.

The success of Paul Revere and the Raiders was due in large part to their heavy exposure on American television. In fact, it has been estimated that the Raiders made over 600 appearances on the tube! The vast majority of these appearances occured in 1965--1966 when the Raiders were regulars on Dick Clark's "Where The Action Is" show.

"Kicks 1963-1972: The Anthology" fills a huge void in my collection. The fact of the matter is that none of the other collections that have been available in the past was very good.

Raven has outdone itself once again. The 12 pages of liner notes are first rate and the remastering job is terrific. The disc includes a generous 30 tracks and I got to sample a number of Raiders tunes I had never heard before. Highly recommended!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't need the Legend of Paul Revere collection... 19 Aug 2007
By T. LeBaron - Published on Amazon.com
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...then this is the one to get. The double Legend of Paul Revere double-disc package features an incredible 55 tracks over two CDs and features a bunch of previously unreleased tunes, and aside from collecting all the individual LPs (which I've done for the most part, give or take one or two very early albums)...that's the way to go. However, if you want a package that's still got all the hits and all the major tracks that belong and you don't need to be overwhelmed, this one's an absolute winner too. All the great Raiders hits are here featuring the unmistakeable Mark Lindsay up front with one of the most underrated voices in all of rock & roll. These guys could match the Stones' energy beat for beat, and if you don't believe me, just give a listen to songs like Good Thing or Hungry or my personal favorite, Him or Me--What's it Gonna Be? These guys are total cutups onstage but that doesn't take a thing away from how GOOD they sound. This is some great American rock & roll the way it should be...energetic and in your face. If you want to hear the truly complete history of this band, get the double disc Legend set...but this collection's 30 tracks will do the job just fine...a jam-packed rock & roll party by some of the best from the 60s!
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Collector's Item! 24 Nov 2005
By Melvin Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This would have to be one of the finest musical collections of

Paul Revere and the Raiders.During the 1960's this group had

practically become a household name.They recieved ample exposure

on the hit television series Dick Clark's"Where The Action Is".

They actually had a hit record "Action" from this television

show.As a result of this exposure Marc Lindsay became a highly

popular lead singer.He later went on to have a sucessful solo

career.

This CD has all of the hits of this group.Their big songs such

as "Just Like Me","Kicks","Action"(from the TV show),"I'm Not

Your Stepping Stone",and "Him Or Me".Two more songs that were featured on this album are "Don't Take It So Hard" and "Mr.Sun,

Mr. Moon".This is an excellent collection of the hit songs of

Paul Revere and the Raiders.Buy this and add it to your collection.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Still Lacking 6 May 2006
By D. Bacon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
True, this collection does include many of their top hits, but it aslo leaves off some of their early hits & other great songs. If you're looking for the ultimate Paul Revere & The Raiders collection, get "The Legend Of Paul revere & The Raiders" dual CD set instead. This collection features their roots & early hits, "Beatnick Sticks" and "Like Long Hair." Both of these were instrumental hits, before the band decided to become a vocal band. It also contains their version of "Louis, Louie," a song they recorded before The Kingsmen (which Columbia Records did not promote, thinking rock was a passing fancy), along with "Louie-Go Home." The dual CD set contains a whopping 55 songs, including "SS 396" and "Judge GTO Breakaway," both comersials they recorded. If you're seeking a collection that feature a wider variety of their sound, get "The Legend of Paul Revere & The Raiders" instead.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Paul Revere & the Raiders collection! 13 Sep 2006
By A Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best single CD Paul Revere & the Raiders collection available. It contains nearly all of their charted singles and several important album cuts. Though they are rarely given credit for it, Paul Revere & the Raiders were one of the fore-fathers of Punk and Grunge music. Their contribution to the music industry has long been overlooked. The only minor oversight with this CD is the omission of their first Top 40 hit single 1961's "Like Long Hair" (it along with all their pre-1963 recordings is available on the import CD "Like Long Hair"). But this is an excellent collection and the best available for an underappreciated band!
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