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5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is where the action is...
It feels like it has taken an eternity but at last, Columbia have managed to produce a decent overview of the Raiders' singles. For a long time, there have been numerous compilations of the Raiders' output but none which have fully served this group any justice. Obviously, I always recommend that anyone interested in this compilation to go and seek out the Raiders' albums...
Published on 2 Jun. 2010 by Peaches

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3.0 out of 5 stars To a friend
I ordered this to a friend but who liked it very much , but I have never listened to it myself. But my friend thought it was fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is where the action is..., 2 Jun. 2010
This review is from: The Complete Columbia Singles (Audio CD)
It feels like it has taken an eternity but at last, Columbia have managed to produce a decent overview of the Raiders' singles. For a long time, there have been numerous compilations of the Raiders' output but none which have fully served this group any justice. Obviously, I always recommend that anyone interested in this compilation to go and seek out the Raiders' albums for more gloriously kitsch songs but for newcomers this is the probably the best place to start. How can anyone resist the charms of The Great Airplane Strike, Good Thing, I had a Dream, Cinderella Sunshine- the list is endless! I could go on and on and I shall!

Firstly, I have never quite understood why Paul Revere and the Raiders have been forgotten, literally swept under the carpet as years have gone by and even more so when they worked with big name producers such as Terry Melcher. Also Paul Revere and the Raiders made the most TV appearances of any band during the 60s, whilst guitarist Drake Levin, (who recently died) inspired Jimi Hendrix to start playing. Now praise doesn't come bigger than that! They were hugely talented musicians and they made some damn fine pop songs in the process. In comparison, the Monkees seemed to have gained more of a cult status amongst the press- maybe that's because the Raiders didn't make a film which essentially read as a satirical comment on the 60s show- business. Unlike the Monkees, the Raiders were not a manufactured band- although they did share a penchant for slightly whimsical songs with the added attraction of hordes of screaming girls and covers on 60s teen magazines! Moreover, the Raiders have an interesting history- not to mention their numerous line- up changes! Someone really does need to write a book on this and it's a great shame that there isn't a biography, (or at least that I'm aware of) around. It might take up a little too much space on this review to go into depth about the Raiders' history- but google it and you'll find plenty of stuff to sit and read over a cup of tea or two.

I still believe that Paul Revere and the Raiders are one of the most criminally underrated pop groups of all time. It's a shame that they have now been turned into a cruise act and money- making machine for Paul Revere but I urge people to go and look up their albums. Paul Revere and the Raiders were truly one of a kind and their like will never be seen again!

Lastly, if like me you love matching suits (a common trait amongst groups of this period, except Paul Revere and the Raiders had the best suits of them all- American Revolutionary military outfits), synchronized dancing and kitsch songs- then this is the album for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great groups hits package and more., 2 July 2012
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This review is from: The Complete Columbia Singles (Audio CD)
I have been collecting this band for a long time. They are a great american rock band that is underrated in many aspects. This set has all of their columbia singles and sadly the first two cds are mono. But in spite of that the music on them is still mostly great songs. This band has unfairly been branded bubblegum but they only did a few bg songs. And I like bg anyways. But that's not the point they made some great music and there is no denying that the fact that this was one the best groups out there in 1964-67, the band had the chops to compete and stay relevant until the early 70's. Sadly studio musicians pushed them out to a degree and some members quit. But in spite of that there's a ton of great rock tunes here and one can see that the band needed to stay with those rock roots to be as big as they were. With this compilation you get several songs that are not available anywhere else. 'song for swingy" and the last two tracks are not out on any other collection from the classic era of this band. the rest are out there somewhere. but these are the single versions so they may differ from the album versions to be sure. The last disc is full of rarities too. Some of which are on 'country wine' cd and some are not. If you want a good hits package then this one is for you. These guys were a interesting group to be sure. And they deserve a place in the rock and roll hall of fame
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3.0 out of 5 stars To a friend, 29 April 2013
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I ordered this to a friend but who liked it very much , but I have never listened to it myself. But my friend thought it was fantastic.
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