Raiders Bubblegum-Rock Treat.,
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This review is from: Hard 'n' Heavy With Marshmallow: Featuring Mark Lindsay (Audio CD)
By the time this album was released in 1969, Paul Revere and the Raiders had moved on from the garage/r&b/pop blueprint which had ushered in their initial wave of U.S hits from 1965 to 1967.
With line-up changes having affected the band's sound, the group were now pursuing a more muscular take on classic pop which still retained the 'bubblegum' angle while incorporating a heavy-ish rock edge.
The album's title is a perfect summation of where they were at when 'Hard'n'Heavy' was recorded.
The album features the classic 'Mr Sun, Mr Moon' which made the U.S top 20 - a more perfect example of the Raider's knack for churning out catchy, hook-laden singles would be hard to find.
Elsewhere, the band straddle the precarious middle-ground between teen-orientated pop and guitar rock with ease as guitarist Freddy Weller takes the opportunity to shine on the album's heavier tracks such as 'Time After Time' & 'Without You', while teen-idol vocalist Mark Lindsay brings in the swoon-factor on the more delicate 'Trishalana'.
Contrary to what you might have read, there are NO session men here, they may have had a 'helping hand' on a handful of early tracks while they were finding their feet but make no mistake; we are dealing with a REAL band here (strange to reflect that the Monkees have been 'forgiven' while the Raiders seem long-forgotten in comparison - a travesty!).
So let us celebrate what is, without doubt, a guitar-pop classic from an American 60s institution who could satisfy at 33 as well as 45 rpm.
With no U.K hits you will never hear them on local radio, but to anybody who cherishes the core values of 60s pop, Paul Revere and the Raiders are one of America's great 'lost' bands.
Don't deprive yourself as they really were one of the greatest guitar-pop groups of all-time. Buy everything they did. Now.