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A lucky dip. Some good some not so.,
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This review is from: Kicks! The Anthology 1963-1972 (Audio CD)
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.