This beautiful Raven Records release contains five of the best albums from Paul Revere & the Raiders. The sound is really great and the fine productions especially the last three albums really come to their right.
The group had in its heyday an image that was often often a bit problematic, as they (especially Mark Lindsay) had the ambition to be taken seriously as creative artists. Producer Terry Melchior was the man who helped stimulating and realizing these ambitions.
There is a clear development to discover from "Here We Come" from 1965 to the highly ambitious "Revolution" of 1967. All five albums are in their own ways worthwhile, with the first two perhaps belong most to the category og garage rock and the three following could rasther be called psych rock. The melodic catchy element is consistent on all five albums.
There are fine notes with background information on the group written by Ian McFarlane on the 12 page booklet. No bonus tracks are included for any of the five albums, so if you want interesting non-album releases, too, I can recommend the 3 CDs set "The Complete Columbia Singles"
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Truly the American version of the Beatles, always loved them, better than the Monkees with some fabulous 60's early 70's pop. Always surprised when they didn't make much impact in the UK. Probably too late as we had already doneit been there and worn the tee shirt. So maybe they were just a little too late for our music scene. But I first purchased from WH Smiths in 1971-72 for 12.5pence (yes just 12.5p, their sales use to be well worth it), in their January sales the Album Revolution, fab album, then went back the next day and saw Good Things for the same price. I was hooked, so to get this box set is awesome.
So if you like the Monkees, Beatles, Dave Clark 5, Manfred Mann, Hermans Hermits etc, you will most likely enjoy this too.