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Kind of a Drag [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

BuckinghamsAudio CD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 22, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1967
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • ASIN: B00000DAMF
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,965 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'll Go Crazy
2. Don't Want To Cry
3. Virginia Wolf
4. Beginner's Love
5. Sweets For My Sweet
6. I've Been Wrong
7. I Call Your Name
8. Makin' Up & Breakin' Up
9. You Make Me Feel So Good
10. Summertime
11. Love Ain't Enough
12. Kind Of A Drag
13. Lawdy Miss Claudy
14. I'm A Man

Editorial Reviews

Reissue of the Chicago-based group's debut album, originallyreleased in 1967. Contains all of the original tracks instereo, including the smash title hit, plus two bonustracks: the single-only side 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' and theBuckingham's lengthy fuzz-fest

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the USA sessions. June 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Buckinghams were the most nationally successful band to come out of Chicago in the mid-1960's.Their first national hit,"Kind Of A Drag" is here,as are their other local hits,"I'll Go Crazy","Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and their horn heavy version of The Beatles' "I Call Your Name".This CD is a very good sounding version of their first and only album for USA records.When "Kind Of A Drag" hit no. 1 on the national charts,The Buckingham's scored a contract with Columbia where they stayed for the rest of their original career.The songs here are indeed more garage oriented than most of their poppy Columbia hits,but,I think that's a good thing.Their version of "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" is at least as good as Lloyd Price's original and "I'll Go Crazy" is a worthy cover of this James Brown staple.A personal favorite of mine is their cover of the Hollies' original "I've Been Wrong".If you want to hear the beginnings of this Chicago rock original,buy this CD.Like numerous Chicago bands of the 60's,they infused their garage rock and pop with horns.This was a trademark of their producer,James William Guercio who went on to even greater success with another horn heavy band by the name of The Big Thing,later to become Chicago.This is a very highly recommended CD for any fan of 60's music or the Chicago sound.Don't be scared out of it by other reviewers who were expecting something else and let their own lack of knowledge shade their reviews.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Much More Garagey Than Expected September 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Well, this was certainly a nice surprise! I can't speak for The Buckinghams' other albums but Kind of a Drag is more than worthwhile.
I've always liked the song "Kind of a Drag" but thought it painted The Buckinghams as a pop, schlock band. And, there is a fair amount of schlock included herein. For example, their version of "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" is more than just schlock. It's downright lousy, with it's rampaging horn section and lightweight vocals. A couple of other numbers aren't much better.
So, why the endorsement you may ask? Well, because the best material on Kind of a Drag caught me completely off guard. "Don't Want To Cry" is a great ripoff of "You Really Got Me", with buzzing guitar sound. "Makin' Up & Breakin' Up" is a fine, moody punker. There's a rockin', organ-driven instrumental called "Virginia Wolf" and the band's version of "I'm a Man" is a winner, complete with extended guitar part.
The best tune on the album though has to be the wonderful "I've Been Wrong", which was originally recorded by The Hollies. It has a unmistakable British Invasion feel, a terrific hook and the best guitar break I've heard in ages. The drumming is also solid, using a nice high-end cymbals and snare combo.
Overall, the sound qualty on the disc is good and, while there are a few clunkers, the best stuff here really deserves to be heard. I have a whole new perspective on these guys. The Buckinghams were capable of being one great band. And they were, at least on a handfull of recordings. Don't sell them short.
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Format:Audio CD
The actual "USA Reocrds" album of "Kind of a Drag" is a great one, original, and not really available here at this time on vinyl. Now, the CD rerelease on Sundazed is occasionally available and yes, it is the 'real' deal. But if you think you're wanting to download the 5 songs here in mp3 format-don't! Find them for download on the Sony Legacy series somewhere else. The mp3s listed here (you never know where and how they wind up there) are the Ktel "sounds like" series are are not worth 'free' download.

You can find mp3 downloads that are good versions on the Reaching Back CD listing on amazon. They're 2008 re-recordings of the original hits and they sound great.

Amazon is only as good as the people posting on it...so buyer beware on those dumb Ktel songs. Look for 'real' mp3s on The Buckinghams' Reaching Back album here on amazon. or find the CD on the Sundazed label on the web site that begins with 'e' and ends with 'bay'.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I guess it really IS kinda a drag, eh? February 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought this record after hearing the classic radio version of "Kind of a Drag" that everyone else has also mentioned in their reviews here. I came across it pretty cheap and figured maybe the record would have a few songs on it that warranted my purchasing it.

Unfortunately that wasn't the case.

Nearly all of the tracks on this record lack the vital energy and "punch" that the song Kind of a Drag possessed. Not only that, most of them felt more like "filler" then anything else. It is fairly obvious to this reviewer that the band used their initial record to get their feet wet.

Go check out their album Time and Charges/Portraits as it is easily 100x better then this, their initial one.
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