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Something Happening [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Paul Revere & The RaidersAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (November 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • ASIN: B000003GZL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Happening Intro/Too Much Talk
2. Happens Every Day
3. Burn Like A Candle
4. Observation From Flight 285
5. Get Out Of My Mind
6. Don't Take It So Hard
7. Communication (Part 1 & 2)
8. Love Makes The World Go Round (Don't You Let It Stop)
9. Free
10. The Good Times
11. Happening '68
12. Too Much Talk
13. Happening '68 (TV Version)
14. Theme From It's Happening

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Includes the LP and mono stereo versions of Too Much Talk plus Don't Take It So Hard .

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNDERRATED MASTERPIECE OF THE 60s. December 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Along with the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's and the Beach Boys' Pet Sound, the Raiders' Something Happening can be easily considered as one the masterpieces of the 60s. Wisely produced, composed and sung by leader Mark Linsay, the album shows an umparalled quality of songs hardly achieved in previous Raiders albums. Mark was by far the more talented Raider, and every song here is beautifully and carefully produced to give its best, from Too Much Talk, Happens Every Day, to the gems Burn Like a Candle, Observation From Flight 285, the hit Don't Take It So Hard or The Good Times, along with Yesterday one of the best 60s ballads.By 1968 it was clear the Raiders was not a garage band anymore. But this is by no means bad, it is great. From an experienced rock musician, take this advice: if you still do not have it, you do not know what you have been missing all these years.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Raiders album March 29, 2004
By Ron
Format:Audio CD
I was very glad to see this album get a CD release, as it is my favorite of all the Raiders albums. The early records of Paul Revere & the Raiders were basic boogie woogie, rhythm and blues, danceable rock and roll. They progressed into a more commercial, guitar and organ based pop rock sound with their mid-60's albums "Midnight Ride" and "Spirit of '67". "Something Happening" finds Mark Lindsay leading the band into the psycadelic sounds of the late 60's, but with enough of a pop feel to remain accessible to their younger fans. This album is really Mark's vision - he produced it, wrote all the songs, and of course is the lead singer on every song. Mark is a master of the studio, utilizing all the then current technology to bring his vision to life. Listen to this CD with headphones! There is so much detail that can be missed just playing it through your stereo system's speakers. "Happening Intro/Too Much Talk" is a masterpiece! This ranks right up there with the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" in my book, and the lyrics are as relevant today as they were back in 1968. "Happens Every Day" is a happy go lucky song that could be considered the Raiders' "Penny Lane". "Burn Like a Candle" is a fuzz-tone laden caution against drug abuse. Drummer Joe Correro Jr. duels it out at the end with several guitar tracks. The intro to "Obeservation from Flight 385" sounds similar to the orchestral climax in the Beatles "Day in the Life", but the song itself is a haunting view of planet Earth from eight miles high. "Get Out of My Mind" is the famous Ferrari track, and by the end of the song the eerie sound of the strings feel's like Mark has lost his mind! Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the mold December 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I was shocked when I read a negative review of this album where the reviewer said there weren't any hit singles from it. Well, the same goes for Sgt. Pepper, and like that, "Something Happening" is a fantastic album. This is where the Raiders made the transition from bubblegum pop to hard rock, and they deftly straddle both sides of that fence. Here, there's sappy stuff like "Happens Every Day" and "Observation from Flight 285" side by side with hard rockers like "Get out of my Mind" and "Communication." In between, we've got perfect pop gems like "Too Much Talk," "Burn Like a Candle" and the TV show themes. As much as I love the stuff with Fang, Drake & Smitty, this album is leaps and bounds ahead of "Spirit of '67."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning act of musical bravery August 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
No band worth hearing stays in one place. With The Beatles, every song was different; even the Rolling Stones eventually moved into areas of greater complexity. So it should be to no one's surprise or disappointment that a group as talented as Paul Revere & The Raiders does the same.

No, this is not Sergeant Pepper's or Dark Side of The Moon - the somewhat less-than-stellar cover pretty much gives that away - it is Mark Lindsay testing his production talents in areas new to The Raiders and their image as a squeaky-clean American party band extraordinaire, and one might find disappointment in the results if that image was expected to be left behind.

Theirs is still a good-time message, set to the sounds of the times. However, it is a message drenched in superior production and flawless musical execution - if you don't believe it, listen to it through a good set of headphones (I wore my vinyl copy out through a set of Koss Pro 4AA's) - you'll find it stands up very nicely with The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd and Alan Parsons. No, the message is not the same, but this is not a band targeting an audience searching for higher meaning - it's Paul Revere & The Raiders doing something different, stepping out of their comfort zone (and that of much of their audience, probably) and evolving from a choreographed, zany good-time band into something more deliberate, more intentional, and most definitely more complex. While I have no doubt that Mark and the guys could have performed much of this live with great effectiveness, I doubt that was the impetus behind this effort.

Whatever else this album is or isn't, it is an essential part of anyone's collection who claims to know something about rock 'n roll in the Sixties, Raiders fan or not. As for Linday's production abilities, he can produce my albums any time he wants!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another album I could find for a reasonable price
Just another great collection of Radiers music to have. Do recommend this as a favorite, if a true music lover here is one to enjoy too.
Published 6 months ago by James Harris,Sr.
4.0 out of 5 stars My Guilty Pleasure
This was the first record I purchased so I am sentimental about it. In retrospect, the Raiders were in an impossible situation- trying to be taken seriously as a rock band in 1968... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful influence !
An american icon band. I listened to this band while at college in the late sixties. This album contains one of my favorite songs of all times, the great tune called "COMMUNICATION... Read more
Published 14 months ago by David Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars Something Happening
Something, indeed, was happening to the Raiders & not all of it good. For the first time in several albums they didn't crack Billboard's Top 100 on the pop album charts, it only... Read more
Published on November 15, 2007 by Harry Brewer
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice try but falls very short of a quality album
This album is an attempt by Mark Lindsay to be taken seriously in the rock world, and he fails. He still has one foot in the world of bubblegum, and the other foot in the land of... Read more
Published on December 31, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beatles-influenced psycadelic pop-rock
My personal favorite Raiders cut is the full length album version of "Too Much Talk". It's an overlooked gem that hopefully this CD reissue will bring to light. Read more
Published on October 21, 1998
1.0 out of 5 stars Careful!!
I AM a "Raiders Fan" but this album is NOT what you're looking for! There are far better Raider albums listed with "Amazon" than this one! Read more
Published on September 6, 1998
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