The Spirit of '67 Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, November 19, 1996
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As for the artistic content of this CD, I think this is The Raiders' finest album. Even "Collage" doesn't pass the repeated-listening test as well as this one. The late Terry Melcher was at the top of his game when he produced this gem. Thank you, Sundazed, for repairing the audio deficiencies in this release.
If the Raiders ever do get their due, though, this album will be at the epicenter. To be sure, the Raiders had released plenty of quality output--and not just on singles--before Spirit of '67. But never before and never after would the band hit a consistently high standard of quality.
Yes, to a certain degree the album is prefab (studio musicians make up the bulk of the instrumentalists, and producer Terry Melcher compositionally assists a few tracks), but it hardly matters; the songs are excellent, the playing convincing, and the attitude still intact. The two big hits ("Hungry" and "Good Thing") are excellent, but everything else is pretty spot-on as well, from the Stonesy "The Great Airplane Strike" to the best-Eleanor-Rigby-alike-tune-EVER "Undecided Man." Not nearly enough praises have been sung about "All About Her," where Lindsay gives one of his best performances. And while Mark dominates the proceedings, the other members get their vocal turns as well, and "Why? Why? Why?" is Fang's best showcase with the group.
Again, this is the album I wanted "Headquarters" to be. It's inconsequential, doesn't make a statement, and is a bit silly (the "Indian drone" on Arabian Nights). This matters not one bit, as "Spirit of '67," short as it may be, is one of the most enjoyable albums of the mid sixties. If you're going to buy one Raiders album, make this it.
I revisited the Beatles (who at the time I thought of as goofy Yellow Submariners) after hearing the classically-oriented "Undecided Man" and recognizing its string quartet antecedence within "Eleanor Rigby." I gave the Yardbirds, the Stones and Dave Clark Five further consideration because of "Good Thing," a tune that -I- considered the 'B' of "Undecided Man."
And my tree of discovery continued to branch from there. The now more acceptable (to my ears) folk rock of Simon and Garfunkel led backwards to Dylan and the Byrds, but then forward with Buffalo Springfield.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm kind of disappointed with most of the songs. Hungry and The Great Airplane Strike are my favorite songs on this album.Published 7 months ago by Keith Barker
This 1966 album was Paul Revere and the Raiders’ 4th album with Terry Melchior as the producer.
In the recording-studio the group's music was increasingly the result of... Read more
In previous reviews of this CD, a couple of people questioned the sound quality of the discs that were labeled with the 'Sundazed' logo, versus the 'Columbia' label. Read morePublished 10 months ago by leadfoot4
After Midnight Ride this album was, for me, a major disappointment. Pop melodies so prevelent in Midnight Ride are gone and have been replaced by songs trying to sound hip for... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gordon Sheets
Great music from my high school days. The 8 track tape is long gone so this CD is great.Published 15 months ago by Roland Castanie
I Love this album. Have to vinyls of it because i love it so much. This SUNDAZED records CD reissue is FANTASTIC! The quality makes the record sound like it was recorded last week. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tammy Bailey
To be clear, this review reflects the CD, not the music.
Varied reviews of this CD made reference to a problem involving distortion caused by tracks being overmodulated,... Read more
Back in the day (the sixties, when I was a teen) the Raiders were one of the few American bands that could compete with the British Invasion. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by Steven Graham