Indian Reservation / Collage
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Audio CD, July 14, 2009
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Raven presents for the first time on CD two original, classic albums by the RAIDERS - Collage (1970) and Indian Reservation (1971). With superb quality audio, detailed liner notes, colour booklet, 23 tracks and 77 minutes of music. Throughout the 1960s Paul Revere & the Raiders were one of the most popular and successful American groups, with 14 Top 40 US hit singles and hundreds of television appearances on Where the Action Is and Happening. Their hits between 1965 and 1967 (such as 'Just like Me', 'Kicks') were bold, unpretentious slices of '60s rock & roll with a defiant, punk edge. By 1970 they'd progressed musically, adopting a more mature, contemporary approach exemplified by the brilliant Collage album and the hard riffing single 'Just Seventeen'. Singer Mark Lindsay had taken over production and song writing duties and was coming up with impressive material. The band also covered vital songs like Laura Nyro's 'Save the Country'. Lenny Kaye famously gave Collage a positive review in Rolling Stone: "This is a great album, on the strengths of Collage we're in for some fine music indeed". Then in 1971 the group scored their biggest hit, the #1 'Indian Reservation' which captured perfectly the spirit of the times and was Columbia Records highest selling single. The album Indian Reservation included another big hit 'Birds of a Feather'. This top value 2-for-1 CD concludes with two bonus tracks, the band's final hits, 'Country Wine' and the crunching 'Powder Blue Mercedes Queen'.
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As for these ablums on cd: 'collage" is the better of the two if you are a rock fan, there are a few true by any standard classic rock songs: "think twice" , 'just seventeen", 'boys in the band" and 'dr fine" the rest of the album is pretty good too, with a new version of the hit 'we gotta all get together" on it, and 'Indian reservation' is a good rock and pop mixture with two hits and of course the great classic number one song 'indian reservation" . A few songs sound like pure pop with lots of horns but most of them are good songs, a few I can't say are too great but that's ok. "country wine' is a even stronger album song wise in many respects.
Email raven! And this is classic rock from a underrated band that should be in the rock and roll hall of fame.
RAVEN came through 'country wine" is now on cd with 11 bonus tracks. and it's on amazon,com now!
Indian Reservation and Country Wine, which followed,were much more schizophrenic affairs, comprised of about 2/3 pop covers and 1/3 rockers. It would be nice if the tracks "Take a Stand," and "Golden Girls Sometimes" were also available.