Kicks the Anthology 1963-1972
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Audio CD, July 4, 2005
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The first comprehensive single disc collection of the sensational PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS! From Louie Louie (1963) through the hits of the mid 60s to the Indian Reservation Raiders of the early '70s, this is the ultimate 30-track hit collection. Every important song from 1963 to 1972, including 11 US Top 20 hits. Includes Just Like Me, Kicks, Good Thing, Him or Me - What's It Gonna Be? and the #1 Indian Reservation. All original recordings with rare photos, informative notes, and superb sound. Raven Records. 2005.
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There's very little that I can disagree with pertaining to the selection of songs. Every major hit is here, a few of their best album tracks are here. (Just from a personal standpoint I could put together a two disc set of the Raiders that would be mind boggling!) I would have loved to seen "1001 Arabian Nights" (Spirit of '67) & "Do Unto Others" (B-side from a single) here at the expense of a couple of songs that are here. This is just about as complete as a single disc collection can be. There are five Top 10 singles, there are six more songs that made the Top 20, three more songs that entered the Top 40 & six more songs that made the Top 100(is that REALLY a hit?). There are four songs not included here that did make the charts but not a one of them are worth quibbling about.
All in all, this is an excellent compilation; it has a song from almost every studio album that they released. How much more comprehensive can it be? I actually prefer this compilation over the Legend of Paul Revere compilation. It's a two disc set but there are a lot of songs there that the casual fan of the Raiders wouldn't be interested in. This is The one collection to get!
P.S. For those that are interested I've included a list of Raider songs that I would like to see put together in the comments section that's included in this review.
Before buying, I checked out the sound excerpts on Amazon.com and found there were several other songs that sounded good to me. One was "I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone", which was a hit for the Monkees; it's not on the Essential CD, so that's another reason why I chose this CD instead. Overall, I like most of the songs on this CD, or at least I don't mind them and I find them growing on me. The only one I truly dislike is their version of Louie Louie.
Lastly, I wanted a GOOD sounding CD. I've heard the older Greatest Hits single CD and it doesn't sound that good. People have commented on how good the remastered sound is for this CD and for the Essential CD; this CD is on the Raven label, which I'm not familiar with, while the Essential CD is on the Sony/Columbia/Legacy label, which has a proven track record, so I felt I was taking a chance. I'm happy to say the sound is even BETTER than I'd hoped for. I wish the 60's recording from Kinks, the Who, etc. sounded this good! All the parts are clean, clear, well balanced, powerful but not over-compressed. The mixes are in stereo, although they may be fake stereo mixes with some parts coming mainly from the left speaker and the other parts coming mainly from the right. I have not compared this to the Essential CD, but it sounds great as is.
The price for this CD seems to fluctuate a lot on Amazon and the Essential CD is usually cheaper (even though it has 2 CD's). I waited until the price came down to about $15.
Paul Revere and the Raiders.During the 1960's this group had
practically become a household name.They recieved ample exposure
on the hit television series Dick Clark's"Where The Action Is".
They actually had a hit record "Action" from this television
show.As a result of this exposure Marc Lindsay became a highly
popular lead singer.He later went on to have a sucessful solo
This CD has all of the hits of this group.Their big songs such
as "Just Like Me","Kicks","Action"(from the TV show),"I'm Not
Your Stepping Stone",and "Him Or Me".Two more songs that were featured on this album are "Don't Take It So Hard" and "Mr.Sun,
Mr. Moon".This is an excellent collection of the hit songs of
Paul Revere and the Raiders.Buy this and add it to your collection.
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