- Audio CD (July 4, 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Raven [Australia]
- ASIN: B0009OUBCO
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,893 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Kicks the Anthology 1963-1972
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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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The success of Paul Revere and the Raiders was due in large part to their heavy exposure on American television. In fact, it has been estimated that the Raiders made over 600 appearances on the tube! The vast majority of these appearances occured in 1965--1966 when the Raiders were regulars on Dick Clark's "Where The Action Is" show. "Kicks 1963-1972: The Anthology" fills a huge void in my collection. The fact of the matter is that none of the other collections that have been available in the past was very good.
Raven has outdone itself once again. The 12 pages of liner notes are first rate and the remastering job is terrific. The disc includes a generous 30 tracks and I got to sample a number of Raiders tunes I had never heard before. Highly recommended!
The band is one of the best not to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group had more Top 40 hits than The Rascals, another great band that has been inducted. Paul Revere and the Raiders had three gold albums, recorded great blues, rock, and psychedelic songs, and influenced many other later bands, but perhaps their somewhat goofy image is the factor that has kept them out of the Hall of Fame. However, their musicianship simply can't be denied, and they were one of the truly great American rock bands of the Sixties.
I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Paul. He was a great performer with a great personality and he looked nowhere near 76.
The sound quality on this compilation is excellent and the song selections are very good, too. Of course, we can always think of songs that we would like to have been included. That's always the case with this type of release. One that instantly comes to mind is the autobiographical "The Legend of Paul Revere." I can't imagine why that one was left out. Oh, well. It's neat to have all 30 songs on one disc.
I would certainly have given it five stars except for two things. All of the songs aren't in stereo, including two of my favorites,,,"Ups and Downs" and "Too Much Talk." There are fine stereo mixes available for both. If anyone's interested, they can be heard on YouTube. The other negative is the absence of a sessionography and a good discography, giving the exact release dates and chart action of each song. The essay is quite good, but I was very disappointed that the two above items weren't there.
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