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on March 20, 2017
AVOID THIS REPERTOIRE RELEASE unless you're unable to acquire the out of print SUNDAZED version. Every track on this release has been brick walled to the max. The music is extremely compressed and very weak in definition. Get the Sundazed version if you can still find it. Good luck!
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on August 19, 2007
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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on April 3, 2017
Raiders Rule!
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on September 22, 2015
Something Happening has all the great Raider music I remember from when I first bought the album way back when.
Great music! Still holds up today!
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on March 7, 2016
love it
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on February 11, 2015
FANTASTIC ! I have the original album. This one may blow you away.
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on December 30, 2013
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.
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on February 15, 2015
good cd
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on July 25, 2015
This is not a great album but it does contain two of my favorite songs by the Raiders: "Don't Take it So Hard" and "Observation of Flight 285."
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on November 15, 2007
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 reached #122. The album isn't that bad, though. There were, also, some major changes that were going on within the Raiders family. Terry Melcher, their producer, was now gone & Mark Lindsay had taken over the producing duties.

Two singles came from the album, "Don't Take It So Hard" that peaked at #27 & "Too Much Talk" which peaked at #19. Both songs are good, the former song pointing in the direction that Lindsay was leading them to while the latter was closer to hard rock. On both songs the bassist, Charlie Coe, lays down some excellent bass lines. There are some very good songs here & this would be the last album the Raiders would do that would be considered better than so-so. The album opens with "Happening Intro/Too Much Talk" connected together, this version of "Too Much Talk" is a re-recording of the single. "Happens Every Day" is definite filler. Then comes "Burn Like a Candle" which is one of their best album tracks. That's followed by "Observation From Flight 285" that in the Melcher days might not have made the album. Then we hear "Get Out of My Mind", once again, one of the best album track they ever recorded. Then comes the aforementioned "Don't Take It So Hard" followed by one of the best rockers they ever did "Communication, Pts. 1 & 2". We're even treated to an extended double lead in this song. The next three songs are all mere filler, "Love Makes the World Go Round (Don't Let It Stop)", "Free" & "The Good Times". The original album closes with "Happening '68", another theme song from another one of their tv shows.

Sundazed has added three bonus tracks; the single version of "Too Much Talk", the tv theme song "Happening '68" as it appeared on the tv show & then "Theme From It's Happening" which has a vocal track. This is an extremely uneven album that was redeemed somewhat by three outstanding album tracks & the two hits. Unfortunately, later Raider albums would be more consistent, consistently week. With a rare detour along the way Mark Lindsay was slowly but surely leading them off into schlock-land, a place where few artists ever returned from.
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