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A stunning act of musical bravery
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!