We should all take time out in – and of – our busy lives to listen to Paul Revere & The Raiders, particularly this album. That’s the take-home from finally sitting down to hear this. Oh, I knew a few of the hits, and a lot of the stuff on here, had a couple of hits comps, but (yet) another example of not knowing the actual album. And that’s silly – because this is tremendous. Kicks and Steppin’ Stone were both covered by The Monkees and turned into mega-hits, both sound better here, more urgent. Sharper. Just better.
Then there’s the moments like Little Girl In The 4th Row that out-Beach Boys the Beach Boys or Ballad of a Useless Man that out-Small Faces the Small Faces.
Just a thoroughly good pop/rock album – chock full of gems.
That’s the word.
And once again I’m glad to be discovering albums that are 50 years old and (still) sound fresh as fuck. Fresh as fuck!