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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Paul Revere And The Raiders - Special Edition (1982 us, good rock with early 80's tints, Vinyl edition)

The quintet of Paul Revere, Mark Lindsay, Drake Levin, Phil Volk and Mike Smith reunited for Dick Clark on national television in 1979 doing a medley of their biggest hits.

The punk rock and New Wave eras would see a wave of interest in the Raiders’ music; “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone” was covered by The Sex Pistols, Minor Threat, and Liverpool band The Farm (although The Monkees’ cover version was better known than the Raiders’ original), and later “Just Like Me” would be covered by The Circle Jerks, Joan Jett and Pat Benatar). David Bowie covered “Louie, Go Home” and The Who took that song and changed the title and lyrics to “Lubie, Go Home”. “Hungry” was also covered by Sammy Hagar and the new waver David Edwards did a cover of “Kicks.” 

The Flamin’ Groovies tackled two Raiders songs (“Him or Me, What’s it Gonna Be?” and “Ups and Downs”) and The Morrells did a country-tinged arrangement of “Ups and Downs” as well. The Paisley Underground, garage rock revival, and grunge movements would all acknowledge the Raiders’ influence. “Kicks” was also covered by Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork of the Monkees as one of three new recordings included on their 1986 compilation Then & Now… The Best of The Monkees.

Revere continued with a relatively stable lineup through the 80’s and 90’s, featuring longtime members Omar Martinez (drums and vocals since 1972), Doug Heath (guitarist for the Raiders since 1973), and Ron Foos (Allison’s replacement in 1975). Occasional new record releases included the self-produced “Special Edition” in 1983, with Bradley on vocals, and “Paul Revere Rides Again”, released in 1983 through Radio Shack stores. They even recorded a home video for MCA Universal in 1996 titled “The Last Madman of Rock ‘N’ Roll”. On October 4th 2014, Paul Revere passed in his sleep last night at his home in Caldwell, Idaho. Revere was 76.

1. Dead End Night (Foos) - 2:49
2. Do You Really Mind (Bradley, Foos) - 3:12
3. Magazine (Bradley) - 3:00
4. Don't Leave Me Tomorrow (Bradley) - 3:01
5. Somebody (Bradley) - 2:58
6. Louie Louie (Berry) - 3:20
7. Hungry (Mann, Weill) - 3:00
8. Steppin' Out (Lindsay) - 2:56
9. Just Like Me (Dey, Hart) - 2:28
10.Kicks (Mann, Weill) - 2:49
Tracks 6 and 10 recorded live in 1982 at Milwaukee Festival

The Raiders
*Paul Revere - Keyboards
*Michael Bradley - Guitar, Vocals
*Omar Martinez - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
*Danny Krause - Keyboards, Vocals
*Doug Heath - Guitar
*Ron Foos - Bass

Paul Revere And The Raiders
1963-65  Mojo Work Out (Sundazed issue)
1965-67  Evolution to Revolution: 5 Classic Albums (2013 double disc remaster)
1967  A Christmas Present... And Past
1968  Goin' To Memphis (Sundazed remaster)
1968  Something Happening  (Repertoire digipack remaster and expanded)
1969  Alias Pink Puzz (Sundazed remaster)
1969  Hard 'N' Heavy With Marshmallow (Sundazed issue)
1970-71  Indian Reservation / Collage (2009 remaster)
Related Act
1970  Mark Lindsay - Arizona / Silverbird

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