Paul Revere & The Raiders – Hard ‘N’ Heavy / Indian Reservation (1969/1971) [Reissue 2019]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 69:06 minutes | Front, Scans NOT included | 3,25 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | 72:07m | Scans NOT included | 1,6 GB
2 LP on 1 SACD | Features Stereo and Quadrophonic Surround Sound | Vocalion # CDSML 8563
Paul Revere & the Raiders were hard-working American Rock & Roll band of the 1960s who gained plenty of hits but suffered in comparison with their flashier British counterparts. One of the most popular and entertaining rock groups of the 1960s, Paul Revere & the Raiders enjoyed seven years of serious chart action, and during their three biggest years (1966-1969), sold records in numbers behind only the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. This Dutton Vocalion’s reissue combines pair of the band’s albums – “Hard ‘n’ Heavy (with Marshmallow)” from 1969 and “Indian Reservation” from 1971, which features their first U.S. number one single (Indian Reservation).
Hard ‘N’ Heavy (With Marshmallow)
By the time of Paul Revere & the Raiders recorded Hard ‘N’ Heavy late in 1968, Mark Lindsay and Paul Revere were the only remaining original members of the band – yet, surprisingly, this album consisted entirely of band originals, which is a pretty daring move for the first long-player featuring a new lineup of any band; even more amazing is that it’s all good music. Bassist/guitarist Keith Allison, in particular, proved himself a special asset to the group throughout this album, not only with some very ballsy playing but three killer hard-rocking songs (co-written with Mark Lindsay) – the Stones-like “Time After Time” and “Out on That Road,” and “Without You.” These alternate with Lindsay’s smoother, generally more pop-oriented solo originals, and some competent, even catchy songs written by guitarist Freddy Weller and drummer Joe Correro. Lindsay’s “Cinderella Sunshine” is the highlight of the album, appearing on the 2000 Sundazed Records reissue in both its album incarnation and its shorter, punchier single version. There’s also an uncredited 16th track, “Everybody Loves Swingy,” written for a Mattel doll, that’s one of the most infectious rock & roll numbers ever cut by the band. Its presence also spotlights a conundrum that the Raiders faced in 1969 – it was a sign of just how much this band liked to make music that people could hum and dance to, and didn’t care for the “counterculture,” the soon-to-be Woodstock Nation, and other touchstones of late-’60s credibility; it might have been a sign that this band was never going to get with it, as far as rock credibility in the late ’60s, but heard today, the “Swingy” jingle seems poignantly innocent and honest, as well as being a catchy little song.
John D. Loudermilk’s composition “Indian Reservation (Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian),” a Native American protest song, doesn’t have much to do with The Raiders’ earlier music or image. But a hit is a hit is a hit, and the song went to number one in the summer of 1971, briefly resurrecting what had been a nearly moribund recording career for The Raiders. The inevitable cash-in album was an oddly thrown-together affair, including Raiders versions of songs like “The Shape of Things to Come” (from the movie Wild in the Streets, for which singer Mark Lindsay had been short-listed as the lead) and “Eve of Destruction” (guess it was the protest angle that got it on). Then there was Leon Russell’s “Prince of Peace” (Russell once subbed for Revere on a tour, so maybe there was some payback here) and the recent Stevie Wonder hit “Heaven Help Us All.” None of this sounded like Raiders material, but it did resemble the kind of stuff Lindsay was covering under his own name.
01. Mr Sun Mr Moon
02. Money Cant Buy Me
03. Time After Time
04. Ride on My Shoulder
05. Without You
07. Out on That Road
08. Hard and Heavy 5 String Soul Banjo
09. Where You Goin Girl
10. Cinderella Sunshine
11. Call on Me
12. Indian Reservation
13. The Shape of Things to Come
14. Prince of Peace
15. Heaven Help Us All
16. Take Me Home
17. Just Remember Youre My Sunshine
18. Come In Youll Get Pneumonia
19. Eve of Destruction
20. Birds of a Feather
21. The Turkey
Tracks “01-11” is “Hard ‘n’ Heavy (with marshmallow)” (LP ‘1969) – Previously unreleased as Quadrophonic
Tracks “12-21” is “Indian Reservation” (Quadrophonic LP ‘1971).
Remastered from the Original Master tapes by Michael J. Dutton.