Paul Revere & The Raiders: Freddy Weller, Mark Lindsay, Paul Revere, Joe Jr., Charlie Coe.
Producer: Terry Melcher.
Reissue producer: Bob Irwin.
Personnel: Glen Campbell, James Burton, Jerry Cole, Joel Scott Hill, Keith Allison, Mike Deasy, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal (guitars); Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, David Burke, Joseph Stepansky , Albert Steinberg, Lou Klass, James Bond , William Kursach, Israel Baker, Ralph Schaeffer (violin, viola); Jan Kelley, Emmet Sargeant , Margaret Aue, Raphael Kramer (cello); Terry Hoffman (harmonica); John Kelson, Jay Migliori, Jim Horn, Plas Johnson , Tom Scott (saxophone); Roy Caton, Jules Chaikin, Ollie Mitchell (trumpet); Louise Blackburn, Lew McCreary (trombone); Ron Collins, Larry Knechtel (piano, keyboards); Ed Thigpen, Charles Shoemaker (vibraphone, percussion); Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon , Jim Keltner (drums).
Liner Note Author: Mike Stax .
Recording information: Columbia Square Studios, Hollywood, CA (1967).
Arranger: Terry Melcher.
1967's REVOLUTION was Paul Revere and the Raiders' last hit album. Rapidly changing tastes in pop music rendered them yesterday's news rather quickly, which is a shame since this album's follow-up, SOMETHING'S HAPPENING, is one of their better releases. REVOLUTION is no slouch itself, taking the widened musical horizons of the preceding SPIRIT OF '67--folk-rock and sunshine pop interspersed with the R&B-laced frat-rock stompers which made their early name--and homogenizing them.
The result is an album which sounds more consistent than SPIRIT OF '67, but retains that album's charm. From the tough-guy opening "Him or Me--What's it Gonna Be?" to the more tender sentiments of "Upon Your Leaving," singer Mark Lindsay, keyboardist Revere and cohorts--gotta love a band with a member named "Fang"--play smart and substantial pop-rock which is much better than their Revolutionary War schtick might suggest.
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