Midnight Ride – Paul Revere and the Raiders (1966)

Album no. 68/1001

Here we go, straight up rock and roll. Get around it. The guitars on this sound GREAT. Also Christie didn’t seem to notice the organ, which is definitely a positive.

Paul Revere was an organist and bandleader, and not actually the singer of this band. I’m glad I read up a bit about this band before we published this because I would have looked pretty stupid. The singer was a guy called Mark Lindsay.

The wikipedia page for Paul Revere and The Raiders lists over 30 past and present members, which seems like a lot. At one point basically everybody left except Paul. I felt a bit sorry for him. Anyway, forget about that, this album is dope.

Have you listened to this album before?

NK: Not a once. I have never heard of old mate Paul.

CL: NOPE. I’ve never heard of these people.

Standout track

NK: ‘Kicks’ is the best. It’s really good. There are some other good songs, but ‘Kicks’ is phenomenal.

CL: ‘I’m Not Your Stepping Stone’. THIS IS THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THIS SONG! Sorry Monkees – even though everyone loves your version, OLD MATE PAUL RECORDED IT FIRST. Having said that, the first time I heard that song was the pretty excellent 1995 cover I had on a really wicked Hit Machine compilation CD. It’s pretty great. (I’m so sorry for what happened to your song Paul.)

NK: I disagree somewhat about that cover being ‘pretty great’. It’s straight up bad. The version on this album is waaaaaaaaaaaay better.

CL: ‘Melody For An Unknown Girl’s is sort of weird. It’s got this weird sax right in the middle, old mate talking over the top about some songs having words and others not having words… it was a weird song to finish on.

NK: That one didn’t really work for me. I thought basically all the rest were bangers though.

When would be the best time to listen to this?

NK: I got a really country vibe from this. I think it’s the singer’s voice (not Paul! Who knew?) and the jangly guitars. This is what I imagine country rock would sound like if it was good. ‘Kicks’ is on the Mafia 3 soundtrack, and I can absolutely recommend it for driving really fast around the Bayou in a late 60’s hot rod.

CL: I’d say this is appropriate for any sort of activity. It has a lot of excellent songs. 

Why has this album been included on the list?

NK: It’s pretty damn rocking, I’ll tell you that. The guitars and organ are all pretty dirty, the vocals are a bit shouty, and the songs are quite dark in places as well. ‘Kicks’ is about somebody struggling with a drug problem, which is unusual subject matter for a rocking opener.

CL: See, this is a real question. While I really liked it, I can’t really see what was influential about this. Or, anything out of the ordinary. It’s great! But really, lots of other bands were doing a similar sort of thing. It’s a bit of a mystery. 

Will you be listening again?  

NK: You bet. I liked this a lot.

CL: I quite enjoyed it! There were a lot of pretty good songs on here. I actually went back and listened to it again straight away – so that’s a good sign. It’s worth a listen.

Rating

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Listen to Midnight Ride on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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