Midnight Ride is the fifth studio album by American pop rock group Paul Revere & the Raiders; released by Columbia Records (CS 9308). Produced by Terry Melcher and released in May 1966, the album featured the U.S. top five single "Kicks." The album also includes "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," The Monkees' version of which became a U.S. Top 20 hit in 1967.The album is unique in the band's discography in that it contains songwriting credits by all five bandmembers. Stylistic changes, combined with arguments over which group members were to get their songs included on the band's albums, resulted in lead guitarist Drake Levin quitting the group following the release of Midnight Ride. The album also marked the end of the band's relationship with the Brill Building music publishing house, where "Kicks" and "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" were written.Wikipedia
"Paul, Revere, Jack and John Raider, thanks for coming to see me. Sit down and I'll cut to the chase. We got your demo, liked it and want you to cut a record. Something in the modern day vernacular that sounds like you made it burning the midnight oil. Something that sounds both a part of and apart from the current generation. You dig? That's what our research says gets the kids off these days. They want to rebel but they also want to be their parents. Don't ask me, I don't understand. My daughter's doing all sorts of... but never mind that. Keep the yowls, we like them, but add more bottom. You know, drama, atmosphere, both ends burning. And don't take it easy on the girls either. Name them, call them out - 'Little girl' this, 'What'cha doin' girl?' that. But don't actually name them. Keep it general. Don't take this the wrong way, but you guys aren't the strongest when it comes to specifics. Leave that to [redacted]. Speaking of which, we picked out a few records for you to listen to, just for a bit of inspiration. One each by [names redacted]. You got it? Good. Now bring me a hit!"
FUN record with some great tracks in 'Kicks', 'I'm Not Your Stepping Stone' and 'Take a Look at Yourself'. A good portion of non-memorable tracks and 'Little Girl in the 4th Row' is a bit tedious. For a band who, according to their name, should oppose the British Invasion, they sure do sound a lot like their contemporaries - just almost breaking out into 'Day Tripper' on 'Louie, Go Home'.
I find the inclusion of this album on the list interesting. I always thought of Paul Revere and the Raiders as a disposable bubble gum band. Perhaps their critical rehabilitation has something to do with Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which featured their "Hungry" in the soundtrack, and even a discussion of how underrated they were. Well, listening to Midnight Ride, PR&TR seem to be a workmanlike pop band with a decidedly garage-y orientation, and that's true enough. Boyce & Hart's I'm Not Your Stepping Stone fits the group like a pair of stone-washed jeans whereas the Monkees were just playing at (however convincingly) being a garage band. Paul Revere & The Raiders can also whip up a pure pop chorus if the mood strikes them. But they are much more than a poppy garage band. There She Goes and Take A Look At Yourself are convincing takes on the country pop/rock of the Gosdin Brothers. SS 396 and Corvair Baby are expert nods to the Beach Boys. The group even picks up on the then current trend of raga rock here and there. Less compellingly, there is the wan balladry of Little Girl in the 4th Row and the dad schmaltz of Melody for an Unknown Girl, which could almost be a Perry Como cover. Nonetheless, the overall effect is workmanlike rather than inspired, as compared to the Monkees. That's an unfair comparison in that the Monkees had the cream of professional songwriters pumping out tunes for them and were backed by the best studio musicians money could buy, whereas PR&TR mostly relied on the native talent of the group, but the band invites it the comparison with their genre hopping and occasional poppy choruses. I wish PR&TR had shown a little more discipline and toned down their garage band tendencies a little, emphasized the poppy choruses, and jettisoned the ballads and schmaltz. I think they probably had a solid album in them, but this isn't it.
Stellar classic rock and roll. 12-bar blues. Great melodies, lyrics. Recognized a few songs, even though I’d not heard the name Paul Revere and the Raiders before. Right in my wheelhouse
PRETTY COOL 60´S SOUND
Girl in the 4th row was hella creepy... Maybe I'm missing some context there.
Leuke verrassing. Ik vond de nummers heel afwisselend, en erg opgewekt
The style is not very unique, but the execution is great. Nice basic rhythms to dance to, but each song is distinct enough that it doesn't get boring. This goes for the lyrics too, they aren't very deep, but each song tells a different story. Listening to the album just made me happy, so five stars.
Crazy that I had never even heard of this band before today. Super-into the classic 60s rock'n'roll vibe; miss this kind of music that just doesn't get made anymore. Maybe not a truly "5" album, but it's so refreshing to listen to.
Mostly great fun. Exemplifies the 60s in my mind. I can even excuse the myriad issues with Little Girl in the 4th Row as relics of a bygone age. Ballad of a Useless Man is oddly catchy for a song about an alcoholic living on the streets. And Melody for an Unknown [Woman] could have used even fewer words if you ask me. But overall, this is a good time capsule and just a good time.
This definitely sounded like a 60s jam and I had a lot of fun listening.
Super classic. I put this on when my father in law visits.
mmm catchy. ‘melody for an unknown girl’ best track. this was cool cos there was range and it felt really well composed. OG stepping stone whaaaaaat?!
Kicks is great
Rock and roll, 1966. Un poco country rock&roll.
Pues sí, sí apruebo. Muy entretenido de escuchar, vibras doorsianas en muchas canciones, intervenciones de country, rock psicodelico, 70s' shit en los 90, chidito, aunque no mucha variedad de moods, salvo la ocasional balada. Mis favoritas fueron: there she goes, que tiene una vibra Grease, I'm not you Steppin Stone, que es una de las más Doors-sound-alike y Take a look at Yourself. Mood: Fake-Hippies
This one was fun! I especially liked the last song, thought it was a very silly but fun premise. Would like to listen to the full album, as I only found it on youtube and some songs were unavailable :(
Mix of styles from kinks beatles doors and some songs you know. 4 is generous but hey
Really enjoyed this. Nice variety and every song has a great hook
Decent actually. The melody song was cool
Few good tracks. Has different styles that I associate with various bands from this era. Seems like they have good range.
- Nice breadth of genre - feels influential, almost white stripes-esque? - strong musicianship
Very cool early-Beatles sort of thing. Catchy and fun. I could happily listen to this any day
This is a really sweet album. Kind of reminds me of the Yardbirds. I especially love the closing track!
Love this album! A great slice of mid-60s psych.
That was cool, though first half was better
Pretty good - never heard this before…
pretty good, I loved how much they messed with time signatures, regularly jumping between a 4/4 and 3/4 I’ll give it a 7/10
Enjoyable 60s rock that sounds very Beatles esque
Great groovy album love the 60's pop rock organ sounds. A very rock n' roll feeling.
1,001 albums... There was a time when I had little or no interest in post-British invasion garage rock but I really dig this stuff when I'm in the mood these days. I don't know a great deal about Paul Revere and the Raiders beyond the fact that they had plenty of hits in the USA in the mid- sixties and that they used to dress up in American revolution gear - something which no doubt gave them a bit of attention but affected their credibility long-term. Anyway, I enjoyed this album for the large part. The garage rock stuff is energetic and fun and there are more than hints of the Beach Boys in the mushier numbers. A keeper.
Fun 60s rock. A few real bangers on here, especially Shake It Up, Kicks, and I'm Not Your Stepping Stone
Bold, unpretentious 60s pop rock. Not a lot not to like. enjoyed it as an album in 2022 so its prob worth an extra point for being written in 1966. 4/5
Una época que mereix revisions periòdiques, perquè està plena de petites troballes que valen molt la pena. El garage rock és un génere especialment procliu a això i aquest disc és una de les seves joies. Meravellós
A band I wasn't familiar with, but I like this album. A bit pop, a bit garage, a bit psychedelic, with a bit of soul thrown in.
Tuntematon platta mutta aika tiukkaa jopa aika Kinks henkistä garageajeluu! Siis täähän oli ihan munan kova! Miten en oo kuullu tätä aikaisemmin??? I’m not your steppin’ stone on todella väkevä 4/5
Great! There were enough songs I wanted to return to to make this album a 4/5 for me
Did not know this album / band - not sure if it belongs to the list but I quite liked it: good-sounding 60s garage rock except for the last song (Melody..), which I would give 5 stars.
A very enjoyable 60’s rock album. Best song was Kicks.
This was good
Curiosidad musical de esas que le gustan a Tarantino (lo digo porque son parte del soundtrack de Once Upon A Time In Hollywood) con todos los componentes de una banda de los 60 incluyendo detalles al estilo de los Kinks, de los Monkees y obviamente de los Beatles. La verdad es que el disco me gustó y aunque quizá no sea la nueva piedra angular de mi colección, le alcanza para la 4ª estrella, por la calidad de su sonido en 1966.
Really enjoyed this listen, and had no clue that they sang 'Stepping Stone'
Great, sounds a bit like they're riffing off the Beatles and the Stones at the same time! Very 60s, very British Invasion sounding (but from the US), very very good.
7/10. Liked a few songs quite a bit, and the rest were generally pleasant
I really enjoyed this late '60s fun (if sometimes quite dated). Hey, they're from Boise!
It was interesting (apparently their gimmick was revolutionary war uniforms during the "british invasion"!) and pretty decent. Sometimes I forget there's 60s music that isn't the Beatles, but it's never quite as good.
What a unique intersection of rock and roll
It starts off really strong, but it falls off pretty hard the last few songs, especially the last two. 3/5
Has a few of this group's great songs, but in total album was only ok
Nice 60s Rock
Muy beatlesco para mi gusto. Hay canciones entretenidas como "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" que me parecieron entretenidas. Asimismo, hay buenos guitarrazos de repente y momentos muy buena onda, frescos. No obstante, no es un disco al que regresaría. 7/10
I thought this was a cool album for sure! I liked the vibes and felt that it was quite silly but in a fun way. I really appreciate how it wasn't as serious as a lot of the other albums from this decade that we've gotten (looking at you Bee Gees)
Ild always generally avoided Paul Revere and the Raiders due to their ridiculous revolutionary war garb. “Really? That’s pretty stupid” thought little Johnny when he was 10 or 12 years old. The band is better than the outfits, but nothing spectacular. I like “kicks” and also “I’m not your stepping stone”, but the rest average. 3.5 stars and rounding down for sartorial silliness.
The only 2 songs I was familiar with on this album are Kicks and I'm Not Your Stepping Stone. The later more because of the Monkey's cover. I like the album, but it feels like pretty generic 60s pop rock and I'd rather listen to The Beatles
3.5/5 strong beatles vibes, relisten
Surprisingly decent - or maybe I’m desperate for this for awful run of albums to end and this was simply better than the rest recently
His has all the right vibes from the period: blues, rock, and whatever we want to consider the beach boys. I feel like if I were a teen during their heyday I could really be a fan girl.
Not bad- definitely getting Beatles vibes. 3 stars.
Did they want to be The Beach Boys? it was ok.
Pretty solid little 60s rock album
Solid, fun to listen to classic rock.
Early psychedelic work. Frank Zappa vibes. Pretty good, but I’m not crazy about it.
A perfectly fine album, very garage rock for the time. Can see some modern albums that fit within this framework in some stylistic and sound choices. Best: Kicks Worst: Melody for an Unknown Girl 2.5 Stars
Mmmmm, mucha variedad de géneros en un mismo álbum. No identifique el género del grupo. Las canciones son entretenidas y tan diferentes entre ellas.
"There's Always Tomorrow" is basically the same as Bob Dylan's 115th Dream Solid meh - seems like pretty typical 60's rock. A bit copycat of the Beatles. Not offensive generally but also don't really get why this would be special.
The lead off track and single were fun and well written, as is most of the album. Nothing life changing or truly memorable, but not bad by any means.
really striking instrumentals, but the vocals are really dated
As 60s as it gets. Psych rock
typical 60s softrock
Manages to sound like The Beatles, The Doors, and The Beach Boys all at once, while predating pretty much all of them. That counts for something!
Ok - recognised at least one song (stepping stone)
Decent, fun sounds here and there.
Good, enjoyable pop songs
Jamma, måst int lyssna före död dock
Dopo essere sopravvissuto alla noia mortale del disco di Sinatra, questo sembrava quasi l'album del secolo. Se non fosse che a un certo punto parte un pezzo cantato in italiano "Ma che cazzo è?!" mi son detto, poi sono andato a controllare e praticamente è stato inserito nell'edizione del 2000, quindi ho deciso di fare finta di niente. Concludendo penso che siano stati abbastanza piacevoli e che quest'album abbia un non so che di moderno, considerando che sia stato pubblicato nel '66 (e qui mi ricollego a quello che ho scritto sull'album di Dr.John.. Suonava malissimo in contronto). Per me è un 3 pieno, forse anche grazie a Sinatra!
Not a bad albu, starts out with some fine songs. Love their take on Stepping Stone. It gets a little silly at the end finishing with two songs about cars that are both pretty lame. All-in-all a fun listen. 3.5 stars
No está mal, se deja escuchar. Tiene un par de temas buenos: "Kicks" y "I'm not your stepping stone". Me ha gustado también la "surfera" SS 396.
Enjoyed the classic 60s vibe.
It has a lot to contend with in its era, nothing incredible and bit of it are pretty corny and leans into the 1950s early 60s pop cringe, but still it brings enough to the table to spice up the 60s. 3 stars because I love it and I hate it
Classic 60s album. Nothing spectacular compared to the bigger names from that time.
I'm getting a strong sense how hard it must have been to stay relevant as an American rock band in the mid-1960s. You've got to keep it hooky, keep it fresh, offer something more than the average frat band. It's pretty palpable here, listening to the Raiders try to figure out their sound. That said, this album was a fun listen, better than I expected. Stylistically it's a little wacky, like they don't know if they want to be a garage band or to try and be the Beach Boys or the Byrds, so why not all of the above. To be fair, they do a pretty good job at it. It's punchy, energetic, and musically pretty solid. No, none of these songs are especially inspired music. It is mostly an enjoyable listen though. I did not realize the Raiders actually released "Stepping Stone" prior to the Monkees. Their version is actually pretty excellent. Fave Songs: There's Always Tomorrow, Kicks, There She Goes, I'm Not Your Stepping Stone
Kinda boring. Never listened to Paul Revere and was expecting something closer to the Animals but this album didn’t really grab my attention
Nova amostra de rock clássico com boa pegada
Nice pop, didn't massively stand out 3.3
Kinda fun I guess, although I'm not entirely sure why its on the list
Good old rock
4 Great album. Very nice vibe. Fuckin'ell but the harmonica is back raping my ears in "Get It On" 3
I thought it was fun and interesting. Nothing out of the ordinary but it was cool !
Not very memorable
Some good stuff
This isn't the Beastie Boys? Best track: All I Really Need is You
Cest boon, un bon vibe rock and roll. Pour le meme genre j’ai mieux les albums rock classique de cette liste.rolling stone. 3.5
Rock and roll animoso. Encajaría en alguna película de Tarantino o de Austin Powers.
One of those '60s psych rock albums that all kind of blend together. It's alright, but nothing crazy. Favorite tracks: Ballad of a Useless Man, I'm Not Your Stepping Stone, Melody for an Unknown Girl. Album art: I do like this cover. Much spookier than the ordinary band photo, I appreciate the effort. 3/5
Enjoyed this oldie especially SS 396 Chevelle song
I’ve never heard of PT&TR before now but have heard songs like stepping stones in the past. Certainly influences from the beach boys, Rolling Stones and Beatles, as well as blues, skiffle, a bit of C&W as well as 60’s pop. Not a bad album, as others have said it’s a shame they couldn’t have focused their sound a little more and become more individual.
It's a fairly enjoyable mid 60s rock album.
Has a wildness to it with guitar sounds on KICK (the stand out track) reminding me of what the Velvet Underground sounds like a year later (it has proto-punk quality) but they are by no means as out-there as Velvet Underground and is instead more blues rocky. It is an alright listen, I'd say it is a big 3 but have a hard time going to 4.
This was a good if somewhat generic sounding 60’s pop-rock album. Enjoyed it even if not really breaking new ground.
This was better than I thought it would be.
Very conflicting deciding if its cool that their music gets featured in Tarantino movies and sounds like a time capsule to the 60s, or if it's uncool for the same reasons. Guess it depends on whether I can tolerate the psychedelic organ/keyboard sound or not. Overall it is a meh but there is some nice tracks like Kicks, I'm Not Your Stepping Stone, and Take a Look at Yourself. Has a good guitar tone too which I can't fault.
I'm expecting solid 60's rock and roll. Kind of a silly cover, though. First song is familiar. Channeling future Nancy Reagan I guess. As the rest of the album spools by many of the tunes are familiar. Straight middle of the road undifferentiated 60's rock with (let's be honest) dorky lyrics. The album is fine, the group is fine, there is a reason they had so many hits. They can write a catchy tune. But to me it sounds like the are inspired by everyone else, not pushing the envelope so much themselves. Which is a nice comfortable space and can produce enjoyable music, which this is. But did I need to hear it before I die? Not especially. Paul Revere and the Raiders are the SS 396 of 60's pop.
3.5 - It’s got that swinging 60s “groovy, baby” vibe. Austin Powers probably shaves his balls to this music. Comes with a predictable dose of pedophilia (see “Little Girl in the 4th Row”).
Classic 60s incl I’m Not Your Stepping Stone
Mostly just typical 60s pop-rock with a few standout tracks. Classics: None Standouts: Kicks, I"m Not Your Stepping Stone, All I Really Need is You, Melody for an Unknown Girl Very Good: Little Girl in the 4th Row, Take A Look at Yourself 3 / 5
It's okay. I want to highlight two laughably obtuse statements from the entry on the list, however. "In the period that remains the high-water mark of pop music..." No, just no. The 80s were easily the high-water mark for pop music, with artists like Michael Jackson, Prince, and Madonna towering over the genre while new wave gave us a cross-pollination of post-punk weirdness and radio friendly hooks. To think that pop peaked in the 60s is to live with your head in the sand. You shouldn't be writing about music. And second, "Pop-punk just does not get any better." No. Just no. To call this album punk is an absurd stretch - the genre was embryonic at this point - you could make an argument that it's proto-punk, but that's still a stretch. There are a couple moments here and there on this album that share a clear lineage with the punk genre. But this most certainly isn't the best pop-punk. Beyond the absurdity of calling something the best of a genre it isn't even in, it's not even as good as a Ramones album. It's about on par with the best Green Day album, but Green Day isn't the peak of anything. Fuck outta here with this jobber BS.
Yeah this is from 1966.
No täähän oli yllättävän kivaa. 3.5/5
Decent 60s beat pop - very Byrds-esque chiming guitars on some songs. Not Your Stepping Stone is the famous song, covered by The Monkees and The Sex Pistols.
Eclectic but ultimately not for me
actually not that bad
Listened to on 6/26/22 3.5/5 Favorite song: kicks, there’s always tomorrow Love the 60s energy with the tambourine - very easy to listen to but nothing wildly memorable
eu gosto muito desse albuns da segunda metade dos 60, tem uma pegada the doors e uma marginalidade the who
A couple of really great tracks like Kicks, Steppin’ Stone and Take a Look at Yourself keeps this record fun throughout. A few fillers here and there is almost unavoidable on a record like this, so I’m really not that bugged about that; even though it’s a shame that two of the weakest tracks, Get It On & Louise is right next to each other. A fun record nonetheless!
Pretty enjoyable album and one of the better 60s rock groups I've heard. However this general era of rock just isn't my thing, especially with how far rock has come since then it just doesn't hold up quite as well.
Entertaining bubblegum pop with an edge as Paul Revere & The Raiders try and out do The Beatles by apeing their style. Stepping Stone is a classic.
Best Song: I'm Not Your Stepping Stone. I can see, especially when the vocals get rawer and more akin to a growl, how this track would have gone on to influence a lot of the bands that came later. Worst Song: Melody for an Unknown Girl. The song itself is fine, whatever, but those spoken word sections are appalling. Jesus, self-awareness was a different beast in the 60s. Overall: Definitely seems like an album caught in a transitional period of music, with one foot in the future for progressive songs like "Stepping Stone", and one foot in the past with the more tempered, rock-and-roll beats that make up the rest of the album. They can't decide if they want to be Led Zeppelin or the Monkees. More of that future-oriented music would have made this album much better for me.
Big fun. That weird space when mop top pop started mutating into something more trippy. The instrumental is rubbish, though.
Buenas melodías y mejores hooks.
Some good tunes on here, good bit of classic nostalgia, but also some dodgy attempts to copy other bands that don't really come across
Yeah not bad. Could've done without the spoken track but hey.
Pretty nice 👌
A little more rocking than most bubblegum pop from that era.
This did that 60s rock sound very well, if you ever need/want to listen to that style the this is your album
I don’t have the faintest idea why this is on the list. It’s not bad, just ugh. 5/10
I’ve always liked the song Kicks, and I am familiar with the tune I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone. The rest of this is new to me. I like the generous use of organ. Kicks is definitely the stand out track here. I didn’t love the Little Girl in the 4th Row (in English or Italian), but the bonus car songs (SS396 and Corsair) made up for those. Overall a groovy time.
2.5/5. This music is strange. At times I get some Beach Boys sounds, but then some of their other songs are just not that good. Overall, this is fine, just a little boring for me.
Did not know the band and found the album pleasant but not special. So 3*
Midnight Ride is the fifth album by American rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders. It was promoted by the US top 5 single "Kicks" which made the album popular. This album has been certified gold in the US and is considered the band's pinnacle. This was a great rock and roll album that gave me nostalgia, even though I wasn't born until about 30 years after the album. I'm glad I had a chance to listen to it.
ok.. niente di che
Beach boys vibes, without the fun. 60s vaguely psychedelic pop/rock. Not my jam.
Generic 60's pop rock. I love/hate how often they committed to the Paul Revere/minutemen costumes in performances and other promos tho.
Mid-sixties pop. How were groups like this meant to keep up with The Beatles and Bob Dylan at this point? They couldn't so the produced bog standard stuff like this. BT: Kicks, (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone, Louie Go Home
Not to be revered
Melody for an unknown girl ruined this for me. Solid 3 star except for this song.
It was ok, and I learnt a little bit about 18th century American history.
Only listened to "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone". I didn't like it but I like the singer's voice
I've got a horse right here / his name is Paul Revere / and he's amply supported by The Raiiiiiiiders / They're gonna sing some songs / in as many 60s styles as possible / and some of them are going to be fiiiiiiiiiine.
I’ve heard the Beatles. I don’t need another one.
Kinda boomer-y, like the kinds of songs my uncle has been jamming and singing to himself for 20 years. Not terrible though.
Displayed some themes that other bands would build on later but despite that this album didn’t do much for me on its own. Repetitive melodies and trite lyrics.
Not terrible, but also not that enjoyable
When aliens arrived on planet earth in 1965, they listened to the top forty and thought, yeah we could have a crack at that. And that ladies and gentlemen is how Paul Revere and the Raiders were formed. A band so devoid of originality but what do you expect from an algorithm from outer space.
I'm more familiar with the Beach Boys, and maybe that's why, but this album seems like a Beach Boys knock-off, down to the "car" songs. I dug it, but all I could think of was this was like K-Mart Beach Boys. Nothing wrong with that, but not exactly sure why this album is included in the list. 2.5/5.
Just not really my thing. Dated and not particularly good. 4/10.
Some pretty good 60's songs mixed with some pretty mediocre 60's songs. This is punctuated with the strange smooth jazz instrumental with a spoken word piece in the beginning and end about some random girl. Weird.
Quando è partito il primo pezzo (Kicks) un po' mi sono acceso perché l'ho trovato interessante e moderno, soprattutto la costruzione della voce. Ho anche pensato subito che però ormai ho capito per esperienza che spesso questo tipo di musica non regge un album intero e in effetti penso che anche questo album non faccia eccezione. Una volta tanto mi trovo d'accordo con la popolarità e penso che Kicks è probabilmente il pezzo più interessante dell'album. Il fatto che è il primo sicuramente non aiuta. Gli altri pezzi sono sicuramente godibili ma molto meno originali e passano un po' sullo sfondo. Ci sono vari tentativi di fare qualcosa di diverso (All I Really Need Is You) ma non sono sicuro che siano riusciti. Ho fatto anche un'eccezione alla regola e mi sono sentito la versione italiana di Little Girl in the 4th row, cringe! E' un 2.5 che non mi sento di promuovere a 3 (devo ammettere che la batteria pannata quasi hard left ha contribuito).
Bluesy rock from the 60s. Sounds at times like The Beatles, Doors, Beach Boys, Animals..... super unoffensive, moderately enjoyable.
Took me a while to get into it but eventually I zoned out and made do through 1.8
Haha these are the anti-drug losers. "Kicks" sounds ok, nothing great, but it's just an anti-drug message written by producers for the public to nod in approval. Lame. The Monkees did "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" better. A generic 60s album that sounds like they're copying the top pop rock and garage rock bands of the era, like The Sonics and The Kinks. Bad songwriting, but there is diversity in the tracks, and only a little more than half of them sound truly awful. I really liked their "Indian Reservation" song from several years later, but not much else.
Nice but nothing to write home about
Weird 60z rock
Pure 60s pop. Very much forgettable, so-called "hit song" "kicks" is super weak sauce considering what else was coming out at the time. This is like the Maroon 5 of today, popular but irrelevant long term.
Viihdyttävää, mut ei maata mullistavaa. Kyllä se sen kirjan vaatis, että lukis näistä miks löytyy listalta
Taustalla soi ja ei oikein millään tavalla jäänyt mieleen.
My first exposure to music came probably before I could walk as my parents had one of those massive 8000lb stereo consoles - about 7 feet wide, speakers embedded, turntable AND... an 8-track player. Worst music format ever? Some songs would be playing and *CLICK!* right in the middle of a damn song... more of a pause....then another *CLICK* and the song would continue. Apparently it could only play a few minutes (10 maybe?) at a time before clicking to the next "track" - brutal. This long annoying intro is only to state that one of the 8 tracks my dad had was a Paul Revere & The Raiders album. Funny how the band was apparently quite big in the late 60s/early 70s but you never hear of them now. I never really gravitated towards them; I was more into the CSN but I suppose one could do worse for late 60s rock. "Kicks" and "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" are the hits, and I'd be fine hearing another song or two but in the end I'm still not getting a lot out of this - the simple twangy music is just not my bag. I did find the 180-turn funny that just yesterday a live ELP album was the album of the day...just a little different. 4/10 2 stars.
First listen. I really like Melody for an Unknown Girl. Other than that, pretty forgettable. 2/5
I don't know if they are british since their name and discography heavily implies American roots, they certainly feel british. I just googled and they are from Boise Idaho. Regardless, this shouldn't be on the list. One more "rock pop" band banging tambourines and keeping their keel as even as possible is not something to be honored on this list. I can almost guarantee the real Paul Revere was much more interesting and I pray that this midnight ride does not indicate that the british are coming in our next albums this week.
A LOT of filler
If '60s rock is a class then this album is that one kid who nobody remembers after graduation. PS. Is it just me or are '60s singers a bit too fond on calling women "little girls"? I guess it's another '60s feature that got mixed in this generic album.
Fun sixties album, but nothing it stands out. It is not a must listen to record.
Letkeää ja suoraviivaista useampi biisi autoista :D ei kuitenkaan maailman kiinnostavinta, 2/5
Mediocre garage pop.
This is blue-eyed something-or-other, not overdone which is a mercy. One of those projects that balances pop with sonic stretches, not so long here, just enough for a half hour.
Very dated 60's garage rock. No my thing but could see why this stands above similar bands - some good hooks and deviations in the songwriting.
This album has some good songs but nothing special
Un poco repetitivo. Las canciones lentas son un poco de tortura. Kicks es la mejor del disco. 2.5 que no puedo subir a 3 porque en general no me atrapó.
Basic bitch 60-tallsshit
Disco mediocre, puro filler. Sin embargo, Kicks, There's Always Tomorrow, Louie, Go Home y Stepping Stone son clásicos del garage y la verga.
Never heard of it before today. not surprised. wont be returning to it.
Total bubble gum bullshit. I didn't like them in the 0's, still don't.
why is this here
Pure bubblegum pop. Which is fine, I guess. But most of it doesn't really move you the way it did in the 60s. There's more than a little Beach Boys influence here. But the Beach Boys definitely do it better. I guess this KINDA makes sense if you think of this list as 1001 historically significant albums. But not 1001 of the best albums. Because this isn't it.
What an odd collection of songs…can’t tell what this band wants to sound like because they’ve replicated all the styles of their day.
How many songs can you write about cars. Paul Revere Dick was the founding fathers' favorite pick-up line, right after "the Brits aren't the only ones who will be coming"