Paul Revere & the Raiders

In the Beginning

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When Paul Revere & the Raiders became a commercial success on Columbia Records in 1966, Northwest independent Jerden Records released In the Beginning, a reissue of the group's second album, originally released on Sande in 1963 under the title Paul Revere & the Raiders. When released the first time around, it showed that the group had developed from the bar band material and gimmicky boogie-woogie instrumentals of 1960-1961 into a good R&B-based band with a stronger vocal focus, both on Mark Lindsay's lead singing and on the band's backup harmonies (though many of the tracks still were instrumentals). The material was covers of songs like "Honky Tonk," "Shake, Rattle & Roll," and "Don't Be Cruel," evidence that the Raiders had been listening to the radio carefully for suitable dance music. It took the studio polish of producer Terry Melcher to make them the band of "Kicks" and "Good Thing," but it was already apparent that the Raiders had been paying their dues.