The Remains

The Remains

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The first official release of their 1966 live-in-the-studio Capitol demo, in considerably better sound quality than when it appeared on a French import of dubious legality. This has a very high reputation in collector circles, but it is not the Remains at their best, principally because they record only one original ("Why Do I Cry"). The rest of the seven demos are high-energy run-throughs of typical live standards of the era, like "Hang on Sloopy," "I'm a Man," and "Johnny B. Goode." The CD is fleshed out with five previously unreleased demos of group originals (different versions of all of these appear on the Epic reissue), and a previously unknown demo of "Walkin' the Dog." Most listeners will be satisfied with Epic's excellent Remains retrospective, but this is a useful supplement for collectors who want a little more.

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