The Remains

Live in Boston

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This live-in-the-studio demo was accorded raves by the few collectors who managed to hear it before its appearance on this LP. Although Remains leader Barry Tashian had said that it captures the band's prowess better than their studio material, in the event it's a disappointment. Six of the seven songs are cover versions of very well-known rock hits -- "Johnny B. Goode," "I'm A Man," "All Day and All of the Night," "Hang on Sloopy," "Like a Rolling Stone" -- competently done, but hardly revelatory, as the Remains' chief strength was their excellent songwriting. The version of the original tune "Why Do I Cry" is indeed fine and powerful, but the Remains' legacy is best heard on the excellent, nearly all-original The Remains collection on Epic.