Mark Lindsay

The Best of Mark Lindsay

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In 1969, Mark Lindsay, lead singer, songwriter, and producer of Paul Revere & the Raiders, launched a solo career (while continuing his duties with the group) as a singer of middle-of-the-road pop. The market-savvy Lindsay, recognizing his band's declining fortunes, had also identified a new direction for himself. In the late '60s, horn-driven bands like Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago were succeeding, while, simultaneously, a new style of rock-influenced, country-tinged adult pop was being purveyed by such performers as Glen Campbell, Neil Diamond, and Tom Jones. Lindsay saw himself in this mold as a solo singer. He turned over production duties to Jerry Fuller, who had recently handled the board for a series of hits by Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, and he got Jimmy Webb, who had penned hits for Campbell, the 5th Dimension, and Richard Harris, to write his debut solo single, "First Hymn from Grand Terrace." It was only a minor chart entry, but the follow-up, "Arizona," hit the Top Ten and went gold in early 1970 and the next year Lindsay focused more on his solo career than he did on Paul Revere & the Raiders, resulting in another six singles-chart entries through the fall of 1971, among them the Top 40 hit "Silver Bird" as well as three chart LPs. But the singles did progressively less well and the surprise Raiders hit "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)" in the summer of 1971 caused Lindsay to turn his attention back to the group. He still released occasional solo singles over the next few years, but they didn't attract any attention. This budget-priced best-of gathers all eight of his chart singles as well as "Problem Child," a 1975 non-charting single, and "Counter Clockwise," which seems to be a previously unreleased track. "Problem Child" and the funky rocker "Are You Old Enough" (Lindsay's last charting single) have not been released on an album before. Thus, Lindsay and Raiders fans will want to pick up this collection; but more casual fans should also be interested, since Lindsay is a credible pop singer, and here is effectively performing songs written by Webb, Diamond, David Gates, and Mac Davis, among others.

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