Paul Revere & the Raiders

The Complete Columbia Singles

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The Complete Columbia Singles Review

by Steve Leggett

The most versatile of the R&B-steeped bar bands that played the club circuit in the Pacific Northwest in the early '60s, Paul Revere & the Raiders at their best somehow managed to merge Spike Jones, King Curtis, James Brown, the Byrds, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Kinks, and the Rolling Stones into one rollicking pop pastiche. They also had energy, drive, and ambition, and they knew how -- and were willing -- to play the game. This three-disc, 66-track set collects all of the singles, both A- and B-sides, the group released for Columbia Records between 1963 and 1975. There’s a little bit of everything here, from crisp soul-jazz (“Night Train,” “Swim,” “Terry’s Tune”) to California surf (“Corvair Baby”), R&B country (“Leslie,” “Seaboard Line Boogie”), Beatlesque pop (“There She Goes,” “Him or Me -- What’s It Gonna Be?”), and the punk garage sound of the band’s biggest hits (“Just Like Me,” “Kicks,” “Hungry,” “Good Thing”). It adds up to a pretty concise portrait of a remarkably entertaining band whose pretensions only occasionally overwhelmed its R&B-fueled pop energy.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:45 Amazon
2 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:57 Amazon
3 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:45 Amazon
4 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:33 Amazon
5 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:16 Amazon
6 Paul Revere & the Raiders 01:56 Amazon
7 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:30 Amazon
8 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:28 Amazon
9 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:13 Amazon
10 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:34 Amazon
11 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:31 Amazon
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Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:14 Amazon
13 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:25 Amazon
14 Paul Revere & the Raiders 05:09 Amazon
15 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:29 Amazon
16 Paul Revere & the Raiders 04:06 Amazon
17 Paul Revere & the Raiders 03:00 Amazon
18 Paul Revere & the Raiders 01:48 Amazon
19 Paul Revere & the Raiders 03:01 Amazon
20 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:10 Amazon
21 Paul Revere & the Raiders 03:05 Amazon
22 Paul Revere & the Raiders 01:48 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:53 Amazon
2 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:24 Amazon
3 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:44 Amazon
4 Paul Revere & the Raiders 03:08 Amazon
5 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:22 Amazon
6 Paul Revere & the Raiders 03:14 Amazon
7 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:30 Amazon
8 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:17 Amazon
9 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:53 Amazon
10 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:11 Amazon
11 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:17 Amazon
12 Paul Revere & the Raiders 01:48 Amazon
13 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:31 Amazon
14 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:57 Amazon
15 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:04 Amazon
16 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:46 Amazon
17 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:38 Amazon
18 Paul Revere & the Raiders 04:02 Amazon
19 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:33 Amazon
20 Paul Revere & the Raiders 03:40 Amazon
21 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:48 Amazon
22 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:38 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Paul Revere & the Raiders 03:01 Amazon
2 Paul Revere & the Raiders 03:03 Amazon
3 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 03:52 Amazon
4 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 04:19 Amazon
5 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 02:41 Amazon
6 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 02:36 Amazon
7 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 02:56 Amazon
8 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 03:24 Amazon
9 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 02:45 Amazon
10 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 04:07 Amazon
11 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 02:32 Amazon
12 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 02:45 Amazon
13 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 03:08 Amazon
14 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 02:42 Amazon
15 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 03:35 Amazon
16 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 03:05 Amazon
17 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 03:43 Amazon
18 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 02:59 Amazon
19 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 02:44 Amazon
20 Paul Revere & the Raiders feat: The Raiders 03:11 Amazon
21 Paul Revere & the Raiders 03:10 Amazon
22 Paul Revere & the Raiders 02:58 Amazon
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