The Phantom Raiders were ages 11-14 when they cut their first and only album, New Sound '67, on the Justice label. Based in North Carolina, the sextet consisted of Randy Lee (lead guitar-age 11!!!), Doug Almond (bass), Mitch Miller (drums), Eddie Smith (rhythm guitar), and Ricky Lee (rhythm guitar, lead vocals). They closed 1966 with an appearance at the Teen-a-Rama contest at the Charlotte Coliseum. Their repertory consisted mostly of covers of then popular hits, including "I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone, " "Gloria, " "Day Tripper, " "Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly" etc. The group had a fairly lean sound, and a very punkish sound as well, whether they were covering Monkees songs, Doors tunes, or surf instrumentals. The twin rhythm guitars, coupled with Mitch Miller's fairly aggressive drumming, gave their covers a lot of punch and a pretty heavy attack, even when its obvious that their reach exceeds their grasp, as on "Day Tripper." Ricky Lee's singing betrays a lingering adenoidal quality that only enhances the young defiant teen image.
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