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Paul Revere and the Raiders - Like, Long Hairdotdotdot
artworkThis is Paul Revere and the Raiders first album, issued on Gardena in 1961. The tracks were recorded during 1960 and '61. Gary Paxton had his hand in a few. There's no surf here, but you'll find a rousing rendition of "Moon Dawg" that's very close to The Gamblers' original, and some solid B. Bumble and the Stingers' style instros, plus some club standard R&B instros as well.
Picks: Like Long Hair, Summer Time, Moon Dawg

Track by Track Review

Like Long Hair dotdotdot
Piano Boogie (Instrumental)

Influenced by the success of B. Bumble & the Stingers, Paul Revere and Mark Lindsey laid down this piano boogie beat tune. The great piano lines come from Paul Dick. "Like Long Hair" is based on Rachmaninov's "Prelude In C-Sharpe Minor" It's quite infectious and cool. Kim Fowley was the producer.

All Night Long dotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

The R&B classic. Nothing special.

Summer Time dotdotdot
Viscounts (Instrumental)

Huge Viscounts arrangement, with the dramatic piano tinkles and savage sax, but not quite as hot.

Tall Cool One dotdotdot
PNW R&B (Instrumental)

Nowhere near as interesting as the Wailers original. Just good old R&B

Wabash Blues dotdot
Viscounts (Instrumental)

The Viscounts arrangement of the big band standard.

Concert In 'F' Sharp dotdotdot
Piano & Sax (Instrumental)

Hokey piano rhythm and boogie woogie boy oh boy. A fun track, but not particularly memorable.

Beatnik Sticks dotdotdot
Piano (Instrumental)

"Chop Sticks" and piano boogie woogie. Nifty.

Swinging Shepherd Blues dotdotdot
R&B Sax (Instrumental)

A shallow version of the Viscounts arrangement of this ancient standard. Sax dominated.

Groovey dotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Plucky R&B with a vengeance, like in the bars in Vegas just off the strip.

The Last Mile dotdot
Strip Runway (Instrumental)

Speaking of the strip, this slow R&B grind is designed for the take-it-off ramp crowd, complete with the shouts of anticipation as ever so slightly more anatomy is gradually exposed.

Road Runner dotdotdot
PNW R&B (Instrumental)

A slightly less powerful cover of the Wailers chunky instro. Stilted and less energetic, but the guitar is a but reverbed.

Moon Dawg dotdotdotdot
Pre-Surf (Instrumental)

Almost perfect delivery of the Gamblers' classic rage. Very powerful and true. Great twangy guitars and pumping piano. Really good.