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Midnight Ride (album) by Paul Revere And The Raiders 

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Midnight Ride
Midnight Ride by Paul Revere And The Raiders (1966)
Overall rank: 23,060th   Overall chart history
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Accolades: Top albums of 1966 (135th)
Top albums of the 1960s (1,269th)
Best albums of all time (23,060th)

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Paul Revere And The Raiders bestography

Midnight Ride is ranked 2nd best out of 9 albums by Paul Revere And The Raiders on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Paul Revere And The Raiders is Just Like Us! which is ranked number 11126 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 116.

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From Rovers 06/17/2015 22:51
"Midnight Ride" is in many ways a remarkable album in Paul Revere & The Raiders catalog. First and foremost, because the album is great and one of the group's most successful and consistent albums. But also because the group on this album really had begun tackling the songwriting, so that all group members have actually got song-writing credits. It’s also the album where the group perhaps best known number "Kicks" is included.

After the group's shift to Columbia Records (with Terry Melchior as producer) they changed their style from being a purely entertainment dance band to being a comtemporary band heavily inspired by the British scene, but also American bands like The Monkees, The Turtles and The Byrds. There is "Midnight Ride" are examples of most of these sources of inspiration. The group, however, continued their unpretentious and entertaining stage performance, which meant that many people, in a time when the young wished rock music should be assessed as a serious form of expression or art, found it hard to take them seriously. In retrospect, the group had deserved much greater recognition for their music than they did in their time.

In those days many albums, especially the US, had a rather short playing-time - often less than 30 minutes. This also applies to "Midnight Ride" which can be felt pretty short.

The album opens blazingly with the hit "Kicks," written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, known for several big hits.

Guitarist Drake Levin is credited with three songs, all in basic R & B style - not unlike the early Kinks albums. The best among these is probably "Ballad of a Useless Man". You must not underestimate Levin's contribution to the group's sound, with his melodic crisp sounding guitarplaying.

Singer Mark Lindsay and Paul Revere are credited for not less than six songs, which all in varying degrees are really good. The fine ballad "Little Girl in the 4th Row", could almost sound like a Knickerbockers recording.

On "There She Goes" you may feel inspiration from Chris Hillman and The Byrds – a fine track. On the more complex "All I Really Need Is You" you may easily get The Turtles in mind, while "Louie, Go Home" is garage rock in the best Standells style. A little Monkees / Nesmith country rock can be found on another fine track "Take a Look at Yourself".

The album's final track is also a Lindsay / Revere composition, "Melody For an Unknown Girl" with words recited and where a great saxophone theme goes right in the heart of the listener - could easily have been the inspiration for Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" theme.

Finally, there is a version of Boyce / Hart's "Steppin 'Stone", which does not differ significantly from the more famous Monkees version.
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From Garryc 09/27/2014 21:05
Their most fully realized LP. They knew who and what they were. a lean, well rehearsed rock n roll band. Things would get confusing w/ passing time and future releases.
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