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THE REMAINS - The Remains [1966/ 1978 Spoonfed Reissue] Vinyl Rip!!!
Billy Briggs - Electric Piano,Vocals
Chip Damiani - Drums,Vocals
Vern Miller - Bass,Vocals
N.D. Smart II - Drums,Vocals
Barry Tashian - Guitar,Vocals
1960s garage rock obsessives collect singles rather than albums for a
good reason: While plenty of snarling teenagers could come up with two
decent songs at a stretch, a precious few seemed able to brainstorm a
dozen tunes without reaching to the bottom of the barrel or resorting to
covers of other people's hits.But there were exceptions to this
rule,among them the Sonics,the Litter,and,especially, the Remains, who never enjoyed much success on the national charts but were fabled heroes in their home town of Boston.the Remains'
1966 album for Epic is a classic,packed with great songs from
singer/guitarist Barry Tashian, bassist Vern Miller, and pianist Bill
Briggs, and boasting exciting,fiery performances,and if the full
firepower of their legendary live shows didn't always come through on
tape, even the album's weakest moments made clear the Remains were tougher, smarter, and tighter than the vast majority of their competition.
is mid-'60s American rock & roll at it's best, and you don't have
to own any paisley clothing to enjoy it. [When Epic/Legacy reissued the
album in 1991 (with the band's name augmented to Barry and the Remains),
they added a handful of non-LP singles and unreleased tracks and gave
the album a crisp digital remix,and against all odds,Epic actually
improved a masterpiece.If the old analog version sounds harder and
dirtier (a good thing for garage rock),the CD allows you to hear more of
the details,and nearly every one of the 21 cuts on board is killer
stuff (their cover of Don Covay's "Mercy,Mercy, Mercy" shows them
beating the Rolling Stones at their own game, and after you've heard
"Don't Look Back," you'll always wonder why it wasn't a Top Ten hit)
by Mark Deming