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 Post subject: AMG Album of the Day :: The Remains
PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:29 pm 
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When I hopped on AMG this morning, I saw that they had The Remains up front and center as Album of the Day. For me, The Remains was one of the really fun finds when I finally picked up Nuggets in the aught-six. I know "Don't Look Back" is on there, and I think "Why Do I Cry" is on one of the last two discs.

You can pick up this comp on the cheap if you dig around the used stuff on Amazon or Half.com. I will try and up it sometime today assuming I don't get too busy, so let me know if you're interested. If I like you, you might get a link to the album. Otherwise you might get a link to Scat Porn featuring a Nun & Priest. I'm all Monty Hall, baby. No peeking behind curtain #2.

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Most 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. The Remains 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).

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:33 pm 
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This sounds awesome.
Thanks for the heads-up.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:39 pm 
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Elvis Fu wrote:
you might get a link to the album. Otherwise you might get a link to Scat Porn featuring a Nun & Priest.

Either way, it'll be worth the risk.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 4:35 pm 
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I'd like a link to both, please.

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