Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Remains - The Remains (1966 us, steaming fuzzed-up garage, 2007 remaster edition)

  

 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)
by Mark Deming

 
Tracks
1. Heart - 2:39        
2. Lonely Week-End - 3:25        
3. Don't Look Back - 2:41        
4. Why Do I Cry - 2:51        
5. Diddy Wah Diddy - 2:34        
6. You Got a Hard Time Coming - 2:09        
7. Once Before - 2:09        
8. Thank You - 3:17        
9. Time of Day - 2:18        
10.Say You're Sorry - 2:20        
11.Mercy, Mercy - 2:38        
12.I Can't Get Away from You - 2:36        
13.But I Ain't Got You - 2:11        
14.Me Right Now - 2:28        
15.My Babe - 2:10        
16.I'm Talking About You - 2:13        
17.Ain't That Her - 2:11        
18.Baby, I Believe in You - 2:35        
19.When I Want to Know - 2:11        
20.All Good Things - 2:14

The Remains
*Billy Briggs - Electric Piano, Vocals
*Chip Damiani - Drums, Vocals
*Vern Miller - Bass, Vocals
*N.D. Smart II - Drums, Vocals
*Barry Tashian - Guitar,Vocals

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5 comments:

  1. i love this band, the lives of this band are awesomes

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  2. Can you please unhide or fix the link-safe.net link? It's not working for me at all anymore (and where exactly did you get the scans, if you don't mind me asking?)...

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  3. BoardChips, the Remains Ok.
    Thank you.

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