Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Rocky Mountain Spotlight: Paul Revere and the Raiders - Just Like Me/B.F.D.R.F Blues

Day two of our Rocky Mountain spotlight for the regional Battle of the Garage Bands takes us to our first ever trip to Idaho.

Paul Revere and The Raiders often get tagged as a band from Portland, Oregon, but the reality is they relocated to that fine, wet town. Paul Revere hailed from Caldwell, Idaho where he met a young delivery man and saxophone player named Mark Lindsay in 1958. '58! The group eventually relocated to Portland where they released a number of instrumental tracks on Gardena Records starting in 1960. In the Fall of 1963, the band released it's first vocal release, Louie Louie/Night Train on Sandé Records. Incidentally, The Raiders recorded Louie Louie the same month at the very same studio as did the Kingsmen. That Raiders release got picked up by Columbia Records a few months later and the band had a certified record deal on their hands with a real label.

The band's 6th release for Columbia Records is our feature today. Just Like Me/B.F.D.R.F. Blues was released in November of 1965. We won't add to the already voluminous amount of words written about this band. We'll just say, sit back and dig that great double lead guitar attack in Just Like Me. It's sometimes hard to separate the band's music from the gimmicky outfits and name. Just sit back and listen.
Until next time, we'll see you On The Flip-Side!

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