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Remains

Sundazed Records
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Official Release Date Mar 10, 2009
Artist Remains
Genre Pop
Version  US
PAX-Code PAX0005141616
Item Code  0090771525215

track listing

1. Heart
2. Lonely Week-End
3. Don't Look Back
4. Why Do I Cry
5. Diddy Wah Diddy
6. You Got a Hard Time Coming
7. Once Before
8. Thank You
9. Time of Day
10. Say You'Re Sorry

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For years, the debut album from Boston's the Remains -- the only album the group would release during their original incarnation -- got a bad rap, not so much for its inherent strengths or weaknesses but because a number of writers and fans (most notably Jon Landau) felt it didn't capture the power and energy of the band's fabled live shows. But while the live-in-the-studio demo the band cut for Capitol Records in 1966 (currently available as A Session with the Remains) may be sharper and more frantic, time has vindicated The Remains as a superb example of blues-influenced garage rock, tough and swaggering but with plenty of heart to go along with all that soul. While the early Rolling Stones are a fair comparison to this, if anything the Remains were able to fuse blues and full-bore rock with a more satisfying sense of groove and Barry Tashian's emotionally charged vocals and bare-wires guitar work are consistently electrifying on this set's ten songs, while William Henry Briggs' keyboards offer solid and admirably varied support. While the album gets off to a midtempo start with the deep and moody "Heart" and "Lonely Weekends," once the band shifts into fourth gear with the almost-hit "Don't Look Back" this album rocks solidly, and the six originals show Tashian, Briggs, and bassist Vernon Miller were all top-shelf songwriters. If The Remains isn't quite the flamethrower set their legend would lead some to expect, it's blue-eyed soul and blues at its most potent, and one of the most thoroughly satisfying albums to come out of the '60s garage rock era.

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