Friday, August 11, 2006
Randy and The Holidays - "Paul Revere 250"
Here's a record that I've wanted to blog since I started It's Great Shakes, "Paul Revere 250" by Randy and The Holidays. I got this disc several years ago at a record show in Indianapolis. It was unplayed, along with a few other things that I picked up that day.
"Paul Revere 250" is an upbeat garage rocker from 1967. It opens with a few shots on the drums and then the fuzz guitar kicks in! The song is about a sports car race at Daytona that still exists today. Randy and The Holidays name check Barracudas, Mustangs, Cougars and other hot cars of the day. The main feature though is that cool fuzz guitar that keeps it up until the song crosses the finish line in two minutes flat. What a great garage meets hot rod tune!
The flipside, "Living Doll" isn't too bad either. It's also a fast mover, with a nice hook and employs quite a bit of organ. There's also some harmonica during the intro and right at the end. The drumming is excellent, with a lot of nice fills and cymbal splashes. It's worth turning the record over for.
Overall, you get a fun two-sider here. From the looks of it, a copy can be had for about $10 without too much trouble. If you at all enjoy 60's garage or a good car tune, you'll get your money's worth.