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POP PSYCH STRUT
Don't forget 1967's Revolution!.
According to legend, Raiders' lead singer Mark Lindsay wanted to keep pace with the Beatles, Stones, etc. and get with the psychedelic times, but Paul Revere wasn't hearing it; he wanted to hold on to the 12-year-old consumer's dollar. So he compromised with these poppish psych LP's, although if Lindsay had his way, he would have gone a little farther around the bend. Which he did for real on 1970's Collage album, but by that time their bubblegum image was chiseled in stone and the hippies unfortunately didn't want to know.
Their loss. Some of the best pop-psych was made by Top 40 AM bands trying to "hippen up" their image (also see: Monkees'"Porpoise Song" and "Daily Nightly," as well as Tommy James & the Shondells' albums Crimson & Clover and Cellophane Symphony - not good enuff to play all the way through, but when they're good, they're really good).