Trumping Raven's 2005 Kicks! The Anthology
by a full disc, Columbia/Legacy's 2001 The Essential Paul Revere & the Raiders
is a generous double-disc, 36-track collection that is nevertheless slightly shorter than the comparable 1990 collection The Legend of Paul Revere
. Only the diligent hardcore will notice the missing songs as every major song is here, from the crunching rockers "Louie, Louie," "Steppin' Out," and "Kicks" to the super-slick soft rock sensations of the early '70s "Indian Reservation" and "Country Wine." For those who only want big hits -- or only want the group's earliest rock & roll -- this is too much, but for those who like to dig deeper, this Essential
proves that Paul Revere & the Raiders
had plenty of pop treasures buried in their catalog.