Half Notes: Mark Lindsay – The Complete Columbia Singles (2012)

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Mark Lindsay, coming off a career-making period as frontman for Paul Revere and the Raiders, proceeded to reel off a string of solo hits for Columbia in the early 1970s — only they had little, if anything, in common with the initial fancy-pantsed garage-rock outbursts of his old band. By the time Lindsay bolted, he’d already started moving toward more sophisticated mainstream pop and country rock stylings — best heard on “Indian Reservation,” the Raiders’ final single with Lindsay and only charttopper. Capped by the No. 10 MOR hit “Arizona” (you’re acting like a teenybopper runaway child!), this collection from Real Gone Music traces each of Lindsay’s sooper-smooth solo singles in chronological order — meaning the first five are in period-piece mono, with the others in stereo. Also included is a previously unissued rendition of Tim Hardin’s “Reason to Believe,” originally set for the B-side of Lindsay’s debut 45, along with rare photos and new interviews with Lindsay, producer Jerry Fuller, arranger Artie Butler and backup singer Tom Bahler.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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