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Though some critics have carelessly labeled the Remains “garage rock” on the basis of their inclusion on Lenny Kaye’s seminal Nuggets compilation, the Remains’ deeply soulful instrumental precision and deftly accessible arrangements couldn’t be further from the fuzz-laden blasts of badinage usually associated with the term. In their mid-‘60s heyday the Remains were Boston’s premier rock group, and their self-titled debut, presented here along with a grip of illuminating bonus tracks, is one of the finest full-lengths of its era. The Remains’ leader Barry X was a careful student of soul’s greatest vocalists and songwriters, as is proven by the frantic drum-break laced “Don’t Look Back” and the hoarse but soulful roar that Barry employs on his cover of Bo Diddley’s immortal “Diddy Wah Diddy.” But the Remains’ were not mere blue-eyed imitators, and their warm organ driven sound and tight Kinks-like guitar hooks make them unique amongst their contemporaries. An overlooked masterpiece, The Remains is a must for fans of hard-driving soul and frantic, pop-inflected ‘60s rock.

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A great band . . .

How this album got lost in the mid-60's mix, I'll never know. I first heard The Remains on the 4-disc Nuggets compilation and quickly purchased this album. It's on par with the Standells . . . even some early Kinks and Stones. Wowzers!

This Album is Timeless!

Every song on this album is excellent. Ahead of it's time.

There are better versions of "Why do i cry"

Check out "Garage Beat '66, Vol. 2: Chicks Are For Kids" for the version of "Why Do I Cry" that the Remains cut at their capitol records audition


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '90s, '00s

This Boston, USA-based garage band was formed in 1964 by guitarist/vocalist Barry Tashian. Inspired by a trip to London, where he heard British groups playing material he loved - Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Chuck Berry and John Lee Hooker - Tashian put together the Remains with Bill Briggs (keyboards), Vern Miller (bass) and Chip Damiani (drums). They made their debut in 1965 with ‘Why Do I Cry’, a melodic slice of R&B. It was succeeded by the equally persuasive ‘I Can’t Get Away’ and an assured reading...
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The Remains, The Remains
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Psychedelic, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Sep 1966

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