CD Review: The Remains

The Remains
The Remains
By David Chiu

You can make the argument that this mid-Sixties Boston band was one of the earliest pioneers of punk music. The Remains’ music fell somewhere between the melodic instincts of the Beatles and the aggression of the Kinks (The group opened for the Beatles on their ’66 tour) with songs such as “Heart” and the swagger of “Don’t Look Back.” Singer Barry Tashian sings with the blunt charisma of Mick Jagger, and drummer Chip Damiani swings hard with his propulsive beats. This reissue of The Remains (1966) tacks on 11 additional tracks of B-sides and outtakes.


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