My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Midnight Ride was recorded and released in 1966. The album features songs written by all members of the group, but the singles “Kicks” and “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone were written by Brill Building writers.
What I think: This album really crept up on me while I was listening to it. I didn’t think much of the first four or five songs, but by (number six) “There She Goes”, I was digging it. The album is a great hybrid of garage rock and British Invasion rock done by a band from the Northwest coast. Stand out tracks for me are “Get It On” and “Take a Look at Yourself”. “Louie, Go Home” is a sequel to “Louie, Louie” and works well. The final track “Melody For an Unknown Girl” is a jazzy and sappy instrumental (there are no lyrics, because they don’t know the girl yet and thus don’t know what lyrics to write) that closes the album well.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This is a perfectly fine record of the time, but as one of the best of all time, I’m not so sure. I would strike it from the book.
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (53/71)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 75%