Personnel: Mark Lindsay (vocals); Paul Revere (organ).
The first truly substantial album by Paul Revere and the Raiders, whose prowess as a singles band meant that their albums were occasionally pretty slapdash affairs. 1965's JUST LIKE US contains not one but two classic garage-stomp hits, "Steppin' Out," and the truly astonishing "Just Like Me," a three-chord bash that's simultaneously sexy and menacing, an organ-powered riff-fest that's as good as any of the classic Kinks or Rolling Stones hits that are its clear inspiration. It's genuinely one of the all-time great singles of the '60s.
The rest of the album leans mostly towards sturdy rave-ups of recent singles like Marvin Gaye's "I'll Be Doggone," Them's "Baby Please Don't Go," "Satisfaction." There's a surprising pair of choices in Jimmy Forrest's jazz instrumental classic "Night Train" and Donovan's folk-rocky "Catch the Wind." That both sound perfectly reasonable and equally exciting is testament to the Raiders' bar-band vitality.