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Album Review: Phil “Fang” Volk — Rocker

Phil “Fang” Volk is best known as bassist for Paul Revere and the Raiders during their most high-profile era, roughly 1965-67. That’s him – the long-running group’s fourth in succession of bassists – you hear playing bass on essential cuts like “Steppin’ Out,” “Kicks,” the original version of “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “Good Thing,”

Best of 2014: Compilations and Reissues

So here we are. It’s the last day of 2014. And it’s also the final day of posts looking back at my personal Best of 2014 lists. Today I’ll run down my favorite reissue/compilation/archival releases. As it happens, this is – as much as such a thing exists – my area of expertise: a significant

The Brotherhood / Phil Volk Interview, Part Seven

Continued from Part Six… Bill Kopp: For me, from a musical standpoint, there’s a paradox where the two Brotherhood albums are concerned. Of course it goes without saying that I am a big fan of both (and the Joyride album as well), but what’s fascinating to me is that the original band labored over the

The Brotherhood / Phil Volk Interview, Part Six

Continued from Part Five… Bill Kopp: We’ve spoken in the past about Brotherhood recordings that might still be “in the can.” I know that no finished cuts – that is, songs that were fully recorded and mixed down from multi-tracks – exist beyond what’s on the albums – But are there multitracks out in your

The Brotherhood / Phil Volk Interview, Part Five

Continued from Part Four… Bill Kopp: I understand you remained close to Drake Levin in the post-Brotherhood years. I believe you mentioned that the two of you even played music together on an informal basis in the years before his passing. Can you tell me about that? Phil “Fang” Volk: Drake and I stayed in

The Brotherhood / Phil Volk Interview, Part Four

Continued from Part Three… Bill Kopp: We’ve talked in the past about the relatively few live dates that Brotherhood did. On those dates, which songs from the pair of albums did you perform live, and how did they differ from the studio versions? Phil “Fang” Volk: We had to stick with songs that could rock,

The Brotherhood / Phil Volk Interview, Part Three

Continued from Part Two… Bill Kopp: Any other stories from that time period you’d like to share? Perhaps the one about Jimi Hendrix showing up at RCA while you were working on Brotherhood Brotherhood? Phil “Fang” Volk: [Keyboardist] Lee Michaels would often hang out with us at Drake’s pad for the jam sessions, or join

The Brotherhood / Phil Volk Interview, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: When you and I had our conversations that formed the basis of my Brotherhood history (and the revised/updated liner notes for Brotherhood: The Complete Recordings), one of the subjects we touched upon was the series of informal jam sessions that took place at Drake Levin‘s pad. Due to space

The Brotherhood / Phil Volk Interview, Part One

I’m a big fan of the music and story of Paul Revere and the Raiders. The group was one of the most prominent in 60s pop culture, but they’re somehow forgotten all too often these days. I’ve written extensively on the band over the years. In my research several years back, I discovered that three

News on a Long Awaited Reissue

Readers who check out my writing more than occasionally will know of my keen interest in the music and the history of Paul Revere and the Raiders. One of my earliest memories – as a toddler in Poughkeepsie, NY, an hour or so north of New York City – is seeing a group of Revolutionary