The Rascals ‎– Rock And Roll Treasures

Label:
Warner Special Products ‎– PDL 2-1106
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2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Compilation
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Tracklist

A1 Slow Down
A2 Baby Let's Wait
A3 Just A Little
A4 I Believe
A5 Do You Feel It
B1 Good Lovin'
B2 Like A Rolling Stone
B3 Mustang Sally
B4 I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
B5 In The Midnight Hour
C1 A Girl Like You
C2 Find Somebody
C3 I'm So Happy Now
C4 Sueno
C5 How Can I Be Sure
D1 Groovin'
D2 If You Knew
D3 I Don't Love You Anymore
D4 You Better Run
D5 A Place In The Sun
D6 It's Love

Notes

First LP is The Young Rascals self-titled first LP, second LP is their third LP, "Groovin'".

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streetmouse

streetmouse

July 31, 2013

What a lot of folks forget is that music is supposed to be fun. Of course the heady stuff is cool, and the message songs were great for pondering ... but sometimes a girl just wants to light out across the dance floor with reckless abandonment, shaking her hips ... and as the song goes, be ”a body mover.”

There were so many great groups who were overlooked during the 60’s, groups who laid out wonderful music, but just got lost in the shuffle. Thankfully, The Young Rascals were recognized, got played, and have been selling this album steadily ever since. No doubt, the two most cultish bands who walked this planet where The Velvet Underground and The Young Rascals. If you were a white kid, aspiring to be in a rock band back in 1966 you had to own both of these group's first albums. The Rascals coupled the raw garage band sound, with a relentless and compelling white soul ... even more so than The Beatles version of “Please Please Me,” laying out the most infectious beats and memorable riffs ever conjured.

Perhaps it was just luck, or perhaps the sheer talent of these individuals held some magnetic attraction, causing them to find each other. The Rascals had three, not two, but three of the most powerful singers of the day in one band ... Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, and Gene Cornish. This album was the result of playing thousands of hours in small dance clubs along Long Island, where they honed their skills to perfection. There is not one weak moment on this record, just something in the neighborhood of thirty five stunning minutes of the best rock and roll ever laid down.

I remember being in New York City on a class field trip, when I came on a men’s hat store in the city that sold those Jeff Caps [or more aptly Felix Caps], and with that organ riff rumbling though my head, and the words to “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore,” echoing at full volume, I plunked down ten dollars and slipped on that beautiful hat, feeling that the whole world thought I was part of the band ... ahhh, to be that young again.

Doesn’t matter who you are, or what type of music you dig, without The Rascals the world would be an entirely different place. This is one of those Greatest Hits that needs to be part of your musical collection.