The Rascals – The Young Rascals

ARTIST: The (Young) Rascals 220px-The_Young_Rascals_album
TITLE: The Young Rascals
SINGLES: I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore (#58), Good Lovin’ (#1)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Mustang Sally, In the Midnight Hour, Slow Down
LINEUP: Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, Gene Cornish, Dino Danelli
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Good time party album by a young band who were specializing in R&B covers.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: If this record were recorded and released now, it’d be dismissed as a party album by a bar band. Times were different in the 60’s, where cover versions still ruled and all that matters was if a band had a good sound and brought some of themselves to the song.

This record has a hallmark of a fun 1966 party. Great, well-chosen songs played with fun and exuberance, so much so that the Rascals (Young Rascals at the time) made “Mustang Sally” and “In the Midnight Hour” their own – or at least their versions stood right by the originals.

The highlight, of course, is “Good Lovin’”, which the band heard the Olympics version on NYC radio and immediately added to their set list. The lowlight is a cover of “Like A Rolling Stone”, but I think every band in that era had to cover it.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They were going to be the Rascals all along, but some band called the Harmonica Rascals objected. By 1968 they were the Rascals through and through.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. I bet they had these 10 cuts and just ran through them. The single B-sides are all album cuts.

GRADE: B : Oh, it’s a fun record, sure. Not one that will go in the Hall of Fame, but fun!

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