ARTIST: The (Young) Rascals
YEAR RELEASED: 1967
CHART ACTION: #14
SINGLES: Come on Up (#43), I’ve Been Lonely Too Long (#16)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They cover a few tracks you know – the best known by them is Too Many Fish in the Sea
LINEUP: Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, Gene Cornish, Dino Danelli
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: For their second album, the (Young) Rascals write more of their songs, with mixed results – mostly from the covers.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Recorded over seven months in 1966 (in between tour dates), the Rascals (still Young Rascals at this time) moved on from garage rock towards a more soulful blend of tracks. They’re dominated by the organ of Felix Cavaliere, who also wrote the strongest tracks by the band.
Because the sessions were spread out (two singles released in 1966 – one of those actually appearing on the next album), the sound of the album doesn’t flow well. A couple tracks (“No Love to Give, a song written by guitarist Gene Cornish) were downright regrettable. Their cover of “Mickey’s Monkey” is fun, but the real gem is “Come On Up”, a raving rocker that’s their last gasp as a true garage band,
There are tracks in here that are going to be exiled, but the best are good to fantastic. Such is the album game in the 60’s.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The single “You Better Run” was released in May of 1966, but wasn’t on this album though the B-side (“Love Is a Beautiful Thing”) is.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE C+: This has some real clunkers, so pick the good ones and exile the rest.