Feb 11, 2009

YOUNG RASCALS - GROOVIN' (ATLANTIC 1967) Japan mastering



This is one of the great albums of the 1960's. The Rascals are often slagged for being a singles band. This assumption is far from the truth, many of their albums are excellent. This recording is where psychedelia, soul, folk-rock, garage punk, and ethnic elements mesh successfully into one cohesive offering. The hits (Groovin, How Can I Be Sure, and A Girl Like You)do not a need further explanation. You Better Run is an incredible early punk rock tune that has proved to be very influential. Find Somebody has menacing circular guitar riffs that grab the listener immediately. I'm So Happy Now could have easily found a home on the Beach Boy's masterful Pet Sounds album. Sueno burns with 60's experimentation including backward cymbals and a fiery spanish guitar style riff. Every song is a winner and very individual. This is the Rascals version of the Beatle's great Revolver album (still their best!) In addition, the Rascals voices sound excellent and they have not abodoned their soul roots. This is an essential listen for any 60's rock fan!..[net]
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"From the opening "One, Two, Three" of their debut 1966 smash "Good Lovin'," The Young Rascals were the hottest, most dynamic rock group New York had ever seen. The runaway train of chart-topping singles that followed--"I've Been Lonely Too Long," "Groovin'," "A Girl Like You," "How Can I Be Sure," "A Beautiful Morning"--and the four albums they came from, permanently retired the blue-eyed soul trophy"...
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12 comments:

mscmichael said...

A classic. Really nice music here. Thanks...

frumious bandersnatch said...

A classic, I agree, and the Rascals are strangely underrated today. They released very strong albums evevn in the early-70s. Thanks again for your blog, those japanese editions are superb.

Anonymous said...

WOW I just found your blog yesterday! It's my new favorite! These Japanese re-issues are great! Since you have so many of them, I was wondering if it was possible that you had the Japanese re-issue of the first Strawberry Alarm Clock album. I waited too long to buy it and it went out of print, when I finally tried to get one, it was selling for over 100 bucks. I did get the 2nd and 3rd albums as Japanese CD's and could share them with you if need be. Anyway just thought I would ask.

Thanks
George

jeanbernardfrance said...

One of my favorite album of US sixties with the great hit"groovin".40 years after issue I always listen this album with the same pleasure.

Anonymous said...

Groovin Spanish Ep

http://18rodas.blogspot.com/2008/12/young-rascals-groovin-ep-atlantic.html

Georgie Hirezola said...

to Anonymous: Unfortunately this Jap reissue of "strauberrys" is out of print for ages! (1997)...
I only have a cdr copy which I'm afraid is not playable after so many years!(cdrs have limited lifetime!)
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I will rip my vinyl copy some other time in the near future...(it sounds great!!!)
Georgie+++++
Thanks guys for your nice comments

Anonymous said...

Thanks Georgie, I have a nice pristine copy of the album, but would love to have a nice high bit rate version of the Japanese CD.
It seems impossible to find at this point.
I can rip the 2 & 3rd Japanese LP's if you want me to. I am really shocked there is no way to get the complete 1st album on CD anymore.

George

Georgie Hirezola said...

a @256 rip of their second + the artwork with the orange jap cover obi e.t.c.....sounds very interesting...if its not a big trouble for you!
thanks again George!

Anonymous said...

Hey Georgie, the cover is the same as the American re-issue with a purple strip. I will post the link for it here in the young rascals comments on Saturday, and then you can re-post it on your page. Off to work now.

George

Anonymous said...

Hiya Georgie,
As Promised here is the 2nd Strawberry Alarm Clock Japanese re-issue with bonus tracks. I hope you can share this with your congregation.

Best!!!!
George Beach

http://www.mediafire.com/?9jm9cco13uj

Anonymous said...

The sound is great on this, but I still think these tunes belong in mono.

I never bought any Young Rascals LPs, just singles. Interesting stuff, here.

juan manuel muñoz said...

many thanks