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Album Review

Scaling back from their musically adventurous tomes Once Upon a Dream and Freedom Suite, the Rascals closed out the 1960s by narrowing their focus to what they did best: writing tough, tight, soul-rock tunes (and a few others). Whereas co-lead vocalist Eddie Brigati had been the songwriting partner of organist/vocalist Felix Cavaliere throughout the band's tenure to that point, and especially from Groovin' through Freedom Suite, his role in the band had been reduced here to being a harmony vocalist with only a single lead and co-write on the session. Cavaliere wrote the lion's share of the tunes with a couple from guitarist Gene Cornish and a cover. That's not to say the music here is without merit — from the opening two cuts, the title track with its pile-driving rhythm and B-3 bashing to the sweet, soul-rock of "I'd Like to Take You Home" — this is evident. But whoever told these cats they could sing country, as they attempt on Cornish's "Remember Me," in which Cavaliere sounds like warmed over Mike Nesmith, is anybody's guess. "I'm Blue," co-written by Brigati, holds its soul-blues groove deep in the pocket. Ray Charles' inspiration comes to the fore here and it works like a charm. The musical adventure of East Meets Western groove is dropped in the center of "Stop and Think," and the cover of "Temptation's Bout to Get Me," carries the blue-eyed soul groove to the pinnacle. Likewise, "Real Thing" captures the euphoric Rascals' chorus line soul at its best. The set closes with a screamer in "Hold On," with a raw, rowdy, soul, garage-band rip. With Arif Mardin enlisted as co-producer, the band also relied on the session musician talents of Ron Carter and Chuck Rainey on bass, as well as flutist Hubert Laws to round out the picture. But, while See sounded more like an updated version of the Rascals of old, the consistency of attack wasn't there and there are several simply dodgy cuts, making the album — as an album — a disappointment.

Customer Reviews

Eeeeeeeh...... not so much.

Decent album, at best. A few tracks, anyway. NOTHING in my educated opinion compares to the Brigati, etc. erea though back, in the "good ol' days". The Young Rascals were a power house. So was Pink Floyd, until Water's ego got in the way. It's a shame, really. No offense to the rest of the band (Felix, etc) that produced this particular album (it was not really meant that way). If Simon from American Idol were reviewing however, he would likely not have sugar coated the review as I just did. Go Brigati's!!! Eddie/Dave, your turn! Age is a figment. "Turn your poison into medicine". I will never forget the words. Ever. Joel Russo "Nephew of Oddo, son of Mae"

Best bet is the title cut

This incarnation of the Rascals sounds a lot like Three Dog Night to me, with heavy vibrato-laden harmonies from Ann Sutton. Not a great album, but check out the hard-rocking title cut, which was a minor chart hit (#27 in 1969).

Are you death

I for one enjoyed this album, With such lines as " echos of the ever land discover who you really am" You can sink your teeth into its true magic, That comes with an open mind coupled with the ability to dream. Carry me back was on the charts back in the day when it was cool to think of simple times. Hold on i tell you in a min. This album is a diamond in the rough. true genuis . Don't let this one slip you by. "Love is really everywhere to see it is to fly".

Biography

Formed: 1964 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

The Rascals, along with the Righteous Brothers, Mitch Ryder, and precious few others, were the pinnacle of '60s blue-eyed soul. The Rascals' talents, however, would have to rate above their rivals, if for nothing else than the simple fact that they, unlike many other blue-eyed soulsters, penned much of their own material. They also proved more adept at changing with the fast-moving times, drawing much of their inspiration from British Invasion bands, psychedelic rock, gospel, and even a bit of jazz...
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