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The Rascals: Collections

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One of The Rascals Best Albums

Collections is a sometimes overlooked album by Rock n Roll Hall of Famers "The Rascals" then known as The Young Rascals. The first single off the album "Lonely Too Long" unfortunately shortened for radio airplay was a marvel of rhythmic inventiveness. From Felix percussive opening chords to Dino Danelli's snare on snare backbeat this tune just keeps getting better. A perfect gem of a tune. Not to mention an incredible vocal performance by song composer Felix Cavaliere. "Love is a Beautiful Thing" may have the seeds of what later became identified as Steely Dan music. Jazz chords to rockin' rhythms. Chuck Rainey would play on their next 4 or 5 albums well before The Royal Scam or Pretzel Logic. There is even a song Pat Benetar successfully covered in "You Better Run" though the Rascals rocked it harder if you ask me. Their cover of "More" was a misstep back to supperclub roots on Long Island but all around a strong effort with the original tunes the ones that hold up best. A must have for any Rascals or Steely Dan officianado.

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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