Album of the Day: The Rascals (7/31/67)

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The Rascals’ best album, and one of the finest blue-eyed soul albums of all time, was Groovin’, which came out on July 31, 1967. It was also the third and last LP on which they were called “The Young Rascals.” After Groovin’, they were simply The Rascals.  The album is filled with catchy, mostly upbeat mixes of soul, pop and mild psychedelia, and includes the monster title-track hit, plus other period gems such as “How Can I Be Sure,” “You Better Run” and “I’m So Happy Now.” Groovin’ made it into the Billboard Top 10 and saw the Rascals reach the pinnacle of their all-too-short career. Unfortunately, after the #1 hit single “People Got To Be Free” in early 1968 and Time Peace: The Rascals’ Greatest Hits in June of the same year, the hits stopped coming and the band broke up in 1972.  Groovin’ is available for purchase as a CD or individual mp3 files on Amazon and as iPod files on iTunes. A Rascals playlist is in Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault.

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