Album no. 95/1001
This is the third album from The Young Rascals and technically the last, as following this they dropped the ‘young’ from their name. They’ve got a sort of pop/soul/rock thing going on.
Eight of the eleven songs from this album were released as singles, which goes to illustrate the delusional nature of record executives in the sixties. Imagine if one of the songs you’d written was one of the three not to get released. You’d be filthy.
Have you listened to this album before?
CL: I don’t know who these guys are, but The Young Rascals is an EXCELLENT band name. I’m already looking forward to it.
NK: Never heard of them at all. Unconvinced by the band name.
CL: That was a bust. This was not good. I’m sort of undecided on soul at the best of times, but having a cheap knockoff by a bunch of white dudes is not going to win me over.
NK: Holy hell the stereo version of this is AWFUL. The guitar switching channels in ‘Find Somebody’ is unbearable, especially in headphones. I had to switch over to mono.
CL: I’m not really a fan of bird sounds in songs, so ‘Groovin’ did not excite me. I suppose ‘Find Somebody’ was alright, but I don’t know, there wasn’t much here that I liked.
NK: The mono version is much more bearable than the stereo. This is a weird sort of light soul music? ‘A Girl Like You’ is decent, ‘I’m So Happy Now’ isn’t too bad.I think ‘How Can I Be Sure’ has an accordion in it, so it gets extra points from me. Apart from those though, I didn’t find a lot to like here.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
CL: I mean, I don’t think there is a good time. Unless you’re trying to prove to someone how boring some types of music in the 60s were.
NK: If you want to hear a bunch of dudes from New Jersey do their best impersonation of Otis Redding.
Why has this album been included on the list?
CL: I suppose you have to give these guys some credit for taking a really exciting and passionate genre and turning it into this bland, vanilla interpretation.
NK: I guess this follows Dusty Springfield down the ‘blue-eyed soul’ appropriation path? I really enjoyed Dusty, but I didn’t go for this.
Will you be listening again?
CL: I honestly listened to this once and nothing stood out. I felt no need to go back and listen again because it just trundled past me.
NK: This is album 95, and it’s actually becoming quite a relief each time I get to say that no, there is no way I will be listening to this album again.
Listen to Groovin’ on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.