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    The Rascals: It’s Wonderful: The Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings [7CD 5/31/2024]

    Description from Now Sounds/Cherry Red UK:

    The group’s entire Atlantic Records output 1965-1971.
    • 152 carefully remastered tracks across seven compact discs.
    • The first four albums presented in both stereo and mono, along with significant single edits and foreign language versions.
    • For the first time on any Rascals re-issue, 14 previously unreleased tracks.
    • 60-page booklet with detailed notes and rare illustrations from The Rascals Archives.
    In the mid-1960s, the Rascals fused the best of rock and soul with memorable hits like ‘Good Lovin’’ and ‘I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore”, and they remain the most beloved of acts of that era. The electrifying quartet of Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, Gene Cornish and Dino Danelli defined the term blue-eyed soul. As the hits mounted up, the group expanded their musical horizons and revealed a powerful songcraft with introspective originals ‘Groovin’ and ‘How Can I Be Sure,’ future standards both. And their 1968 smashes ‘A Beautiful Morning’ and ‘People Got To Be Free’ remain among the greatest celebrations of peace and harmony ever cut to disc.

    Although the Rascals are principally remembered for their singles, their albums were also studded with gems, and showcased not just their signature rock and R&B styles but also a progressive exploration of jazz, Eastern modes, psychedelia and other diverse styles. This set presents the full complement of their cornerstone Atlantic recordings, featuring the band’s seven LPs for the label —the first four in both mono and stereo variations—along with assorted non-LP singles, foreign language versions and, for the very first time on a Rascals reissue, 14 previously unreleased tracks.

    ‘It’s Wonderful’ is the definitive compendium of the group’s first five years 1965-1970, charting their growth from New York club band to international superstars. Compiled and suitably remastered by Alec Palao, this major refurbishment of their catalogue leaves no stone unturned. A nearly 10,000-word essay by Richie Unterberger provides an in-depth account of their career, and is supplanted by an extensive session history and copious illustrations from the Rascals Archives. All housed in a deluxe, handsomely appointed box art directed and designed by Steve Stanley.

    For more details and to pre-order the set, click here-
    The Rascals: It’s Wonderful: The Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings, 7CD Box Sets [cherryred.co.uk].




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    Interesting release. As you have heard me say before, keep them coming!!! Long live the CD era!!!

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    In the summer of 63 I was playing, with The Sunliners, at the Peppermint Lounge in New York. For a while we dealt with a kid that was under age,always trying to sneak in to see the band. Nice kid, but we had to chase him away. We told him to go out and start his own band and he did just that not long after. The kid was Eddy Brigati who along with Felix
    Caviliere the successful Young Rascals came about.
    Last edited by ralpht; 03-26-2024 at 06:15 AM.

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    Tracklist for The Rascals' It's Wonderful box set [Part One]-

    DISC ONE
    THE YOUNG RASCALS
    1. Slow Down
    2. Baby Let’s Wait
    3. Just A Little
    4. I Believe
    5. Do You Feel It
    6. Good Lovin’
    7. Like A Rolling Stone
    8. Mustang Sally
    9. I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
    10. In The Midnight Hour
    11. Slow Down
    12. Baby Let’s Wait
    13. Just A Little
    14. I Believe
    15. Do You Feel It
    16. Good Lovin’
    17. Like A Rolling Stone
    18. Mustang Sally
    19. I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
    20. In The Midnight Hour
    21. Mustang Sally [unedited version - previously unissued]
    DISC TWO
    COLLECTIONS
    1. What Is The Reason
    2. Since I Fell For You
    3. Lonely Too Long
    4. No Love To Give
    5. Mickey’s Monkey/Love Lights
    6. Come On Up
    7. Too Many Fish In The Sea
    8. More
    9. Nineteen Fifty-Six
    10. Love Is A Beautiful Thing
    11. Land Of 1000 Dances 12 What Is The Reason
    13. Since I Fell For You
    14. Lonely Too Long
    15. No Love To Give
    16. Mickey’s Monkey/Love Lights
    17. Come On Up
    18. Too Many Fish In The Sea
    20. More
    21. Nineteen Fifty-Six
    22. Love Is A Beautiful Thing
    23. Land Of 1000 Dances
    24. Good Lovin’ [alternate version - previously unissued]
    25. Marryin’ Kind Of Love [previously unissued]
    26. Temptation’s ‘Bout To Get Me [early version - previously unissued]
    27. I’ve Been Lonely Too Long [mono single edit]
    DISC THREE
    GROOVIN’
    1. A Girl Like You
    2. Find Somebody
    3. I’m So Happy Now
    4. Sueño
    5. How Can I Be Sure
    6. Groovin’
    7 If You Knew
    8. I Don’t Love You Anymore
    9. You Better Run
    10. A Place In The Sun
    11. It’s Love
    12. A Girl Like You
    13. Find Somebody
    14. I’m So Happy Now
    15. Sueño
    16. How Can I Be Sure
    17. Groovin’
    18. If You Knew
    19. I Don’t Love You Anymore
    20. You Better Run
    21. A Place In The Sun
    22. It’s Love
    23. I’m So Happy Now [underdub - previously unissued]
    24. I Don’t Love You Anymore [alternate take - previously unissued]
    25. If You Knew [rehearsal - previously unissued]
    DISC FOUR
    ONCE UPON A DREAM
    1. Intro-Easy Rollin’
    2. Rainy Day
    3. Please Love Me
    4. Sound Effect
    5. It’s Wonderful
    6. I’m Gonna Love You
    7. Dave And Eddie
    8. My Hawaii
    9. My World
    10. Silly Girl
    11. Singin’ The Blues Too Long
    12. Bells
    13. Sattva
    14. Finale: Once Upon A Dream
    15. Intro-Easy Rollin’
    16. Rainy Day
    17. Please Love Me
    18. Sound Effect
    19. It’s Wonderful
    20. I’m Gonna Love You
    21. Dave And Eddie
    22. My Hawaii
    23. My World
    24. Silly Girl
    25. Singin’ The Blues Too Long
    26. Bells
    27. Sattva
    28. Finale: Once Upon A Dream
    29. It’s Wonderful [mono single mix]

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    Tracklist for The Rascals' It's Wonderful box set [Part Two]-

    DISC FIVE
    FREEDOM SUITE
    1. America The Beautiful
    2. Me And My Friends
    3. Any Dance’ll Do
    4. Look Around
    5. Ray Of Hope
    6. Island Of Love
    7. Of Course
    8. Love Was So Easy To Give
    9. People Got To Be Free
    10. Baby I’m Blue
    11. Heaven
    12. Adrian’s Birthday
    13. Boom
    14. Cute
    15. A Beautiful Morning
    16. Let Freedom Ring [previously unissued]
    17. My Love For You [previously unissued]
    18. Share Your Love With Me [previously unissued]
    DISC SIX
    SEE
    1. See
    2. I’d Like To Take You Home
    3. Remember Me
    4. I’m Blue
    5. Stop And Think
    6. Temptation’s ‘Bout To Get Me
    7. Nubia
    8. Carry Me Back
    9. Away Away
    10. Real Thing
    11. Death’s Reply
    12. Hold On
    13. See [single edit]
    14. Hold On [mono single]
    15. Nubia [alternate version - previously unissued]
    16. You Gotta Try aka Hold On [previously unissued]
    DISC SEVEN
    SEARCH AND NEARNESS
    1. Right On
    2. I Believe
    3. Thank You Baby
    4. You Don’t Know
    5. Nama
    6. Almost Home
    7. The Letter
    8. Ready For Love
    9. Fortunes
    10. Glory Glory
    11. Hey Bo [previously unissued]
    12. Silver Dollar Lady [previously unissued]
    13. Groovin’ [Italian language version]
    14. Groovin’ [Spanish language version]
    15. Groovin’ [French language version]
    16. Sentirai La Pioggia
    17. Corri Nel Sole

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralpht View Post
    In the summer of 63 I was playing, with The Sunliners, at the Peppermint Lounge in New York. For a while we dealt with a kid that was under age,always trying to sneak in to see the band. Nice kid, but we had to chase him away. We told him to go out and start his own band and he did just that not long after. The kid was Eddy Brigati who along with Felix
    Caviliere the successful Young Rascals came about.
    good story!
    self-made guys with determination.

    Some Motown:


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    Cherry Red comes through again! This is a really neat-looking comp.

    Best,

    Mark

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