Collections by The Rascals

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Collections by The Rascals
Collections by The Rascals

Album Released: 1967

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1.What Is The Reason2:23
2.Since I Fell For You3:25
3.Lonely Too Long2:57
4.No Love To Give2:42
5.Mickey's Monkey / Love Lights4:41
6.Come On Up2:41
7.Too Many Fish In The Sea2:16
9.More Nineteen Fifty-Six2:28
10.Love Is A Beautiful Thing2:30
11.Land Of 1000 Dances1:58


Collections is the first in a long string of dopey album titles that I’m sure caused the group’s reputation some damage (isn’t this just one 'collection'), and the release is something of a mixed bag style-wise.

The group at its most ambitious is working on highly-polished pop, but about half the album is more live-in-the-studio recordings of their stage act, with covers from the poppier side of R&B, like Motown. Both sides of the group are fantastic though, and it’s fascinating to hear the transition in progress.

Brigati gets in two ballads, and both are incredible examples of a really tight band at work. "Since I Fell for You" finds The Rascals building slowly, changing tempos on a dime, bursting into rocking mode, then dropping back out. Danelli's particularly good with the delicate cymbal work. And "More" is a luscious melody that allows Brigati to show off his warm throaty tone, while Cavaliere contributes another brilliant solo (notice how he gets the organ to shimmer with judicious use of the Leslie cabinet).

The rockers are aimed squarely at the dance floor, and don’t fail on that count. A nice touch in "Mickey’s Monkey" is when Cavaliere substitutes Brigati's name for the protagonist, and the medley into "Love Lights" lets Brigati show off his uptempo work, which is as powerful as Cavaliere's.

"Land of 1000 Dances" is oddly arranged - it doesn’t feature any verses, just a few repetitions of a chorus as the band gets louder and louder (by the end it sounds like Cavaliere is playing with all ten fingers and maybe a nose!) - but it’s a tremendous effect, like the stereo’s about to blow up!

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by Reviewer: Steve Knowlton (blogging at Steve's Record Reviews)

Collections is a real step forward for The Young Rascals - Cavaliere and Brigati have started writing together, and it pays off immediately with "Lonely Too Long" and "What Is the Reason" - both highlighting the band's pleasing blend of inoffensive soul and R&B.

Both tracks feature Cavaliere leading the way on piano and pumping out soulful vocals, while the rest of the band add a tight backing. In general, it sounds like they had more time and/or money to record this album - some strings appear, Cornish adds bass tracks ("Lonely Too Long" has a really good bassline), and Cavaliere often switches to piano.

The bulk of the album is a mix of self-penned numbers and soul covers. The band's covers are nice but inessential - there's Motown with "Mickey's Monkey / Love Lights" and "Too Many Fish in the Sea", and Chris Kenner's "Land of 1000 Dances", which should've been the album opener rather than its closer.

Brigati was still writing his slower, building ballads - "Since I Fell For You" and "More" - which allow him to develop his vocals, whereas Cornish went down a different path, with middling results: "No Love to Give" is effectively a solo track dubbed with strings, and "More Nineteen Fifty-Six" is a Chuck Berry tribute co-written with Danelli.

Again however, although the band were probably dynamic live, they simply don't come across so well on record. Anyone who likes rocking soul music will like the album though.

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by Reviewer: Obscurity (blogging at Obscurity!)