The Young Rascals – Groovin’

More Breakthrough Pressing Discoveries

  • Both sides of this Blue and Green Atlantic stereo pressing are rich and smooth, with vocal presence that will bring the Young Rascals’ pop music to life in your very own listening
  • We stumbled upon the right stampers a few years back purely by chance,
  • Which of course is the only way to do it, as Peter Lynch well knows
  • The right original label is far more likely to have bad sound than good, and the later labels are uniformly awful
  • Good luck finding a quiet copy with good sound – we gave up!

Atlantic pressings are all over the map. When you find a good one, you can be pretty sure it’s the exception, not the rule. That’s been our experience anyway. 

Best Practices

If you have five or ten copies of a record and play them over and over against each other, the process itself teaches you what’s right and what’s wrong with the sound of the album. Once your ears are completely tuned to what the best pressings do well that the others do not do as well, using a few specific passages of music, it will quickly become obvious how well any given pressing reproduces those passages.

The process is simple enough. First you go deep into the sound. There you find something special, something you can’t find on most copies. Now, with the hard-won knowledge of precisely what to listen for, you are perfectly positioned to critique any and all pressings that come your way.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

A Girl Like You
Find Somebody
Sueno
How Can I Be Sure

Side Two

Groovin’
If You Knew
I Don’t Love You Anymore
You Better Run
A Place In The Sun
It’s Love

AMG 4 1/2 Star Rave Review

The Rascals move into the era of psychedelia with a vengeance on this album — the best of their entire history — which also retains a soulful core and adds a bit of a Latin beat. The original album on Atlantic was a monster seller thanks to the title track, practically the group’s signature tune (number one on the pop charts, number three on R&B), but “Groovin'” was only one small strong point on the album of the same name.

“Find Somebody” marked a return to the group’s garage band sound with a psychedelic twist, including phased fuzztone guitars and some catchy lyrics and choruses. “How Can I Be Sure” is the second best-known song off of this album, but it has a fully successful companion piece, “I’m So Happy Now,” that applies similar instrumentation to very different (but pleasing) effect. Gene Cornish’s “I Don’t Love You Anymore” could be the finest pop song in the band’s repertory apart from “How Can I Be Sure,” with a delectable guitar part, scrumptious melody, and delicious chorus. “You Better Run” was more than a year old when it turned up on this album, and its garage band sensibilities are a bit more primitive than those of “Find Somebody,” but it’s a great piece of rock & roll. The band turns in one superb Motown cover, “A Place in the Sun,” done in a surprisingly subdued fashion. And for a finale, Cavaliere and Brigati turn in an exultant period piece, “It’s Love,” whose soaring lyrics are matched by guest artist Hubert Laws’ flute — alas, his presence would point the way toward less effective, more disjointed work in the Rascals’ future, as they moved more deeply into psychedelia.

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