Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Rascals - All I Really Need ~ The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1965-1971 (2001)


Pop, Rock | Mp3 320 kbps | 6 CD | 1 Gb

If ever an American band went through a more startling transformation than the Rascals did during the six years the original band recorded for Atlantic, let them show their colors. Here was a young east group who from the jump had complete creative control over their recordings, publishing, production, and packaging -- something unheard of then -- and issued over 15 Top 40 singles, three Top Ten albums, and two more that cracked the Top 40, most of which were issued without critical acclaim at the time. This six-CD retrospective of the band's entire tenure on Atlantic (there were two more recordings afterwards, issued on Columbia with a splintered version of the band), documents their complete studio output of eight albums over four and a half discs, and devotes a disc and a half to singles, A- and B-sides, alternates, and different versions of hits. For those familiar with the hits, it's difficult to imagine that the Rascals ever rocked as hard as they did on their first two albums, The Young Rascals and Collections. On the debut, tracks like "Slow Down" and "Baby Let's Wait" have an urgency to put the needle in the red right from the jump. On their sophomore effort, with the singles "Come on Up," "Lonely Too Long," and "Love Is a Beautiful Thing," the Rascals were entrenched in the soul and R&B groove, but not enough to leave out screaming rockers such as "Land of a Thousand Dances" and "Mickey's Monkey." With Once Upon a Dream, the textured, layered psychedelic pop and soul continued with "Rainy Day," "Please Love Me," "My Hawaii," and "It's Wonderful," all intercut with random sound effects à la the Beach Boys, but more organic and less removed from the context of the music itself. The band's center of gravity began to shift with Freedom Suite, with its stunning single, "People Got to Be Free," which captured the spirit of the late '60s as well as -- if not better than -- any rock song. Here, placing it at the last half of disc three, after Time Peace, reveals the album as a narrative of hope and innocence without a shred of naïveté. Here was a band striving to integrate its music and politics (right about this time the band refused to perform on bills where there wasn't a perfect division of black and white acts) on songs such as "People Got to Be Free," "A Ray of Hope," "Any Dance'll Do," "Look Around," and others. While the pop hooks were plentiful, so was the experimentation and risk-taking with the mixes and instrumentation, with more making it into the mix -- from accordions to pipe organs to brass bands and Indian instruments. With the issue of See in 1970 and Search and Nearness in 1971, the band was being pulled apart at the seams creatively, financially, and historically. Nonetheless, despite excesses on both albums, their fine, tight rock and pop songs still dominated the proceedings, especially on See, where the band tried to capture their rock & roll roots. The longer tracks on Search and Nearness revealed that at the very end the band was traveling in a direction that took the R&B edge to groove jazz extremes, with circular moves and dense textures running through the middle of repetitive grooves and riffs. This is a long-overdue retrospective for a band who is enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and whose perfect marriage of rock, soul, and R&B has influenced more acts than anybody would ever care to admit. This set is a necessity to be sure for anyone obsessed with the history of rock & roll.

CD 1, 1. Slow Down (3:11), 2. Baby Let's Wait (3:20), 3. Just a Little (3:00), 4. I Believe (3:59), 5. Do You Feel It (3:17), 6. Good Lovin' (2:29), 7. Like a Rolling Stone (6:09), 8. Mustang Sally (3:59), 9. I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore (2:43), 10. In the Midnight Hour (4:00), 11. What Is the Reason (2:26), 12. Since I Fell for You (3:29), 13. Lonely Too Long (3:02), 14. No Love to Give (2:44), 15. Mickey's Monkey / Love Lights (4:51), 16. Come on Up (2:51), 17. Too Many Fish in the Sea (2:24), 18. More (4:20), 19. Nineteen Fifty-Six (2:31), 20. Love Is a Beautiful Thing (2:32), 21. Land of a Thousand Dances (2:01)

CD 2, 1. A Girl Like You (2:51), 2. Find Somebody (3:48), 3. I'm So Happy Now (2:50), 4. Sueno (2:49), 5. How Can I Be Sure (2:56), 6. Groovin' (2:33), 7. If You Knew (3:04), 8. I Don't Love You Anymore (3:09), 9. You Better Run (2:28), 10. A Place in the Sun (4:52), 11. It's Love (3:15), 12. Intro / Easy Rollin' (3:14), 13. Rainy Day (3:39), 14. Please Love Me (2:03), 15. Sound Effect / It's Wonderful (2:41), 16. I'm Gonna Love You / Dave & Eddie (2:33), 17. My Hawaii (4:13), 18. My World (2:54), 19. Silly Girl (2:42), 20. Singin' the Blues Too Long (5:10), 21. Bells / Sattva (4:23), 22. Finale: Once Upon a Dream (3:53), 23. It's a Beautiful Morning (2:21)

CD 3, 1. I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore (2:43), 2. Good Lovin' (2:30), 3. You Better Run (2:27), 4. Come on Up (2:46), 5. Mustang Sally (3:59), 6. Love Is a Beautiful Thing (2:32), 7. In the Midnight Hour (4:00), 8. Lonely Too Long (3:01), 9. Groovin' (2:30), 10. A Girl Like You (2:49), 11. How Can I Be Sure (2:53), 12. It's Wonderful (2:16), 13. Easy Rollin' (2:54), 14. A Beautiful Morning (2:34), 15. America the Beautiful (2:52), 16. Me & My Friends (2:44), 17. Any Dance'll Do (2:22), 18. Look Around (3:04), 19. A Ray of Hope (3:46), 20. Island of Love (2:24), 21. Of Course (2:43), 22. Love Was So Easy to Give (2:45), 23. People Got to Be Free (3:01), 24. Baby I'm Blue (2:50), 25. Heaven (3:22)

CD 4, 1. Adrian's Birthday (4:48), 2. Boom (13:47), 3. Cute (15:21), 4. See (5:02), 5. I'd Like to Take You Home (2:38), 6. Remember Me (2:13), 7. I'm Blue (3:50), 8. Stop and Think (4:09), 9. Temptation's `Bout to Get Me (3:30), 10. Nubia (3:47), 11. Carry Me Back (2:53), 12. Away Away (3:25), 13. Real Thing (2:44), 14. Death's Reply (4:21), 15. Hold On (3:35)

CD 5, 1. Right On (3:49), 2. I Believe (3:58), 3. Thank You Baby (3:12), 4. You Don't Know (4:14), 5. Nama (5:38), 6. Almost Home (3:51), 7. The Letter (4:10), 8. Ready for Love (3:09), 9. Fortunes (3:13), 10. Glory Glory (3:29), 11. I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore (Mono Single Version) (2:46), 12. Slow Down (Mono Single Version) (3:14), 13. Good Lovin' (Mono Single Version) (2:31), 14. Mustang Sally (Mono Single Version) (3:25), 15. You Better Run (Mono Single Version) (2:28), 16. Love Is a Beautiful Thing (Mono Single Version) (2:34), 17. Come on Up (Mono Single Version) (2:44), 18. What Is the Reason (Mono Single Version) (2:26), 19. I've Been Lonely Too Long (Mono Single Version) (2:06), 20. If You Knew (Mono Single Version) (3:05), 21. Groovin' (Mono Single Version) (2:30), 22. Sueno (Mono Single Version) (2:49), 23. A Girl Like You (Mono Single Version) (2:48), 24. It's Love (Mono Single Version) (3:11)

CD 6, 1. Groovin’ (Mono-Italian Version) (2:33), 2. Groovin’ (Mono-Spanish Version) (2:34), 3. How Can I Be Sure (Mono Single Version) (2:55), 4. I’m So Happy Now (Mono Single Version) (2:50), 5. It’s Wonderful (Mono Single Version) (3:24), 6. Of Course (Mono Single Version) (2:44), 7. A Beautiful Morning (Single Version) (2:36), 8. Rainy Day (Single Version) (3:27), 9. People Got to Be Free (Mono Single Version) (3:01), 10. My World (Mono Single Version) (2:54), 11. A Ray of Hope (Mono Single Version) (3:43), 12. Any Dance’ll Do (Mono Single Version) (2:21), 13. Heaven (Mono Single Version) (3:24), 14. Baby I’m Blue (Mono Single Version) (2:51), 15. See (Single Version) (4:42), 16. Away Away (Single Version) (3:27), 17. Carry Me Back (Single Version) (2:50), 18. Real Thing (Single Version) (2:46), 19. I Believe (Mono Single Version) (3:59), 20. Hold On (Mono Single Version) (3:35), 21. Glory Glory (Single Version) (3:28), 22. You Don’t Know (Single Version) (4:13), 23. Right On (Single Version) (3:49), 24. Almost Home (Single Version) (3:50)


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1 comment :

  1. Buena banda de los 60's,con canciones agradables.Gracias.

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