The Young Rascals – Groovin’ (1967)

Groovin’ is the third album by rock band The Young Rascals. The album was released on July 31, 1967 and rose to #5 on the Billboard Top LPs chart and number 7 on the R&B chart. Eight of the songs were released on singles with the title track reaching number 1 on the Pop chart in the U.S. The album began the Rascals’ first forays into the psychedelic genre that they would explore further on Once Upon a Dream.

Eight of Groovin’s eleven songs were issued by Atlantic Records as single A- or B-sides. The three songs specific to the album are “Find Somebody”, “I Don’t Love You Anymore”, and the Rascals’ cover of “A Place in the Sun”. “If You Knew”, upon its initial release as the “B” side of the single “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long”, was jointly credited to all the Rascals’ members; the writing credit was changed upon the album’s release. Atlantic Records was at first reluctant to release the title song as a single, but its popularity was such that Italian and Spanish versions were released on different sides of a subsequent single.

Track Listing:

All songs written by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, except where otherwise indicated.

Side One

  1. “A Girl Like You” – 2:51 – Lead Vocals: Felix
  2. “Find Somebody” – 3:48 – Lead Vocals: Eddie
  3. “I’m So Happy Now” (Gene Cornish) – 2:50 – Lead Vocals: Gene
  4. “Sueño” – 2:48 – Lead Vocals: Felix (also written by Cavaliere and Brigati but attributed incorrectly to another writer on some labels)
  5. “How Can I Be Sure” – 2:56 – Lead Vocals: Eddie

Side Two

  1. “Groovin'” – 2:33 – Lead Vocals: Felix
  2. “If You Knew” (Brigati, Cavaliere, Cornish, Dino Danelli) – 3:04 – Lead Vocals: Eddie & Felix
  3. “I Don’t Love You Anymore” (Cornish) – 3:09 – Lead Vocals: Gene
  4. “You Better Run” – 2:28 – Lead Vocals: Felix
  5. “A Place in the Sun” (Ronald Miller, Brian Wells) – 4:52 – Lead Vocals: Eddie
  6. “It’s Love” – 3:15 – Lead Vocals – Felix


AllMusic 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. — Bruce Eder

Schill Score: 8.5/10

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