Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Once Upon a Dream
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
From the opening "One, Two, Three" of their debut 1966 smash "Good Lovin'," the Young Rascals were the hottest, most dynamic rock group New York had ever seen. The runaway train of chart-topping singles that followed -- "I... more »
From the opening "One, Two, Three" of their debut 1966 smash "Good Lovin'," the Young Rascals were the hottest, most dynamic rock group New York had ever seen. The runaway train of chart-topping singles that followed -- "I've Been Lonely Too Long," "Groovin'," "A Girl Like You," "How Can I Be Sure," "A Beautiful Morning" -- and the four albums they came from, permanently retired the blue-eyed soul trophy. Here they are again in all their Buster Brown-collared, soulful glory: The Young Rascals, Collections, Groovin' and Once Upon a Dream -- exact replicas of the highly collectible original LPs, each one on high-definition vinyl and mastered from the vintage analog tapes. Groovin' to the Rascals on vinyl? It's Wonderful.
I always thought I'd like to own this album....
Joseph Townsend | Hattiesburg, Ms. USA | 10/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was a big fan of the Young Rascals (they dropped "Young" from their name with this album). I owned "Groovin' and "Time Peace" and wore those LP's out. I recall reading the Hit Parade favorable review of "Once Upon a Dream" - the review noted that this wasn't a loud,excessive rock album, but more of a sweet, peaceful record, and for the Rascals, that was a good thing. Easy Rollin and Its Wonderful were the only songs on the record that I had heard, but I kept reading of how good Rainy Day, My World, Silly Girl, the title song (not actually song by one of the group but by "Dave" and I think Dave was Eddie's brother, but I'm not 100% sure of this. Sattva is a cool eastern, mystical sounding song that I like. Gene's I'm Gonna Love You sounded really dated the first time or two that I heard it and then to my surprise I found myself going around humming the tune. Eddie gets to sing a bit more lead on this album than on most rascals records,and I really like the big band sound of his "My Hawaii" and Felix does a good "Stormy Monday" type blues song with "Singin the Blues too Long." The liner notes point out that the album was recorded in five days in New York in the fall of 1967. I do not like the description of the album as "Overly Ambitious", but I do agree that the orchestral and choral arragements of Arif Mardin are "sophisticated" and I would say that the overall sound of the record stands the test of time very well (make that exceptionally well). I still maybe rate "Groovin" as their best overall effort, but due to the fact that most of this record is still new to me, it is certainly a treat. A solid four or maybe 4.5 stars. If you stoped buying Rascals with the Time Peace album, treat yourself to this album."
A MUST HAVE!
karol di ciccio | WARWICK, RI | 01/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I LOVED THIS IN THE 60'S AND WORE IT OUT ON 8 TRACK AND VINYL! AND NOW TO FIND IT IS ON CD AFTER ALL THESE YRS!HAVE TO HAVE 2 COPIES. JUST THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE JUST A MEMORY BUT, NOW I CAN ENJOY IT AGAIN!GET THIS ONE! YOU'LL LOVE IT!"
An Album Far Ahead of its Time!
Robert M. Anthony | Bloomfield, NJ | 02/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"1968-The Rascals do it again, only this time the band shows its utmost versatility with outstanding arrangements (Singing the Blues Too Long) lyric content, and the groups ultimate message-World Peace at a time when the world was holding its breath. Yes The Rascals-Americas very own Beatles, but with much more soul, funk, and kick ass Rock & Roll. We prayed for more!"