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.Wikipedia
Like thumbing marshmallows into the anus of a cat.
Probably the worst combination of band name and album cover I have ever seen. Actually not bad tho. Quite enjoyable with some really good tracks.
"Groovin" is a perfect, timeless song so this album has that already going for it (Groovin is a 5). "How Can I Be Sure" is another classic. And there's a song I only knew as a Pat Benetar song ("You Better Run"). The other songs don't really compare to those gems, but it's still a great listen overall.
Ce n'est pas moi qui vais rédiger la critique du jour, mais bien mon grand-père avec qui j'ai partagé l'écoute de cet album. À toi Papy : "J'ai beaucoup aimé entendre cette musique rock dont le rythme me rappelle ce que j'écoutais dans ma jeunesse. De belles voix avec des rythmes très dansants. Un moment rare que j'aimerais renouveler." Vous l'avez probablement remarqué, mon grand-père n'a aucun savoir-faire en terme de critiques musicales. Je me vois obligé de reprendre la main. L'album est nul. Les Rascals sont des merdes. Le leader du groupe, l'ignoble Dizzee Rascal nous offre une performance en dessous de tout. D'abord sur le titre Dizzee Rascal Type Beat, puis sur la chanson Zone dans laquelle il répète inlassablement "Laissez-moi chuis dans ma zone, Neksan Orelfeu, Orelzi, Dizfeu, Nekzi, Dizsan, I don't speak but french but Nekfeu, Orelsan, Dizzee, Neksan, Orelfeu...". À oublier.
I generally like this kind of 60s pop but as the album went on it wore thin with me, particularly when they got to "a place in the sun" which I thought was overdone.
Perfectly fine I guess, but nothing here differentiates them from the other 10000 bands chasing the Beatle's coattails in the late 60's
There are some nice passages, but overall I don't get it. Unmemorable album that could be kicked out of the 1000 to make room for a more recent album.
Dudes hit every genre in one album. A waltz halfway through the album? Come on...they did that
I wanted to hate this hippie nonsense, but then it had so many classic bangers.
This album was so much fun to listen to. So glad I didn't skip this recommendation
Kind of meh they sound like they are trying to ride the Beatles coat tails
Mostly innoffensive stuff. Occasionally some jarring, incongruous guitar arrangements, as might be expected from a rock band doing soul, but on the whole they are probably the blackest sounding white men I've heard. David Cassidy was obviously a fan, he covered 2 of their songs. An interesting historical footnote, but not sure why it would be on any list of essential albums.
Very good! Full of fun songs :)
I enjoyed listening to this much more than I thought I would.... generally from listening to random music from this album generator, I think I'm realizing I like 60s music more than a lot of other styles/genres
Big fan, very me! Surprised I hadn't listened to much of them before
Great album. It's another one of those where I already knew half of the songs, but hadn't quite figured out who the artist was.
Great 60's album.
Blue-eyed soul, with a psychedelic tinge - bonkers panning of the guitars, especially.
Well, I can say for sure that the song Find Somebody was not meant to be listened to on headphones, because the complete switch between left and right ear for the guitar is super unpleasant. Like, it feels like my headphones are breaking in time with the music Setting that monstrosity aside, this is an interesting album. The famous songs don't really start until halfway through. The hits off of this album are great. Most of the rest of the songs are a bit dull. They are in the process of becoming a psychedelic band here, but it doesn't feel full formed yet. Perhaps that's appropriate since this is their last album as the Young Rascals before they dropped the "Young" 3/5 Fun at times, but also annoying at times and uninteresting at other times
Not terrible but not very exciting. It's just there. One of those albums. There were so many big, game changing albums in 1967 and this ain't one of 'em.
One stone cold classic soul song, one well know pure 60's pop hit. Throw in some baladeering, some straight rock and a spattering of everything inbetween and you get a band who don't sound like themselves. There doesn't seem to be a Young Rascals sound, and I for one am prepared to hold that against them.
How is this released in '67 and not '63-'64? It sounds really outdated and I'm sure it must have done so at its release as well. There's a few fun songs, "I'm So Happy Now", "A Place In The Sun" and "It's Love". But mostly it just sounds like discount Beatles.
Basically flawless and a pure joy.
lives up to the album’s name
Excellent..forgot just how good this album is…dating myself, but this was a great era for music..listened a few times
Chill album, nice vibe
If you’re looking for great top quality 60s pop, this album is perfection. Sounds great, good run time, catchy and mellow songs, it’s all the jolly from that era.
I love this group. When I first saw the cover I didn’t realize what was on this album. “How Can I Be Sure” with its wonderful 3/4 time and accordion. How did I not notice the red “This LP Has The Big Hit ‘How Can I Be Sure’” on the cover?! “Groovin’” with the wonderful birds. “A Girl Like You,” “A Place in the Sun,” “I Don’t Love You Anymore,” “You Better Run,” “A Place In The Sun.” That’s a lot of songs I recognize off this! This has a lot of soul sprinkled with bits of psychedelia that sounds great. Love this great specimen of 60’s pop!
A lot of fun. Several songs I knew but not in their original form. I was totally groovin'.
Liked what I heard, Spotfiy was missing half the album
Some upbeat rock, a pretty fun listen.
Great album, and was super smooth from beginning to end.
Easy listening 60's jams. Would be good for like the background of a party with parents.
Great album, plenty of soul. I was expecting something more psychedelic based on the cover but this was really enjoyable. I once had an empty LP sleeve of this album that I repurposed to house a loose J Dilla vinyl, and I’m thrilled to actually hear what it was I didn’t have. Favorite tracks: A Girl Like You, Sueno, Groovin’, Find Somebody. Album art: Love this one, very fun. Bizarre caricatures, but the colors and the vibe are undeniable. 4/5
I enjoyed this album much more than I anticipated. It may have been because I watched Once Upon a Time In Hollywood recently and this felt like it was ripped right from the soundtrack. Just a sort of folksy rock group trying to grove and have fun. What else would you expect from some young rascals in the late 60's. Album cover is very strange but it was probably a strange time.
interesting, but no my style
Really liked this album. Fresh look at the 60-70’s and just laying around and listening to the past .It was really Groovin😊. Surprised how many of these songs I’d heard before but not knowing it was the Rascals. Great harmony and lyrics. This was a surprise
Solid work. Very easy to listen to with a couple of classics in there I never knew came from them. 3.5 rounded up.
Nice chilled 60s vibes. Nailed on for a 3 until Groovin’ came on. Instant elevation to 4
Really enjoyed that, particularly How Can I Be Sure. Better than the David Cassidy version. Also Groovin. Will definitely listen again. ****
I really liked this album. Feared it would be 60's dreamy nonsense but it is really good. Spans a few genres.
Really loved this! Lovely chilled vibes for a sunny day
I really enjoyed this album, listened to it twice. Reminded me of my folks and hearing it in the 80s when I was a bambino
Enjoyed it from the first song. Fun, happy album.
-Nice drum fills and bass riffs in "Sueno" -"You Better Run" really stands out as must heavier than the rest -"Place in the Sun" is upbeat -Pretty standard early rock, a little chilly for my taste
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: You better run, A place in the sun, How can I be sure
Solid gold blue-eyed soul.
Pretty groovy I guess
Notable songs: A girl like you , I’m so happy now, how can I be sure, groovin Notes: I enjoyed this album. Love the vocals and the overall soulful sound of this album. Obviously groovin is a classic and it kicks off with a great intro in a girl like you. Interesting concept with you better run… it has this blues type of feel, they pulled it off really good. Overall 4/5
i actually really liked the majority of these songs. i thought they were fun, different enough, and had good music overall
Notable disc de pop seixanter, amb influències d'r&b i alguns temes molt destacables, com 'You Better Run', que després versionaria Pat Benatar o 'How Can I Be Sure', un dels grans singles del '65. De la resta, a diferència d ela majoria de discos de l'època, no hi ha gaire ompliment, una molt bona col.lecció de cançons
It's a pretty decent 60's psychedelic-ish album. That being said, that is my jam so I will rate it a 4. If you like Ogden's Nut Gone Flake, 13th Floor Elevators, Forever Changes, you should go ahead and give this one a try too. Highlights: 1, 2, 3, and 6.
I really liked the first side of the album. It was really different from what I expected out of a 60's album, and it pulled "psychedelic" well in my opinion. The second side was way worse as it follows a weird narrative and I don't like spoken word in music. Favorite track: Groovin'
Enjoyed this, not heard of them before but like a boy band version of Dusty Springfield
Love it. Late 60s pop with a bit of soul. Good voice, resembles Blood Sweat and Tears singer. Thoroughly enjoyable - 4 stars.
Only about half the songs are on Spotify, which was a shame. Really enjoyed the songs I did hear. Not sure why they were not huge, or why they have been forgotten if they were a big deal.
Cool 60s rock album. Nothing breakthrough, but enjoyable.
A pretty fun '60s pop album! Very good for doing the dishes to. You could find better music from this genre and decade, but you could also do a lot worse. Glad I listened to it.
I like the progression change in "A Girl Like You" from melancholy into more uplifting tones. Overall album have energetic tunes not very groovy but ok for rock band. Genre: Blue-eyed soul, rhythm and blues
This seemed completely unknown to me, until I heard the title song. Very enjoyable record.
Best ziek, gewoon zo'n beetje jaren 60 vibe. Helemaal niks mis mee.
Sounds like something from the 60s
Gammeldags 60’er rock, simpelt, feel-good, groovy, blues, rnb
Don't think this could be more 1960s if it tried. Mild psychedelia? Three-chord garage rock? Trippy flute solo? Blue-eyed soul? Check, check, check and check. It all holds together really nicely though! Side two is the strongest, kicking off with the immortal summertime stroller 'Groovin'' and finishing on the wonderful 'It's Love'. My favourite cut, though, is the driving, aggressive 'You Better Run' - it kicks ass on a reasonably wimpy album. Very good all told.
não conhecia antes, curti bem
How can I be sure and groovin slap. Sometimes the popular single songs are the best and I am so at peace with being basic
They have a nice sixties pop sound. I like the arrangements, though it looks like many of the artists (horns for example) go uncredited. The pop hits are catchy – it was good to hear “How Can I Be Sure” for the first time in 50 years or so. The 2 lead vocalists can sing. Looking at the albums that were released the same month in '67, we have The Who Sell Out and Headquarters by The Monkees, which sound spoofy and retro by comparison, except for I Can See for Miles, of course. This is an eclectic and well produced outing from a bunch of Italian guys from New Jersey.
"Find Somebody" is awesome. You can hear the many different sounds that influenced, and were influenced by, this band. The Beatles, Smokey Robinson, Otis Redding, Jefferson Airplane. This really is a crossover album for a lot of 60's music. And a shout out to Pat Benatar for taking "You Better Run" and turning it up to 11.
A album with different music styles
Enjoyable and diverse album with a consistent quality in the songs
Good album, nice music, good singing
Groovy! Liked it a lot.
It's like a mixture of the Beach Boys and blue eyed soul with a bit of garage rock thrown in. I like it.
All the feel goods! How can you not smile?
Lovely! Great songs!
This is a find!!!
Sounds like stuff my mom listens to but it's actually pretty awesome.
Great 60s soul /rock album
Cool, classic, kinda psychedelic. Hard to pick a favourite song, though I like sueno and I’m so happy now. I like the use of a diverse range of instruments that help make each song sound unique, yet part of a cohesive whole.
An okay album; a bit too mellow. Most of the songs are about being happy and being in love. Adding trumpets and tambourines is a nice touch. It helps makes the music more entertaining but is not enough to make one care.
A good solid album from those Young Rascals with one of their biggest hits along with some other decent songs. An easy listen, nothing too challenging, just a chill record that was enjoyable.
Quite liked this one surprisingly. Bit funky.
I enjoyed listening to this album. It had the retro sound that hit the spot for me today.
This is a decent early rock album. I like how much soul influence there is in many of these songs.
Really good! Great voice, great sound and lots of great tunes. Even my kids like it (although it does sound like an Italian restaurant in places)
Leutige nummers, maar weinig speciaal. Toch van genoten
Disco muy de la época de los 60, con buenas melodías, bien construido musicalmente y con buena voz. Aun sin tener grandes hits, merecederos de ser un buen disco.
the sound of listening to childhood oldies in a car during the mid-afternoon. happy-go-lucky positive nostalgia
The Young Rascals were essentially a singles band. The first album of theirs that I owned was a greatest hits called Timepeace (1968) - not a dud track on it. The Groovin lp however does have some filler. In fact I would rate five of these eleven tracks as such. But the other half dozen songs still make this a mighty listen. They were great pop songwriters and great artists clamoured to record their songs. Dusty Springfield did a great version of How Can I Be Sure & Aretha almost owned Groovin in the end. I think The Young Rascals were the first white boys to be signed by Atlantic & this album must have made Ertegun & Co. very happy indeed. The song Groovin became an immediate classic - from the instrumental opening you are immediately lazin on a Sunday afternoon. The flute on It’s Love turns what could have been an ordinary rocker into something much better. But they could certainly rock - A Girl Like You & You Better Run are up there with their best recordings. The only cover version on the album is their take on A Place In The Sun which, while interesting, pales next to the version Stevie Wonder had recorded the year before. Anyway, I always wait to hear the concertina in How Can I Be Sure & it always knocks me out. So, despite the filler, there’s enough greatness on this album to give it 4 stars.
Catchy pop tunes that are genuinely soulful and fun to listen to. Top notch late '60s music. Fave Songs: Groovin', How Can I Be Sure, A Place in the Sun, It's Love, A Girl Like You, You Better Run
Light, infectiously cheery 60s pop.
this album cover is immaculate
Loved this album. More than I thought I would. 4
Sick album. I have a bias towards mid to late 60's tunes so I really enjoyed this. Great sound to it. Even the filler songs are songs I enjoy. 'I'm so happy now' is such a joy to listen too, as is 'It's Love' and 'A Girl Like You'. The title track is a classic. Album flows very nicely throughout. I recommend this album to anyone a fan of 60's and 70's music.
This album has surprising depth, belying its vocal pop roots. Interesting to see that they wrote most of their own stuff too.
To be honest, the first time through I wasn't sure what to think other than it was decent at least. But as I kept listening I got more and more hooked. There's a lot of good, fun tunes. I mean, if you like anything from this era, they capture that pop rock and pseudo-psychedelic sound. You can hear bands like the Byrds, Beatles, Buffalo Springfield, Donovan, etc. (even Motown) in their sound and it's pretty admirable. So then I'm not surprised that 8 of these tracks hit the radio as singles. Side one is great - A Girl Like You is poppy and Motown-y, Find Somebody is more psychedelic and edgier rock, I'm So Happy Now is pure California pop, Sueno has great guitar chops, and How Can I Be Sure has great vocals (a different sound than the rest, more soaring). It was almost like listening to 5 different artists. And I haven't even mentioned Groovin (side two), their biggest hit, which I actually find okay compared to these others. Another one that sounds more Motown-y, but I guess that is due to who sang lead vocals. You Better Run (edgier) and A Place in the Sun (softer, though aa Stevie Wonder remake) are also cool tracks on side two. If you only give this a quick listen I can see how you'd shrug and say not bad. But it is real solid if you take time to listen carefully.
I think the biggest thing that impressed me about this act is the variety of the songs. For a band from 1967, the songs really varied a lot more than I was expecting. They felt free to experiment and try different ideas it seemed. <And hey, they're from Jersey, so I guess they can't be all THAT bad?> But seriously, a number of the songs I was familiar with, even though at first I did not realize they were from this band. And no covers, which a lot of acts from this time period were doing more and more. In fact I know a number of bands have covered their songs (whether on their own albums or live, so it's great to finally hear the original version). Yes, it did seem a little dated, but how much they changed their style from song still impressed me more than I was expecting. Very pleasant surprise.
I didn’t realize they had so many bops. I’d listen to it again.
Thought I had never heard of them before, but then "How Can I Be Sure" came on and I recognized the melody...then Groovin' came on and duh, of course!
Excellent! Perfect 60s sound, every track was good, and really requires more listening to appreciate even more I think. It just strikes me as fun simple music that everyone should like, except for angry, jaded, cynical gen x'rs who have a serious problem with things being too straightforward. Yes, feeling is a natural rhyme with healing, wife with life, accept it, it's gonna be in a song. Now, you can enjoy The Rascals.
The Rascals - 2 x great vocalists/songwriters, fantastic drummer, and excellent guitarist- what a band! This album is great, but somewhat hampered by strange production on a few songs. That said, listen to the perfection of Eddies vocal on How Can I Be Sure. And theres no more that can be said about Groovin' that hasn't been said before - one of the greatest songs ever. I don't want to say that the Rascals are underrated - because those that know - know how talented they are. I just wish that they were included more often in any list of the best bands/albums of the 60's.
Truly a solid record, but nothing groundbreaking. Not quite sure how this group stands out to the rest of the similar sounding bands of the era. 3.5.
Back in the day I thought this band was sappy. Still feel that except for the great Groovin (life would be ecstasy, you and me endlessly groovin'....superb lyric) and How Can I Be Sure and You Better Run. My favorite is missing: I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore. Felix P great singer just needs better back up and more better songs
Didn’t realize they did the original of that Pat Benatar song
Lasi viskiä, kesäinen niitty ja taivaalle tuijottelua-musiikkia.
was fine, did not dislike.
It feels weird to describe a Gold selling record with multiple Top 10 hits as a hidden gem, but that's what this is to me, having never heard of this before.
Nice, easy listen. Recognized some parts from recent samples (poolside)
This was a surprisingly fun time.
This was really fun for about 15-20 minutes!
Cool music. I took into account how old it was in the rating.
Another style of music I just don't care for. It's not bad, but not for me. Does nothing.
Today I'm listening to Groovin' by the Young Rascals. It's all very familiar, and I'm enjoying the music and like I've said many times before - context is nice. Of course I've heard 'Groovin' and "How can you be sure" many times on the radio and in popular culture. These songs aren't created in a vacuum, so it's interesting to see how a song fits in within the context of a large number of songs. I've always been more interested in the full album as a way to understand an artist. Singles are lovely and all, but I would like to know where they originally came from. I'm currently listening to 'A Place in the Sun' and I definitely prefer the original - but they bring some soul to it and do a decent cover. It makes me want to immediately find the Stevie song and give it a listen again. Listening to these albums is great because of the roads and rabbit holes it sends me down trying to figure out how popular music came to be. Oh Stevie Wonder you have made my morning better. And I can now imagine a place in the sun, and there is hope for everyone.
Not bad. Groovin is obviously the best song on the album.
A decent outing. Very much 60's pop music. Is a very pleasant album to listen to, music and most of the lyrics, maintains its upbeat personality. Songs like "you better run" explore a more psychedelic sound but still fit well with the album. Also contains their 'biggest' hit "groovin'" which is a great song and is real groovy song.
V chill and new for me
Early folk rock. I dig it
I thought this was a fun listen - has some of that doe eyed earnestness of some of the music of 60's. Dipping their toes into phychadelic rock, which I could have used more of.
Really dig it. Not a great album top to bottom but you can't go wrong with some solid Soul. "Groovin" is one of the all time great songs.
Eh. Good. Fine. Average. Not my generation.
Siguiendo con la onda hippie, este me gustó mas
Enjoyable, you can really get a sense from this band's move from early 60s blue eyed soul/doo wop to a more psychedelic sound. Interesting.
Fun psychedelic pop, nothing amazing but pleasant and nice . Loved grooving, how can I be sure, and opening track.
Rockzin daora, mas não faz meu tipo não.
60s vibes, was ok. Couple of good tunes on there
Enjoyed it. Struggled with the rating - there are a couple of bangers but also some filler. A high 3 I think (I've been too generous this week).
"How's the weather? Whether or not, we're together" (How can I be sure) Volviendo después del parón con un disco ligerito. Todas las letras son un poco la misma letra, pero es fácil de escuchar y el ritmillo no está mal.
60s sound, with some pop songs that you never knew the artist of, until now.
60s flower power rock
Enjoyable Sunday bantaloons
Cool album, enjoyed it. Doubt I'd listen to it again though.
Tää oli vähän kuin Beatlesin alkupään tuotanto. Tämän albumin julkaisuhetkellä Beatlesit olivat julkaisseet jo sgt peppers -levyn. Ihan leppoisaa musaa, mutta vartti (=2-3v) kärjestä.
Nice Sunday vibes with some cool tunes one there. A bit Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons-esque. Not sure I’d rush back to listen to the whole album again but enjoyed it.
A lot better than I thought it would be, dropped a 2 in the middle as it got a bit wishy washy but a solid 3 ending tracks pulled it back up again
Unfortunately the whole album wasn't playable but I enjoyed what I heard for the most part. I'll presume the other songs were of a similar vein and standard so on the whole I think 3*
Good old 60’s. Wonderful.
Weird old band - They are a product of their time for sure. I hear some beatles influence in tracks like find somebody, and certainly stones influence as well. They also played with the stereo sound on that song too, but it comes across as annoying. That was a super common thing to do for the time. Groovin' is an okay "Sunday" song. A place in the sun is the most emotional and interesting song of the bunch. "You better run" aged like milk though - violent lyrics toward a romantic partner? Wasn't expecting that. Guess they had a little too much stones influence!
Abseits der bekannten Oldies gar nicht uncool
Muss man nochmal ganz in Ruhe hören!
got a Stone Cold Chiller out of it but fine otherwise
This album certainly sounds of its time, but that is groovy, as the name suggests. Two stand out tracks are the title track, which is head and shoulders above the rest. However, You Better Run is a great rocking track and the vocals are super cool. The first half of the album is full of a lot of naieve rhymes that are really of the time eg. Wife, life, if you knew, my love it true etc... However, the second half is much more grown up with some fab songs like A Place in the Sun.
Never heard of them but I rather liked this. Lots of influences - psychedelic, 60s soul, even a song that took David Cassidy to number 1.
we wish we were the Beatles
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Has a fantastic opener and an overall great feel. There’s definitely a lull in the middle of the album with “Groovin’,” holding it together, but it finishes strong and doesn’t shy away from experimentation I.e “You Better Run.” I’d give this 3.75/5 if that was an option here.
Good, fun and enjoyable listening. I like this album and has introduced me to a decent band from the 60s. I like the vocals particularly.
Decent, full album not on Spotify but liked what I heard.
Had no idea Groovin was a bunch of white boys
Nice oldies tracks. "Groovin'" is great. "How Can I be Sure" is also killer.
Easy listening album of the 60's. Solid Sound, but don't pin out too much. (6/10) Favorite Tracks: How Can I Be Sure
Pretty good...6.5 maybe worth another listen ..dance music mid 60's...groovin' (on a Sunday afternoon)
July 14, 2021 Today is pretty much the same as yesterday and I am creeped out by this album cover. There is smoke from all the fires and outside is vaguely brown. I liked some of these songs but really disliked others. (Track 5 - sounds greasy???) A little too R&B for me, maybe.
Malgré une pochette mettant en scène une bande de profonds débiles (une allégorie de l'audimat du générateur, portant sur ses épaules John Lennon?), il est vrai que cet album était de très bonne qualité. Merci à Robert de m'avoir rendu l'album disponible sur mon Spotify, j'ai apprécié la pensée.
This to me is like a perfect slice of stereotypical easy-to-listen-to late 60s vocal pop/rock music. It's never going to end up as a personal favourite ... it's not mysterious nor edgy nor aggressive nor moody - rather "just" a collection of quite short and easily-accessible pop tunes. Yet by the same token there's literally nothing to *not* like, either. Lovely melodies and a all-time classic single "Groovin'" make this a worthy choice. Also I never had any idea that "You Better Run" was not a Pat Benatar original!? Can't ever go wrong putting this on for a spin on a Sunday afternoon. 7/10 3 stars
Objectively not bad, but does not move me emotionally much. Quite relaxing and smooth.
A cool little blue eyed soul album, more entertaining than the copious amounts of psychedelic music from its era. A girl like you, I’m so happy now, Groovin, How can I be sure and it’s love are all standouts among this album that provides an excellent mood for that Friday afternoon feeling when you just clock off work
3/5. A few really great songs, the rest have a familiar sound, even though I don't know the songs. You Better Run? Really? I thought that was a Pat Benetar song! Standouts: How Can I be Sure? Groovin' You Better Run, A Place in the Sun.
mellow and quite enjoyable. good one!
Pretty good, but there's some filler.
It was okay, but not really memorable
Bit of fun!
Not super my thing. I actually sounded pretty good, but It sounded really old. I Don't think I could ever really picture myself listening to something with that sound in my spare time. It's not bad, it's not good. It just is.
I'm not sure that the entire album merits being on this list, but there were defintely some enjoyable tracks. Groovin' was certainly the star of the album for a reason, but what stuck with me the most was the diversity of sounds and styles on the album overall. If I were to listen to tracks like "A Girl Like You" and "I Don't Love You Anymore" alongside "You Better Run" or "A Place in the Sun", I'd have sworn they were entirely different bands. In the end, I'm glad to be introduced to the album.
Fascinating curiosity - a little known band whose songs were quite good but better known sung by other people.
Not bad. Unlikely that I'd seek it out again though.
Hadn’t heard this before. Enjoyed, though not my usual thing, will give some repeat listens.
Pretty alright, I enjoyed the sound and high energy of it. Not mind blowing, but definitely worth a listen.
3/5 it seemed to have potential, but it didn't after all.
The album cover is godawful and the title is total cringe (that apostrophe - urgh!), but the music is rather nice, cheerful and jangly. This album isn't going to win any awards for originality, but it's catchy and pleasant to listen to. 3/5.
It’s fine. Can’t imagine it’s particularly memorable from a decade of such prodigious innovation and quality though
I didn't think I knew anything about this album until Groovin' came up, and then I spent the rest of the album trying to decide if I'd ever actually heard that whole song before or just 7 second snatches of it on K-Tel compilation album TV ads in my teens. This is all fine and workmanlike production but most of it is pretty by the numbers and there's a reason, I think, that I only recognized one song.
Only half available on Spotify.
Second Listen. 3/5
This was much more interesting and eclectic than I was expecting. A nice mix of Motown-ish R&B and pop with a dash of psychedelia thrown in the mix. 3 stars.
Didn't realize that Pat Benatar was not the original singer of "You Better Run". Other than that you have the classic "Groovin'" and the lesser known but still great "How Can I Be Sure". The rest was pretty generic late 60s music. Nothing too exciting, but nothing too offensive either. This sits right on the border between 3 and 4 stars. I think one more great song would have pushed it up to a 4.
It has some great songs, particularly Groovin', Sueno, You Better Run and A Place in the Sun. But it's pretty syrupy...that's the first and the lasting impression, some good songs but an overall lightweight feel 3 🌟
Another band Iv never listened to before. Enjoyable 60s pop, would listen to again, but wouldn’t say anything outstanding after a first listen.
66 Groovin - The Young Rascals 11 tracks. Loved the title track. I mean really loved it, but the rest wanders all over the place. There is even a French accordion in there, (not a good sound), & Spanish/Mexican influences in another track. 3/5