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Groovin'

The Young Rascals

1967

Groovin'
Album Summary

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.

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3.05

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9919
Genres
Rock
Psychedelic Rock
Pop

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Mon May 03 2021
2

Like thumbing marshmallows into the anus of a cat.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

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.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

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.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Perfectly fine I guess, but nothing here differentiates them from the other 10000 bands chasing the Beatle's coattails in the late 60's

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Tue Feb 15 2022
2

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.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

I wanted to hate this hippie nonsense, but then it had so many classic bangers.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

"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.

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

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.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

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.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Dudes hit every genre in one album. A waltz halfway through the album? Come on...they did that

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Thu May 20 2021
4

This album was so much fun to listen to. So glad I didn't skip this recommendation

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

Kind of meh they sound like they are trying to ride the Beatles coat tails

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Very good! Full of fun songs :)

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

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

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Thu Apr 01 2021
5

Big fan, very me! Surprised I hadn't listened to much of them before

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Wed May 12 2021
5

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.

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Fri Feb 24 2023
5

This album feels like a greatest hits album to me. There are a couple of weak tracks, but the Young Rascals put their stamp on blue-eyed soul here. Granted, it's like eating cotton candy and there isn't a ton of depth here, but I think that can be said for a lot of bands in the 1960's who were churning out pop hits.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

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.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

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.

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Sat Jul 01 2023
4

4.0 - If Zombies had gone in a more Motown direction instead of diving into Sgt. Peppers psychedelia, the result would sound something like this. Standout: “Groovin’” but it’s all pretty good. A solid little pop record from 1967 .

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Thu Jul 06 2023
4

I went into this one not expecting much, but I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it. This was a very good album. I think I liked pretty much everything here. I actually kept having this album and song come up when I would search for Aretha Franklin's cover of the title track of this one, and I was pleased to find that the original is pretty good as well. I think I enjoy Aretha's version just a bit more though. I really enjoyed How Can I Be Sure and I Don't Love You Anymore, but as I said everything here is pretty good. Fun fact: The intro for Sueno is sampled in A Tribe Called Quest's track I Lost My Wallet in El Segundo. I immediately recognized it and was very surprised. Also a good song. I was debating on whether to give this a 4 or a 5, and if I had half stars it'd definitely get a 9/10, but I don't. I just don't think it quite reaches into that 5 category, though.

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Sat Oct 16 2021
3

Blue-eyed soul, with a psychedelic tinge - bonkers panning of the guitars, especially.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

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

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Sun Feb 05 2023
3

A diverting album with great production. Sort of like The Zombies meets Tom Jones.

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Thu Mar 16 2023
3

Quite easy to listen to and Groovin’ is a classic song. I don’t know if this is an album that everyone “has to hear” so I’m not rating it that high.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

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.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
2

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.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

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.

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Sun Aug 20 2023
1

"white soul" isn't a genre, it's cultural theft

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

Basically flawless and a pure joy.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

lives up to the album’s name

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

Excellent..forgot just how good this album is…dating myself, but this was a great era for music..listened a few times

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

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.

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Fri May 20 2022
5

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!

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Fri May 20 2022
5

A lot of fun. Several songs I knew but not in their original form. I was totally groovin'.

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Sun Jan 01 2023
5

This was just really solid. Loved every song. Great listen.

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Tue Jan 03 2023
5

Holy cow! Such an amazing collection of songs... This is a killer album, and I'm adding it to my library for repeated listens.

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Thu Mar 16 2023
5

That vibrato is something else. Also the nicest breakup song ever, barf

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Wed Sep 20 2023
5

I love 60s pop music, so there was pretty much no chance I wasn't going to love this record. I'm familiar with the hits from The Young Rascals, but this entire album is solid top to bottom. My favorite tracks are probably, "A Girl Like You," "How Can I Be Sure," "Groovin'," "I Don't Love You Anymore," and " A Place in the Sun," so pretty much the entire record. A total delight to listen to!

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Wed Nov 01 2023
5

Great listen-I had kind of forgotten about this album. Great collection of songs.

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Sun Nov 12 2023
5

Not too shabby! This one is going into the rotation

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Sun Feb 11 2024
5

10/10 PSYCHEDELIC POP !!!!!!!

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Thu Feb 22 2024
5

Super vibey! Really solid album from front to back.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Liked what I heard, Spotfiy was missing half the album

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Some upbeat rock, a pretty fun listen.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Great album, and was super smooth from beginning to end.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Easy listening 60's jams. Would be good for like the background of a party with parents.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

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

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

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.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

interesting, but no my style

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Solid work. Very easy to listen to with a couple of classics in there I never knew came from them. 3.5 rounded up.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Nice chilled 60s vibes. Nailed on for a 3 until Groovin’ came on. Instant elevation to 4

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Really enjoyed that, particularly How Can I Be Sure. Better than the David Cassidy version. Also Groovin. Will definitely listen again. ****

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

I really liked this album. Feared it would be 60's dreamy nonsense but it is really good. Spans a few genres.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Really loved this! Lovely chilled vibes for a sunny day

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

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

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Enjoyed it from the first song. Fun, happy album.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

-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

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: You better run, A place in the sun, How can I be sure

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

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

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

i actually really liked the majority of these songs. i thought they were fun, different enough, and had good music overall

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

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

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Sun Aug 29 2021
4

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.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
4

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'

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Enjoyed this, not heard of them before but like a boy band version of Dusty Springfield

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Love it. Late 60s pop with a bit of soul. Good voice, resembles Blood Sweat and Tears singer. Thoroughly enjoyable - 4 stars.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

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.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Cool 60s rock album. Nothing breakthrough, but enjoyable.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

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.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

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

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

This seemed completely unknown to me, until I heard the title song. Very enjoyable record.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Best ziek, gewoon zo'n beetje jaren 60 vibe. Helemaal niks mis mee.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Sounds like something from the 60s

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Gammeldags 60’er rock, simpelt, feel-good, groovy, blues, rnb

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

não conhecia antes, curti bem

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

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

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

"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.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

A album with different music styles

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Enjoyable and diverse album with a consistent quality in the songs

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Good album, nice music, good singing

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

It's like a mixture of the Beach Boys and blue eyed soul with a bit of garage rock thrown in. I like it.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

All the feel goods! How can you not smile?

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