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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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Rating

3.09

Votes

4096

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Pop
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Like thumbing marshmallows into the anus of a cat.

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

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

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

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

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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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5

Very good! Full of fun songs :)

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

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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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Great 60's album.

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

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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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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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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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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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Fantastic classic

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Loved it

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Basically flawless and a pure joy.

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lives up to the album’s name

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banger

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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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5

Chill album, nice vibe

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

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Liked what I heard, Spotfiy was missing half the album

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Some upbeat rock, a pretty fun listen.

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3.5! Solid.

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Fun listen

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

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

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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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groovy

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Classic

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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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interesting, but no my style

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

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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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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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Really loved this! Lovely chilled vibes for a sunny day

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

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

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Solid gold blue-eyed soul.

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Pretty groovy I guess

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

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

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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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Groovy!

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

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

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Sounds like something from the 60s

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

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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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não conhecia antes, curti bem

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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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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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"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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A album with different music styles

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Enjoyable and diverse album with a consistent quality in the songs

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Good album, nice music, good singing

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Groovy! Liked it a lot.

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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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All the feel goods! How can you not smile?

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Lovely! Great songs!

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This is a find!!!

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Sounds like stuff my mom listens to but it's actually pretty awesome.

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Great 60s soul /rock album

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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.

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Van genoten

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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.

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4

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.

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Quite liked this one surprisingly. Bit funky.

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I enjoyed listening to this album. It had the retro sound that hit the spot for me today.

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This is a decent early rock album. I like how much soul influence there is in many of these songs.

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4

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)

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Leutige nummers, maar weinig speciaal. Toch van genoten

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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2.5

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Didn’t realize they did the original of that Pat Benatar song

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Lasi viskiä, kesäinen niitty ja taivaalle tuijottelua-musiikkia.

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Eh

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Groovy Baby

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was fine, did not dislike.

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Nice

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Eh....

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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.

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Nice, easy listen. Recognized some parts from recent samples (poolside)

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This was a surprisingly fun time.

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This was really fun for about 15-20 minutes!

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Cool music. I took into account how old it was in the rating.

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Another style of music I just don't care for. It's not bad, but not for me. Does nothing.

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Sueno

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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.

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Not bad. Groovin is obviously the best song on the album.

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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.

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3

V chill and new for me

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Early folk rock. I dig it

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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.

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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.

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Eh. Good. Fine. Average. Not my generation.

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6.7

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Siguiendo con la onda hippie, este me gustó mas

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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.

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Fun psychedelic pop, nothing amazing but pleasant and nice . Loved grooving, how can I be sure, and opening track.

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Cool vibes

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Rockzin daora, mas não faz meu tipo não.

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60s vibes, was ok. Couple of good tunes on there

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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).

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"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.

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60s sound, with some pop songs that you never knew the artist of, until now.

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Jaunty

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60s flower power rock

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Enjoyable Sunday bantaloons

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Cool album, enjoyed it. Doubt I'd listen to it again though.

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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.

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3

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.

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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

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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*

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Good old 60’s. Wonderful.

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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!

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Abseits der bekannten Oldies gar nicht uncool

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Muss man nochmal ganz in Ruhe hören!

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3

got a Stone Cold Chiller out of it but fine otherwise

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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.

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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.

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we wish we were the Beatles

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Fan bloody tastic. Remember to send your videos in folks for a chance to win 250 pounds. I always kept my small hand in my pocket whenever I met sir Jimmy savile as I’m sure it aroused him

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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.

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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.

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Decent, full album not on Spotify but liked what I heard.

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Had no idea Groovin was a bunch of white boys

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Nice oldies tracks. "Groovin'" is great. "How Can I be Sure" is also killer.

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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

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Pretty good...6.5 maybe worth another listen ..dance music mid 60's...groovin' (on a Sunday afternoon)

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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.

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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.

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Rock suave.

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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

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Objectively not bad, but does not move me emotionally much. Quite relaxing and smooth.

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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

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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.

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mellow and quite enjoyable. good one!

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Pretty good, but there's some filler.

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It was okay, but not really memorable

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Bit of fun!

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Good vibes

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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.

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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.

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Fascinating curiosity - a little known band whose songs were quite good but better known sung by other people.

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Not bad. Unlikely that I'd seek it out again though.

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Hadn’t heard this before. Enjoyed, though not my usual thing, will give some repeat listens.

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Pretty alright, I enjoyed the sound and high energy of it. Not mind blowing, but definitely worth a listen.

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3/5 it seemed to have potential, but it didn't after all.

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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.

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It’s fine. Can’t imagine it’s particularly memorable from a decade of such prodigious innovation and quality though

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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.

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Only half available on Spotify.

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Second Listen. 3/5

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7,0/10

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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.

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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.

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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 🌟

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Another band Iv never listened to before. Enjoyable 60s pop, would listen to again, but wouldn’t say anything outstanding after a first listen.

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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

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One of the relatively few albums on the list so far that I did not know beforehand. It is OK, but it did not sound like an album-album and I would prefer a best of. Unclear why it is on the list.

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Few nice grooves

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groovettino funkettino sanza infamia e sanza lodo

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Definitely fun and deserving of its album title! I felt those classic 1960s vibes throughout this entire album; very easy to pinpoint the 2-3 year range that this came out. It was nice to see how they stayed more consistent with their style/genre throughout the album as opposed to other albums at the time trying to emulate the Beatles' diversity (Something Else by the Kinks is a good example of this). I didn't have any of the tracks immediately stand out to me (I see a lot of people mentioning the title track as a favorite), but I could see myself coming back to this one in the future. 3/5.

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Ovakvih sličnih albuma ima gro, i po meni je teško ocjeniti ovakav žanr. Još uvijek ne znam taj neki patern na koji bi se mogao osloniti da bi precizniji bio, ali ić ćemo po sluhu naravno. Solidan album, Groovin', If You Knew su baš dobre stvari, nije dugačak album, u ovom slučaju paše jer ne bi mogo imat koncentraciju da traje još tipa 5 pjesama više. Sasvim okej album, mali lift up. 3 pjesme će sigurno upast u moju 60s playlist, zato volim ovu stranicu, nenadano upadne pokoja pjesma u moje već ongoing playliste.

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Fun 60s soul-rock, although nothing particular interesting about it.

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A nice discovery - what I at first dismissed as a beach boys copy actually turned out to be a really good album in its own right - with great stand out tracks and a good representative of the decade - enjoyed this one.

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Lovely stuff

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Loved the feeling they exuded but it most of the songs felt the same and there was no real story to the album. I’d recommend thinking of it as a playlist rather than an album. However there are some gems in there.

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Had low expectations toward this one, but ended satisfied with some of the songs. Maybe is the harmony or chord sequence, don’t know what is, but it has something particular. Nice listening!

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That title song is so damn good. I had no idea it was sung by four white guys who look anything like the dudes on the cover art of this album. They were the Rick Astleys of their time... The rest of the songs have mixed results, but gosh it all sounds really good. I'd listen to this again just for the production.

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3.5

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Pretty good for the time. Not too much to get out of it nowadays. Favorites: "A Girl Like You", "Groovin'", "You Better Run"

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A nice surprise. I didn't know any of this other than the title track but it was just a really pleasant listen. Good vibes all round

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Nice, just, nice.

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I've discovered that I'm easily pleased, if I can have a wee boogie to it then I'm happy, first song is boppy if a bit cheesy Also the guy in the red jumper is definitely grabbing balls Find Somebody: MMMMM MARACAS!!! Is this album all about loving somebody like you?? Me?? I'm So Happy Now is not suitable for Veganuary because CHEESE How Can I Be Sure: about loving somebody like you but also UNCERTAIN about it?!?! Quite like this one though Groovin: nice and chill, plus a bit of harmonica! Feel like this would be a good morning wakeup song If You Knew: god it's all a bit repetitive now isn't it I Don't Love You Anymore: dun dun DUNNNN!!! A PLOT TWIST?!?!?! You Better Run: Ooooooh a bit of DRAMA! It's quite nice because it's not sickly sweet like a lot of this album End notes: honestly I find a lot of it a bit naff and I don't fully vibe with it but it grew on me towards the end??? And on relisten?? I might adore it by the end of the week lol

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alright look, its 60s music. It’s peak “easy listening ooh 4 white boys all got guitars for Christmas now let’s sing about girls and go to the beach and drink soda pops, ooh yeehaw, bad haircuts, harmonies, let’s ruin the economy and the environment for our grandchildren then blame that on their laziness.” Right? It’s 60s pop, it’s par for the course. The Beach Boys did it better and I like them more. BUT this slaps. I had a good time.

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Nice, just, nice.

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Ok I suppose… slightly benefits from the r’n’b aspect… but nothing to get overly excited by here!

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Ah 1967. The Summer of Love. Sgt Pepper, The Doors, Pink Floyd's debut. Purple Haze. I Can See for Miles. Also, Daydream Believer. Based on the cover art I'm assuming we're leaning more Monkees than Stones. Forgiving the production, at least the version I found to listen to, this is perfectly enjoyable summertime 60's music. How Can I Be Sure is hugely satisfying when it settles into its groove. Groovin' is practically the platonic ideal of late 60's mildly psychedelic pop. Even the less successful songs, like I Don't Love You Anymore, are still fine. You Better Run reminded me of The Animals and also makes me like the Benatar version even more (which I did not previously realize was a cover). After the album was done Spotify played Good Lovin' also by The Young Rascals. So I do know songs by this band. Good Lovin' *is* a notable song, and better and catchier than anything on Groovin'. Perfectly good, but not stunning, compared to all albums ever, or even to albums from 1967. I'd give it a 3.5 -- I thoroughly enjoyed listening, but of all the millions of albums in the world I can't believe this album is really in the top 1,000.

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It was a little slow for my taste.

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Groovin’! Did not know this was theirs. Classic 60s.

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Groovin' (the song) is sooo smooth. The album is also pretty damn smooth as a whole as well. I would probably give it a 3.5 if I could.

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Super groovy, man.

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Nearly a 4

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Is this a joke? Sounds like pretty standard stuff to me

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It was a pleasant listen but I don't remember any of it to be honest. I guess I'll have to go back to it to have a real opinion about it. Spoiler altert: I probably won't.

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Average tbh. A couple of nice songs, but nothing that stands out or is better than the rest.

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Some big classic hits and the rest are just good enough to keep you Groovin'.

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Not my type of music. 6.5/10

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This was good. I love the Groovin' song, but the rest was just ok. No idea why I have to listen before I die though.

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ok for me

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This is a great example of when the hit songs are actually the best songs on the radio. I'm convinced that this album made the 1001 list because of the songs "How Can I Be Sure" and "Groovin.'" The rest of the album is a bit lackluster in that it's trying to do what other bands at the time were doing, but the other bands were doing it better. That said, the other standout song was "A Place in the Sun." The organ on that song lent itself to the gospel-influenced vocals. It's a beautiful song. The Spanish and Italian version of "Groovin'" are super fun to listen to! I think I prefer the Italian, though, haha.

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It’s an okay album nothing special about it but I don’t hate the music just not something it would listen to again

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Ik vind het wel relaxte 70's muziek, maar niet dat ik er wild enthousiast van wordt. ***

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Had never heard of them. Probs won't listen again but perfectly nice 60s pop. 3

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Definitely underrated but also very much of its era

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mmmm... lukewarm on this one... how can i be sure?

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Uber melodic poppy goodness. That title track is a classic. Don't know how I'd missed hearing that one in the past.

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Pretty straight-forward late 60s pop album. I found the songs to be well written, performed and catchy, but nothing too remarkable. I enjoyed the slight-soul/psychedelic turn at the end of the album. The recording quality is quite good, no complaints there. The cover art is pretty weird, the faces are kind of unsettling. Fav songs: Groovin, You Better Run, It's Love

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One happy little album. They remind me of Chicago at times, The Animals at others, and Three Dog Night at others. I'm surprised I have never heard of The (Young) Rascals before now. Solid listen. I enjoy the inclusion of brass and the overall feeling of this album. There is a nice Stevie Wonder cover towards the end of the record. Enjoyable, though it did not floor me. Fave tracks: A Girl Like You, A Place in the Sun

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Fav Song: You Better Run

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Solid '60's soul branching towards psychedelic. Special? I don't know. Good album to put on and listen to on a lazy Saturday? Yes. It is fun to be tapping along to I Don't Love You Anymore. The contrast of that groovy, upbeat sound with a pretty harsh message is so cruel and satisfying. Not sure the combination was intentional. Groovin' still sounds like every windows-down song. This one is planted in the '60's but every era has a few.

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Pretty nice, might listen to more of these guys.

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Title track is a misfit amongst the other mundane ballads and garage rock .

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I certainly enjoyed this album. "How Can I Be Sure?" is such a great song. Having not really been familiar with the (Young) Rascals, I'm happy I better know who sang it, as well as the classic, "Groovin'." But, while it was good listening, it wasn't overly memorable or remarkable for me.

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Run of the mill sixties stuff. Not bad, just not pushing any boundaries. The singles are good, but the rest of the album isn't very exciting

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Unoffensive listening. It doesn't really do much for me. Wikipedia calls it soul or R&B, which I can see, but it just feels like pop to me. Nothing really stood out and some of the guitar-work was repetitive and grating on the ears. I wouldn't avoid listening to this album again, but I wouldn't seek it out either.

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Forgettable album. Nice singing but nothing stands out. 6/10.

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05/31/2022 Pretty tame 60's pop. These a relaxed vibe to it, but it comes off a bit dull and unmemorable in the end.

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This is the sound of a band in crisis. Not a break up crisis. Or a substance abuse crisis. Rather an identity crisis. It was simultaneously the last radio-friendly blue-eyed soul album from the Young Rascals and also the first psychedelic rock album from the evolving and maturing Rascals. And on both ends, it’s fine. Nothing great or standout. Relatively listenable. But it also swings back and forth between the two styles in an occasionally jarring way.

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Very 'Brit pop' esque. Perfectly fine. 3.5

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I like some of the songs and how soulful the vocals get, but it’s more meh than anything. I can understand why stuff like this would turn people away from this project. C

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Pretty meh. It was totally inoffensive though. I did like You Better Run though. 2.75/5

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Znowu nowosci, tym razem z hameryki od the young rascals, bandy przypominajacych duplikat beatlesow, ale z elementami hamerykanskiego humorku, plyta z 67 jest utrzymana w gatunku niebieskookiego soula, wiec bedzie o niczym innym niz o milosciach przez 37 minut, chociaz nie mozna odmowic nagraniu wrecz psychodelicznych fragmentow, ale jak inaczej wyjasnic takie rollercostery milosciowo nienawisciowe jakie serwuje album, banda czteroosobowa w skladzie Felix Cavaliere klawisze, Eddie Brigati glowny wokal i liryka, ktora tworzyl z drugim Brigatim, Davidem, dodatkowo zlistowany jest jeszcze jako perkusita, ale wydaje mi sie, ze drumy i perkusje sa grane przez Dino Danelliego, ostatnim czlonkiem jest Gene Cornish od gitar basiora i harmonikowania, wiec jakis niecodzinnych instrumentali tu nie ma, ale podczas odsluchu zaskoczyl trak numer 4, ktorego opening sprawil, ze mialem przez oczyma wyprawde do el segundo od tribe called quest, wiec nawet tak mala rzecz jak odwiezenie sobie tej epickiej opowiesci zrobila mi dzien, co do muzycznych hajlajtow albumy, to poza tytulowym trakiem, ktory nie ma w sobie zbyt duzego kontentu lirycznego, co tez jest pozytywem w tym przypadku wykorzystuje chyba najbogatszy zestaw instrumentalno chorkowy z calej plyty, slychac tamburynowania, gwizdania i lala lowanie i inne uowanie, no i jak cala plyta jest mocno pozytywna, wiec drugim trakiem z rownie pozytywnym vibem bedzie im so happy now, sluchalem wersji mono i miejscami brzmi ona zdecydowanie zbyt plasko, w tym przypadku wersja stereo jest zdecydowanie lepszym wyborem, tylko ze spotifaj oferuje jakies hybrydowe wydania i jeden utwor mono drugi stereo, wiec zostaje soulseekowaniem, na plejke dodam dwa wspomniane piosenki, jedna mono druga stereo, wiec pierwsze lobuzy odsluchane, lajtowy odsluch i dodatkowo biblioteka sampelkowa zostala zaktualizowana, a wlasnie takie spontaniczne odkrycia zostaja w glownie najdluzej

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A handful of great tunes and some decent filer. A solid 3

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I will not be revisiting this album. The name caught my attention from the very beginning but after the initial songs I lost all hope. Couldn’t get into them.

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This was a short tight album that combined soul, rock, and pop. It was cohesive and better than I expected it to be. However, as well executed as this album was, it didn’t bring anything new to the table especially in 1967.

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While not something I'd probably go out of my way to usually listen to, I enjoyed this album. It has an aura of nostalgia around it. My dad enjoys all these old bands, so it reminds me a bit of my childhood.

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It's a straightforward (meant literally) collection of mostly-happy tunes. Feels like a collection of singles, front-loaded at that.

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A algunos les gustó y a otros no.

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A lot of the record sounds like the opening theme for 70s/80s sitcoms. Which isn’t bad but not the best

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Not really for me, but not too bad. Wouldn't listen again though.

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35 anfänglich vielversprechende Minuten, die im Verlauf der Platte immer zäher werden.

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Nooooooooooooo

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Groovy !!

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Felt like it was trying to be The Beatles for a few of the songs, didn't have much feeling in them.

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Pretty groovy but nothing exceptional .

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Eh

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false

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Kinda fun I guess. Didn't really stick with me.

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Just ok. Nothing sticks out, but I liked it when I zoned out a little bit.

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4

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Meh

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Incompleto

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It’s hard to take this music seriously. It’s charming, trippy, and makes me want to try hallucinogenics and give it another try.

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Left me a bit cold this. One Motown song, one Blues song, one song that's a bit Beatles, one song that's a bit Beach Boys, one song that's a bit Love, one song that's a bit Serge Gainsbourg. None of them as good as the originals. Seems like they couldn't decide whose coattails they wanted to ride to the topper most of the popper most, so they grabbed a big handful of all the coattails.

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It had several songs which were unavailable to play in my country. It wasn't a great shame. It was alright. Standard 60s shiz. Like SHACK shagging the chippy tranny.

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Groovy

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I like plenty of 60's bands, but this didn't do it for me I'm afraid

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Ok

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un pelin aburrido

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There was a time in my life I'd have been all over this. That time is not now. I'm well down with the badly drawn album cover though. Some crazy arse action going on there. Makes me think of Vic and Bob.

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No me ha parecido tan bueno el álbum como para que esté dentro de esta lista. Tienen un par de temas destacables, pero nada más para mi gusto.

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Never heard of then and thought I’d missed out on a good 60’s band, but I haven’t. Wasn’t fussed on this at all

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Not feeling this. It’s fine. Just not really into love songs or songs about relationships. It’s just played and goddamn there are sooo many songs about the subject. There are some cool production moments on this thing for the time that were rad. And I appreciate how they pull influences from psych rock and blues but overall it’s just not for me.

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Album is all over the place. I'm hearing (Revolver) Beatles, Monkeys, Chicago, Jeff Airplane, even Burt Bacharach. Best song definitely "You Better Run" though Pat Benetar does it better.

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nice soul/blues vibe from the start of the record. I really like the instrumentals on the first song. The mixing on the second song seems off. As the record progresses, it gets less interesting, and the vocals don't seem matched for the instrumentals.

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I give it a 2 Wont go back to listen again.

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You can't expect pitch perfect production from a record that is almost 50 years old, but what I did expect still somewhat dissapointed me. The vibes are friendly and the melodies are harmonious, though besides Groovin' there is not a lot of memorable material on here. 2/5.

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You better run is a banger.

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Pleasant enough. Soulful. Fine when it's on, just forgettable when it's off. Some of the worst album art I've seen. Favorite tracks: "Groovin'", "You Better Run"

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nhe forgettable 2/5

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Eh, unremarkable.

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Not was what I was expecting from the name/cover. Bit of a mixed bag of all kinds of genres. Who is this band and what was their influence?? Opening song sounded a little like Motown. Pop/Soul. Second song was more what I was expecting - vaguely psychedelic influenced 60s rambling pop/rock with too much tambourine/shaker. Next song is like a sweet beatles/monkees pop song. Anyway it continued with a roulette-like random sprinkling of genres and influences, and I didn't even know their "hit"

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Decent Beatles-esque LP, though a bit forgettable

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It sounds very "Summer of Love", but it's a lot less interesting than most of the heavy releases from 1967. I mean, at least add a sitar or something

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Might have been great at the time, but listening to this today I find absolutely nothing of interest in the album.

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Pretty typical 60s rock

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Generic 1960s pop, nothing seemingly groundbreaking for the time, not my favorite genre of the decade.

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“The Rascals (initially known as The Young Rascals) was an American rock band, formed in Garfield, New Jersey, United States, in 1965.” No, me neither.

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some of the songs were "fun" but I didn't really like the album.

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Nah. This is the kind of '60s feel I don't like. Wispy voices, plinky guitars, and a general sense of blah over all of it, even the stuff meant to be cheery.

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Tracks 4-6 are solid, but the rest is bad blue-eyed soul. Don't cover Stevie Wonder if you can't hang. Best track: Groovin'

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This lp has a lot of big hits.. more misses tho Jebiga.

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ku være bedre

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A Girl Like You is a pretty strong start. How Can I Be Sure is one I've heard a hundred times. But this also feels a little like it's standing in the shadow of the Monkees and it doesn't quite have the personality to break out on its own.

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yeah. okay. fun. but it was the 60's. it had to be fun.

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This album gives the impression that the 60s were an innocent happy time when the sun shone everyday. But then they had the Vietnam war, several high profile political assassinations, the Cuban Missile crisis, etc so it wasn’t all just Beach parties with Gidget. Most of the album is pretty plain vanilla and not very exciting, except Groovin’ which is a real standout, You Better Run is also good.

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I’m sure their parents and girlfriends at the time would say they were just as good as The Beatles but couldn’t get a fair shake since they weren’t from England. Yeah right.

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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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Also ran.

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Pleasant enough, but probably won't be going back.

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Maybe this is some of the best of 60s pretty pop, but it’s still something I find hard to find things to latch on to. A Girl like You is a cool arrangement. You Better Run, too. But overall pretty meh. A pop band trying to bite soul.

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Bit boring, obvious Monkeys/ Beatles pretender

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First track was very good, but then the rest.... I don't know what happened. For me it got back on track only in the end. "You Better Run" is amazing, my favorite track of the record by far.

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What an awful album cover. The music is okay and I enjoy the 60s production but there is something missing that would make this album great.

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Pretty solid churned out 60's funk/groove. Doubt I'll be rushing back to it and tbh I can't really remember most of it. Bounced along OK at the time though.

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A Girl Like You is a pretty fun little song. I like the psychedelic rock influence on Find Somebody. All the songs after that are boring and forgettable though. A Place In The Sun is the worst one, it just drags on for too long

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2.5

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Very much a product of and reflection of the times. It's good to hear these kinds of albums as samples of their generation and culture. Not music I'll personally return to, but I understand its place as an artifact.

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Album came and went. Don't remember much about it.

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Wouldn’t turn it off if it came on shuffle but wouldn’t seek it out.

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Never heard of this group. They have every trapping of late 60s hippie rock, and we'll done production. But sheesh the lyrics are trite.

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I wouldn't call it a must hear...

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Apenas para conhecer.

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This seems to be typical early to mid 60s music. It was ok.

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First thought on seeing the cover: this can't be good. I mean it's actually called just "Groovin". We'll start at 0/5. First thought on hearing the music: not as psychedelic as expected. Just annoying in that 60s pop way. I guess I'll have to settle for 1/5. Final thoughts: thank fuck that was only half an hour. It was every wimpy genre available in the mid 60s, covered in extra wimpiness. 2/5 because 1 seems too nasty a score for it.

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Best Song: Sueno. The Spanish inspired instrumentals helped alleviate the otherwise dated quality of the record. Worst Song: If You Know. Real school choir vibes coming off of this one. Overall: This is part of the sweet, cliched romance cohort of 60s music. Even when they sing "I don't love you anymore" it sounds like schoolkids who have broken up at lunch and will be together again by recess. I think this genre of forced wholesomeness has aged quite poorly, even if the music is (occasionally) groovy.

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This was not good. There is so much better 60s pop music than this. Beatles, Zombies, Monkees, all much better than this. Groovin' is a classic track, but that's about all this album has to offer.

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Lacks substance

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Bland blue eyed soul

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I had higher expectations going into this album...expecting a poppy turned psychedelic album all mish mashed together...it is there...and Groovin' is one of those songs everyone knows, but overall not a lot for me to go back and revisit.

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I'm not particularly enamoured with the songs, though the sound of the recording is fantastic.

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There is nothing overtly offensive about this album, but I find it offensive. It’s as if Find Somebody exists because they discovered that one could have the guitar play in the left ear then the right then the left again, ya know stereo. Maybe that was a big deal in 1967, but it sounds archaic as hell now.

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Another 60s rock album that I probably didn't need. It was fine.

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Kinda boring 60s pop that very occasionally pushes its boundaries towards something interesting for a brief moment.

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Okay

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Pretty good pop from the mid 60s. A bit garage (although a bit polished for my taste), and a bit psychedelic (although , again, not as much as I would prefer). 8 of 11 songs were released a single,s which speaks to the strength of the album. But the Beatles, it ain't. "How can I be sure" is a great song, although I prefer the Dusty Springfield version. "You Better Run" is a the most rock track on the album, which has almost enough grit for my taste. I will never listen tot his record again, I'm sure.

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Meh

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This album seems... fine. It's doing a good job of making me nostalgic for the 60s music my parents had on when I was younger, but I'd much rather be listening to The Beatles, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, or any number of other bands.

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It's fine, but in a couple of hours I'm going to forget I ever listened to it.

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Find Somebody is cool... but did it really need that opening chord? Come on. It's not the exact one, but it's surely intended to evoke it. Which feels like the theme for the album really. Evoking music rather than creating it. Like darts aimed at the commercial dartboard. Lets make music that sounds like other hits so we can make some money. Maybe then we can afford to hire an album-cover artist who has seen humans before. It worked to a degree. Most of the songs are fine. A lot of this feels like movie soundtrack stuff. Want to evoke an era without using a song that is too well known? This album would be a gold mine for that. Not really worth listening to in it's own right though.

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Took a while to listen properly but it grew on me a little. Not enough.

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Really not feeling this - like musically and vocally it's fine but it's so outdated? Like a knockoff of The Beatles? Did not finish, just not interesting to me 1/5

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Boring!

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Mñe

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meh

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Meh. Sounds like a typical 60s Beatles ripoff. The title track was good and that's about it.

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Weird use of stereo on second song.

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Is this really what white boomers were listening to?? I feel embarrassed for them.

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The fabulous sound of the Golden Hour from Wonderful Radio One. There was landfill before indie and this was it.

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Dull

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Classic oldies sound. Listenable. Not craveable.

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