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The first all-white group signed to Atlantic, the Rascals were the '60s blue-eyed soul band. Here are just about all their hits: the #1s Good Lovin'; Groovin' , and People Got to Be Free plus A Beautiful Morning; How Can I Be Sure; A Girl Like You; You Better Run , and more!

1. I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
2. Good Lovin'
3. You Better Run
4. Come On Up
5. I've Been Lonely Too Long
6. Groovin'
7. A Girl Like You
8. How Can I Be Sure
9. It's Wonderful
10. A Beautiful Morning
11. People Got To Be Free
12. A Ray Of Hope
13. Heaven
14. See
15. Carry Me Back
16. Glory Glory

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 20, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino/Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00000331T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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113 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Porch Sitter on June 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The "Young" Rascals were one of the unique groups of the middle to late sixties to actually produce albums that you could listen to, not just 2 songs and 8 fillers. Their great early influences included Atlantic/Stax Soul ('Mustang Sally" "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" . and early R&B ("Good Lovin") (weren't we all at the time?) and as they matured, became a bit more "expansive" ("A Ray Of Hope", "Heaven"). Also, much of the original group came from "Joey Dee & The Starlighters", so they knew the business a bit before diving in. They were originally formed in NYC with Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, Eddie Brigati, and Dino Danelli This group was deservedly inducted into the 'Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame" in 1997.
This was pure AM radio at its best ("Lonely To Long"). Even their superlative first GREATEST HITS (Time/Peace) was one of the biggest selling LP's for many years, as new generations discovered the music.
This collection covers the main bases, (Groovin', People Got To Be Free , etc) and is a worthwhile purchase, at an excellent price. For those who do not have it, you should ,MUST, have it in your library. The alternatives include the much older "Ultimate Rascals" which is great at the same price (but the re-mastering is not as good), to the new 'Essentials" which I would NOT get, since it has less tracks, omits major hits, and is more expensive.
For the completist, and really the best archive for The Rascals, the Multi Disk Anthology is the best, but a bit expensive. This one will do just fine, especially at 1/3rd the cost!
I wish they would issue a wider 2 disk set, but until then, this is great and well worth the price. Highly recommended for "Good Lovin", "Groovin", "See" ALONE! Top down summer music, turn it up!
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
How much Rascals does the average fan need? The Rascals Anthology (1965-1972) focuses too much on the band's experimental (read: non-commercial) period. Disc two of Anthology contains only one top ten hit. Consequently, if all you want are the hits, then The Very Best of the Rascals is the obvious choice. All thirteen of their top forty hits are here. [Only two minor hits are missing: 1970's "Hold On" (#51) and their last charting single from 1971 "Love Me" (#95).]
What you do get is some of the best blue-eyed soul of the Sixties: the R&B charged "I Ain't Gonna Eat My Hart Out Anymore," the super-charged remake of the Olympics' "Good Lovin'," followed by "You Better Run," the first of eight singles co-authored by vocalist Eddie Brigati and keyboardist Felix Cavaliere. They also wrote the groups three million-seller singles: "Groovin'," "A Beautiful Morning" and "People Got To Be Free."
This disc contains some of the most soulful music from one of the Sixties greatest bands. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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92 of 104 people found the following review helpful By scoop25 on April 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Like another reviewer, I anticipated good sound on this CD, given that it was from Rhino. FORGET IT. The sound quality is dreadful, muddy, hopeless. This is irritating when the CD does a poor job of reproducing cuts from early in their career -- mono cuts that one would have thought no one can murder. But by the end of the disc, when the sound quality implodes during "People Got To Be Free" and the rest -- well campers, lights out.
This is an offensively bad job of remastering and reproduction.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Rascals have created some of the best rock 'n' soul music of all time. Of course everyone has heard "Good Lovin'" about a million times, but the band has so many other classics. They also had alot of range going from "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore", which is one of the most lowdown, gritty & dirtiest songs ever recorded to something like "It's A Beautiful Morning" which is one of the sweetest and prettiest. "I've Been Lonely Too Long", "Groovin'" & "A Girl Like You" could've been recorded by any Motown artist. "How Can I Be Sure" incorporates their Italian roots while they dabble in psychedelic sounds with "It's Wonderful". Later in their career their songs took on a more social awareness with songs like "People Got To Be Free", "Heaven & "See". Like most of the bands that peaked in the mid 60's, by the early 70's The Rascals broke up. This collection keeps their legacy alive and gives rock solid proof as to why they are enshrined in the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By vqworks on September 12, 2011
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You'd probably wonder why a "Best of" compilation with good music would warrant a modest 3-star rating. Several songs, including "Groovin'", "How Can I Be Sure", and "I've Been Lonely Too Long" are actually mono transfers. How the stereo versions didn't get transferred is a mystery to me. Had I known this was the case, I would have looked for another compilation. Another reviewer also commented on the dynamic range compression that this transfer has undergone in order to be palatable for iPod and iPhone listeners, resulting from very loud average levels and listener fatigue.

Some listeners may not be bothered by this but I am because even an old pre-recorded cassette I bought over 20 years ago contains the stereo versions and even that cassette sounded very crisp and dynamic.

Buyer beware. If you want to get your money's worth check the reviews from now on to make sure you are buying a CD without compressed dynamic range so that you can listen to the best sound quality possible. Compression is a sin that music companies have been committing even with "re-mastered" compilations. I know I won't be buying that kind of re-hashed garbage.
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