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BOX SET

THE RASCALS
THE COMPLETE ATLANTIC
STUDIO RECORDINGS 

Cherry Red

The term ‘Blue-eyed Soul’ was first coined in 1964 by a DJ from Philadelphia named Georgie Woods to describe The Righteous Brothers. It quickly became a genre that referred to any white singers and bands that performed R&B and Soul including on the east coast of America, from New Jersey, The Young Rascals. For the six years between 1965 and 1971, the band released a steady stream of singles with great hooks that charted and reflected the fast-changing music scene in the USA. They are one of the few bands that successfully spanned the Pop-into-Rock years, evolving with the scene which was reflected in their name change in 1968 from The Young Rascals to The Rascals. They also released seven albums, all of which sold well but as with many other bands of that time, the singles live on through repeated airplay on oldies stations but the albums are now largely forgotten.

 

Playing through this box set, their originality is striking. At a time when 95% of the bands in the USA were jumping on the British Invasion bandwagon, The Young Rascals were sticking to the American sound and going their own way. Album 1, Side 1, track 1 is their version of Larry Williams’ Slow Down, a song that just two years earlier, The Beatles had recorded and released with obvious success. The Rascals take the song, drop the tempo, replace the piano intro with a searing guitar solo and add an ease-it-down section before the climactic fade-out. Other standards get other make-overs throughout the collection; they had a knack of being able to re-think a song give each one a different dimension. The Rascals tenure as a band was also the era when recording studios moved from four-track to sixteen track recorders and you can hear how they evolved with the technology as well as the scene.

 

Each of the seven discs is dedicated to one album. The first four come with both their mono and stereo versions and each contains unreleased material. Also included across all the discs are their non-album singles, the single edits and the foreign language versions of Groovin’. In short, when the title of the box says ‘The Complete Atlantic Recordings’, they mean it. All the tracks are delightfully remastered, capturing those lovely sixties sound and the box also includes a superb sixty-page booklet with a nigh-on ten-thousand-word essay on the band, recording session notes and high-quality images.

 

The Rascals have been a little bit overlooked in the history of popular music (especially in the UK where they only had two hits, both in 1967) but this box set will redress that balance and ensure their legacy will start to grow rather than fade. It’s a beautiful package, play it on a beautiful morning.

Track List

Disc 1

THE YOUNG RASCALS (Stereo)

1.  Slow Down

2.  Baby Let’s Wait

3.  Just A Little

4.  I Believe

5.  Do You Feel It

6.  Good Lovin’

7.  Like A Rolling Stone

8.  Mustang Sally

9.  I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore

10.  In The Midnight Hour

(Tracks 11 – 20, as above in Mono)

21.  Mustang Sally (unedited version) *

 

Disc 2

COLLECTIONS (Stereo)

1.  What Is The Reason

2.  Since I Fell For You

3.  Lonely Too Long

4.  No Love To Give

5.  Mickey’s Monkey/Love Lights

6.  Come On Up

7.  Too Many Fish In The Sea

8.  More

9.  Nineteen Fifty-Six

10.  Love Is A Beautiful Thing

11.  Land Of 1000 Dances

(Tracks 12 – 22, as above in Mono)

23.  Good Lovin’ (alternate version) *

24.  Marryin’ Kind Of Love *

25.  Temptation’s ‘Bout To Get Me (early version) *

26.  I’ve Been Lonely Too Long (mono single edit)

 

Disc 3

GROOVIN’ (Stereo)

1.  A Girl Like You

2.  Find Somebody

3.  I’m So Happy Now

4.  Sueño

5.  How Can I Be Sure

6.  Groovin’

7 If You Knew

8.  I Don’t Love You Anymore

9.  You Better Run

10. A Place In The Sun

11.  It’s Love

(Tracks 12 – 22, as above in Mono)

23.  I’m So Happy Now (underdub) *

24.   I Don’t Love You Anymore (alternate take) *

25.  If You Knew (rehearsal) *

 

Disc 4

ONCE UPON A DREAM (Stereo)

1.  Intro-Easy Rollin’

2.  Rainy Day

3.  Please Love Me

4.  Sound Effect

5.  It’s Wonderful

6.  I’m Gonna Love You

7.  Dave And Eddie

8.  My Hawaii

9.  My World

10.  Silly Girl

11.  Singin’ The Blues Too Long

12.  Bells

13.  Sattva

14.  Finale: Once Upon A Dream

(Tracks 15 – 28, as above in Mono)

29.  It’s Wonderful (mono single mix)

 

Disc 5

FREEDOM SUITE

1.  America The Beautiful

2.  Me And My Friends

3.  Any Dance’ll Do

4.  Look Around

5.  Ray Of Hope

6.  Island Of Love

7.  Of Course

8.  Love Was So Easy To Give

9.  People Got To Be Free

10.  Baby I’m Blue

11.  Heaven

12. Adrian’s Birthday

13.  Boom

14.  Cute

15. A Beautiful Morning

16.  Let Freedom Ring *

17.  My Love For You *

18.  Share Your Love With Me *

 

Disc 6

SEE

1.  See

2.  I’d Like To Take You Home

3.  Remember Me

4.  I’m Blue

5.  Stop And Think

6.  Temptation’s ‘Bout To Get Me

7.  Nubia

8.  Carry Me Back

9.  Away Away

10.  Real Thing

11.  Death’s Reply

12.  Hold On

13.  See (single edit)

14.  Hold On (mono single)

15.  Nubia (alternate version *

16.  You Gotta Try aka Hold On *

 

Disc 7

SEARCH AND NEARNESS

1.  Right On

2.  I Believe

3.  Thank You Baby

4.  You Don’t Know

5.  Nama

6.  Almost Home

7.  The Letter

8.  Ready For Love

9.  Fortunes

10.  Glory Glory

11.  Hey Bo *

12.  Silver Dollar Lady *

13.  Groovin’ (Italian language version)

14.  Groovin’ (Spanish language version)

15.  Groovin’ (French language version)

16.  Sentirai La Pioggia

17.  Corri Nel Sole

* Previously unreleased

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BOX SET

LINDISFARNE
BRAND NEW DAY
THE MERCURY YEARS 1979 - 1979

Cherry Red

From 1970 to 1973, Lindisfarne released four albums on the Charisma label, each one, an absolute gem of British Folk Rock. The pressures of international touring took their toll on the band though and they split, their final offering being an underwhelming live album. There was always talk amongst their fans of them getting back together, particularly in their hometown of Newcastle, so when Lindisfarne announced in 1976 that they would they would for a one-off Christmas show, ticket sales went through the roof and the one-off quickly became a three-off. Everyone, especially the band, had a good time so they did the same the following year. Four shows this time, the last being on Christmas Eve which they had the foresight to record. Enter Mercury Records.

 

With a renewed camaraderie, Lindisfarne signed to Mercury and their first release on the label was that live recording. It reset Lindisfarne, showing that they were a phenomenal live band, erasing the memory of the 1973 Live album and they returned to the recording studio with vigour and a new producer, the flamboyant hitmaker, Gus Dudgeon. The resulting album, Back And Fourth, saw them back in the UK Top 10 for the first time in six years with the single, Run For Home. A reflective song featuring a full orchestra and distinctive instrument called the cor anglaise, it was also their first hit in the USA. That single was a teaser, released a few weeks before the album and when Back And Fourth did come out, it showed that the magic was still there. Eleven songs, lovingly produced with the classic Lindisfarne vocals and instrumentation but with an up-to-date sound, in an era when Britain had moved from Glam and Folk Rock in the early seventies into the now Disco and New Wave era, it was warmly received by the critics and fans alike.

They went back on the road in the UK and ended the year by playing five Christmas shows in Newcastle.

 

There is no doubt that 1978 had been a terrific year for the band, probably one of their best so they ventured in 1979 with much optimism. Mercury wanted a follow-up album and the producer they chose was Hugh Murphy, the man who had put Gerry Rafferty at No. 1 with Baker Street the previous year and was fresh on everyone’s mind as Gerry’s latest single, Night Owl, had peaked at No. 5 in February. It seemed like the perfect combination and it was – musically. The album has all that you could want in songwriting and production but the scene in the UK was drastically different from the previous year and it was a commercial failure. The US refused to release the album on the grounds that the previous one was still selling and Lindisfarne and Mercury dropped them.

The band would continue as a live tour de force and they put out records that were good but never matched their 1970s releases. These three albums, released in what could arguably be Lindisfarne’s most commercially successful but also most difficult time, are testament to the band that they still had so much to give and gave it whenever asked. The two studio albums may not be their most famous from the seventies but they are a crucial part of the band’s catalogue and contain everything that Lindisfarne were about.  If you’ve never heard them, now would be a very good time.

 

Track List

Disc 1 - Magic In The Air (Live, 1978)

Lady Eleanor

Road To Kingdom Come

Turn A Deaf Ear

January Song

Court In The Act

No Time To Lose

Winter Song

Uncle Sam

Wake Up Little Sister

All Fall Down

Meet Me On The Corner

Bye-Bye Birdie

Train In G Major

Scarecrow Song

Dingley Dell

Scotch Mist

We Can Swing Together

Fog On The Tyne

Clear White Light

 

Disc 2 - Back And Fourth (1978)

Juke Box Gypsy

Warm Feeling

Woman

Only Alone

Run For Home

Kings Cross Blues

Get Wise

You And Me

Marshall Riley's Army

Angels At Eleven

Make Me Want To Stay

Bonus Tracks

Stick Together

When It Gets The Hardest

Brand New Day

Run For Home (Edited version)

See How They Run

Juke Box Gypsy (Single version)

Warm Feeling (Mono)

Happy or Sad (Demo)

Reunion (Demo)

† Previously unreleased on CD

 

Disc 3 - The News (1979)

Call Of The Wild

People Say

1983

Log On Your Fire

Evening

Easy And Free

Miracles

When Friday Comes Along

Dedicated Hound

This Has Got To End

Good To Be Here

Bonus Tracks (All previously unreleased on CD)

Easy And Free (Single version)

Intro *

Stick Together *

Juke Box Gypsy *

People Say *

Marshall Riley's Army *

Call Of The Wild *

Evening *

Warm Feeling *

Run For Home *

Dedicated Hound *

* Live at Newcastle City Hall, 1979

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