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Anthology: 1965-1972

THE RASCALS

Rhino

Released in '92, this is the best Rascals comp out there. Felix Cavaliere and company, the early torch-bearers of blue-eyed soul, are best remembered by their singles, and they're all here on this two-disc, 44-song collection: the early revved-up rockers ("Good Lovin'," "You Better Run") and R&B covers ("Mustang Sally," "In the Midnight Hour"), and on to more upscale outings like luminescent "A Girl Like You," "Groovin'" and "A Beautiful Morning." The Rascals got a little arty in the late '60s/early '70s, but there are some hidden gems on Disc 2 — like the gospel-flavored "Ray of Hope" and slinky "Nubia."

Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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