Hi everyone, this week we’re continuing our look at the sounds of American rock bands that came to musical prominence in the era just after the launch of the British Invasion.
And this week our three groups are: Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Association & The Young Rascals who later dropped the “Young” from their name and simply became The Rascals.
And just as a reminder, each weekly recommended music posting features the following sections:
I. Links To AllMusic Biographies Of The Weekly Artists/Groups
II. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week (streaming music)
III. Recommended Compact Discs Of The Artists/Groups Of The Week
IV. Videos Of The Artists/Groups Of The Week
I. Links To AllMusic Group Bios:
Paul Revere & The Raiders AllMusic Biography by Bruce Eder
The Association AllMusic Biography by Bruce Eder
The Rascals, originally known as The Young Rascals
To access Freegal Music from a desktop or laptop simply click on the following link: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/
The Freegal Music Catalog homepage will display — it looks like this:
The Freegal Music app can be found in your app store and it looks like this:
II. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week:
Paul Revere & The Raiders:
Paul Revere & the Raiders were one of the most popular American bands of the mid-sixties. They sold more records between 1966 and 1969 than any other bands with the exception of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
The creator and driving force behind the group was Paul Revere Dick, who was better known simply as Paul Revere. Revere played keyboards, organized the band, managed the band, came up with the idea for their eighteenth century costumes and even worked hard after their sixties heyday to keep the band’s music alive on the oldies circuit. The band featured a number of musicians during their most popular years, 1966 – 1971,although only two were constant: Revere on keyboards and Mark Lindsay on vocals. The group frequently appeared on the weekday broadcast of the TV Show Where The Action Is which broadcast the band’s music to millions of Americans on a regular basis and no doubt this helped get their music out to the listening public at large!
The group’s hits include: Just Like Me, Kicks, Hungry, Good Thing, Him Or Me – What’s It Gonna Be? and Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian).
Here’s a link to stream their Greatest Hits album from Freegal:
The Association was a very popular band whose singles charted repeatedly during the two year period 1966-1968. The band formed in Los Angeles and consisted of Jim Yester, Russ Giguere, Gary Alexander and Larry Ramos on guitars, Brian Cole on bass and Ted Bluechel on drums. All the band members sang and their lush, harmony-rich singles quickly became pop music staples. The bands hits include: Along Comes Mary, Cherish, Wendy, Everything That Touches You and Never My Love.
The Freegal Music Catalog features a number of songs The Association re-recorded after the sixties (think K Tel style). And as we all know, re-recorded versions of hits by the same group, in subsequent years, can’t usually hold a candle to the original versions.
So I’m going to recommend you actually skip streaming any Association music from Freegal. Instead, check out the videos listed below and the Original Album Series collection by the group as soon as it is available.
The Rascals, who were originally known as The Young Rascals, formed in New York City and were one of the most popular “Blue-Eyed Soul” groups of the sixties. The band consisted of Felix Cavaliere on organ and vocals, Eddie Brigati on vocals and bass, Gene Cornish on guitar and vocals and Dino Danelli on drums. All members of the band, save Danelli, had previously been members of the early sixties group Joey Dee & The Starlighters – known for their hit The Peppermint Twist.
The Rascal’s sixties his include: Good Lovin’, You Better Run, I’ve Been Lonely Too Long, Groovin’, A Beautiful Morning and How Can I Be Sure.
Unfortunately, the Freegal Music Catalog doesn’t contain any sixties studio albums by The Rascals. However, the catalog does contain a mellow and fun album from the band released in 1972 titled The Island of Real. The songs on this album sound very much like their sixties songs and include: Lucky, Saga of New York, Jungle Walk, Island of Real & Time Will Tell.
Here’s a link to stream The Island of Real LP: https://goo.gl/tdKiiZ
III. Compact Discs of The Artists/Groups Of The Week
Paul Revere & The Raiders:
This eleven song album is available right now and includes the songs: Louie, Louie, Stepin’ Out, Just Like Me, Kicks, Hungry and Good Thing.
Here’s a link to request their Greatest Hits album on CD:
This studio album contains a great collection of classic rock songs including the tunes: Good Thing, All About Her, In My Community, Hungry, The Great Airplane Strike, Our Candidate & 1001 Arabian Nights.
Here’s a link to request Spirit of ’67 (as soon as it is available): https://goo.gl/8nDwGe
The Original Album Series:
This collection, which should be available in StarCat soon, makes up for the fact that you can’t stream any original studio albums by The Association through Freegal. And it does so as it contains all the music on their first five albums – so it includes all their bright, breezy, harmonizing hits and many more great songs!
The albums included in the collection are: And Then… Along Comes the Association (1966), Renaissance (1966), Insight Out (1967), Birthday (1968) & The Association (1969).
This is perfect music for summer!
Here’s a link to request The Original Album Collection (The Association) as soon as it is available:
The library has one album by The Rascals aready in circulation and an Original Album Set currently in process.
This LP, which you can request now, contains some really great songs including: I Aint’ Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore, Mustang Sally, Good Lovin‘ and People Got To Be Free.
Here’s a link to request The Ultimate Rascals CD:
The Original Album Series (The Rascals):
This set allows you to dig deeper into the classic rock sound of The Rascals as it contains, and you guessed it! all the music on their first five albums.
The AllMusic Review of this multi disc set by Steve Leggett sums it up nicely so here it is: “The Rascals’ blend of blue-eyed soul, British Invasion pop, and garage band R&B made them one of the more interesting American rock groups of the 1960s. This set, which includes the band’s first five original LPs, 1966’s The Young Rascals, 1967’s Collections and Groovin’, 1968’s Once Upon a Dream, and 1969’s Freedom Suite, shows the band’s rapid growth and expansion into psychedelic rock, urban soul, and other areas, even incorporating gospel, jazz, and Latin elements into the mix. It adds up to a complete portrait of a fine singles band with a whole lot of heart and soul.”
And perhaps needless to say this collection contains all their sixties hits.
The set will be available in StarCat & our New CD Section shortly and here’s the link to request it as soon as it is available:
IV: Videos Of The Artists/Groups Of The Week:
Paul Revere & The Raiders:
Just Like Me
The Great Airplane Strike
Him Or Me, What’s It Gonna Be?
Along Comes Mary from The Smother’s Brothers Comedy Show
Cherish from The Ed Sullivan Show
Never My Love (original audio recording with photo of band)
Good Lovin’ (the original audio recording with photos of the group)
How Can I Be Sure?
It’s A Beautiful Morning
VI. General References & Artist Specific References:
The Association AllMusic Biography by Bruce Eder: https://goo.gl/rijFDt
The Association AllMusic Discography by Bruce Eder: https://goo.gl/BY22tF
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)
Paul Revere & The Raiders Biography by Bruce Eder: https://goo.gl/YNUXaW
The Rascals AllMusic Discography by Richie Unterberger
Sixties Rock: A Listener’s Guide by Robert Santelli (Contemporary Books. Chicago. 1985.)
Have a great day!
P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713
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