Artist: The Rascals
Genre: 60’s rock/pop
Title: Time Peace
Musicians: Eddie Brigati – vocals, percussion, Felix Cavaliere – vocals, keyboards,
Gene Cornish – guitar, vocals, Dino Danelli – drums, David Brigati – background vocals
Robert Popwell – bass, Danny Weis – guitar
Producer: The Rascals
Engineer: Tom Dowd, Adrian Barber, Chris Huston & Roy Cicala
The Rascals (initially known as The Young Rascals) were an American rock band, formed in Garfield, New Jersey in 1965. Between 1966 and 1968 the New Jersey act reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 with nine singles, including the #1s “Good Lovin'” (1966), “Groovin'” (1967), and “People Got to Be Free” (1968), as well as big radio hits such as the much-covered “How Can I Be Sure?” (#4 1967) and “A Beautiful Morning” (#3 1968).
When Atlantic Records signed them, they discovered that another group, Borrah Minnevitch’s and Johnny Puleo’s ‘Harmonica Rascals’, objected to their release of records under the name ‘The Rascals’. To avoid conflict, manager Sid Bernstein decided to rename the group ‘The Young Rascals’.
Time Peace: The Rascals’ Greatest Hits is a…well, greatest hits album from The Rascals, released in June 1968. The album is the only such compilation released during the group’s active career. Although billed to their later name, most of the material came from when the group was known as The Young Rascals. It contains all their singles through 1968’s earlier “A Beautiful Morning”, as well as some of their R&B treatments from early in their career. Time Peace: The Rascals’ Greatest Hits, topped the U.S. album chart and became the group’s best-selling album. The same year, “People Got to Be Free”, a horn-punctuated plea for racial tolerance (the band was known for refusing to tour on segregated bills) in the wake of the assassinations that year of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., became their third and final U.S. #1 single, and their sixth and final Canadian #1. It was also their final U.S. Top Ten hit, although they remained a Canadian top 10 act for the next few years. This song does not appear on this album though.
Original copies of Time Peace were released with the Atlantic graphics erroneously pressed on purple, white and gold labels which were used for stereo Atco albums.
Time Peace was reissued on CD by Atlantic Records in 1990, but subsequently went out of print. It was then reissued as part of the 2003 limited edition Rhino Handmade 6-CD collection All I Really Need: The Atlantic Recordings 1965-1971, which is also now out of print. (Personally, I would not bother with the CD. Try to pick up a pressing on vinyl from the time period). Packaging consisted of a gatefold album cover with front and back consisting of dot-based newspaper cartoon-style drawing of the four group members, with song titles in speech balloons; the interior gave complete song credits on one side, and an ensemble photograph on the other side whose artsy nature and 1968-style dress, together with the album’s punning title, foretold the thematic and artistic direction the group was about to undertake.
Standouts from Side 1:
I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore: This first track starts the LP with a somewhat rough song about a girl being unfaithful. The song is not an original, it’s a song written by Pam Sawyer and Laurie Burton, originally recorded by The Young Rascals. It was released as their first single in November 1965 and featured on their eponymous debut album the following year.
Good Lovin: This was a song written by Rudy Clark and Arthur Resnick that was a number one hit single for The Young Rascals in 1966. The song was first recorded in early 1965 by Canton, Ohio, R&B singer Limmie Snell under the name “Lemme B. Good”. About a month later the song was redone—with considerably rewritten lyrics—by R&B artists The Olympics. The tale is told that Rascal Felix Cavaliere heard it on a New York City radio station and the group added it to their concert repertoire. Co-producer Tom Dowd captured this live feel on the recording, even though the group did not think the performance held together well. “Good Lovin'” rose to the top of the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the spring of 1966 and represented the Young Rascals’ first real hit. To this day the song is still used and performed all over.
You Better Run: A song written by group members Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere, it was released as the band’s third single in 1966 and reached the top 20 in the United States. You may recognize this song from Pat Benatar, but it’s a orginal by The Rascals, she covered it. Pat Benatar version: Pat Benatar recorded “You Better Run” for her second album, Crimes of Passion (1980). The song was released as the album’s lead single. It peaked at number 42 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. So who is better on it? Neither, in my opinion. They are two different takes and for me, The Rascals version seems a little more driven, while Pat Benatar’s vocals also do the song good justice.
Mustang Sally: Another cover. This is a rhythm and blues (R&B) song written and first recorded by Mack Rice in 1965. It was released on the Blue Rock label in May 1965 with “Sir Mack Rice” as the artist. The song uses an AAB layout with a 24-bar structure.
It gained greater popularity when Wilson Pickett covered it the following year on a single, a version that was also released on the 1966 album, The Wicked Pickett. Also in 1966, John Lee Hooker recorded an entirely different song with a similar title — “Mustang Sally & GTO”. According to music historian Tom Shannon the song started as a joke when singer Della Reese wanted a new Ford Mustang. Rice called the early version “Mustang Mama” but changed the title after Aretha Franklin suggested “Mustang Sally”.
On The Rascals Anthology booklet, Felix Cavaliere claims The Young Rascals actually recorded “Mustang Sally” and “Land of a Thousand Dances” before Pickett. He says Atlantic Records “copped those two songs from them and gave them to Pickett” to record. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustang_Sally_(song)
I like this version by The Rascals. They gave it sort of a groove style.
In The Midnight Hour: This is another cover, which is pretty good, but i like the original better. The song was originally performed by Wilson Pickett in 1965 and released on his 1965 album of the same name. The song was composed by Pickett and Steve Cropper at the historic Lorraine Motel in Memphis where Martin Luther King, Jr. would later be assassinated in April 1968.
Side 2 standouts:
Side two is all originals by The Rascals and a little mellower than side one.
Groovin: This was a single released in 1967 by the Young Rascals that became a number-one hit and one of the group’s signature songs. Written by group members Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati and with a lead vocal from Cavaliere, it is indeed a slow, relaxed groove, based on Cavaliere’s newfound interest in Afro-Cuban music. Instrumentation included a conga, a Cuban-influenced bass guitar line from ace session musician Chuck Rainey, and a harmonica part.
Lyrically, “Groovin'” is the evocation of a person in love:
Life would be ecstasy, you and me endlessly …
Groovin’ … on a Sunday afternoon
Really couldn’t get away too soon —
“Groovin” was inspired by Cavaliere’s then-girlfriend, Adrienne Buccheri.
A Girl Like You: This is one of my favorites on the LP. It just sounds like the production was really focused. Just a well done song.
How Can I Be Sure: A popular song written by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, and originally recorded by The Young Rascals on their 1967 album Groovin’. It became their fourth Top 10 hit in the United States, peaking at No. 4. The song features the sounds of a trumpet, bass, piano, drums, and strings, giving the feeling of cabaret music as well as a concertina, chosen to add the feel of a French cafe. The songs musical styles include blue-eyed soul and pop.
The lyrics of the chorus go:
How can I be sure?
In a world that’s constantly changing,
How can I be sure?
… I’ll be sure with you.
The song came out of the experience with transcendental meditation that the Rascals were involved in.
A Beautiful Morning: A song written by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati and recorded by The Rascals. Coming out in early 1968, it was the group’s first single released under that name rather than The Young Rascals. The first album on which the song appeared was this one, Time Peace: The Rascals’ Greatest Hits. It continued the theme of carefree optimism that had distinguished the previous year’s “Groovin'”. The song was a big hit in the United States, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has an introductory sound of mystical wind chimes and bells.
A Beautiful Morning was used in advertisements for the drug Vioxx produced by Merck & Co., for Bounce fabric softener, and in the early 1990s for the Days Inn hotel chain.
Overall sound quality is a bit sketchy, although while it may be the recording, it may also be my pressing which is from 1968.
Let’s have some fun. Here is The Rascals performing You Better Run in 2013:
Here is Pat Benatar performing her version: