You couldn’t turn on AM radio in the mid-’60s without coming across a Rascals tune. There were more than a few excellent Rascals tunes in circulation that included “A Beautiful Morning”, “People Got To Be Free”, “Groovin'”, “Good Lovin'”, “How Can I Be Sure”, and more. From 1965 through 1972, the band that included Felix Cavaliere, Dino Danelli, Gene Cornish, and Eddie Brigati, formed the nucleus of a band that could write a song well. The Rascals lasted for about three years before changing tastes and harder-edged music began to chip away at the style of music they created. Over time, The Rascals released nine albums, three as The Young Rascals, and a handful of singles under both monikers.

On May 31, Now Sounds (Cherry Red UK) will release a 7CD Boxed set that will be called It’s Wonderful, a remastered collection of all the Atlantic studio albums, with 152 tracks on the 7CDs. The first four albums will be offered in both Stereo and Mono forms. There will be bonuses of 14 previously unreleased tracks. The Box will come equipped with a richly designed 60-page booklet with a 10,000 word essay.

It’s Wonderful: The Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings will issue on CD and DD.

It’s Wonderful: The Complete Atlantic Studio RecordingsThe Rascals

CD1 (The Young Rascals – The Young Rascals)
01 Slow Down
02 Baby Let’s Wait
03 Just A Little
04 I Believe
05 Do You Feel It
06 Good Lovin’
07 Like A Rolling Stone
08 Mustang Sally
09 I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
10 In The Midnight Hour
11 Slow Down
12 Baby Let’s Wait
13 Just A Little
14 I Believe
15 Do You Feel It
16 Good Lovin’
17 Like A Rolling Stone
18 Mustang Sally
19 I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
20 In The Midnight Hour
Bonus Track
21 Mustang Sally (unedited version – previously unissued)

CD2 (Collections – The Young Rascals)
01 What Is The Reason
02 Since I Fell For You
03 Lonely Too Long
04 No Love To Give
05 Mickey’s Monkey/Love Lights
06 Come On Up
07 Too Many Fish In The Sea
08 More
09 Nineteen Fifty-Six
10 Love Is A Beautiful Thing
11 Land Of 1000 Dances
12 What Is The Reason
13 Since I Fell For You
14 Lonely Too Long
15 No Love To Give
16 Mickey’s Monkey/Love Lights
17 Come On Up
18 Too Many Fish In The Sea
20 More
21 Nineteen Fifty-Six
22 Love Is A Beautiful Thing
23 Land Of 1000 Dances
Bonus Tracks
24 Good Lovin’ (Alternate Version – Previously Unissued)
25 Marryin’ Kind Of Love (Previously Unissued)
26 Temptation’s ‘Bout To Get Me (Early Version – Previously Unissued)
27 I’ve Been Lonely Too Long (Mono Single Edit)

CD3 (Groovin’ – The Young Rascals)
01 A Girl Like You
02 Find Somebody
03 I’m So Happy Now
04 Sueño
05 How Can I Be Sure
06 Groovin’
07 If You Knew
08 I Don’t Love You Anymore
09 You Better Run
10 A Place In The Sun
11 It’s Love
12 A Girl Like You
13 Find Somebody
14 I’m So Happy Now
15 Sueño
16 How Can I Be Sure
17 Groovin’
18 If You Knew
19 I Don’t Love You Anymore
20 You Better Run
21 A Place In The Sun
22 It’s Love
Bonus Tracks
23 I’m So Happy Now (underdub – previously unissued)
24 I Don’t Love You Anymore (alternate take – previously unissued)
25 If You Knew (rehearsal – previously unissued)

CD4 (Once Upon A Dream – The Rascals)
01 Intro-Easy Rollin’
02 Rainy Day
03 Please Love Me
04 Sound Effect
05 It’s Wonderful
06 I’m Gonna Love You
07 Dave And Eddie
08 My Hawaii
09 My World
10 Silly Girl
11 Singin’ The Blues Too Long
12 Bells
13 Sattva
14 Finale: Once Upon A Dream
15 Intro-Easy Rollin’
16 Rainy Day
17 Please Love Me
18 Sound Effect
19 It’s Wonderful
20 I’m Gonna Love You
21 Dave And Eddie
22 My Hawaii
23 My World
24 Silly Girl
25 Singin’ The Blues Too Long
26 Bells
27 Sattva
28 Finale: Once Upon A Dream
Bonus Track
29 It’s Wonderful (mono single mix)

CD5 (Freedom Suite – The Rascals)
01 America The Beautiful
02 Me And My Friends
03 Any Dance’ll Do
04 Look Around
05 Ray Of Hope
06 Island Of Love
07 Of Course
08 Love Was So Easy To Give
09 People Got To Be Free
10 Baby I’m Blue
11 Heaven
12 Adrian’s Birthday
13 Boom
14 Cute
Bonus Tracks
15 A Beautiful Morning
16 Let Freedom Ring (Previously Unissued)
17 My Love For You (Previously Unissued)
18 Share Your Love With Me (Previously Unissued)

CD6 (See – The Rascals)
01 See
02 I’d Like To Take You Home
03 Remember Me
04 I’m Blue
05 Stop And Think
06 Temptation’s ‘Bout To Get Me
07 Nubia
08 Carry Me Back
09 Away Away
10 Real Thing
11 Death’s Reply
12 Hold On
Bonus Tracks
13 See (Single Edit)
14 Hold On (Mono Single)
15 Nubia (Alternate Version – Previously Unissued)
16 You Gotta Try aka Hold On (Previously Unissued)

CD7 (Search and Nearness – The Rascals)
01 Right On
02 I Believe
03 Thank You Baby
04 You Don’t Know
05 Nama
06 Almost Home
07 The Letter
08 Ready For Love
09 Fortunes
10 Glory Glory
Bonus Tracks
11 Hey Bo (Previously Unissued)
12 Silver Dollar Lady (Previously Unissued)
13 Groovin’ (Italian Language Version)
14 Groovin’ (Spanish Language Version)
15 Groovin’ (French Language Version)
16 Sentirai La Pioggia
17 Corri Nel Sole

By MARowe