The Young Rascals A Girl Like You PlayTape. (Australian Import)
The "A Girl Like You" EP is a hit compilation from the albums "Groovin'" and "Collections". It was only released by PlayTape in Australia and is not available in any other format! It is an extremely rare collectors item for Rascals fans and PlayTape collectors alike. It is the only PlayTape I have seen released on the Atlantic label.
The Rascals, formerly known as The Young Rascals, are one of the most influential, and artistically important American bands in Rock and Roll history. In a time dominated by the English rock acts of the British Invasion, The Rascals not only survived but thrived.
The post-twist New York and Long Island club scenes bred the band, an outfit whose sound grew more sophisticated as time went on but stayed rooted in the blue-eyed soul that was its first reason for being. At first a hard-hitting band reminiscent of the early Animals, the Rascals drew from the same well that fed the then-burgeoning garage rock scene.
Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, Eddie Brigati, and Dino Danelli would go on to lead the way for Blue Eyed Soul to Folk Rock to Protest to Civil Rights, blending white Pop melodies with black soul and R&B muscle. Though they never brandished their politics like some bands, the Rascals truly lived theirs, fighting discrimination by demanding that a black act appear on the bill at each of its concerts.
Their music would span the entire decade from the early Go-Go dance parties right through the psychedelic era - and beyond.
The band released numerous top ten singles in the mid- and late-1960s, including “How Can I Be Sure”, “Come On Up”, "You Better Run", "I've Been Lonely Too Long", “Beautiful Morning”, and the #1 hits "Good Lovin'", "Groovin'", and "People Got to Be Free".
They went their separate ways in the early 70's, finally reuniting for one night in May of 1997 when Steven Van Zandt inducted them into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2010 for only the second time in 40 years, The Rascals once again reunited for one night and took to the stage at Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Grill, where they played a tribute show to benefit the Kristen Ann Carr Fund’s “A Night to Remember”. One of the highlights of the evening for guests such as Bill Murray, Garland Jeffreys, Lorne Michaels, and Whoopi Goldberg, was when Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt joined The Rascals for the encore performance of “Good Lovin.”