September 13, 2023 Playlist

The Rascals "Peaceful World" (1971)
The Rascals "Peaceful World"  1971 (USA)
The Rascals were one of the biggest hit-making groups in America during the mid-sixties, when they were known as "The Young Rascals" - I'm sure you know their #1 smash "Good Lovin'" (good gawd, their drummer was a MONSTER!) By the end of the decade, they dropped "Young" from the group name, got very psychedelic and spiritual, and as they entered the 1970's went one further and ditched "rock and roll" completely to become a guru-inspired soul-jazz fusion project. Only two members of the group remained by this point: singer, songwriter & keyboardist Felix Cavaliere along with that beast drummer Dino Danelli. So the "group" was augmented by a monster lineup of jazz talent including Ron Carter, Alice Coltrane, Hubert Laws, Joe Farrell, and many more. I personally think their final "jazz period" was The Rascals' most interesting, and the double album Peaceful World is their masterpiece (the other two albums they made in this style during 1971-72 were Search And Nearness and their final album The Island Of Real). Though the preceeding "psychedelic pop" albums Once Upon A Dream, Freedom Suite, and See (1968-69) have their share of underappreciated groovy tunes as well (and of course their earliest albums are the ones with all the Top 10 singles). Of all the popular groups of the golden sixties era, I can't think of any others that went in such a singular direction after the sixties ended. The closest thing could be Steely Dan (who debuted the same year Rascals broke up), though they were "more rock than soul" and waaaayy more misanthropic than the "peaceful" Rascals.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
Captain Beefheart & His Magic BandYellow Brick RoadSafe As Milk1967USA
The RascalsDeath's ReplySee1969USA
Soft MachinePataphysical Introduction (part 1)
   --> A Concise British Alphabet (part 1)
   --> Hibou, Anemone And Bear
   --> A Concise British Alphabet (part 2)
   --> Hulloder
Volume Two1969UK
The Babe Rainbow Paradise GarageFresh As A Head Of Lettuce EP (N)
2023 (Eureka)Australia
Osees Sleazoid PsychoIntercepted Message (N)
2023 (Castle Face)USA
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real Ladder Of LoveSticks And Stones (N)
2023 (6Ace/Thirty Tigers)USA
Speedy Ortiz Ranch vs. RanchRabbit Rabbit (N)
2023 (Wax Nine)USA
Guided By Voices Don't Blow Your Dream JobWelshpool Frillies (N)
2023 (GBV inc.)USA
Public Image Ltd.
End Of The WorldEnd Of World (N)2023 (PIL Official)UK
Atarashii Gakko!  ("New School!") Seishun O Kirisaku Hado
("The Waves That Tear Youth Apart")
Ichiji Kikoku EP (N)  ("Temporary Return Home")
2023 (88Rising)Japan Sono Mama Porishi ("As-Is Policy")Mobstrong EP (N)
2023 (Lastrum)Japan
Panda Bear & Sonic Boom
(dub mix by Adrian Sherwood)
Livin' In The After DubReset In Dub (N)
2023 (Domino)USA/UK
The RascalsSky TranePeaceful World
The RascalsPeaceful WorldPeaceful World
The RascalsSeeSee1969USA
Frank ZappaLittle UmbrellasHot Rats1969USA
Walter Becker, Donald Fagen & Denny "Diaz"
(pre-Steely Dan)
Red Giant, White DwarfYou Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It (Or You'll Lose That Beat)
(original movie soundtrack)
Richard HaymanThe Windmills Of Your Mind (Michel Legrand)The Genuine Electric Latin Love Machine1969USA
FaustDon't Take RootsMunic & Elsewhererec. 1970's, rel. 1986Germany
Herbie Mann (with Mick Taylor)Bitch (The Rolling Stones)London Underground1974USA
Jaimie Branch Burning Grey
   / The Mountain (Meat Puppets)
Fly Or Die Fly Or Die Fly Or Die ((World War)) (N)
2023 (International Anthem)USA
Night Beats
BlueRajan (N)2023 (Fuzz Club)USA
GoatPasses Like CloudsOh Death2022Sweden
The Budos Band Devil Doesn't DanceFrontier's Edge EP (N)
2023 (Daptone)USA
Grateful DeadGood Lovin' (The Rascals - live)Rockin' The Rhein With The Grateful Deadrec. 1972, rel. 2004USA

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