DIAMONDS IN THE SHADE ((Young) Rascals Up)

“Baby Let’s Wait”
The Young Rascals (1966)
Not Released as a Single
Recommended source:  The Rascals Anthology 1965-1972

“Baby Let’s Wait” was the second track on the Young Rascals first album. It was not released as a single and there’s no particular reason it should have been. They were, at that point, a hard-driving white American R&B band–as hard driving as any R&B band, black or white, British or American, of that or any age. Their first single “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore” smoked and burned and broke them on the American charts (which they would reach 18 more times–only two of which reached the UK charts and one can understand why the Brits didn’t want the competition). Their second single was “Good Lovin’.” It smoked and burned even harder, gave the drummer, Dino Danelli, a chance to twirl his sticks on national TV, and went to #1.

Then it was on the next album.

Later on (a year or so, which, in those days, was like a generation is now–that’s why those albums had to keep coming), they hit just as big with ballads.

It’s interesting to speculate how “Baby Let’s Wait” would have done if they had released it as “Good Lovin'” was falling from the charts. Because the quality was already there. The Young Rascals came into the world full-blown. The rest of their time was just spent living up to the promise.

(As a neat aside, the Royal Guardsmen, who charted nine times themselves, had their biggest hit that wasn’t associated with Snoopy and the Red Baron with a close reading of “Baby Let’s Wait” a couple of years later. Worth tracking down on YouTube.)


10 thoughts on “DIAMONDS IN THE SHADE ((Young) Rascals Up)

  1. NDJ

    These days, one of the most under-appreciated groups of the ’60s—which is odd, as they were appreciated in their time by both record buyers, record reviewers, and then-new critics.

    I hated “Good Lovin'” when it was on the charts. cannot for the life of me remember why—probably because all my peers loved it.

    GROOVIN’ album a minor gem among so many gems in ’67.


    PS: Thanks for making me listen to this great track again!

    • Well the competition was rough to say the least…and white American R&B was hardly the coolest, then or now, but yes they certainly deserve more ink than they’ve gotten, especially since they made the transition into being “socially relevant” better than just about anyone. All I know is, every time I listen to the 2-CD Rhino set, I’m amazed all over again at the depth of their catalog.

      P.S. Just doin’ my job!

  2. Listening to “Baby Let’s Wait” a few times and hearing that ‘raw’ sound/feeling so common among rock & roll recordings of the ’50s and ’60s until the engineers took over and “professionalized” everything in the early ’70s.

  3. I was lucky enough to see the Rascals on their reunion tour a few years ago. It was easily one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. They still sounded great. The whole experience almost brought tears to my eyes.

    I agree with Neal that they are very underrated. They released some solid albums back in their heyday. “Find Somebody” from their Groovin’ lp is a personal fave.

    • Yes, so many great tracks….And I definitely envy you the experience of seeing them on their comeback tour. One of the great disappointments of my life that I didn’t have the financial wherewithal to travel and see them as I heard nothing but fantastic things about them.

    • How terrific that you were able to see the reunion show. I found a video of Eddie singing “How Can I Be Sure,” and my eyes (well, ears) popped out of my head — almost fifty years later, he still nailed it! That must have been one hell of a gig to witness.

      Felix has one of the greatest male voices in rock, and Dino makes the list of top five most underrated drummers in recording history.

      Whereas “People Got to Be Free” will never lose its power (to put it mildly, considering our exasperatingly entertaining 2017), my vote for the great sleeper on the same album is “Look Around.” Rockin’ and beautifully moving at the same time: a combination that the group always specialized in.

    • The Rascals and the Guardsmen…Let the Battle of the Bands begin! Don’t worry, I’m not selling my Florida Boys short!

      Interestingly, they released it in ’66 (wonder if that’s why the Rascals didn’t?)…and it stiffed. Then re-released it a couple of years later when it very deservedly made Top 40.

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