Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"Jungle Walk" By The Rascals

Here's a hot track by hit-making blue-eyed soul group The Rascals. The cut is called "Jungle Walk," and it's overflowing with funk—bubbling guitar rhythms, tight horn lines, a kickin' backbeat, a dope bass line and soulful vocals. The horns are provided by the Butterfield Blues Band horn section (fronted by sax great David Sanborn). Bassist Robert "Pops" Popwell of legendary jazz-funk band the Crusaders laid down the bottom. The track was written by renowned guitarist Buzz Feiten and is from the Rascals' last album, The Island of Real, before they disbanded in 1972.

The Rascals were formed in New York City in 1964 and were originally named the Young Rascals. The original members of the group included keyboardist/singer Felix Cavaliere (the group's founder and guiding light), singer Eddie Brigati, guitarist Gene Cornish and drummer Dino Danelli. Calvaliere and Brigati would split the lead vocal duties, and the two co-wrote much of the group's material.  The Rascals enjoyed tremendous success from the years 1965 through 1969; the group scored a string of top ten singles during that period, including #1 hits "Groovin', "Good Lovin'" and "People Got to Be Free." The Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. The group was later inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2010.

Jungle Walk at Amazon

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