See (album)

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See
See1969.jpg
Studio album by The Rascals
Released December 15, 1969
Genre Rock
Length 42:18
Label Atlantic
Producer The Rascals, Arif Mardin
The Rascals chronology
Freedom Suite
(1969)
See
(1969)
Search and Nearness
(1971)
Singles from See
  1. "See"/"Away, Away"
    Released: 1969
  2. "Carry Me Back"/"Real Thing"
    Released: 1969
  3. "I Believe"/"Hold On"
    Released: 1969

See is the sixth studio album by rock band The Rascals, released in December 1969. It peaked at number 45 on the Billboard 200. Three singles were released from the album although the third one was "I Believe" (which was from Search and Nearness) b/w "Hold On".

History[edit]

The album continued a trend towards album-oriented material authored and sung by Felix Cavaliere, begun with the band's Freedom Suite album earlier in the year. As the 1960s ended, the Rascals were slipping down the charts and Eddie Brigati was soon to leave the group during the recording of their next release Search and Nearness, their final album for Atlantic Records.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (A-) [3]

Writing for Allmusic, critic Thom Jurek praised some of the individual tracks, but wrote of the album as a whole "... while See sounded more like an updated version of the Rascals of old, the consistency of attack wasn't there and there are several simply dodgy cuts, making the album—as an album—a disappointment."[2] Music critic Robert Christgau rated the album an A- and wrote "Admittedly, the Rascals have severe limitations, but so does rock itself, and this album apprehends and utilizes those limitations, with all of the annoying pretensions absent and the pleasant ones retained."[3]

Rolling Stone critic Lenny Kaye wrote in his review "Sometimes one wonders if the Rascals wouldn't be better off just making hit singles," he mused in his review of See. "Given the space of an entire album, the group seems to founder about, coming up with material that is in some cases good, but more often simply innocuous. Their latest, See, falls within this tradition."[1]

Cover art[edit]

The front sleeve shows an iconic image (La Grande Famille, 1947), by Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte.

Track listing[edit]

All songs are written by Felix Cavaliere, except where otherwise indicated.

Side One[edit]

  1. "See" – 5:04
  2. "I'd Like to Take You Home" – 2:37
  3. "Remember Me" (Gene Cornish) – 2:12
  4. "I'm Blue" (Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati) – 3:51
  5. "Stop and Think" – 4:10
  6. "Temptation's 'Bout to Get Me" (Jeff Diggs) – 3:31

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Nubia" – 3:44
  2. "Carry Me Back" – 2:53
  3. "Away Away" (Cornish) – 3:26
  4. "Real Thing" – 2:45
  5. "Death's Reply" – 4:19
  6. "Hold On" – 3:37

Singles[edit]

  1. "See" / "Away Away" (May, 1969) US: #27
  2. "Carry Me Back" / "Real Thing" (August, 1969) US: #26
  3. "I Believe" / "Hold On" (December, 1969) US: #51

Personnel[edit]

The Rascals[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "See > Reissue liner notes". Richie Unterberger. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "See > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "See > Review". Retrieved December 18, 2011.