It's Wonderful - The Rascals

Rola: It's Wonderful
Traducción: Es maravilloso
Intérprete: The Young Rascals
Compositor: Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere
Disco: Once Upon A Dream
Productor: The Young Rascals


"It's Wonderful" is a popular song by The Young Rascals, and their last single under that name. Written by group members Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati and with a dual lead vocal from them, it was included on the group's 1968 album Once Upon A Dream. The album's only single, it climbed as high as #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The single's B-side, "Of Course", did not appear on Once Upon A Dream, but would be held over for the group's next album, Freedom Suite.


Duración: 02:52
Año: 1968
Formato: 7"
A la venta: 01/01/1968
Lado B: Of Course
Disquera: Atlantic


Eddie Brigati - voz
Felix Cavaliere - teclados y voz
Gene Cornish - guitarra
Dino Danelli - batería
David Brigati - coros



It's wonderful, S'wonderful,

Tell you a story,
May seem hard to believin' time of the season,
All of my glory
made me much more aware of the problem we share.
If we unite it'll all turn out right.
It's wonderful, you can feel it believe me.
S'wonderful, everything'll turn out right.
S'wonderful, I'm gonna take you with me.

Every awareness
Seems to bring us together, storm in the weather.
Being enlightened
is like choosing the road in which you wish to go,
Planting a seedling and watching it grow.
Wonderful, you can feel it believe me.
Wonderful, everything'll be right
S'wonderful, I think I'm goin', goin',
Goin', goin', goin', goin', goin'....

People keep happy,
You'll be happier yet for there's help: you forget.
When you are happy
every place feels like home 'cause you're never alone.
There's much to be said but it's all in your head.

S'wonderful, ain't it groovy,
S'wonderful, you can feel it believe me,
Swonderful, everything'll be right, right, right,
I'm gonna take you with me.
S'wonderful (it's gonna be right) (bye, bye)
(Gonna ride with my baby)
(wonderful, wonderful.......)


1. "Intro: Easy Rollin'"
2. "Rainy Day"
3. "Please Love Me"
4. "Sound Effect"
5. "It's Wonderful"
6. "I'm Gonna Love You"
7. "Dave & Eddie"
8. "My Hawaii"

1. "My World"
2. "Silly Girl"
3. "Singin' The Blues Too Long"
4. "Bells"
5. "Sattva"
6. "(Finale): Once Upon a Dream"

Once Upon A Dream is an album by rock band The Rascals, released in February 1968 (Atlantic #8169). It was the band's first album billed to "The Rascals"; they had, for legal reasons, been known as The Young Rascals until this time. It was also the last Rascals album to be available in both mono and stereo mixes. The album rose to #9 on the Billboard Top LPs chart.

Once Upon A Dream was received differently by fans and critics. Many consider this album to be the band's best work, while others insist that it was too different from their traditionally rhythm and blues influenced music. Lead vocals came from both Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere, as well as from Eddie's brother and unofficial band member David Brigati (on "Finale: Once Upon a Dream") and Gene Cornish on his own number, "I'm Gonna Love You."


The Young Rascals:

The Rascals (initially known as The Young Rascals) were an American blue-eyed soul group initially active during the years 1965–72. The band released numerous top ten singles in North America during the mid- and late-1960s, including the U.S. #1 hits "Good Lovin'" (1966), "Groovin'" (1967), and "People Got to Be Free" (1968). The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

The Rascals were inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2010.

Eddie Brigati (vocals), Felix Cavaliere (keyboard, vocals), Gene Cornish (guitar) and Dino Danelli (drums) started the band in Brigati and Danelli's hometown of Garfield, New Jersey. Brigati, Cavaliere and Cornish had previously been members of Joey Dee and the Starliters. Eddie's brother, David Brigati, an original Starliter, helped arrange the vocal harmonies and sang backgrounds on many of the group's recordings (informally earning the designation as the Fifth Rascal). When Atlantic Records signed them, they discovered that another group, Borrah Minnevitch's and Johnny Puleo's Harmonica Rascals, objected to their release of records under the name Rascals. To avoid conflict, manager Sid Bernstein decided to rename the group the Young Rascals.

The Rascals' first television performance was on the program Hullabaloo on February 27, 1965, where they performed their debut single, "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore". The track reached #23 in Canada, and touched the lower reaches of the U.S. charts as well. This modest success was followed by the U.S./Canada #1 single "Good Lovin'" (1966, originally recorded by The Olympics in 1965).

The band's songwriting team of Eddie Brigati and Cavaliere then began providing most of their songs, and the hits kept coming for the next two years. Their immediate followups to "Good Lovin'", including "You Better Run" (1966; famously covered in 1980 by Pat Benatar) and "Come On Up" were only modest hits. "(I've Been) Lonely Too Long" (1967) did better, and "Groovin'" (#1 US/Canada, 1967) returned them to the top of the charts. They reeled off a succession of top 20 U.S. hits, including "A Girl Like You" (1967), "How Can I Be Sure?" (1967), "It's Wonderful" (1968), and "A Beautiful Morning" (1968). The band was exceptionally popular in Canada, where "A Girl Like You", "How Can I Be Sure?", and "A Beautiful Morning" all reached #1. However they struggled in the UK, where they only twice reached the top 75---with "Groovin'" (#8) and "A Girl Like You" (#35). The band would bill themselves as the Young Rascals for the last time with the single release of "It's Wonderful"; they would be known thenceforwards as simply The Rascals.

Bruce Eder, writing for Allmusic, rates the band's 1967 album Groovin' as their best, noting the record's soulful core and innovative use of jazz and Latin instrumental arrangements. It also boasted the monster hit of the same name. However, 1968's Once Upon A Dream was the first Rascals album designed from conception as an album, rather than as a vehicle to package their singles (eight of Groovin''s eleven songs had been released as single A- or B-sides, most in advance of the album). Once Upon a Dream, which peaked at #9 on the album charts, contained the single "It's Wonderful" plus many other strong songs, including "Easy Rollin'," "Rainy Day," "My World," and the title track. Perhaps understandably, the album's song "My Hawaii" became a top of the charts hit in Hawaii.

Time Peace: The Rascals' Greatest Hits, released in mid-1968, topped the U.S. album chart and became the group's best-selling album. The same year, "People Got to Be Free", a horn-punctuated plea for racial tolerance (the band was known for refusing to tour on segregated bills) became their third and final U.S. #1 single, and their sixth and final Canadian #1. It was also their final U.S. Top Ten hit, although they remained a Canadian top 10 act for the next few years.

"A Ray of Hope", "Heaven", "See", and "Carry Me Back" were all modest U.S. hits for the band during late 1968 and 1969; all entered the top 40, but none higher than #24. In Canada, however, the Rascals were still major stars; all these songs went top ten, completing a run of 11 straight Canadian top ten hits for The Rascals from 1967 to 1969. December 1969's "Hold On" broke the run of top 40 US singles for the Rascals, stalling at #51, as well as the run of Canadian top tens, peaking at #22.

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