The Young Rascals - Love Is a Beautiful Thing

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  "You Better Run" is a song by The Young Rascals. Written by group members Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere, it was released as the band's third single in 1966 and reached the top 20 in the United States.


Critical reception

A review in a 1966 issue of Billboard magazine described the song as a "big-beat wailer" and a "strong follow-up to "Good Lovin'". In the book Pioneers of Rock and Roll, author Harry Sumrall wrote that the song represented the apex of the band's sound and complimented guitarist Gene Cornish's "slashing chords". Allmusic's Matthew Greenwald called it "a classic garage rocker with a punkish energy [that] showcased the band's live chops to a great effect, as well as Felix Cavaliere's awesome soul-inflected vocals." Music journalist Fred Bronson noted that "You Better Run" was a commercial disappointment, having peaked at number 20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 after their previous single, "Good Lovin'", had reached number one. The single failed to chart in the UK, making this Atlantic 1st pressing for sale, a now rare and desirable collectable. The record's allure does not detract by having a classic B-side, "Love is a Beautiful Thing", that gains even more FM radio airplay than the A-side.


Track listing

7" Vinyl
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Better Run" Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere 2:25
2. "Love Is a Beautiful Thing" Cavaliere, Gene Cornish 2:30


Chart performance

Chart (1966) Peak
Canada RPM Magazine 22
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 20
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 23



The Young Rascals - You Better Run / Love is a Beautiful Thing

UK Atlantic 584024 (1966).

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

Both record centre labels are free from stains or discolouration.

The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.

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