The Island of Real

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The Island of Real
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Studio album by
GenreSoul, rock, jazz[1]
ProducerFelix Cavaliere
The Rascals chronology
Peaceful World
The Island of Real
The Very Best of The Rascals

The Island of Real is the ninth and final studio album by rock band The Rascals, released in 1972. It peaked at number 180 on the Billboard 200 chart. The group's final four singles — “Lucky Day,” “Brother Tree,” “Hummin’ Song” and “Jungle Walk” — failed to make the Top 100 and the Rascals disbanded.[2]

The album was reissued in 1999 by Sundazed Records with two unreleased bonus tracks[3] and also reissued along with Peaceful World on the BGO label in 2008.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[5]

Writing for Allmusic, critic Jim Newsom wrote the album was "another great but overlooked album by the Rascals. With a groove at times like Tower of Power, at others like latter-day Sly & the Family Stone, this, the band's final recording, is worth seeking out."[3] Music critic Robert Christgau wrote of the album; "You can hear Felix trying to get back as side one begins ... but as Buzzy Feiten starts tricking up his own "Jungle Walk," you wonder whether jungles are coy. And then you realize that there's a pink horse on the cover for a reason."[5]

In his review for the reissue of Peaceful World/The Island of Real, critic Thom Jurek wrote of the album "This is a less overtly ambitious offering, but its sunny optimism, warm vibes, and reliance on the emerging urban spiritual soul coming from Los Angeles, the rhythmic toughness of Chicago, and stretched vocal harmonies from Philadelphia make it a quiet stunner. Some of Cavaliere's best songs are here..."[4]

Track listing[]

All songs by Felix Cavaliere unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Lucky Day" – 3:09
  2. "Saga of New York" – 4:03
  3. "Be on the Real Side" (Robert Popwell) – 3:37
  4. "Jungle Walk" (Buzz Feiten) – 3:05
  5. "Brother Tree" – 3:38
  6. "Island of Real" – 4:57
  7. "Hummin' Song" – 3:58
  8. "Echoes" – 3:10
  9. "Buttercup" – 5:06
  10. "Time Will Tell" – 4:07
  11. "Lament" –6:10
    1999 reissue bonus tracks:
  12. "Prove It" – 3:13
  13. "Love Is a Woman" – 3:11



  1. ^ Anon. (April 22, 1972). "Album Reviews". Billboard. p. 58. Retrieved March 2, 2019 – via Google Books. ..."incorporating jazz into their now famous soul/rock style.
  2. ^ Cohen, Elliot Stephen. "Felix Cavaliere traces the tumultuous history of The Rascals > Review". Goldmine. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b c Newsom, Jim. "The Island of Real > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b Jurek, Tom. "Peaceful World/The Island of Real reissue > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  5. ^ Jump up to: a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 26, 2019 – via

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