Unlike other California Raisins albums, Meet the Raisins is a soundtrack (to a television special which aired on CBS in 1988). The special signified their history and provided them a little more personality. After all, a pack of mice without a Mickey Mouse is a pack of mice and a band of raisins without A.C., Beebop, Red, and Stretch are just singing raisins. Will Vinton and his group of talented animators tried to turn their novelty into something really creative, and ^Meet the Raisins is the closest they came to substantiation. There are in-jokes aplenty as the band prepares for their first gigs, dodge a scummy record producer, and eventually crash land a plane onto the stage of the Ed Succotash Show, which brought them instant fame. Doesn't it always happen that way? Along the journey they fight off their hard metal music nemesis, Lick Broccoli. One question the writers never answer is whether the California Raisins are from the 1960s or whether Lick Broccoli has time warped. ^Meet the Raisins is their story, one of good choice in stolen goods, from rock & roll to Motown golden hits. From their humble beginnings singing "Get a Job" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" on street corners to their sensational rendition of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and "Cool Jerk," the California Raisins have gone through every twist and loop of the music industry. You won't hear the biography on the album, which is half the fun, but here are the results of their efforts, which is the other half.
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AllMusic Review by Peter Fawthrop