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Rare Earth

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Big Brother
Born To Wander
Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Tobacco Road
Losin You
Get Ready
I Just Want To Celebrate
Big John
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 75:07

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rare earth


it was nice to here some old classics again even though it was live but the album did contain some bright moments.

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Tired of feeling too punk??


this is the antithesis for every angst ridden, vexed or melancholy member of the music scene. Way apart from the usual Goth and Punk scene I grew up with...you can't stay sullen with this White Funk hit!

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Beware Re-recorded Garbage


Were the hell is the original singer. What a rip off!

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Most tracks were from "LIVE"


The Rare Earth Live album was sold as a backpack with front 1/4 flap that opened to two vinyls separated by the pull-out poster of them onstage. It is a shame that CD's cannot match the marketing cover art that the old vinyls had like Melanie's box set that folded out to become a cube mobile with song related art or Rolling Stones "Sticky Fingers" with the working zipper or Led Zeppelin's windows that opened or The Small Faces "Ogden's Celebrated Nutgone Flake Tobbacco" with the circle flap inside. Those were the days to sit around admiring your purchase reading the liner notes to learn who wrote the songs and burnin' a doobie while discussing deep existentialism with nubile girls.

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Great Funky Swamp Rock


The All-Music Guide review is not for this CD, but actually for an album with the same imaginative title released in 1977. The featured album is a re-recording by the 2004 line-up of Gil Bridges, Randy Burghdoff, Ivan Greilick, Mike Bruner and Floyd Stokes. Gil Bridges in 2005: "The recording is the current band the exact way the show is played today." So if you are looking for a compilation of Rare Earth originals then this is not it. However, as much as I normally dislike albums that feature tracks "re-recorded by at least one member of the original group", even if it was only the tambourine player, this is a wonderful CD featuring Rare Earth classics given a new lease on life. All these songs are just so funky and they really groove and stand up well against the originals. I downloaded the whole album and I really don't regret it. 'Get Ready' features a drum solo and is my favourite song off this album, but all of them are great.

They Say All Music Guide

This first of three albums for the Prodigal imprint of Motown Records had no hits, but is more cohesive than the two albums that would follow, Grand Slam and Band Together. A slick funky sound has replaced the earthy rock /R&B that was the band’s trademark. “Is Your Teacher Cool?” was co-authored by four songwriters, including Anna Gaye. It’s very clever and sounds tailor-made for Earth, Wind & Fire or Kool & the Gang, both groups in their prime at this point in time. Another Anna Gaye co-write, “Foot Loose and Fancy Free,” owes much to the Commodores and their “Brick House,” which was out at this exact moment in time. It would be remiss to not mention that Rod Stewart had a huge album with the same title in 1977, indicating the “new” Rare Earth was watching the hitmakers and restructuring the music. This material might have been suitable for the hotel circuit and dance set, but it has little of the charm of “Get Ready,” when the group could take a Temptations song and reinvent it for the rock & roll crowd. Interesting, though, is that despite missing the thing that brought the band fame, as a complete album the focus is even more unified than the group’s earlier successful discs, with Peter Hoorelbeke (the former Pete Rivera) at his best on a song he co-wrote with Tom Baird, “When I Write.” It’s quite the paradox. Gloria Jones delivers two co-writes that work well for the group, “Share My Love” and “Tin Can People,” and if the style is culture shock for those who expect “Born to Wander,” at least the album is highly listenable and well crafted. The problem is, again, that Rare Earth’s success was always in transferring one genre to another. Here the group moves into and embraces the territory that it was once so good at reformulating. Though far and away the best of the three Prodigal discs (even though Rare Earth’s final hit would be on the Band Together LP), the move to funk is too blatant, and feels too calculated. A Berry Gordy co-write, “I Really Love You,” is one of the highlights. An interesting twist in the career of this group that always seemed to be a few quarts away from hip and one step out of time. – Joe Viglione

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