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20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Rare Earth

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  • Audio CD (February 6, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • ASIN: B000058TD8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 29, 2005
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Twenty-one minutes and thirty-two seconds of the song "Get Ready;" if you knew this song I could stop this review right here. This song speaks for itself. It is more than a third of an hour of funky rock by one of the first non-African American groups signed by Motown, and the first to have big hits. When you listen to the songs on this CD, which are vaguely reminiscent of Earth, Wind and Fire, and the Temptations, you can understand how well Rare Earth fit with Motown.

"Get Ready" starts quietly. At about two minutes from the beginning the song picks up pace. As the song progresses it turns instrumental and the instruments weave patterns with each other. The music is funky in places, harder in others, and sometimes psychedelic. After an extended drum solo the vocals help finish the last minute of the song. Each time I hear this song I always wish it would last longer than its twenty one minutes. This song was originally performed by the Temptations, and was Rare Earth's biggest hit, charting at #4 in a much shorter version.

After the lengthy opening, this album moves into "I Just Want to Celebrate," an enthusiastic song about partying and loving life that is as much a celebration of funk as anything else. Get down!

The third longest song on this CD is also the third song on this CD. "I Know I'm Losing You" has an opening I sometimes hear on the radio. As the song rolls onward it incorporates a classic "wah-wah" sound that seemed ubiquitous in the funky music of the early 70s. Thus funky tour de force is a tribute to Rare Earth's musical skill, and is just plain fun to listen to. Listen for a marvelous drum and bass portion around the seven minute mark that is outstanding.
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Rare Earth was the first Anglo group ever signed by Motown chief Berry Gordy. This collection shows how strong their groove really was.
Like another reviewer, I think it would be worth the price just because it is the repository (maybe the sole repository) of their classic version of "Get Ready". That is twenty minutes of some of the best music of the day, with each member taking his time to do a great solo on a classic song from back when rock stations were putting out some of their best work.
Unlike another, I was pleased to find the album-length version of "I Know I'm Losin' You". The rather psychedelic edge that the additional four minutes added was just fine by me. Moreover, I can recall how different that sound was from the radio version to which I had become accustomed back in the day. Finding these two treasures together in one place was splendid. Adding "I Just Want to Celebrate" and "Born to Wander" was just gravy.
A fabulous piece of work. Even without "Ma" this contains all the Rare Earth we need.
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There have been an absolute plethora of Rare Earth CD's released over the past two decades. However, this CD, excellently remastered by Suha Gur, has not only the best audio, but is the only one to include "Get Ready", "Ma", "(I Know) I'm Losing You" & "What'd I Say", in their original, full-length-jam LP versions.

If you are looking to build yourself the best-sounding Rare Earth anthology, you should purchase not only this CD, but The Very Best Of (now OOP, but used copies are still available), and Ma.

These three discs will get you the essential Rare Earth repertoire.

Lastly, you may have seen, and may be tempted to purchase, the new 2008 Rare Earth - Fill Your Head: The Studio Albums 1969-1974 box. However, if audio quality is a primary desire for you, I would strongly suggest you read my review of that set. There are some important caveats you should be aware of before excitedly plopping $60 down for it; I impulsively purchased one upon its release, and was extremely disappointed with it.
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By A Customer on February 6, 2002
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I have owned the CD "Ecology" for years, but missed what I remembered as being some other good Rare Earth songs. This is one of the best CD's in my 700+ collection, and easily is the best purchase I have made in months. What a unique sound! "I Just Want to Celebrate" was worth the investment by itself. I hadn't heard the long version of "Get Ready" in years, and had totally forgotten about "Big Brother". If this CD doesn't get your foot tapping, you need to go back to c(Rap) thats being put out today. The way things are going, since today's artists don't seem to have a brain cell to write their own music (and don't know what an instrument is unless it is between their legs), they will stealing some of these superb tunes soon.
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This is the best of the greatest hits cds Rare Earth has out mainly because it contains the long versions of Get Ready and I Know I'm Losing You--their biggest hits. The musicians in the band at the time were top notch and it shows on ther long versions of these two songs. Peter, the drummer and lead singer is really great on vocals and on his drum solos. You should catch him live with the Classic Rock Stars band who are still touring various county fairs and blues festivals. All though Peter is alot older, he still has that unmistakeable voice and excellent drum playing. They play the long versions of both of these songs during their set. Try to find their cd they made a few yrs back--you will not be disappointed. Mike Pinera (guitar player from Blues Image and Iron Butterfly) and Jerry Corbetta (keyboards from Sugarloaf and The Four Seasons) are also in the band. See them when they come around your area--you will not be disappointed. Try and find their CD and get this one also. Great music on both!!!! Long live rock, blues, and soul.
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