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"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.Read more ›
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.
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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I just never really put together how many awesome songs these guys did until I sat down and listened to this collection. Read morePublished 2 months ago by joemaamah
This is one of the best classic rock albums you can buy. Most of the Rare Earth albums are out of print, but this contains the best of their work.Published 2 months ago by Thomas Lowther
It is a great old favorite album from the teenage years done by a good group.Published 3 months ago by Deluxe62