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Earth Tones:The Essential Rare Earth

Rare EarthAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Warm Ride (12" Version) 6:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I Just Want To Celebrate 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. (I Know) I'm Losing You (Album Version)10:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Satisfaction Guaranteed (Album Version) 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I Couldn't Believe What Happened Last Night12:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ma (Single Version) 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Hey, Big Brother (Live In Concert, US/1971) 5:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dreamer 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Get Ready (Album Version)21:33$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 16, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown Records
  • ASIN: B000001ALX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 9 track collection compiles long versions and rare edits from the best of Rare Earth's remarkable recorded career

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rare Earth - Rare collection... Good Find!!! November 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This group was rather an unusual addition to the Motown back in 1969. They were given their own label and label design which at the time was quite hip.

The group featured probably the quintessential versions of "I'm Losing You" and "Get Ready". As empassioned as the original but more expansive than the originals. Get Ready is a long, rocking vehicle for improvisation and soloing while remaining somewhat true to the original spirit of the piece.

I'm Losing You becoming a plaintive but spacey version of the song with classic rock guitar lines and percussion breaks.

Each version redefined and re-shaped to a harder edge equal importance given to the instrumental as well as the vocal.

Pete Hoorelbeke ("Pete Rivera") is a powerful vocalist and an underrated, very inventive drummer. If you listen to "Get Ready" you can hear how he mixes it up and provides very inventive and propulsive drive to the piece. He really makes the most of his ability.

The instrumental solos are very good. This was a band that is so seldom given and deserving more props. The forgotten band of the Motown stable. Probably due to it not being typical of it's sound. The closest to it is the very well done, R&B based "Satisfaction Guaranteed".

Actually it doesn't matter if they weren't pure Motown. This was an exceptional addition to their stable of artists. When Rare Earth first appeared Motown was expanding it's sound and embracing much more varied elements.

Rare Earth combined different elements into something rock-based on the edge of R&B along with some jazz, funk and some understated latin influences.

The band represented here is the best of the various incarnations. Why only four stars?
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Born to Wander" wander off? August 25, 2005
By Oscar H
Format:Audio CD
Great collection of a much overlooked group. It leaves out one of Rare Earth's great songs however. If "Born to Wander" had been included, it would have been a solid no questions asked 5-star recording.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retro Rare Earth Album May 21, 2013
By bekind9
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My husband loved this gift to him as he has been wanting it for many years
It has many great songs on it
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Format:MP3 Music
There's a TV ad around which hypes the patch version of Nicorette by having a miniature "toy mockup" of a band playing Rare Earth's classic hit "I Just Want To Celebrate". It reminds me that just about every album by that band is available on here but that first classic album "Get Ready" with the "white archway" cover. At least at standard prices--there's a handful of import versions and vinyl versions with sticker shock prices. You would think that ad would be an incentive for a re-release of all of their albums, or maybe a box set with them all.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Must Own October 12, 1999
Format:Audio CD
About the long version of Get Ready. It's on the Rare Earth In Concert Album. Motown records, the lable said "DJ Only" 2 LP set. The one packaged to look like a back pack. Wow I wish the would put that one out on CD. Email me if you know how to get that one on CD.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long version of GET READY March 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Rare Earth used to and still is one of my favorite bands. The long version of GET READY is a very hard song to get these days. Unfortunatly the record company has dicontinued this version. But I am here to help. Go to, download the program and then go into search, type in Rare Earth and click on the 23 min version of GET READY and it's ready to download. Might take a while, but I think it's worth it.
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