The Collection - Rare Earth Import
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The audio on this 2004 release is identical to that on the new 2008, complete five studio album (Get Ready, Ecology, One World, Willie Remembers & Ma, plus singles and rare tracks) Hip-O set, Fill Your Head: The Studio Albums 1969-1974. However, neither of these choices will get you the best audio versions of Rare Earth material.
For that, look to these three CD's: The Millennium Collection, The Very Best Of & Ma. All of these discs have superior remastered sound to this "Collection" CD, or the "Fill" set. There are tons old bootlegs and older Motown releases available here on Amazon, but I've been through them all, and these three discs have the best sound.
In addition, the "Millennium" disc has the long-jam LP versions of "Get Ready", "Ma", "(I Know) I'm Losing You" & "What'd I Say", the only Rare Earth compilation disc to do so. The "Very Best Of" CD is also recently OOP, so if the tracks on that disc look attractive to you, I would highly advise grabbing one before they escalate in price. "Tobacco Road" sounds better on that disc than any other yet issued.Read more ›
If you recognize the included titles and know you like them, then this could be a nice CD in that not only is the price very reasonable but the number of selections is pretty exceptional. The sound is generally adequate or better in this remastered disc and I have to admit my disappointment is not in the quality of the production. Rather, it is more of a simple personal matter of dislike for many of the selections. This was my own fault for not more carefully reviewing the songs of the CD before making the purchase. My recommendation is to be sure to check out the samples of the titles listed.
I should also add that there still were many Rare Earth songs I loved when I was younger (they are a talented group) but the chief reason I bought this is because I have a disease which will drastically shorten my life and the song " I just Want to Celebrate another day of Living" helps lift my spirits, so I still enjoy the disk.
However, like so many compilations of "Greatest Songs" I think this one could have been better, but, like food, your tastes may easily differ. ( I elected not to spend time waxing on about production values, sound quality, etc.) If you just like Rare Earth, you will probably like the value in this inexpensive recording as long as the included songs are favorites of yours. But unfortunately for me, too many proved unfamiliar and not to my liking, a completely personal matter of preference and not a criticism of the disc.
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As usual Rare Earth shows why the band was so under rated. A great band.Published 2 months ago by Jerome
Here we go again with a collection of songs that I have a difficult time Putin'
down these Guy's are way under rated
I like this cd of Rare Earth , I am not a big fan of this band due to only a few good songs I like from Rare earth . Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jerry G
Filling out my classic oldies collection from a real "music era"Published 18 months ago by Kevin D. Rust