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The Collection - Rare Earth Import

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2004 compilation from the 60s/70s rock/soul outfit whose first hit was a cover of the Temptaions' 'Get Ready', which is included here along with 17 other tracks. Spectrum.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Magic Key
  2. Get Ready
  3. Tobacco Road
  4. Feelin Alright
  5. In Bed
  6. (I Know) Im Losing You
  7. Born To Wander
  8. Satisfaction Guaranteed
  9. Long Time Leavin
  10. No 1 Man
  11. I Just Want To Celebrate
  12. Someone To Love
  13. Love Shine Down
  14. Here Comes The Night
  15. Whatd I Say
  16. Under Gods Light
  17. Hey Big Brother
  18. Were Gonna Have A Good Time


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2016)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: spectrum
  • ASIN: B000165DVY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,796 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When purchasing a compilation, often there can be a content vs. audio quality consideration. That is definitely the case here, as this CD has a decent tracklist, but the audio quality is not up to par with several other available compilations.

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.
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With very little of the Rare Earth catolog in print, Rare Earth "The Collection", is without question the single best compilation available from the first caucasion rock group to be signed to Motown records by Berry Gordy. Rare Earth if only for a short time, delivered the goods that sent them to the top of the charts. Their take on "Get Ready", became a monster hit, originally tracking in at 21 minutes, like many a AOR cut of the late 60's and early 70's, it was trimmed down to the usual 4 minutes for 45 single release. Although you get the edited version on this cd, "Get Ready" remains one of the greatest rock covers of a soul hit to date. In case you forgot, these guys also had a touch of soul as well, as seen in their 1972 hit "I Just Want To Celebrate", which blended rock, soul and psychedelia to perfection. They cover Dave Mason's "Feelin Alright", like every other band of the day, but again, awesome guitar work on this version makes it one of the best takes of this classic ever waxed. If Joe Cocker had not had a hit record with his cover of the song, I would be willing to bet that this Rare Earth cover would have received tons of airplay, making it a hit. "Tobacco Road", is another standout along with "Magic Key" and "I'm Losing You". Lead vocalist and drummer Pete Rivera had a macho texture to his voice that is instantly recognized by anyone who listened to AOR in the early seventies. This compilation offers a generous 18 tracks for an attractive price, making it one of the best buys of classic rock and soul.
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I purchased this for a couple songs and I was suprised about how many I have forgotten about. This is a great selection of songs and collection. Get it if you like any of the Rare Earth songs...
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Many of the songs were unfamiliar to me. They are done well but in spite of my age ( I am a 60's generation and ex-professional musician) I was disappointed by many of the selections, but of the ones I liked, they were great, but just too few in number.
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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