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2009 two CD collection from the Michigan-bred '60s rockers. This punchy quartet from Ann Arbor ruled the state during the mid-1960s with a blend of roots Garage and exciting Blue-Eyed Soul. The handful of records they cut have become totems of cool to Garage fanciers the world over. Many Rock 'N' Roll, Garage and '60s music enthusiasts are still shocked that the band did not break out on a national or international level. They predated the MC5 and Stooges, so perhaps they were just a few years ahead of their time. 34 tracks. Big Beat Records.
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The Rationals sound is closer to early Rolling Stones than it is to, say the more psychedelic or rock-oriented bands from back then such as the Blues Magoos or 13th Floor Elevators. They clearly were heavy on the bar circuit throughout Southeastern Michigan, as they hailed from the Ann Arbor area. They had a huge following in the Detroit area and regularly hit the top of the charts with their music.
This is a very complete and thorough overview of the early Rationals. It includes most of the songs they're well known for, including the various Soul/Motown covers such as "Respect," "Knock on Wood," and "Leaving Here." The sound is excellent and especially highlights their rough, edgy quality of the vocals. What is most exciting about the music is that it doesn't sound retro or dated; it sounds immediate and exciting.
I strongly urge anyone who ever listed to The Rationals, or enjoys garage bands in general, to buy this great double CD set. It's well worth the money. The liner notes are excellent as well and very informative about the entire group history.
The lead singer Scott Morgan has one of the best blue-eyed R & B voices I've ever heard and the rest of the band lives up to that standard.
I would recommend the Rational disc as well. This was the first and last album they did. If your a fan of the local Detroit scene and like MC5, Iggy, early Bob Seger and others, this is the youngest band of the pack who should have broken through nationally. Old
School garage with mucho soul overtones. Unforgettable singles you'll be singing all day long.
This band never got the big break they deserved. The idea that this band was a potential USian Faces is on the mark. So, if you've an interest in Detroit rock n roll, or tough garage rock n soul, get this.