22 Oct 2011

Rare Earth

I can remember as was it yesterday when I heard for a first time a song of the band Rare Earth.

It was now almost 14 years ago, we where in summer at the bar of a friend of me Dodo, San Polo bar in middle of nowhere, no for real, there is no electricity no running water and such civilized nonsense, 100m from beach in a small wood and is really on a half way from equator to north-pole on 45 ° next village is Bale/Valle 6 or 7 km on some macadam ways.

Only a engine aggregate and power music, J.

So we made a huge barbeque around 20-25 friends and to save some fuel for the evening we had some “music engineers” that where able in a second to connect your car radio with some real speakers, engine had to run, enough long cables and so on, hehehe Jesus J.

So there was a girlfriend of a friend of me with enough fuel in her fuel-tank and she had this cd in her radio live concert from 1971 of Rare Earth, oh yeah….

That was such remarkable impression for some of people, like me, it was that first contact with the group, I think we heard three or four time this cd in a row, but loud real loud, so loud as possible.

Had real good time with good domestically wine and foodJ.

So let us see some information’s around the band.

Rare Earth is an American rock band affiliated with Motown's Rare Earth record label (which was named after the band), who prospered in 1970-1972.

Although not the first white band signed to Motown, Rare Earth was the first big hit-making act signed by Motown that consisted only of white members.

The main personnel in the group included: Gil Bridges (saxophone, flute and vocals ), Peter Rivera a.k.a. Peter Hoorelbeke (lead vocals and drums), John Persh a.k.a. John Parrish (bass guitar, trombone and vocals), Rod Richards (born Rod Cox, guitar, vocals) and Kenny James (born Ken Folcik, keyboards).

The group formed in 1960 as "The Sunliners" and changed their name to "Rare Earth" in 1968. After recording an unsuccessful debut album Dream/Answers on the Verve label in 1968, they were signed to Motown in 1969.

The band was the first act signed to a new Motown imprint that would be dedicated to white rock acts. The record company did not have a name for the new label yet and the band jokingly suggested Motown call the label "Rare Earth." To the band's surprise, Motown decided to do just that.

Rare Earth had a number of Top 40 hits in the 1970-1971 period, including covers of The Temptations' "(I Know) I'm Losing You" and "Get Ready".

The cover of "Get Ready" was their biggest hit, peaking at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, a more successful performance than the original. This disc sold over one million copies and received a Gold record awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Rare Earth was the opening act at California Jam festival in Ontario, California on April 6, 1974. Cal Jam attracted over 250,000 fans, and the band appeared alongside 70's rock giants Black Sabbath, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Deep Purple, Earth, Wind & Fire, Seals & Crofts, Black Oak Arkansas, and Eagles.

Their 1973 album Ma, written and produced by Norman Whitfield, is considered one of their best overall works, and features their version of "Hum Along and Dance".

In the late 80s and early 90s the musical chairs slowed down somewhat as things stabilized and the band found itself in demand to play on "oldies" bills with other acts of the 60s and 70s.

On October 27 & 28, 2007, heavy metal band Metallica performed "I Just Want to Celebrate" during their acoustic performances at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit show.

Here you can hear two of their albums the Live performance from 1971 and the 1973 studio album Ma.

I hope that I could give you a nice hint to a bit different group as usual in that kind of music direction.


Rare Earth - In Concert 1971:

1. I just want to celebrate
2. Hey big brother
3. Born to wander
4. Get ready
5. What´d I say
6. Thoughts
7. I´m loosing you
8. Nice to be with you

Part I Part II Password: Levente


1. Ma
2. Big John Is My Name
3. Smiling Faces Sometimes
4. Hum Along And Dance
5. Come With Me


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