"Tracing Their Tracks" (The Rare Earth Legacy: A recorded history 1969-1974) Based in the Motor City (Detroit, MI, USA), hometown to such (in)famous rockers as The MC5 and The Stooges to name but two, psychedelic influenced rhythm and blues rockers Rare Earth were notable on at least three accounts.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
DOUBLE-SHOT OF RARE EARTH ON A SUN DAY! - THE HORROR KNOWN AS "MA" - GROUP'S 6TH RECORD
Greetings folks! After their previous album Willie Remembers tanked unfairly, a decision was made to bring Motown mogul Norman Whitfield in to handle the helm on this, their 6th album. The result was the last really good Rare Earth album to happen, an unusual album with a 17-min title track that never varies from it's one riff yet the lyrics and classic "everybody take a turn at a solo" thing makes it work. Side Two contains 4 tracks, all very different in nature. The side two opener of this is the album's gem, a tune called "Big John Is My Name." A very understated cover of Smiling Faces follows along with two jam based tunes, one with lyrics and one not. All in all, this album is....The Horror!!