You just knew I would come up with a different slant on the theme, didn’t you?
Rare Earth was the only white band ever to produce hits for Motown Records. When Berry Gordy signed them in 1969, it was his intention to start a separate label for white acts. One of the members suggested “Rare Earth Records,” and, surprisingly, it stuck. They were known for their covers of Motown hits and their extended jamming on them (for example, the single for “Get Ready, ” their biggest hit, was just over three minutes, while the album version came in at almost 22 minutes). Just so you know, this is a longish playlist.
- Get Ready: Title track to their 1969 album, it was their biggest hit, it reached #4 in the US and #1 in Canada in 1970.
- I Know I’m Losing You: Their followup single, reached #7 in the US, also in 1970. From 1970’s Ecology (which fits with the actual theme for today).
- Born To Wander: Also from Ecology, their third single from 1970, peaking at #17.
- I Just Want To Celebrate: From their 1972 release, One World. Their first of four singles in 1971, it reached #7.
- Hey Big Brother: After two singles that failed to chart, this reached #19 late in 1971. Also from One World, it was their last Top 20 hit.
- Smiling Faces Sometimes: From their 1973 album Ma, a cover of The Undisputed Truth’s 1971 hit.
- Tobacco Road: The classic 1960 song by John D. Loudermilk, it was on Get Ready.
- Feelin’ Alright: Also on Get Ready, the often-covered song by Dave Mason that was done originally by Traffic in 1968.
- Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone: I can’t find the album this was on, but it’s a cover of The Temptations’ 1971 hit.
- Big John Is My Name: Couldn’t resist this one. From Ma.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 23, 2018.