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Rare Earth - Get Ready - Canada Issue - Psych Funk Break Beats - Northern Soul LP

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Rare Earth - Get Ready

Label: Phonodisc / Motown
Catalog#: RS-507
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Record VG++
Cover has slight ringwear (See our pic)
Country: Canada
Released: 70's Issue
Genre: Funk / Soul, Rock
Style: Rhythm & Blues, Psychedelic Rock, Soul
Credits: Artwork By [Cover Design] - Bob Cato
Bass - John Parrish
Drums - Pete Rivera
Flute - Gil Bridges
Guitar - Rod Richards
Keyboards - Kenny James
Photography - Jim Hendin
Producer - Rare Earth
Saxophone - Gil Bridges
Vocals - Gil Bridges , Pete Rivera , Rod Richards


A1 Magic Key (3:57)
A2 Tobacco Road (7:11)
A3 Feelin' Alright (5:03)
A4 In Bed (3:01)
A5 Train To Nowhere (3:23)

B1 Get Ready (21:30)

heir sound was a combination of hard rock and funky blues, and for that reason, millions assumed that the five men in the band were black. They weren't. In reality, Rare Earth was a blue-eyed soul group -- the first white act to cut hits under the Motown banner.

John Persh, Gil Bridges and Pete Riveria grew up in Detroit on a steady diet of rhythm and blues. The three attended elementary and high school together and started rehearsing as a trio in their mid-teens. In 1961, as the Sunliners, they began playing parties, dances, and "whatever paid" around the Motor City area. They continued to build a local following all through the sixties, and in 1969 decided to reorganize. They added guitarist Rob Richards and keyboard player Kenny James and renamed themselves Rare Earth.

Week of June 13, 1970

1. The Long and Winding Road/ For You Blue

2. Which Way You Goin' Billy?
Poppy Family

3. Everything Is Beautiful
Ray Stevens

4. Get Ready
Rare Earth

5. Love on a Two Way Street

The quintet then ran into Dennis Coffey, an arranger and session man who helped the group produce a medley of old Motown hits. The recording was released on Verve Records and impressed the people at Motown. It paved the way to a Motown contract -- with one unusual wrinkle. For the first time in history, Motown was setting up a subsidiary label to be named after its leading act. In that way, Rare Earth Records was formed.

Their first album release was, as before, built around Motown gold. The band decided to reinterpret "Get Ready," which had been a Top 30 hit for the Temptations in 1966. On July 4 at 1 a.m., Rare Earth began recording, and when they were through, they had stretched the song to twenty-one and a half minutes. It took up the entire second side of that first album, issued in the fall of 1969.

The album was given heavy Motown promotion and broke nationally early in December. By far, the most popular cut for air play was the long version of "Get Ready." Reversing the usual procedure, the hit album spawned a hit 45 -- a cut-down version of the song -- which took off in mid-March. By June, it was one of the best-selling pop singles in the country, and was getting R&B play as well. "At first," said Gil, "everybody on the soul stations thought we were black. When they found out we weren't, we were knocked off by some deejays. They would be playing the song one week, and then -- gone!" The record wound up, though, in the R&B Top 20.

Rare Earth - Get Ready

An absoulte alltime classic - Norman Whitfield- you were one of the most influencial composers of your time

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 23 May, 2012.

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