- Rare Earth (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Rare Earth
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Detroit, Michigan, USA
Genre = Rock
Years_active = 1967 – Presently
Label = Rare Earth/
URL = [http://www.RareEarth.com Rare Earth Online]
Current_members = Gil Bridges
Randy "Bird" Burghdoff
Floyd Stokes Jr.
Rare Earth is an American
rock bandaffiliated with Motown's Rare Earth record label(which was named after the band), who were particularly famous in the late 1960s and the 1970s. 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, although a Chicanopercussionist later joined the group. [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=RARE|EARTH&sql=11:0ifwxqr5ldje~T1 allmusic Biography] ]
The group formed in 1961 as "The Sunliners", and changed their name to "Rare Earth" in 1967. 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 didn't 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.
The main personnel in the group included Gil Bridges (
saxophoneand vocals ), Pete Rivera a.k.a. Peter Hoorelbeke (lead vocals and drums), John Parrish a.k.a. John Persh ( bass guitar, tromboneand vocals), Rod Richards (born Rod Cox, guitar), Ray Monette ( guitar ), Edward "Eddie" Guzman ( congasand assorted percussive instruments), Mark Olson (keyboard, vocals, some song writing), and Kenny James (born Ken Folcik, keyboards). The personnel lineup changed considerably over the years, with three members of the group dying during the 1980s and 1990s, and the only original member currently left in the group is Bridges.
Rare Earth had a number of Top Ten hits in the 1970-1971 period, including covers of
The Temptations' " (I Know) I'm Losing You" (which was used in the documentary video It's Time) and "Get Ready". The cover of "Get Ready" was their biggest hit, peaking at #4 on the US pop charts, a better performance than the original. Other songs include "I Just Want to Celebrate", which peaked at #7 on the pop charts, and "Hey, Big Brother", which peaked at #19. They did not chart significantly after 1971, although they continued to record into the 1980s. Their 1973 album "Ma", written and produced by Norman Whitfield, is considered their best overall work, and features their version of " Hum Along and Dance".
The group gained a bit of notoriety when it was mentioned dismissively in the lyrics to
Gil Scott-Heron's 1970 poem, " The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," which included the line, "The theme song [to the revolution] will not be written by Jim Webb, Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, Engelbert Humperdinck, or the Rare Earth."
Rare Earth, continues to perform at corporate events and on the oldies circuit. Bits from their recordings have been used as samples on recordings as diverse as
Beck's "Derelict", UNKLEand DJ Shadow's "GDMFSOB (feat. Roots Manuva- U.N.K.L.E. uncensored version)", Black Sheep's "Try Counting Sheep", Peanut Butter Wolf's "Tale of Five Cities", Scarface's "Faith", NWA's "Real Niggaz Don't Die" and Eric B. and Rakim's "What's Going On". Their hit "I Just Want to Celebrate" was also used in a major national advertising campaign by Ford Motor Companyand in the final episode of TV show Six Feet Under. In 2008, it is being used in a commercial for AT&T. It is also sampled in the opening song "Sirens" on the 2007 Little Brotheralbum Getbackas well as "We Celebrate" on the new Ghostface Killahalbum The Big Doe Rehab. It is the end credits music in episode 24 (One Day in the Valley) of Entourage, and is prominently featured in one scene of the movie Three Kings. The song is also used in the trailer for the movie Tropic Thunder. On October 27th & 28th, 2007, heavy metal band Metallicaperformed "I Just Want to Celebrate" during their acoustic performances at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefitshow.
* 1968 "Dreams/Answers"
* 1969 "Get Ready"
* 1970 "Ecology"
* 1971 "One World"
* 1971 "
Rare Earth in Concert" (live)
* 1972 "
* 1973 "Ma"
* 1975 "Back to Earth"
* 1976 "
* 1977 "Rare Earth"
* 1978 "
* 1978 "Grand Slam"
* 1993 "Different World"
* 2001 "Made in Switzerland" (live)
* 2008 "A Brand New World"
* Generation, Light Up The Sky - 1969 (Rare Earth Records R 5010)
* Get Ready - 1970 (Rare Earth Records R 5012)
* (I Know) I'm Losing You - 1970 (Rare Earth Records R 5017)
* Born To Wander - 1970 (Rare Earth Records R 5021)
* I Just Want To Celebrate - 1971 (Rare Earth Records R 5031)
* Hey Big Brother - 1971 (Rare Earth Records R 5038)
* What'd I Say - 1972 (Rare Earth Records R 5043)
* Good Time Sally - 1972 (Rare Earth Records R 5048)
* We're Gonna Have A Good Time - 1972 (Rare Earth Records R 5052)
* Ma (Vocal) - 1973 (Rare Earth Records R 5053)
* Hum Along And Dance - 1973 (Rare Earth Records R 5054)
* Big John Is My Name - 1973 (Rare Earth Records R 5056)
* Chained - 1974 (Rare Earth Records R 5057)
* Keepin' Me Out Of The Storm - 1975 (Rare Earth Records R 5059)
* It Makes You Happy (But It Ain't Gonna Last Too Long) - 1975 (Rare Earth Records R 5058)
* Midnight Lady - 1976 (Rare Earth Records R 5060)
* Warm Ride - 1978 (Prodigal Records)
* 1975 "Masters of Rock"
* 1976 "Disque d'Or"
* 1981 "Motown Superstar Series, Vol. 16"
* 1988 "Get Ready/Ecology"
* 1991 "Greatest Hits & Rare Classics"
* 1994 "Earth Tones: Essential"
* 1995 "Anthology: The Best of Rare Earth"
* 1996 "Rare Earth featuring Peter Rivera"
* 1998 "The Very Best of Rare Earth"
* 2001 "20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Rare Earth"
* 2004 "The Collection"
* 2005 "Get Ready and More Hits"
* 2006 "Best of Rare Earth"
* 2008 "Fill Your Head: The Studio Albums 1969-1974
* [http://www.myspace.com/rareearth Official Rare Earth MySpace]
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