Rare Earth - Ma (1973/1989)

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Rare Earth - Ma (1973/1989)
Artist: Rare Earth
Title Of Album: Ma
Year Of Release: 1973/1989
Label: Motown WD 72286
Genre: Soul Funk
Quality: MP3 | FLAC
Bitrate: VBR 0 | 16Bit/44kHz
Total Size: 75 MB | 197 MB
Total Time: 37:58
Website: Discogs

01. Ma 17:24
02. Big John Is My Name 04:26
03. Smiling Faces Sometimes 06:03
04. Hum Along And Dance 05:19
05. Come With Me 04:47

Peter Hoorelbeke: Drums, Percussion, Lead Vocals
Gil Bridges: Woodwind, Percussion, Vocals, Flute
Michael Urso: Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ray Monette: Lead Guitar
Mark Olson: Keyboards, Vocals
Edward Guzman: Congas, Timbales

Review from Allmusic:
Rare Earth's most satisfying LP, Norman Whitfield wrote and produced all five songs. "Ma," the title track, had been done by Temptations and Undisputed Truth but nobody rocked the sucker like Rare Earth; they jam for 17:17 on the funkiest mama song ever. "Hum Along and Dance," first appeared on the Temptations' Psychedelic Shack; Rare Earth gives the groover and update, a rolling organ sets it off. Lead, Gil Bridges brags about his musical ability on the loud, horn dominated stomper "Big John In My Name."A haunting arrangement of "Smiling Faces Sometimes" will make you shiver. And you don't get much more sensual than the soft and lush "Come With Me," where a female simulates an orgasm that puts Donna Summers' exhibition on "Love to Love You Baby" to shame; it's the only new song on the LP, but who's quibbling, MA is da bomb!

Biography from Allmusic:
... When they set out to record their first album, they essentially ran out of material and did a 21-minute rendition of the Temptations' "Get Ready" to fill out the space. The album was making no headway on the charts for a long period of time. So they took the first three minutes of "Get Ready," released it as a single and it made its way into the U.S. Top Ten list, peaking at number four. Pulled along by the success of the single, the album also began to sell, breaking the Top 20, and Rare Earth's career was officially on its way. The second album, Ecology, was released in June of 1970, a couple months short of a year after "Get Ready" had been put out. Interestingly enough, Ecology was not really the group's second album, but their third. An album entitled Generation was recorded as the soundtrack to the film of the same name. When the film stalled at the box office, the album was shelved. Still, Ecology would yield not one, but two hit singles. The first was "(I Know) I'm Losing You" (another Temptations cover), which also broke the Top Ten. The second single, "Born to Wander," did not fare quite so well, but did make the Top 20. The album was catapulted to number 15. ...

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