domenica 24 marzo 2013

The Rationals - The Rationals 1970

When serious collectors compose lists of the top shoulda-been-bigger bands of the '60s, the Rationals are often among them. Coming out of the same Ann Arbor, MI scene that gave birth to the MC5 and the Stooges, the group's forté was a sort of garage-ish take on blue-eyed soul, built around the fine R&B-hued vocals of frontman Scott Morgan. Their mid-'60s singles, however, didn't break in many areas outside of Michigan (where they had some big local hits), and by the time they got to record an album, they had long since passed their peak.
The Rationals actually predated the MC5/Stooges by quite some time, both chronologically and stylistically. When they began recording for the local A2 label in 1965, they were, like many garage bands, heavily influenced by the British Invasion, although they gave their material a more soulful flavor than most similar units. "Gave My Love" was a chart-topper in Ann Arbor (and a hit in Detroit), as was a follow-up single of "Respect" (which predated Aretha Franklin's version). Picked up for national distribution by Cameo/Parkway, it nudged into the lowest regions of the national charts as well. Similar distribution of follow-up singles by Cameo and Capitol found them pursuing a more blue-eyed soul-oriented direction on cuts like "I Need You" and "Hold on Baby," followed the same story: big success in Michigan, nothing doing elsewhere. Morgan turned down a spot in Blood, Sweat & Tears, and the Rationals finally got an album out on Crewe in early 1970. By that time, though, their moment had passed: their best work was behind them, and attempts to modify their energetic pop/soul approach for the psychedelic album market were ill-fated.

01.Barefootin' 3:24
02.Temptation 'Bout To Get Me 4:00
03.Guitar Army 3:17
04.Something's Gotta Hold On Me 3:51
05.Deep Red 2:21
06.Sunset 6:07
07.Glowin' 4:18
08.Handbags And Gladrags 3:32
09.Ha Ha 6:37

Bonus Tracks:
10.Zip A Dee Doo Dah 3:38
11.Wang Dang Doodle 11:27
12.Guitar Army (Single Version) 2:49
13.Sunset (Single Version) 5:40

The Rationals :
Scott Morgan - vocals, guitar
Steve Correll - guitar 
Terry Trabandt - bass
Bill Figg - drums

Flac + Complete Scans + Booklet 367 Mb
Pass : SDB

2 commenti:

kobilica ha detto...

Thanks for this rare jewel...

juan manuel muñoz ha detto...

muchas gracias amigo. Saludos

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