Rare Earth


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  line up 1 (1966-69)

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocalscl

- Peter Hoorelbeke (aka Peter Rivera) -- vocals, drums,

  percussion

- Kenny James (aka Ken Folcik) -- keyboards

- John Persh (aka John Parrish) (RIP 1981) -- bass, horns

- Rod Richards (aka Rod Cox) -- lead guitar, backing vocals

 

  line up 2 (1969-71)

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Peter Hoorelbeke (aka Peter Rivera) -- vocals, drums,

  percussion

NEW - Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

- Kenny James (aka Ken Folcik) -- keyboards

- John Persh (aka John Parrish) (RIP 1981) -- bass, horns

- Rod Richards (aka Rod Cox) -- lead guitar, backing vocals

 

  line up 3 (1971-72)

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993 -- percussion

- Peter Hoorelbeke -- vocals, drums, percussion

NEW - Ray Monette -- lead guitar (replaced Rod Richards)

NEW - Mark Olson (RIP 1991) -- keyboards, backing vocals

  (replaced Kenny James)

 John Persh (aka John Parrish) (RIP 1981) -- bass, horns

 

  line up 4 (1972-74)

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993 -- percussion

- Peter Hoorelbeke -- vocals, drums, percussion

- Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

- Mark Olson (RIP 1991) -- keyboards, backing vocals

NEW - Mike Urso -- bass, backing vocals (replaced 

 John Persh)

 

  line up 5 (1974-76)

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

NEW - Barry Frosty Frost -- drums, percussion (replaced

  Peter Hoorelbeke)

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993 -- percussion

NEW - Gabriel Katona -- keyboards (replaced Mark Olson)

NEW - Jerry LaCroix -- vocals, sax, harmonica (replaced

  Peter Hoorelbeke)

NEW - Reggie McBride -- bass (replaced Mike Urso)

- Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

NEW - Paul Warren -- lead guitar

 

 line up 6 (1976)

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Barry Frosty Frost -- drums, percussion (replaced

  Peter Hoorelbeke)

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

- Jerry LaCroix -- vocals, sax, harmonica (replaced

- Reggie McBride -- bass (replaced Mike Urso)

- Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

- Paul Warren -- lead guitar

NEW - Frank Westbrook -- keyboards (replaced 

 Gabriel Katona)

 

  line up 7 (1977)

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

NEW - Don Ferguson -- lead guitar

NEW - Ron Fransen -- keyboards

NEW - Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

NEW - Peter Hoorelbeke -- vocals, drums, percussion

NEW - Mike Urso -- bass, backing vocals

 

  line up 8 (1977-78)

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

- Peter Hoorelbeke -- vocals, drums, percussion

NEW - Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

NEW - Mark Olson (RIP 1991) -- keyboards, backing vocals

- Mike Urso -- bass, backing vocals

 

  line up 9 (1978-79)

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

- Peter Hoorelbeke -- vocals, drums, percussion

NEW - Ken Johnston -- bass (replaced Mike Urso)

- Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

- Mark Olson (RIP 1991) -- keyboards, backing vocals

 

  line up 10 (1980-83)

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

- Peter Hoorelbeke -- vocals, drums, percussion

- Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

- Mark Olson (RIP 1991) -- keyboards, backing vocals

NEW - Mike Urso -- bass, backing vocals (replaced 

  Ken Johnston)

 

  line up 11 (1983-84)

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

NEW - Tim McCormick -- bass (replaced Mike Urso)

- Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

- Mark Olson (RIP 1991) -- vocals, keyboards

NEW - Bob Weaver -- drums (replaced Peter Hoorelbeke)

 

  line up 12 (1984-85)

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

NEW - Andy Merrild -- bass (replaced Tim McCormick)

- Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

- Mark Olson (RIP 1991) -- vocals, keyboards

- Bob Weaver -- drums (replaced Peter Hoorelbeke)

 

  line up 13 (1985)

NEW - Randy "Bird" Burghdoff -- bass (replaced 

  Andy Merrild)

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

- Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

- Mark Olson (RIP 1991) -- vocals, keyboards

NEW - Bob Rock -- drums (replaced Bob Weaver)

 

  line up 14 (1985-86)

- Randy "Bird" Burghdoff -- bass

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

NEW - Jerry LeBloch -- drums (replaced Bob Rock)

- Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

- Mark Olson (RIP 1991) -- vocals, keyboards

 

  line up 15 (1986-87)

- Randy "Bird" Burghdoff -- bass

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

NEW - Jerry LeBloch -- drums (replaced Bob Rock)

- Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

- Rick Warner -- keyboards (replaced Mark Olson)

 

  line up 16 (1987-90)

NEW - Wayne Baraks -- vocals, rhythm guitar

- Randy "Bird" Burghdoff -- bass

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

- Jerry LeBloch -- drums

- Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

- Rick Warner -- keyboards 

 

  line up 17 (1990-94)

- Wayne Baraks -- vocals, rhythm guitar

NEW - Dean Boucher  -- drums (replaced Jerry LeBloch) 

- Randy "Bird" Burghdoff -- bass

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

- Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

- Rick Warner -- keyboards 

 

  line up 18 (1994-98)

- Randy "Bird" Burghdoff -- bass

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

- Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

NEW - Floyd Stokes Jr.  -- drums (replaced Dean Boucher) 

- Rick Warner -- keyboards 

 

  line up 19 (1998-2004)

NEW - Mike Bruner -- keyboards (replaced Rick Warner)

- Randy "Bird" Burghdoff -- bass

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

- Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

- Floyd Stokes Jr.  -- drums 

 

  line up 20 (2004-2009)

- Mike Bruner -- keyboards

- Randy "Bird" Burghdoff -- bass

- Gil Bridges -- flute, sax, vocals

NEW - Ivan Greilich -- lead guitar (replaced Ray Monette)

- Edwin Guzman (RIP 1993) -- percussion

- Ray Monette -- lead guitar 

- Floyd Stokes Jr.  -- drums 

 

 

 

 

- Blood, Sweat and Tears (Jerry LaCroix)

- The Boogie Kings (Jerry LaCroix)

- Classic Rock All Stars (Peter Rivera)

- HUB (Peter Hoorelbeke and Mike Urso)

- Jerry LaCroix (solo efforts)

- The Sunliners

- Sweathog (Lee Frost)

- White Trash (Jerry LaCroix)

 

 

 


 

Genre: rock

Rating: 3 stars ***

Title:  Ma

Company: Rare Earth

Catalog: R546L
Year:
 1973

Country/State: Detroit, Michigan

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: gatefold, embossed covers; includes mint poster

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 13894

Price: $18.00

 

So if you're going to dip your toe into the Rare Earth catalog I'd suggest looking for a 'best of' package, or this 1973 collection ...

 

After giving Rare Earth creative leeway to record an album of original material and watching the results tank commercially (1972's "Willie Remembers"),, Motown insisted on some adult supervision for the next Rare Earth release.  That supervision took the form of having Norman Whitfield step in as producer Whitfield also wrote, or co-wrote all five tracks with long time collaborator Barrett Strong.  Unexpected the band's sixth studio collection  "Ma" turned out to be one of their most consistent and enjoyable releases.  Not perfect by any stretch, but still worth tracking down since you can find affordable copies.  As an in-demand commodity, you couldn't fault Whitefield for having decided to recycle some of his earlier product, including the title track (previously recorded by The Temptations and 'Smiling Faces Sometimes' which The Undisputed Truth had scored a major hit with.  The revamped versions were both pretty good.  In contrast, two of the new numbers were forgettable throwaways.  'Hum Alone and Dance' was an aptly titled and forgettable rock-oriented numbers.  'Come with Me' was mostly notable for serving as a blueprint for Donna Summer's forthcoming chart successes as a moaning diva.

 

- Sporting Whitefield's patented blend of pop, soul, and psychedelic moves, I'd be hard pressed to name another side long track that's nearly as good as 'Ma'.  Yeah, Whitefield's tribute to mothers wasn't as creative as 'Papa was a Rolling Stone' and any song going on for over seventeen minutes was bound to have a bit of fluff in it (and this was no exception), but with Michael Urso providing the amazingly propulsive bass line, Ray Monette adding waves of fuzz guitar, and drummer/singer Peter Hoorelbeke sounding more soulful than any white guy had the right to, this was simply one of Whitefield's crowning achievements.   Their version simply crushed The Temptations earlier stab at the song (and that version wasn't bad to start with).   rating: **** stars

- Certainly a bit short in the originality department, 'Big John Is Me Name' was still suitably funky for a bunch of white guys ... beats the hell out of Wild Cherry.  rating: ** stars

- I grew up with The Undisputed Truth's version of 'Smiling Faces Sometimes' so that colors my opinion a bit.  The opening Spanish snippets were interesting reminding me a bit of something out of the War catalog.  It took awhile for this one to get going and when it did this version wasn't bad.  Still, when all was said and done, it couldn't match the original.  rating: *** stars  

- A throwaway number, 'Hum Alone and Dance' sported the album's most rock-oriented feel.  Forgettable and hard to figure out why it was tapped as a single.  rating: ** stars  

- I'm guessing the instrumental 'Come with Me' was fairly risqué when it came out in 1974.  If you've ever heard Donna Summer's 'Love To Love You Baby', you'll know exactly what to expect on this one ...  four minutes of listening to a woman fake ecstasy amidst a forgettable, pseudo-jazzy slice of elevator music.  yeah, it was pretty lame and about as much of a turn-on as changing the oil in your Jeep.   rating: ** stars  

 

Elsewhere the album was tapped for a series of three singles:

 

- 1973's 'Ma' b/w 'Ma (instrumental) (Rare Earth catalog number R 5053F)

- 1973's 'Hum Along and Dance' b/w 'Come with Me' (Rare Earth catalog number R 5054F)

- 1973's 'Big John Is My Name' b/w 'Ma' (Rare Earth catalog number R 5056F)

 

"Ma" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Ma   (Norman Whitfield) - 17:17

 

(side 2)
1.) Big John Is Me Name   (Norman Whitfield) - 4:06

2.) Smiling Faces Sometimes   (Barrett Strong - Norman Whitfield) - 6:20

3.) Hum Alone and Dance   (Barrett Strong - Norman Whitfield) - 5:15

4.) Come with Me (instrumental)   (Norman Whitfield) - 4:30

 

 

 

 

 

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