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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Rationals - Think Rational!

The Rationals - Think Rational!

@ 320 kbps - Covers are included

Disc: 1 1. Feeling Lost 2. Look What You Re Doing (To Me Baby) 3. Someday 4. Gave My Love 5. I Need You 6. I Want To Walk With You 7. Little Girls Cry (Deon S Song) 8. Gloria 9. Be My Girl 10. Leavin Here (Version 1) 11. Medley: Smokestack Lightnin /Inside Looking Out 12. Sing 13. Turn On 14. Irrational 15. Look What You Re Doing (To Me Baby) (Demo) 16. Someday (Demo) 17. Gave My Love (Demo) Disc: 2 1. Out In The Streets (Rehearsal) 2. Respect 3. Hold On Baby 4. I Gotta Go Now (Out On The Floor) 5. Said I Wasn T Gonna Tell Nobody 6. (Had You Told It Like It Was It Wouldn T Be Like It Is, Oh No) Not Like It Is 7. Knock On Wood 8. Leavin Here (Version 2) 9. Poor Dog (Who Can T Wag His Own Tail) 10. Temptation S Bout To Get Me 11. Listen To Me 12. I Need You 13. You Got It Made 14. Ha Ha Song 15. Sunset 16. Part Time Love 17. Out In The Streets 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 garageish 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.
The Rationals broke up in the summer of 1970. Morgan continued to build his cult credentials over the next 25 years on sporadic recordings with Sonic's Rendezvous Band (which also featured the MC5's Fred Smith), the Scott Morgan Band, and Scott's Pirates. Licensing hurdles prevented their batch of fine '60s singles for A2, Cameo/Parkway, and Capitol from being reissued on a coherent anthology until Big Beat Records released the fine two-disc Think Rational! in 2009, which included most of the key tracks the group recorded between 1965 and 1968. ~ Richie Unterberger & Steve Leggett, All Music Guide
THEE best compilation/reissue of the year. GET IT!
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Woody Dreams said...

Thank you very much for this fantastic double cd.

One of the best Detroit 60s area bands.

Mr. Asombra said...

I'm a big fan of Ann Arbor sounds. GREAT compilation, I've never heard about half of these tracks. Many thankx.

Jorge said...

Muchas gracias Rat Boy. Un gran post de una gran banda de los 60s. Merci.

Pep Sonic said...

Thank you very much RatBoy. Great post, as usual, friend, in your blog.

Mofeta Gascon said...

Thankx for posting this double cd. Really fantastic this Big Beat compilation.

captain groovy said...

thanks dude.Now all i need is the new Stooges live thing.Love your blog!

Raimon said...

Thank you. Fantastic post.

Woody Dream said...

Thankx. The Rationals released fantastic singles!! Great compilation.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! thanks a lot!
Claudio (Brazil)