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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Recording initially on Jeep Holland's local A Square label, Ann Arbor's Rationals predated two of the town's other subsequently influential bands, the MC5 and the Stooges, by a couple of years, although, aside from hitting the lower regions of the national charts with their wonderful version of Otis Redding's "Respect" in 1966, the group never got a whole lot of popular or critical attention outside of Michigan. Which is a true shame, since this energetic little pop-soul combo -- half British Invasion and half Memphis soul -- had a lot going for itself, and it's possible to imagine the Rationals having the kind of success the Rascals had during the same time period, only ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Recording initially on Jeep Holland's local A Square label, Ann Arbor's Rationals predated two of the town's other subsequently influential bands, the MC5 and the Stooges, by a couple of years, although, aside from hitting the lower regions of the national charts with their wonderful version of Otis Redding's "Respect" in 1966, the group never got a whole lot of popular or critical attention outside of Michigan. Which is a true shame, since this energetic little pop-soul combo -- half British Invasion and half Memphis soul -- had a lot going for itself, and it's possible to imagine the Rationals having the kind of success the Rascals had during the same time period, only with a much more garage-styled approach to soul and R&B. Alas, that didn't happen. This delightful two-disc set of Rationals singles, B-sides, and outtakes covers the group's earliest (and arguably best) period, from 1965 to 1968, and includes material done for A Square, Cameo/Parkway and Capitol, but cuts off before the band's sole LP (simply called The Rationals) was issued in 1970 by Crewe. One could argue that a few vital curios were left off this set, but there's still plenty here to like, including the original single version of "Respect," the garage blast of "Feelin' Lost," the Byrds-like "Gave My Love" (there are two versions here, with the earlier 1965 one being marginally more effective), two scorching takes on the Motown song "Leavin' Here" (with the later version, done in 1967, perhaps being the better of the two), and a vicious, slashing rendition of Johnny Watson's "Poor Dog (Who Can't Wag His Own Tail" that was punk well before even the Stooges' unwittingly created the template for it. Collectors and fans of the Rationals have been waiting for a set like this for a long time, and while it isn't perfect, it's still going to be the one to beat. The fuss in Ann Arbor all started with these tracks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2009
  • Label: Big Beat Uk
  • UPC: 029667428729
  • Catalog Number: 287
  • Sales rank: 69,398

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rationals Primary Artist
Deon Jackson Percussion
Steve Correll Guitar, Vocals, Interviewee
Bill Figg Percussion, Drums, Interviewee
Glenn Quackenbush Keyboards
Bob Seger Background Vocals
Terry Trabandt Bass, Background Vocals, Interviewee
Robert Sheff Keyboards
Scott Morgan Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Interviewee
James Osterberg Percussion
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
Eddie Floyd Composer
Deon Jackson Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Clay Hammond Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Alan Lomax Composer
Eric Burdon Composer
Jeff Barry Composer
Milan Bogdan Engineer
Bryan James Chandler Composer
Steve Correll Composer, Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Danny Dallas Engineer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Bill Figg Composer, Author, Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Rex Garvin Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Van Morrison Composer
David Porter Composer
Gene Redd Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Bob Seger Arranger
Terry Trabandt Composer
Alec Palao Liner Notes, Memorabilia, Liner Note Adaptation, Photo Courtesy
Gilbert Moorer Composer
Peter Holman Composer
Cooley Engineer
James Diggs Composer
Clayton Dunn Composer
Doug Brown & the Omens Arranger
Scott Morgan Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Jeep Holland Arranger, Producer
Barry Wickham Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Bill Beltz Engineer
Andrew Sacks Cover Photo
Chester Burnett Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    all the old song they would sing all in one spot ....the best

    all the old song they would sing all in one spot ....the best

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