Think Rational!

Think Rational!

by The Rationals
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Think Rational!

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2009
Label: Big Beat Uk
UPC: 0029667428729
catalogNumber: 287
Rank: 55836

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rationals   Primary Artist
Deon Jackson   Percussion
Iggy Pop   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

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
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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Think Rational! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
all the old song they would sing all in one spot ....the best