Friday, 12 May 2017
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.
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.(allmusic.com)
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.
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.
Great Pop Garage band from the mid 'til end sixties. The important things about the band you can read in the review. They played a real interesting mix of Blue Eyed Soul and a light garage style with a clearly british influenced sound. Recommendable!
Frank Disc1 Flac (New Link)
Disc2 Flac (New Link)
mp3 part1 of new link
mp3 part2 of new link
I hope everything is okay now. Maybe i am to old for this :-)
Neo-psychedelic pop outfit the Essex Green were formed in mid-1997 after four members of the Burlington, VT-based Guppyboy -- singer/guitarist Chris Ziter, singer/keyboardist Sasha Bell, guitarist Jeff Baron, and bassist Mike Barrett -- relocated to Brooklyn, NY. Completing the lineup with drummer Tim Barnes, the group appeared at various New York City clubs before touring the East Coast with Aden and Saturnine, releasing a split single with the Sixth Great Lake in the spring of 1999. The Essex Green's full-length debut, Everything Is Green, appeared on Kindercore later that year, and a self-titled EP on Elephant6 followed in early 2000; concurrently, both Bell and Baron played in the likeminded Ladybug Transistor and, with the addition of Zachary Ward, moonlighted as the aforementioned Sixth Great Lake, releasing Up the Country for Kindercore. Bell (recording as the Finishing School) also released the lovely and overlooked 2003 album Destination Girl. In 2004, the Essex Green inked a deal with Merge and issued The Long Goodbye as a trio (Barrett having left the group), following it up with the finest record of their career, 2006's Cannibal Sea.(allmusic.com)
The Essex Green is a neo psychedelic pop band in the best sense of the word. Sometimes you could think the band is on a visit into the here and now with a time machine coming directly from the sixties. To me these guys are fantastic. Shure this is nothing new but the band touches me with her sound and that's what counts for me. Very nice album. If you love sixties psychedelic pop music try this!
Frank Flac part 2 & Flac part 1
p.s.: There is a missing song who's called ''Sun''. For the song in Flac the link
Here is ''Sun'' in mp3@320