Saturday, March 13, 2010
THE RATIONALS - I NEED YOU / SCOT RICHARDS CASE - GET THE PICTURE
Here's a very interesting record...
Years before the punk/ indie tradition of releasing a "split single" (2 bands on one record) this coupling finds two legendary Detroit bands paired together, covering some of the finest British beat (The Kinks and Pretty Things, respectively).
A great record that I'm sure only gives an inkling of how incredible these guys were in concert during this time, although producer and Detroit/ Ann Arbor raconteur Jeep Holland managed to get some great sounds and performances out of these bands for his A2 label.
I love how both sides take two songs that, in their original versions, were already highly ramped up and take them to another level of Detroit fuel. I'm not gonna say they are better than the originals, but they are mighty fine indeed. As I have spoken to (and interviewed) a number of musicians who were part of the Detroit scene during this era, they were strongly pushed by not only the British invasion, but also the incredible musicianship (and showmanship) of the Motown groups.
This record was released after an acrimonious split between the Scot Richard Case; note how the label bills them as "The old Exciting..."
There's a great history of the golden age of Detroit rock n roll here.
THE RATIONALS - I NEED YOU
b/w SCOT RICHARDS CASE - GET THE PICTURE