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 forte 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 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.
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 Scot's Pirates.
A 21 compilation of this frat-garage band, one of the most complete recordings ever released of this band. Coming from Michigan, they were partner of MC5 and the Stooges, they broke up in 1970. There was a reissue of a live album of the band, but never this ofiacilly a compilation, so here you have it. Dig it. Some modern-garage sounds of 68/69/70 period, great instrumentation using some wind instruments and great background sounds.
A lot of mix here! for example you´ll find a soft balad like "ha-ha" and in the other hand you have the wild "turn on (Danbys)", "leaving here", and the rare-good cover of Aretha F. "respect" ! . Also the Kinks song "I need you" (alt. take), also... an obscure cover of "Gloria". Something quite odd for a garage band, the "sing" song with some girls vocals, (also in "cut in the street"). Yeah...something to sleep/dream too, "Deep Red", "glowing" and "handbags and..."
For those rare-garage-hunters this will blow your heads off.
Buy their live album (Tempation 'bout to Get Me)