The band that was to become Rare Earth formed in the early 60s, at that time calling themselves The Sunliners. They spent most of the decade playing R&B in Detroit clubs, but in 1968 they managed to get themselves signed to Verve Records, and this is when they changed their name to Rare Earth. By this point the band consisted of Gil Bridges (sax/vocals), Rod Richards (guitar/vocals), Kenny James (keyboards), John Persh (bass/trombone/vocals) and Peter Hoorelbeke (drums/vocals). Their debut album came out that same year. Dreams/Answers mixed their R&B roots with psychedelia, resulting in a satisfying rock/soul style with plenty of excellent vocals and instrumental work. It included covers of The Coasters' "Searchin'", The Temptations' "Get Ready" and Wilson Pickett's "634-5789 (Soulsville, USA)". It was ultimately unsuccessul and didn't get anywhere on the charts, though good things were just around the corner for the band....
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