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Good Time Sally - Rare Earth - Willie Remembers


1972
Label: Rare Earth - SRE. 3008 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock
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Their fifth album in a three-year span, Good Time Sally - Rare Earth - Willie Remembers Remembersis one of the more refined releases by Rare Earth -- not as spotty as the previous discs that contained their hits and far better than their late-'70s work.

Their decision to craft an album of all originals is their undoing, though, because as good as Willie Remembers is, it is still an effort by a mainstream group whose creativity was limited to what became their bread and butter: their reinterpretation of Temptations classics. Producer Tom Baird pens "Good Time Sally," and it sounds like a Bachman-Turner Overdrive cover outtake of a similarly titled Grand Funk Railroad 45 rpm that suffered the same fate in as this single did four years earlier.

It didn't get far. It's not that memorable in melody or performance, and though the guys look very happy Kul I Jus (Bonuspår) - Nanne* - Cirkus Homo Sapiens the extravagance of the triple gatefold, they weren't Good Time Sally - Rare Earth - Willie Remembers popular or as inspired as their contemporaries, the band Chicago.

It's more precise than the jam on "Get Ready," the unedited long version of their first hit, but so what? It sounds nice enough but goes nowhere. The band wasn't deviant enough to be an enigma and even a well-put-together work like this shows why they were so dependent on hit singles.

Motown should have demanded a superb re-creation of a Supremes or Four Tops or Marvin Gaye hit or not allowed this band to release their own artistic endeavors -- it's as simple as that. Willie Remembers is an album of recording group, not record company, excess.

Though the band's heart was in the right place, they simply didn't have the ability to pull it off. Willie Remembers would have been remembered had Norman Whitfield dusted a little of his magic on the project.

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