RARE EARTH VS. FLAMING EMBER
"Get Ready," "I Just Want To Celebrate," "Hey Big Brother"VS.[/b] sorry, couldn't find a better image![/b]"Westbound #9," "I'm Not My Brother's Keeper," "Mind, Body & Soul"Two great rock-soul bands from Detroit...one recorded for Motown, the other recorded for a company owned by ex-Motowners (Hot Wax)...got their start in the sixties (Rare Earth as the Sunliners, Flaming Ember as the Flaming Embers)...rather than hook up with the white rock scene like Mitch Ryder or the Rationals, both bands targeted the black audience almost from the start...both had drummers who sang lead***...Rare Earth kept going until 1979, at least, while the Ember wound down around '71 or so...Rare Earth weighed down almost every album with a long, boring percussion jam; Flaming Ember kept it relatively simple on their LP's, but still had the atrocious "Ember Blues" to answer for...there is the distinct possibility that the Ember didn't play on a lot of their records (sounds like the same house band heard on all those Hot Wax/Invictus sides), but Rare Earth definitely sounds like a homegrown band...So, who is the better Detroit blue-eyed soul band? (And don't say Dennis Coffey!!!)__________________________________________________________________________________________________________***debatable; I saw a TV clip of the Flaming Ember where the lead singer was clearly standing in front of the rest of the band, not playing an instrument; they were miming to "Westbound #9"