Rare Earth

I Just Want to Celebrate

Song Review by

Noted songwriters Dino Fekaris and Nick Zesses composed for Gladys Knight and The Four Tops (and would eventually collaborate with producer and arranger Tom Baird to write "Hey Big Brother" for Rare Earth ) along with penning this funky answer to a tune that charted 17 months before, Three Dog Night's "Celebrate", while perhaps inspiring a monster hit for Kool & The Gang

9 years later, the platinum selling "Celebration". RareEarth Records single #5031 went Top 10 in August of 1971, three minutes and thirty-five seconds closing out side one of the One World album. A riff that songwriter Buzzy Linhart says is a funk

standard (and which he correctly believes was a harbinger of disco) there's a joyful exuberance in the vocals answered by Ray Monette's exquisite wah wah guitar and reverb on the voices which has producer Baird taking cues from Motown legend Norman Whitfield. Perhaps as intiguing as this group landing five top 20 hits in a little more than a year and a half span was that this particular song seems to have strongly influenced a British group Rare Earth no doubt took some of its sound from. Traffic would record their landmark Low Spark Of The High Heeled Boys album in September of 1971, a month after "I Just Want To Celebrate" charted, Rick Grech and Jim Gordon composing the single from that lp, "Rock & Roll Stew", with a theme similar to Rare Earth's previous hit, "Born To Wander", and a lighter mutation of the riff found here. The big difference, though, is that Traffic kept it all very heady and subtle while Rare Earth totally explode all over this great moment of theirs. The funk here rocks hard, and the festive atmosphere that must've been present in the recording studio translated very well to vinyl and the AM airwaves. A unique product from a group who could have attained much more significance had they stayed true to the sound and vibe generated here. While this record charted way

higher than the 45 "Rock & Roll Stew Parts 1 & 2", the One World album byRare Earth lacks significance while Low Spark by Traffic is a masterpiece.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
One World 1971 Culture Factory 3:37
Rare Earth In Concert 1971 Motown 4:40
No Image 1981 Motown
20 Hard-to-Find Motown Classics, Vol. 2 1986
Various Artists
Motown
Best of 70s Supergroups 1988
Various Artists
Priority Records / Priority 3:35
Sounds of the Seventies: 1971 -- Take Two 1990
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:54
Seventies Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 11: Heavy Hi 1991
Various Artists
Priority
Hitsville USA - The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 1992
Various Artists
Motown 2:53
Earth Tones: Essential 1994 Motown 3:37
Class Reunion 1971: Greatest Hits of 1971 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:38
Anthology: The Best of Rare Earth 1995 Motown / Uni / Universal 2:56
Greatest Hits from the 70's 1997
Various Artists
Prime Cuts 3:29
Hit Songs from the 70's [Deuce] 1997
Various Artists
Deuce 3:29
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
The Very Best of Rare Earth 1998 Motown 3:36
Non-Stop Funk, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Chronicles / Polygram 2:47
No Image 1998
Various Artists
KRB
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Rare Earth 2001 Motown 3:40
Instant Party: Blow-Out! 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:52
Riding in Cars with Boys 2001
Original Soundtrack
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 3:38
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Motown 1970s, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Motown 3:36
Tamla Motown: Big Hits & Hard to Find Classics, Vols. 1-3 2001
Various Artists
Spectrum Audio / Spectrum Music 3:36
A Year in Your Life: 1971, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:54
The Hit Box, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
United Multi Consign 3:30
Gold Collection: The Best of Soul 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:32
Sampled, Vol. 4 2003
Various Artists
Virgin 3:33
Supa Funky, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 3:29
Hit Box 2, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
United Multi License 3:30
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: 70's Rock 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 3:38
20 Best of 70s Rock 'N' Roll 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:31
The Rock N Roll Greats: Rare Earth 2004 Passport Audio
The Hit List: 24 Hot 100 American Chartbusters of the 1970s 2004
Various Artists
Ace 2:51
The Collection 2004 Spectrum Music / Universal 3:36
Motown Unmixed 2005
Various Artists
Motown 3:40
Sensational 70's [2005 Madacy #1] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:32
Get Ready and More Hits 2005 Galaxy/Zyx 3:34
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Motown Remixed [Australian] 2005
Various Artists
Motown / Universal Distribution 4:59
No Image 2005 Paradise Music 6:34
Motown Story [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Motown 3:34
Planet 70's 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 3:32
Best of Rare Earth 2006 Direct Source 3:33
K-Tel Presents: Rockin' 70's 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:33
Best of the 70s [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 3:29
Rock N Roll of the 70s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:31
Invincible [Original Soundtrack] 2006
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 3:36
Hits of the '70s [Madacy 2006] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:25
Die Ultimative Rock Box 2007
Various Artists
Brunswick 3:36
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Podis
No Image 2008 Bell
Fill Your Head: The Studio Albums 1969-1974 2008 Hip-O Select / Island/Def Jam / Universal Music 3:38
Rock and Roll of the 70's [Madacy 2008] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 3:30
Remember the 70s [Greatest Collection] 2008
Various Artists
Greatest Collection 3:36
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 11A: 1971 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O Select / Universal 2:54
Tour of Duty: Top 100 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:38
To Dad From Motown 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music 3:36
Motortown Review 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:52
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:36
Total Motown 2010
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:39
Party Rock 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:52
Motown the Musical: 100 Originals 2013
Various Artists
Cobalt Helladisc / Universal Music 3:36
Best of Classic Rock 2014
Various Artists
Universal 3:36
Live in Chicago 2014 Culture Factory 10:55
American Highway
Various Artists
Rhino / WMTV 2:53
Classic Rock Icons
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Music 3:39
No Image
Various Artists
MCA
No Image
Various Artists
Motown Collection, Vol. 4
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:52
The  70s: Rare Earth BMG / Sony Music Entertainment
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