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.