This is part of Motown's Great Sounds series.
Personnel: Gil Bridges (vocals, flute, saxophone); Mark Olson (vocals, keyboards); Pete Rivera (vocals, drums); Mike Urso (vocals); Gilbert Bridges (woodwinds, voice box, percussion); Michael Urso (bass guitar); Eddie Guzman (congas, timbales); Ray Monette (vocals, guitar); Peter Hoorelbeke (vocals, drums); Mark Olsen.
Rare Earth's most satisfying LP, Norman Whitfield wrote and produced all five songs. "Ma," the title track, had been done by Temptations and Undisputed Truth but nobody rocked the sucker like Rare Earth; they jam for 17:17 on the funkiest mama song ever. "Hum Along and Dance," first appeared on the Temptations' Psychedelic Shack; Rare Earth gives the groover and update, a rolling organ sets it off. Lead, Gil Bridges brags about his musical ability on the loud, horn dominated stomper "Big John In My Name."A haunting arrangement of "Smiling Faces Sometimes" will make you shiver. And you don't get much more sensual than the soft and lush "Come With Me," where a female simulates an orgasm that puts Donna Summers' exhibition on "Love to Love You Baby" to shame; it's the only new song on the LP, but who's quibbling, MA is da bomb! ~ Andrew Hamilton