The Rationals formed in 1964 and first recorded a single for a local label, A2 Records, in 1965. After scoring a local hit with the tune "Gave My Love", they recorded a cover of Otis Redding's "Respect". This won them a contract for national distribution by Cameo/Parkway, and the single ended up reaching #92 on the Billboard Hot 100. Unfortunately, the record didn't break everywhere in the U.S. at the same time, so it had a tough time making a decent showing on the national charts. Several further singles, including "I Need You" and "Hold On Baby", were successes in Michigan but didn't catch on nationally. Lead singer Scott Morgan was asked to join Blood Sweat and Tears, but he declined the offer. The group's only full-length, a self-titled effort, arrived on Crewe Records at the beginning of 1970, and the group split up soon after; Morgan went on to play with several other Detroit-area groups over the next three decades, including Sonic's Rendezvous Band (with Fred Smith of MC5) and several of his own bands.
The lyrics of Iggy Pop's track "Get Up And Get Out" from his 1980 album "Soldier" are mostly lifted from the band's 1967 single "Leavin' Here," which was included on Goldenlane Records' 2009 compilation, "60s Garage Nuggets."
In 1995, John Sinclair released a live recording of a 1968 Rationals benefit concert entitled Temptation 'bout to Get Me. Sinclair also named his book Guitar Army after the Rationals song of the same name.
The band's cover of The Kinks' "I Need You" was also featured on the compilation Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968. (This is not to be confused with their later "I Need You", a slower, soulful Gerry Goffin/Carole King composition released in early 1968 that became a top-5 Michigan hit.)
In 2010, The Rationals were voted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends online Hall of Fame.
01. Barefootin' 3:24
02. Temptation 'Bout To Get Me 4:00
03. Guitar Army 3:17
04. Something's Gotta Hold On Me 3:51
05. Deep Red 2:21
06. Sunset 6:07
07. Glowin' 4:18
08. Handbags And Gladrags 3:32
09. Ha Ha 6:37
bonus: 10. Zip A Dee Doo Dah 3:38
11. Wang Dang Doodle 11:27
12. Guitar Army (Single Version) 2:49
13. Sunset (Single Version) 5:40
Steve Correll - lead guitar, vocals
Bill Figg - drums
Scott Morgan - guitar, vocals
Terry Trabandt - bass, vocals
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