Even though I am a huge Eddie Kendricks fan, “Get Ready” is not high on my list of Kendricks’ led Temptations songs. I think this is because the song has been so over- used (IMHO) when it comes to Motown references over these past decades.
But this song is a perfect way to kick off the new Theme of OSML posts for May 2010 … “Motown Covers Motown”!
I have used this theme before, including two posts of another original Temptations song that song Rare Earth covered called “Smiling Faces”. If you missed out on that post just click on the link in the song title.
You may also select the Theme “Motown Covers Motown” in the OSML Category Search to the far right and read the dozens of other Motown songs that were covered by Motown artists that you may or may not have been aware of.
#1 R&B & #29 Pop in 1966
First please enjoy The Temptations’ original hit rendition from their chart topping (#1 R&B & #12 Pop) LP pictured above. Of course this great song is one of the many Smokey Robinson penned hits that the Temptations had.
While not exactly a Motown Group, per se, The San Remo Golden Strings were a Detroit group of studio musicians. Some played for the Detroit Symphony and some were a part of Motown’s Funk Brothers so I felt this version of “Get Ready” was worthy of inclusion in this post. Click on the link above to read what “Soulful Detroit” has to say on the history of the group.
R&B #20 & Pop #4 in 1970
From their debut LP, “Get Ready” released in 1969 on Motown records, Rare Earth’s cover of “Get Ready” was a 21 minute and 30 second live jam that propelled the LP to #4 R&B and #12 Pop.
I vividly recall that this was THE lunch hour jam to listen to in high school to when it first came out. Rocking out on a Motown classic was something we had never heard before at it was totally awesome to digest for the first time!
Now that you have heard the official released single versions please watch and enjoy these live performances before you vote on your fave.
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