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A Rare treat: Peter Rivera unearths hits from his Rare Earth days and more

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To escape his static place behind the skins and cymbals, Rare Earth singer-drummer Peter Rivera would sometimes turn the beat over to fellow percussionist Eddie Guzman and go on walkabout.

It was a fun way of concluding concerts, usually as the band hit the midpoint of its anthemic hit “I Just Want To Celebrate,” a Top 10 single at the apex of the band’s career in 1971. Rivera, Rare Earth’s distinctive voice as well as the centerpiece of its rhythm, found it a nice break during his 14-year stint as a founding member.

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