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The Big Bang! Best of the MC5

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Are you ready to kick out the jams? Here comes the first-ever authentic MC5 "best-of," and it's a mother, containing all of their signature tracks plus their pre-Elektra singles for AMG and A-Square-out of print for 30 years-and a version of Thunder Express cut live for French TV in 1972. Also here are Kick Out the Jams (live uncensored version); Shakin' Street; Teenage Lust; Sister Anne; Ramblin' Rose; Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa) , and more. 21 tracks.

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Arriving a decade before the Clash but every bit as politicized, musically revved, and rife with contradiction, the MC5 scorched the earth in ways that few late-'60s bands ever even imagined. The Big Bang! covers their career from 1967 to '72, collecting early singles (in better sound than on ROIR's Babes in Arms compilation), cuts from the Detroiters' three Elektra and Atlantic albums, and one live in-studio performance. We hear the punk precursors offer a testimonial to sex and rock & roll while damning American prosecution of wars ("The Human Being Lawnmower") and the Vietnam-era draft ("The American Ruse"). Were their twin incursions on U.S. politics and the record industry ultimately failed crusades? Perhaps, but the energy, intelligent attitude, and sheer riff sense encased in this CD's 21 cuts make a mighty case for MC5's sound and stance. --Rickey Wright

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Can Only Give You Everything
  2. Looking At You (Original "A-Square" Single Version)
  3. I Just Don't Know
  4. Ramblin' Rose
  5. Kick Out The Jams
  6. Come Together
  7. Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)
  8. Tonight
  9. Teenage Lust
  10. High School
  11. Call Me Animal
  12. The American Ruse
  13. Shakin' Street
  14. The Human Being Lawnmower
  15. Back In The USA
  16. Sister Anne
  17. Baby Won't Ya
  18. Miss X
  19. Over And Over
  20. Skunk (Sonicly Speaking)
  21. Thunder Express


Product details

  • Audio CD (February 4, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000046PVF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,910 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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