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Title: KICK OUT THE JAMS
Street Release Date: 11/26/1991
Kick Out The Jams still sounds astonishingly powerful after almost 30 years. Recorded live at Detroit's Grande Ballroom in 1968, this relentless, aggressive set offers the frenzy of politicized garage punks blasting through giant stacks: a blitzkrieg of hard rock ignited from the dueling guitars of Wayne Kramer and Fred Sonic Smith and of the throttled vocals of Rob Tyner. The Stooges with barricade-busting ideals, the Five turned the Motor City into a Mecca of sonic excess and shattered the dazed dreams of hippie America. From the pounding of the title track to the eight-and-a half-minute weirdout of "Sun Ra's "Starship,"" Kick Out The Jams will rip your head to shreds. --Barney Hoskyns
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Trust me, it's no laborious effort. In fact, if you aren't in awe after the first 2 songs, then send it back or give it away, and admit that there indeed ARE brilliant bands that you just aren't prepared to dig.
I still remember buying this back in 1983 (15 years after it's release...tho I got into adventerous music young, I was age 1 when it first came out...). I'd read about the band and this album's legacy in Rolling Stone, so I thought, let's give it a shot. It took about 60 seconds of 'Ramblin' Rose' to realize this stuff wasn't just historic, it was a frickin' blast! When that's over, and you hear the band announce their intention to "...kick out the jams, m.....f....rs!!!", it's a feeling of fun, awe, and a headbanging ephiphany that envelopes the lucky listener. So go for it.
Kick Out the Jams, and Rocket Reducer in particular definitely sound ahead of their time, as Rob Tyner's strained (but soulful) screaming, the guitarists' powerchord onslaught and the minimalistic drumming come together to create punk before there WAS punk.
As other reviewers have stated before me, crank this up loud! You're in for one hell of a ride.
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