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Media Type: CD
Artist: MC5
Title: KICK OUT THE JAMS
Street Release Date: 11/26/1991
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Genre: ROCK/POP

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 26, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Elektra / Ada
  • ASIN: B000005IS1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a spectacular high energy, crashing band coming from the age of Vietnam and Civil Rights protests. At the same time in Detroit we had Amboy Dukes (Ted Nugent) , Iggy & the Stooges, Mitch Ryder, Bob Seeger, Scott Morgan, Mark Farmer/Grand Funk etc. It was a time of change and loud music. And no band epitomized this onslaught better than MC-5. And here they are, live at the sacredGrande Ballroom....(and the sound of this CD is excellent for live in the late 60's) Stations like WABX ('underground' FM radio) would late at night sneak in "Kick out the Jams" with it's obscensely controversial opening call to join the party. The song "The Motor City's Burning" refers to the 1968 riots in Detroit when a large portion of the city burned and the National Guard was called in. As Tyner writes in the liner notes: "We were Punk, before Punk. We were New Wave before New Wave. We were Metal, before Metal. We were even "M.C." before Hammer. ....We were the electro-mechanical climax of the age, or some sort of cruel counter culture hoax. We were considered killer, righteous, high energy dudes who could pitch a whang dang doodle all night long....People of tomorrow, from the deep past we salute you! Thunder in the night forever!" Pompous, arrogant, blistering raw. Enjoy! This time and music will never come again.
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I love this album. I'd heard about the MC5 over the years, but never listened to them. I thought, "oh, well the Stooges came from Detroit, so why would I want to listen to another Detroit band?" I wish I'd had this album when I was a teenager, because it absolutely rocks. You can see how much influence these guys had on punk, years later. The raw, fuzzy, crunchy power of this band just blows my mind, no matter how many times I listen to it.
It is a live album, but something like this just couldn't be replicated in a sanitized studio. I'm reminded a little of the Who's "Live at Leeds", another great live album, except, as powerful as "Leeds" is, I have to concede that this one has it beat. Maybe not as tuneful, but willfully, gleefully over the top. I imagine the MC5 utterly toasted, sweating buckets, and blazing away with the amps bouncing on the stage before the avalanche of drum fills and rollicking guitar riffs.
My favorite songs are the title track (complete with expletives), "Ramblin' Rose", and "Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)". Forget Seattle flannel-laden angst -- you want true grunge, listen to these guys. Then go pick up a guitar and start your own band!
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Have a lust for intense, brash and violently loud rock? Have a taste for rebellion and chaos? Have a taste for things that represent the gut of rock n' roll? Look no further than this brash juggernaut of an album.... Armed with a defiant aesthetic, they (and Brother J.C. Crawford) take the listener on a wild, brash and freewheeling sonic trip to a time when sex, drugs, rock n' roll and total debauchery was the order of the day. Let all your worries, fears and everyday concerns disappear while you listen to the loose, passionate and carefree atmosphere brought on by vocalist Rob Tyner and company. Have a laugh or two when you hear Brother J.C. Crawford's provocative speeches (for some reason, his speeches always crack me up a bit), but most of all, get lost in the soulful, chaotic, rebellious energy, and feel as if you can take on the world - like these guys did. This album represents 60s rebellion of the highest order. Want punk? Put this on,... But most of all, if you wan't pure, intense and unbridled energy to get your adrenaline up everytime, you MUST own this. This is the essence of rock n' roll. And remember - PLAY IT AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE!
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This is the greatest rock album, ever.
Wayne Kramer didn't use an SG, he used a Strat painted like the Stars and Stripes. The only thing missing from this album is the intense ear-splitting volume.
Brothers and sisters, the MC5's music will drive you wild, into the streets, tearing down everything that would keep us from being free.
Kick out the Jams and stay alive with the MC5.
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This was originally the MC-5's first lp release and it brilliantly captures what the MC-5 wanted to do. It is a fabulous 1st CD if you want to learn about and enjoy the MC-5's raw energy and political zeal. If you love this CD then the HIGH TIME CD is good one to try next because HIGH TIME successfully extends on KICK OUT THE JAMS with songs like Sister Anne, Baby Won't Ya, Over and Over, Skunk, Future/Now, and Poison. If you love both of these CDs and want something more then the LOOKING AT YOU CD is a real treat because it has a good live set that was played just before the release of the second lp and has lots of 2nd lp tunes all played live. The LOOKING AT YOU CD also has a version of BLACK TO COMM which was a great high energy MC-5 original and which often ended their live shows. If you enjoy all 3 of these CDs then you might also enjoy the 5 pre-1st lp single tracks (JUST DON'T KNOW, ONE OF THE GUYS, I CAN ONLY GIVE YOU EVERYTHING, LOOKING AT YOU, BOARDERLINE) are all excellent and can be found on many of the reissue CDs. Looking at You and Boarderline were later rerecorded live on the 1st lp entitled KICK OUT THE JAMS.
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