Erupting with a force like a volcano, the famous band's live sound is wonderfully captured in this album. Those who only know the MC5 for the punk rock gem "Kick Out the Jams" will be delighted to hear track after track with the same energetic spirit. Personal highlights include "Borderline" and "Come Together", but taken as a whole the release is fantastic, earning just acclaim over the years as both one of the best debut albums of all time and one of the best live albums of all time. Given the strength of the MC5's work when held up against modern hard rock, it's incredible to think of how most audiences reacted to the band back in the 1960s. They truly represented the 'counterculture' at its most aggressive.
I played this in my college dorm and got comments like "turn that s--- off". These people did not know that this group was the precursor of punk and hard rock n' roll... It still works for for me, being a hard core rocker, but my wife says "turn that s--- off! Oh, well
MC5 is as foundational a band as there could be. Predating the Sex Pistols by nearly a decade, MC5 invented a uniquely American flavor of punk that spawned endless copycats. Loving or hating MC5 is optional. Respecting them is not. This album is a good primer on some of there better known stuff. But take the time and explore their other stuff. It's a history through unheralded American music.
I don't usually write reviews, especially when so much has been written elsewhere. If you are somehow unfamiliar with the music of MC5 I would start with allmusic.com. I just had to take a moment and try to counterbalance the one star review this shut-in chronic masterbator has left.
In a nutshell? Oh, start thinking of all the extra-musical reasons people like music. Maybe I am alone in this, but in some very substantial ways, rock and roll is fairly marginal to my life. It's been that way since it blossomed into the arena monster it became in the 70s. Of course, there is another thought, and that the MC5 is rather like cigarettes and cocaine. I say this because I have tried both, liked neither of them, never did them again, whereas a great many people, some known to me while most are unknown, apparently said to themselves, "Man, that sucks. I gotta try that again."
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