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Editors’ Notes

This is it: the seminal 1969 debut album that put The Motor City 5 on the rock ‘n’ roll map. Aware of the difficulty in capturing a band’s live energy inside a recording studio, The MC5 tracked these songs onstage during a concert at Detroit's Grande Ballroom. It opens with Brother JC Crawford riling up the crowd with his pulpit-pounding introduction of The MC5 before they tear into an explosive cover of Ted Taylor’s “Ramblin’ Rose” with guitarist Wayne Kramer shrieking in a weird falsetto. But it’s the following title track that makes good on its name: “Kick Out the Jams” punches with the raw power of revolutionary proto-punk. With Rob Tyner howling soulfully over guitars revved up alongside a rhythm section firing on all cylinders, it’s safe to surmise that many audience members went home and started their own bands. “Talk/Rocket Reducer No. 62” is another supercharged standout showing the uncanny musical chemistry that can only happen when all five members live and practice under a shared roof.

Customer Reviews

Don't Buy

Hey, Mc5 is great, itunes made a mistake. This version of Kick out the Jams is censored. We do not get to hear Rob Tyner yell "Kick out the Jams Mother @*#&*!!." Write itunes with me to get this fixed. Great album though.

A Band Ahead of it's Time...

and they kicked some tail! This band delivers messages that no band would ever THINK about saying, and they cranked their amps up to 11 when everybody played at 5. A great piece of history to listen to again and again and again! However, what is missing is the infamous cry from Rob Tyner at the start of the title track... KICK OUT THE JAMS (expletive)!!!!!

In rare company

This album ranks among the best live albums ever and can be mentioned in the same breath as Live at the Leeds (The Who), At Folsom Prison/At San Quintin (Johnny Cash), How the West Was Won (Led Zeppelin), Live at the Apollo (James Brown) and Live At Filmore East (The Allman Bros). This is also, the most raw out of these albums. WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!


Formed: 1964 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '00s, '10s

Alongside their Detroit-area brethren the Stooges, MC5 essentially laid the foundations for the emergence of punk; deafeningly loud and uncompromisingly intense, the group's politics were ultimately as crucial as their music, their revolutionary sloganeering and anti-establishment outrage crystallizing the counterculture movement at its most volatile and threatening. Under the guidance of svengali John Sinclair (the infamous founder of the radical White Panther Party), MC5 celebrated the holy trinity...
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