9 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After Mitch Ryder parted ways with The Detroit Wheels in 1967, he released a brace of solo albums before bringing Wheels drummer Johnny Badanjek back in 1970, along with a new crew, to form a band more in tune with the heavy-rocking sounds of the day. But while Ryder's blue-eyed soul shout is offset here by blistering guitar work from Steve Hunter and Brett Tuggle, in its way the album is as raw and unpretentious as Ryder's '60s hits. It's just that here, the R&B and first-wave rock 'n' roll influences are amped up for a newer and louder generation. (Besides a stack of soulful originals, there are covers of Wilson Pickett's "I Found a Love" and Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock.") A version of The Velvet Underground's "Rock 'n' Roll" not only earned Ryder new listeners; it inspired Lou Reed himself, who hired Hunter to play on his own career-boosting hard-rocking reinvention Rock 'n' Roll Animal. And Reed's pal David Bowie recorded the bluesy, Ron Davies–penned "It Ain't Easy" for his milestone Ziggy Stardust album just months after Ryder and company cut it here. How's that for seminal?

EDITORS’ NOTES

After Mitch Ryder parted ways with The Detroit Wheels in 1967, he released a brace of solo albums before bringing Wheels drummer Johnny Badanjek back in 1970, along with a new crew, to form a band more in tune with the heavy-rocking sounds of the day. But while Ryder's blue-eyed soul shout is offset here by blistering guitar work from Steve Hunter and Brett Tuggle, in its way the album is as raw and unpretentious as Ryder's '60s hits. It's just that here, the R&B and first-wave rock 'n' roll influences are amped up for a newer and louder generation. (Besides a stack of soulful originals, there are covers of Wilson Pickett's "I Found a Love" and Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock.") A version of The Velvet Underground's "Rock 'n' Roll" not only earned Ryder new listeners; it inspired Lou Reed himself, who hired Hunter to play on his own career-boosting hard-rocking reinvention Rock 'n' Roll Animal. And Reed's pal David Bowie recorded the bluesy, Ron Davies–penned "It Ain't Easy" for his milestone Ziggy Stardust album just months after Ryder and company cut it here. How's that for seminal?

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About Detroit

Detroit was a latter-day incarnation of Mitch Ryder's Detroit Wheels; formed in 1970 after the singer returned to the Motor City following a stint in Memphis recording with Booker T. and the MGs, the new group reunited Ryder with his former Wheels drummer John Badanjek, and also featured guitarists Steve Hunter and Brett Tuggle, bassist W.R. Cooke and organist Harry Phillips. An energetic, R&B-influenced outfit firmly in the tradition of Ryder's past projects, Detroit issued their lone self-titled LP on Paramount in 1971, scoring a major radio hit with a gritty rendition of Lou Reed's "Rock and Roll" which so pleased its writer that he later recruited guitarist Hunter to join his own backing band. As throat problems began plaguing Ryder more and more, he was forced to quit singing in 1972, and his relocation to the Denver area a year later dashed any hopes of a second Detroit album; local singer Rusty Day then assumed control of the group, guiding the unit until its 1974 break-up. ~ Jason Ankeny

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