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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