Monday, January 24, 2005

Sister, won't you tell me?

Ok, I appreciate that i'm not really going out on a limb with this post, but i've been listening to "High Time" at lot recently, and thought MC5 were worthy of some more attention. Motor City Five were Rob Tyner (Vocals), Wayne Kramer, Fred "Sonic Smith" (Guitar), Michael Davis (Bass) and Drummer (Dennis Thompson). That's the band that made "High Time" and that's the album I want to talk about. This, their third album, was generally ignored about it's general release in 1971. It remains their most accessible record and dare I say, best? It's their best collection of songs, certainly. Opening with "Sister Anne" it gets off to the best possible start, and manages to this incredible rock and roll momentum going, and going. You wouldn't have guessed that this would be the last record that they'd produce, that's for sure. This album was their last shot though. Their chance of breakthrough despite the problems in the band. They just have a great sound on this album. Anyway, down to business..

Gotta Keep Movin by Dennis Thompson is the fastest song on the album, and probably the strongest MC5 song ever committed as a studio track. They sound like band, yet they seem totally at odds with each other - but in a good way, and it works. With some trademark Chuck Berry like riffing your just glad that this is only the fourth track on the album, and that there is more to come. It's just an all out rock and roll album. They sound like they're playing for their lives, and they probably were.

I implore you to get your hands on this album. You can buy it here, and at that price it's a bargain


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