MC5 ‎– Kick Out The Jams

Elektra ‎– 7559-74042-2
CD, Album, Reissue, Repress

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1 Ramblin' Rose
Written-By – Burch*, Wilkin*
2 Kick Out The Jams
Written-By – MC5
3 Come Together
Written-By – MC5
4 Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)
Written-By – MC5
5 Borderline
Written-By – MC5
6 Motor City Is Burning
Written-By – Smith*
7 I Want You Right Now
Written-By – C. Frechter*, L. Page*
8 Starship
Written-By – MC5, Sun Ra

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Recorded "live" at Russ Gibb's Grande Ballroom, Detroit, on the Zenta New Year, October 30-31, 1968.

This release is dedicated with love and respect to the memory of Rob Tyner 1944-1991 .

Made in Germany by Warner Music Manufacturing Europe (though V01 in the matrix indicates a Cinram pressing).
For Warner Europe Pressing see MC5 - Kick Out The Jams.

Track 1 published by Cedarwood Publishing, BMI.
Tracks 2, 3, 4 & 5 published by Paradox Music, BMI.
Track 6 published by Alstein Music, BMI.
Track 7 published by Songs of Polygram International, Inc., BMI.
No publisher is given for track 8.

℗ 1969 Elektra Entertainment (on CD)
℗ © 1969 Elektra Entertainment (mini poster insert & back cover)
Made in Germany.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 7599-74042-2 7
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, 2, 3, 4): CD 755974042-2.4 V01 [Warner logo]
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1, 2, 3, 4): IFPI L016
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 05P1
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 05Q1
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 05R3
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 05N7
  • Rights Society: GEMA / BIEM
  • Label Code (on Disc): LC 0121
  • Label Code (on Back Cover): LC 0192
  • Other: EW 835

Other Versions (5 of 110) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
EKS 74042 MC5 Kick Out The Jams(LP, Album, Cen) Elektra EKS 74042 US 1969 Sell This Version
ELK 22 022 MC5 Kick Out The Jams(LP, Album, RE) Elektra ELK 22 022 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
MCCDR 049 MC5 Kick Out The Jams(CDr, Album, RE, Unofficial) Collector's Digitally Recordings MCCDR 049 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
EKS 74042, EKS 74042 C MC5 Kick Out The Jams(LP, Gat) Elektra, Elektra EKS 74042, EKS 74042 C Canada Unknown Sell This Version
E2 60894 MC5 Kick Out The Jams(CD, Album, Club, RE) Elektra E2 60894 US 1992 Sell This Version



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August 19, 2015
edited over 2 years ago

It's hard to review this album without descending into cliche, as we all know that it's highly regarded and well-known to many - so what is there to say which hasn't been said before? Yet there are comparatively few reviews on Discogs, so I may as well add one :)

I first heard/bought this album on censored vinyl when I was 13 years old (looking back, I think it's fair to say that I had pretty good taste for a 13 year old) and have owned numerous versions since then. This one was purchased to replace the mp3 download I have lived with for quite a few years now. As my soundsystem has been slowly returning to its high-quality former glories, I have become increasingly averse to the poor-quality of mp3, and continue my transition back to physical formats, as well as FLAC as my sole digital format.

I haven't a clue just how often I have listened to this recording over the years, but it must be into a three-figure amount by now. So what is there to say which hasn't been said already? Well, the sound quality of this disc isn't perfect, but it probably wasn't that great to start off with, so it's probably as good as it will ever get.

I am far too young to really understand the social/cultural issues prevalent at the time of its original release (I was less than a year old when it was recorded), but I do understand that this is quite simply punk rock seven years ahead of its time. Listen to some early ('76-'77) punk records and be shocked at just how LAME some of them sound in comparison to this! In fact, go and listen to some 1990s so-called "punk" bands who signed to major labels to make lots of money (you know the ones) and hear just how lame they sound as well!

This album must have sounded INSANE at the time - especially considering that most bands at the time were more likely to be strumming acoustic guitars and singing songs about putting flowers in their hair and other tame folksy-hippy nonsense.

i think the fact that this still sounds just as powerful now, as it did when I first heard it well over 30 years ago, is evidence of its staying power and influence. It's kind of ironic that, as I rapidly approach the age at which one may be considered to be a "grandad", this is still music that would be considered to be "music your mother wouldn't like" - even though your mum is only 30 :).

As one who still likes a lot of very loud, aggressive music, I would say that there's few greater accolades than that!

"Buy or die", as they used to say in "Kerrang!" back in the day :)