MC5Back In The USA

Label:Atlantic – SD 8247, Atlantic – SD8247
Vinyl, LP, Album, PR
Style:Garage Rock, Rock & Roll


Guitar [Solo]Wayne Kramer
A3Teenage Lust
Guitar [Solo]Wayne Kramer
A4Let Me Try4:12
A5Looking At You
Guitar [Solo]Wayne Kramer
B1High School2:39
B2Call Me Animal2:03
B3The American Ruse
Guitar [Solo]Fred Smith
B4Shakin' Street
Lead VocalsFred Smith
B5The Human Being Lawnmower2:22
B6Back In The USA
Vocals [1st & 3rd Chorus]Wayne Kramer
Vocals [2nd Chorus]Fred Smith
Written-ByChuck Berry

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Label variation, 'PR' suffix in label matrix numbers indicates pressed by Presswell, and '1841 Broadway' address on labels.

© 1970 Atlantic Recording Corporation
Manufactured by Atlantic Recording Corp.
Made in the U.S.A.

Recorded At GM Studios, East Detroit, Michigan.
All tracks published by Motor City-Cotillion, except A1 published by Venice, A5 published by Total Energy Music & B6 published by Arc Music.

Duration on label for B6: 2:25

On side A the "AST-17696A-1-3", "AST-17696A-3-2 ", "AST-17696A-3-3" -part has been crossed out of the runout groove etchings
(variants 1 though 5)

Heavy cardboard sleeve with laminated front / Atlantic Broadway address

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): ST-A-691719 PR
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): ST-A-691720 PR
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Pressing Plant ID (Label matrix): PR
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): ST-A-691719-F GM East Det LW X AT milan ̶A̶S̶T̶-̶1̶7̶6̶9̶6̶A̶-̶1̶-̶3̶
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): ST-A-691720-E LW AT B-2 STEREO GM East Det milan
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): ST-A-691719-F GM East Det LW X AT milan ̶A̶S̶T̶-̶1̶7̶6̶9̶6̶A̶-̶1̶-̶3̶
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): ST-A-691720-A LW AT B1 STEREO GM East Det milan
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 3): ST-A-691719-G X LW ̶A̶S̶T̶-̶1̶7̶6̶9̶6̶A̶-̶1̶-̶3̶ AT East Det milan
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 3): ST-A-691720-A LW AT B1 STEREO GM East Det milan
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 4): ST-A-691719-H LW X GM East Det AT milan
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 4): ST-A-691720-B LW AT B-2 STEREO GM East Det milan
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 5): ST-A-691719-F GM East Det LW X milan AT ̶A̶S̶T̶-̶1̶7̶6̶9̶6̶A̶-̶1̶-̶3̶
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 5): ST-A-691720-B LW AT B-2 STEREO GM East Det milan

Other Versions (5 of 74)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Back In The USA (LP, Album, Promo, Stereo)AtlanticSD 8247US1970
Back In The USA (LP, Album, Stereo)AtlanticSD 8247Canada1970
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MC5 (LP, Album)AtlanticHATS 421-48Spain1970
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Back In The USA. (LP, Album)Atlantic2400 016UK1970
Back In The USA (8-Track Cartridge, Album)AtlanticTP 8247US1970



  • flipster's avatar
    ...the consensus of opinion seems to fall into the 'could do better' camp when it comes to this, the second wax from the 5, most cats seem to think that it's a let down after the jams joint which was a riot storm reflecting the detroit times...'back in the usa' is partly taking the 'GET BACK' route, to play some 50's rock'n'roll, much like the flamin' groovies were doing at around the same time, taking pure rock'n'roll back to before the acid washed in and turned the whole joint day-glow...having the manager john sinclair sent down for a 2-10 stretch after getting set up by narco pigs destabilized the combo, the oppressor drew even nearer, they were being targeted by pig forces in different towns and cities as proven when the 5 took a kicking in chicago...playing basic rocking tunes they hoped to keep on rolling, to move ever onward, this time taking the revolution to the kids through the transistor radio which is why the sound has the treble stacked fairly full on...they took the 'get back' parameters to include how the sound must be that came from battery powered AM radio back when they themselves were early teenagers digging the wild boss sounds that came flooding through the ether...dig the lyrics and a cat knows this is directed to the kids, extolling rock roll freedom/rocking the high school in all different forms/getting hip to the amerikkkan ruse/not falling for the pig line, the revolution is pouring off this disk, it's abbie hoffman backed by chuck berry, both of whom themselves suffered pig trouble as they upset the balance of power, they were considered extremely dangerous by the ruling class, trouble rocked (and rolled) the empire...going to europe in 1970 to promote the disk helped them keep the faith where revolution and rocking went hand-in-hand from paris to prague, they were welcomed by leather jacket radicals as well as pure rocking daddios...any cats of a doubtful nature as far as this joint only need to enter into the spirit in which it was made, to party on the ruins of the corrupt system with a reefer in one hand and a transistor radio in the other, pushed tightly on the ear...dig the beat, its the memphis flyer steaming through the night, spreading the word in every direction, giving hope to all that feel the groove...
    • DrugRugBK's avatar
      Does anyone have any info regarding pressing with "east Detroit" in the dead wax? Cover appears to be 1st or early pressing, Atlantic label.
      • LegoKollego's avatar
        There is also an 1970 German Release: ATL 50 346 (SD 8247), Notes c&p Atlantic Recording Corporation.
        Distributed by WEA Musik GmbH
        A Warner Communications Company • Made in Germany


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