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Kick Out The Jams (Live)

MC5

1969

Kick Out The Jams (Live)

Album Summary

Kick Out the Jams is the debut album by American proto-punk band MC5. It was released in February 1969, through Elektra Records. It was recorded live at Detroit's Grande Ballroom over two nights, Devil's Night and Halloween, 1968. The LP peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard 200 chart, with the title track peaking at No. 82 in the Hot 100. Although the album received an unfavorable review in Rolling Stone magazine upon its release, it has gone on to be considered an important forerunner to punk rock music, and was ranked number 294 in both 2003 and 2012 editions of Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" lists, and at number 349 in a 2020 revised list.

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Rating

2.93

Votes

4675

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Sun May 23 2021
1

Oh, boy, I'm gonna get in trouble for this one. This album is considered by many as holy writ, and MC5 has a reputation as a forerunner of punk, and for good reason. MC5 has two cards to play: raw aggression and high energy. The singers can't sing, the guitarist can't play, the music is as basic as can be, and they still can't execute it worth a damn. These guys make The Stooges look like effete music snobs that attended Julliard. Hard pass. 0/5

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

“Kick Out the Jams” (Live) by MC5 (1969) Ok, folks, listen up. If you’re from southeastern Michigan (or otherwise sentient) and think you ‘get’ the cultural revolution of the 1960s without knowing this album or group, you are undereducated. This is an important album. There are eight tracks, which can be summarized as: Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex, Revolution, Sex, and Fantasy. Sex is the vehicle; Revolution is the substance; Fantasy is the prognosis. Focus on the substance. In “Motor City Is Burning”: “Ya know, the Motor City is burning people There ain't a thing that white society can do Ma home town burning down to the ground Worser than Vietnam Let me tell you how it started now ... It started on 12th and Clairmount that morning It made the beat cops all jump and shout Ah said, it started on 12th and Clairmount that morning It made the pigs in the street freak out The fire wagons kept comin', baby But the Black Panther snipers wouldn't let them put it out Well, there were fire bombs bursting all around Ya know there were soldiers standing everywhere I said there was fire bombs bursting all around me Ya know there was National Guard everywhere Ah can hear my people screaming Sirens fill the air, fill the air, fill the air Ah said, the Motor City is burning, people I ain't hanging round to fight it out Ah said, the Motor City is burning, people Just not hang around to fight it out Well, I'm taking my wife and my people and they're on TV Fireman's on the street, people all around Now, I guess it's true I'd just like to strike a match for freedom myself I may be a white boy, but I can be bad, too Yes, it's true now, yes, it's true now Let it all burn! Let it all burn! Come on baby! Come on baby!” A frank recognition here of the understated strategy: the way to ‘let it burn’ is to shoot the firemen. This music inspired me as a teenager. Nixon, however, was not pleased. 5/5

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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

Powerful primal proto punk. Feels like the band is literally on fire, screaming in the bowels of hell. All live albums should be like this.

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Tue May 25 2021
2

Lame rock n roll messiness. I'm sure it's inspirational to heaps of early punks and blah blah blah, but 2/5.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
1

I remember music snobs in college loving this and not getting it. Still don't get it. Kind of sounds like shit.

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Tue May 25 2021
5

Fucking awesome

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Tue May 04 2021
5

This album ROCKS. It's kind of amazing that it's from 1969, as it wouldn't be out of place ten years later at the onset of punk. Similar feelings about the Stooges album that we listened to recently. I hadn't had a listen in a while and it was great to get reacquainted.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Testify! Kick Out The Jams is one of the best debut albums and one of the best live albums of all time. This and the Stooges debut are the birth of punk. I can not describe how much I love this album. I'd the name MC5 for years seeing the name dropped by so many bands. Pre internet it was nearly impossible to track this stuff down. Hearing the Bad Brains version of Kick Out The Jams while watching Pump Up The Volume finally put the music to the name and got the reverence for the band straight away. I don't think I listened to this album in whole until I went out and bought it finding out I was to design the poster for a special show by MC5/DTK. I have never been so excited by designing anything as much as that poster.

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Mon May 30 2022
3

Je n'ai pas eu la moindre nouvelle de mon camarade d'écoute robtheillère depuis plusieurs semaines. Si vous avez quelconque information à partager, merci de me contacter sous le review du prochain album de Stevie Wonder. Merci d'avance.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

I WANNA SEE SOME REVOLUTION

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Sat May 15 2021
5

One of the all-time great live records. Definitely a favorite of mine.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Great album

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

chaotic, rebellious energy, motherfuckers!

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

So much fun

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Sun Oct 24 2021
5

A good case can be made that punk has its origins in the late 1960s garage rock scene in Detroit which includes the Stooges and MC5. MC5 is what you get when people with counterculture sympathetic beliefs get angry and aggressive. The music is messy, distorted, and frenetic. Along with the purposefully provocative lyrics and stage show, MC5 is clearly a herald of the nascent punk scene

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

I'd heard this before, thanks to The KLF and Primal Scream. It really is phenomenal, lightning in a jar energy. Wish I'd been there, dude.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Great performance, great songs!

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Fantastic album one of the best live albums of all time - Raw true insperaters love this album

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

First time listening to MC5, and Iv had this on repeat all day. This is one of the best live albums Iv ever heard. Brilliant and can see the influence this band had on punk music that was to follow. The mix of blues and garage rock and the raw aggression and high energy makes it a five star album in my book.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Let's be honest with ourselves, live albums are a bit shit, that's just a fact. Capturing the magic of a great band live is nigh on impossible. So if this truth is held to be self evident and Kick Out The Jams is this good, MC5 must have been an absolute force of nature to see live in person. This is everything that is good about rock n' roll - heavy, high energy, raw, intelligent, super cool, sleazy, punky, bluesy - all the good adjectives. So effortlessly iconic that they have the dubious honour of having their logo worn by teenager influencers who wouldn't know a white panther if it jumped up and bit a hole in their $100 t-shirt. KICK OUT THE JAMS MOTHER FUCKER!!!

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

KICK OUT THE JAMS MOTHERFUCKERS PREFS: TOUT MOINS PREF: RIEN

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Wed May 04 2022
5

Holy fuck. Let me repeat that just in case you didn't catch it the first time. HOLY FUCK. The energy emanating from this album could power all the homes in Detroit for a year. It's rare that a band's debut album is a live album, but I can see why in this case. It's hard to overstate the power of this album and its importance in the history of rock n' roll. Gotta give it up to my motor city homeboys the MC5. 5 stars.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Find me another punk band who can play seven quality songs and then record the absolute insanity of Starship; Won't be easy. The solos leave something to be desired. That about sums it up: This was an energizing listen, stands up against the intervening decades of music, and still sounds like it's coming from the bottom of a dirty bucket. What more can a guy ask for?

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

"Brothers and sisters, the time has come for each and every one of you to decide whether you are going to be the problem or whether you are going to be the solution." Well, this record is undoubtably the solution. Absolute masterpiece.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Hard fast 60s in your face rock. Totally my style.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

I know MC5 for one reason: the Presidents of the United States of America covered "Kick Out the Jams" on their debut album. The Presidents' version is far more polished, which is hardly surprising given how raw MC5's original is. And that raw sound—which borders on amateurish at times—defines the entire album. But that's not criticism; it's what makes the album quintessential proto-punk. The fact that it was recorded live emphasizes the lack of polish and allows their personality to shine. I was originally set to give this three stars, but then I listened to it again ... and again. And a little more. And it holds up. The track that stands out the most is "Motor City is Burning," not necessarily because it's better than the rest, but because it's the bluesy eye of the sonic storm, providing a stark contrast from the proto-punk chaos that surrounds it. But I'm not seeing a throwaway track here. They're all solid. The album's loud and dirty and imperfect, and that feels just about perfect.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

This album totally rocked! Super impressed, one of the best punk albums—or live album I've ever heard. Had never heard of these guys but will dig into them more and for sure being replaying this. Really resonated with me upon first listening.

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Mon Oct 19 2020
4

Noisy world changing rock n roll

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

MC5 kicks ass.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Without having a background info, I really didn't enjoy this or the band. But after reading about the importance of the band and some of their songs, I can see why it was included in the 1001. MC5 was one of the first punk bands ever, being around in the 60s. They were also extremely influential in counter culture and provided an outlet for some of the things that were happening in the US at the time, especially Detroit. I need to go listen to their later album to see how their sound changed over their short run

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Tue May 25 2021
4

That first track is very RCE. I love it. Honestly this whole thing makes me miss live shows, I can't wait for their return. First 3 songs are very nice. The following songs aren't as good except for Motor City is Burning and Starship is.. I'm not sure, pretty indulgent but of 1969 probably way more novel. I think I like proto-punk. This could come out this year and I'd believe it.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Punk clearly originated in Detroit with the MC5 & The Stooges. Not usually a huge fan of live albums but I think it works well here to capture their raw energy. Quite soulful to boot which most of the punk that came later lacked (except The Clash). Disappointed Spotify has the edited version of the song "Kick out the Jams" here on this album - go listen to the real deal with the proper intro on one of the many compilations in their discography. It's only a matter of seconds but it makes a huge difference.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Wicked strong vibes. Really raw and powerful. .

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Tue May 25 2021
4

It's easy to understand, listening to this, how they became influential in a short amount of time. Their sound is exciting, electric, captivating. My only previous exposure to this was RATM's cover of Kick Out the Jams, but I think I might be a new fan.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Rockero, enérgico, muy vital

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

Omdat het MC5 is, maar live-albums vind ik nooit leuk om naar te luisteren

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Dit is duidelijk een punk-album. 1 clipje op YT start zelf met de woorden 'the most dangerous band in America' . Muzikaal niet echt een hoogvlieger, maar wel van genoten

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

My sort of music. Good and rocky.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Decent, OG punk but with Jimmy Hendrix vibes. 4/5.

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Raucous.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Füllt echt eine musikhistorische Lücke!

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Mir vollends neu, aber schönes Album!

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

The sound of Detroit setting fire to the 60's and kicking the door open for punk to eventually rip up what became of the 70s. Takes balls for your debut album to be a live recording but it captures the incendiary nature of MC5 more than any studio would. And right now...Right now.....Right now its time to...

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Live albums are fun. I like rock like this. I'm not good at reviews but I'm thankful for the project.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

Powerful and raw live performance. I enjoyed it.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Great live rock album

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Wow is this ahead of it's time. No wonder it's such a big influence

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

Kick out the jams is all you need to know about this record. Incendiary sloppiness that was a building block for punk rock that came a few years later. Messy greatness

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Kick out the jams mother fu———

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

хороший альбом

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

Would never have guessed this was from the 60's. I liked it

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Honestly, this is just a fun album. It's innovative in certain ways, of its time in others, but it seems like this would have been a fucking awesome concert to go to. Just constant wailing guitars and rock 'n roll yelling 4/5

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Cool album. Wasn't familiar with this band but will probably listen to them again.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

This live album is indeed a grotesque riot of musical cruelty and primitivism, but also an impressive example of destructive power and music of the heart. After that you will understand why modern punk rock is nothing more than a fashion statement. (8/10) FT: Kick Out The Jams , Come Together

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Bit more my speed. Decent album, nothing really stands out though, kinda jammy. My favorites were Dreamer and Asylum, and tge sax man going HAM on Crime of the Century. Probably won’t be in my regular rotation though.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Helen Mirren in a thong gyrating up against Usain Bolt. The waiter cries "that's not how you tie a bow tie". Paul McCartney eats a large cream cake with his hands and laughs.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

Had tried years ago to get into this one when this was cited as one of the main influences on punk into grunge era bands. Liked the vibes and energy more than I liked most of the songs. Do appreciate what it did for popular rock over the next 50 years tho.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Raw and powerful. Really getting the excitement pumping from minute one. Roots of punk, roots of metal. Just excellent stuff. And Detroit natives to boot!

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

MC5, very important yadda yadda

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Wed May 04 2022
4

This record is very very good. But A 5? Ehhh. I absolutely love The Stooges and the MC5 is right up their alley, but for this album it just seems too loose to be the “masterpiece” that it’s been considered by music snobs and slobs everywhere. It’s good I’d say, but not great. Heavily influential as all hell, but I’m gonna have to side with the 1968 Democratic National Convention on this one and label the MC5 as not exactly my thing

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Makes me want to quite my job and start a garage band

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Rugged rock!

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Thu May 19 2022
4

Fun listen. Didn't know of MC5 before. I'm seeing that this is considered a precursor to punk and I can totally see that. Loved the anger and passion (and, of course, the jams) that are so apparent here.

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Thu May 19 2022
4

It's time to kick out the jams motherfuckers!!

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

1969 was a great year for Elektra Records and the rumblings of punk rock in a state largely known at that point for Motown. With one record, MC5 grabbed the collars of every and any prude that stood in front of them and shook their foundations with only five words: words that everyone knows by heart but is unfortunately edited out here. It's not all woeful here, though, as the rest of the music contained here is flat out incendiary in its approach to rock and roll and bits of jazz; one could see and hear where they would end up in a year's time. MC5 were a rock and roll band at heart, they just so happened to provide the blueprint for one of the more consequential genres of music to come. Kick out the jams, motherfuckers! Favorites: Ramblin' Rose, Kick Out the Jams, Come Together, Rocket Reducer No. 62, Motor City is Burning.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

It's MC5. I can't say anything bad

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Unstoppable energy, scrappy jumpy live album. Good fun.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Damn! This is Rage before Rage. Fuckin' love it!

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

When I was 15 or so,a friend tried to get me into this album and but I didn't enjoy it. But now, I'm not sure why... This was pretty good, except the last song

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Proto punk slaps, even from detroit. Weird vibes and mattress anxiety

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Du proto-punk, excellent album, un peu gâché par le live de l'époque (selon moi bien sur)

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Can absolutely easily hear their influence on future heavy metal and punk.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Notes - Live album from hard rock band MC5 - Often credited as a precursor of punk - You can really get an idea of what it would’ve been like to watch them play live - Definitely crank the volume Fav song - Borderline - I love how messy this song is, sounds like they’re just going off of each other so the whole thing feels like it can fall apart at any second - Really cool chord change about halfway through Least fav - Motor city is burning - Blues jam that felt like it went on a bit too long Closing song starship - lots of super cool sounds and ideas! 4/5

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

I do enjoy this. It's just so raw

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

This rocks so hard. Hard driving, shambolic, visceral. Uncompromisingly badass. Love it. Fave Songs: Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa), Kick Out the Jams, Borderline, Motor City Is Burning, Come Together

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Rousing, angry, loud, and energetic from start to finish. Made me think of a neighborhood garage band. And a pretty damn good one at that. Never heard of them until listening to this but I liked it.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

At first, this was just loud and muddy but it finds itself about half-way through. Some great energy.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

A blisteringly raw album - it’s first few songs are some of the most ínstense punk and rock and roll minutes in all of guitar music history - however the bar gets set so high that the rest of the album feels feeble in comparison. It’s still an awesome album but the energy that the MC5 brought to the world, the Stooges distilled it and bottled into the refined petroleum we know and love. Still this source of the river - and it’s well worth remembering that when listening to it.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Några sköna låtar. Proto punk och säkert skitcoolt när albumet släpptes i slutet på 60-talet. Men det står sig svagt mot t.ex Stooges.

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Fri Nov 06 2020
3

First punk record? Definitely at least proto-punk here. Very good, top-to-bottom, with lots of raw energy throughout. Not something I would probably listen to a whole bunch, but enjoyable. Spotify edits out the famous opening for some reason.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
3

It's on the list for its importance in defining punk and for defying censors, but when you listen to it, it's kind of just a pretty good live album. I put the title track on my playlist, but beyond that, I doubt I'll think of this album again. Best track: Kick Out The Jams

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

+

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

The title track’s a total banger, but past that? Eh.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

2.9

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

A fun garage/punk band that has RATM vibes. Will listen to again

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

Best wel lekker album met veel gitaarsolos

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Mon May 31 2021
3

quite chill, nothing really stood out but good vibes throughout 3.5

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Mon May 31 2021
3

j some really good not particularly unique classic noisy rock !

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Another roots of punk

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Mon May 03 2021
3

Pretty heavy 60's jams

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Mon May 03 2021
3

This was okay.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Nice gig, still not getting this live albums being included on the list

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Inicios del punk.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

Was aite. Bit noisy for 9am

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Nice drive.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

Cool album, just thought i'd like it more

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Tue May 11 2021
3

A blistering, frenetic cacophony of energy and excitement. What a live experience this would have been. Really enjoyed and will revisit

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Tue May 11 2021
3

The best thing about this album is the energy. Kick Out The Jams itself is a classic garage punk track which stands out but for the most part it melds into a haze of fuzz and feedback and impressively for a live album it captures the essence of a great show.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

Some nice loud punk rock

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

The electric protopunk live album rocks. EPIC

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Great start, this is more my speed. 3of5

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Sat May 08 2021
3

Not a punk fan 3/5

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Thu May 13 2021
3

very noisy, very screamy, was fun to read about the bands this band inspired. certainly fun loud punk.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Has some pretty incredible energy, but it's not something I see myself reaching for very often.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

It's raw. It'll push you to start a garage band and scream into your mic. The first two tracks are amazing. And after that it's constant jamming. That being said, I felt it's main appeal was it's massive influence to garage rock and proto-punk. I felt it was one of the weaker punk albums I've listened to. Although I'd love to rock to the later songs, they were largely forgettable, and with each song's long length, if you're not in the right mood, it reduces to nothing more than noise rock. Overall, worth another listen if you have the right setting.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

Rockin’ Live

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

A seminal live album from a rock innovator for hard rock and punk. MC5 is showing off their merits and impact in this album which shows the speed and frenzy they brought to the mainstream.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

I had to do a search to find the uncensored intro to the title track. With a 2021 lens, such language isn't such a big deal, but saying motherfucker in 1969 was quite racy. I initially thought the music was quite heavy for 1969 although Led Zep's 1st two albums were that year and Hendrix and The Who were also playing heavy then so they had company. While I have a distaste for heavy rock from the late 70s and later, I still enjoy heavy stuff from 69 and the early 70s. I generally think this album is well recorded for a '69 live album (comparing it to Live at Leeds for example) but the production seems to fail badly e.g. I assume the guitar solo at the end of Rocket Producer wasn't supposed to sound that kerfuffled. Also, the mixing makes the lead guitar a wrecking ball. I guess having the vocals being overpowered is OK since the guy can't sing that well and we wouldn't be able to understand what he was saying anyway. The one track where we can understand the lyrics is Motor City is Burning since the verses are played like a ballad so we can hear the lyrics. I expect this was intentional since it's the song that delivers an important political message. It is historically significant to hear the music that defined the protest movements at that time. I haven't been in Detroit for a while but the downtown area remained gutted for at least 25 years (+?) after the race riots hat are the topic of Motor City. I'm not entirely convinced this album was influential for the punk movement - the lineage to The Who is more obvious - but I will defer to the experts who see the link. These two points deserve a +1 but I'm not feeling generous enough to give the race riot connection and punk influence each a +1.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

September 14, 2021 I listened to this on bad headphones, but I wanted to like it more than I did. Maybe worth another try later since I usually like this kind of stuff more.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

I had never heard of this band before. There were a couple of songs that were good but there were some weird ones. A live album didn't help it.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Fun and interesting listen. The rawness and high energy carried this one for me as this would have been a groundbreaking show to see back in the late 1960's. The vocals reminded me of Gene Simmons from the early KISS albums (pre-Destroyer), and I got a lot of Clash-vibes as well which means they might have been a big influence on the punk genre (could they have possibly been the first punk band?). I can see the innovation that probably earned them a spot on this list -- the performance is wild and very experimental for its time, especially on the last track Starship; however I found some parts sloppy and that most of the album wasn't very memorable after it was over. I also am still against the idea of including live albums on this list in general as it is not as impressive to put your already proven songs or covers together to create a collection of songs. While I got some enjoyment out of this one, I probably would not come back to it. I'll give it above average due to its significance, but not by much. 3/5. NOTE: I did some additional research, and it turns out that this is actually their debut album. Very interesting choice to introduce yourself to the world through a live performance, but it makes sense to me as they probably felt they couldn't replicate their sound in a studio. This makes it a bit better than a standard live album, but I am keeping my score the same as it still didn't stand out a ton to me.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

jimi hendrix but punk

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

I can see that this is an influential early punk project, and the live aspect does help increase the energy. However, the whole thing is poorly put together; even the mixing is just plain terrible on some tracks

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

I liked the songs but really not a fan of live albums. That said, this one is better than most. It really captures their energy and made me wish I was at the concert.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

Rocks pretty hard.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

I want to rate this higher because they influenced so many bands that I love. There's a lot of energy and grit on display here BUT...it's not that great. The title track is a classic and there's a few other good songs but a lot of it just doesn't hold up. Other people took inspiration from them and improved on it greatly. I'm very grateful that MC5 existed but they might be my least favorite of the proto-punk bands. 2 stars for the album add another for the path they paved.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

Good solid rock. That's it.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

I bet that was a party.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
3

Pretty fun stuff. 6-7/10

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Sun Mar 06 2022
3

I've never heard of MC5 but I seem to be in some kind of rut with generator, with all my albums being from the same few years all weel. All I can tell from the cover is that the band is white and aggressively American and probably somewhat chaotic. I don't know what MC5 stands for but I do like the name of the album "Kick out the Jams". Getting started listening this music mostly comes across as energetic noise? Quite distinct from the Hendrix, Allman Brothers, Joni Mitchell, or that godforsaken Incredible String Band I've been listening to. Ah, ok, readying about who MC5 is, I get it now, and have a framework for my brain to process these sounds. Not sure I'll put it in heavy rotation but I certainly respect that these boys clearly came to play. I can hear the roots of much music I really like, making me embarrassed not to already be familiar with MC5. That's the point of this project, I guess. 2 stars for being reasonably listenable if sloppy and an extra star for sheer effort. Did I need to hear this album before I died? Yes I think I did. (Also, Motor City 5. And I'm not sure it is fair to call someone "paunchy" when compared to Iggy Pop. Because aren't we all paunchy compared to Iggy Pop?)

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

(The drummer aside) a triumph of enthusiasm over ability. But that’s what rock and roll should be about, no?

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

AND IT'S LIVE!!!!

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

As live albums go it was ok. Got duped into believing the mc5 were the bees knees when I was younger so I've listened to this before. Nowhere near as revolutionary as I'd been led to believe.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Came across this last year. Proto-punk apparently that burst kicking and screaming into the scene before getting banned obviously. It's pretty good if you're in the mood for raucous noise and energy. Musth've been great live in the 60's.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

chaotic but pretty fun.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

Ábyggilega miklir stuðtónleikar. Stemmingin skilar sér samt ekki alveg á plötu.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

okay sound, but definitely ahead of their time and have to give them props for that.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

4/5/22

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Definitely a cool part of music history that’s very important to hear. I just wish the quality of the songs was a little more consistent; this is great in songs but not as a whole album for me.

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Thu May 05 2022
3

Very heavy man, fight the power!

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Mon May 30 2022
3

Ces gars-là ont une très belle énergie, ce qui suffit à les opposer à Leonard Cohen.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Classic garage band and Patty Smith's hubby played for them.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Had it on, couple of good tracks but it didn't hook me in, I would listen again

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Genre: Proto-Punk 3/5 Another decent live album from this list, MC5's Kick Out the Jams is a pretty interesting glimpse into what would end up becoming quite a mainstream rock movement: lefty punk/hard rock. Equal parts political, equal parts noise rock, this thing is a trip. The late 60s birthed plenty of good, plenty of bad, and also plenty of ugly. This particular live album does a great job of highlighting all three, although not all in the same quantities. The boisterous, rebellious intro, outlining the radical left positions of the day (don't let the man get you down, etc.), sound a bit dated and a little forced, considering these positions weren't necessarily held by them until they were taken under the wing of White Panther, and political provocateur, John Sinclair. The songs themselves are certainly portals into the future, showcasing a raw, heavy sound that wouldn't be mainstreamed for at least another decade or more, but in its infancy it sounds a bit too chaotic. The title track is a fucking jam, but the rest of the tracks pale in comparison, and beyond the occasional political interjection, the rest of the album kind of just sounds like a heavy rock record. While I can see the place this album holds in the history and progression of punk and garage rock, I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped I would. But not bad.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

When i was driving to work this morning, I thought "my day really needs some anarchic rock and cosmic jazz". MC5 delivered.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

Had never heard of these but it was kinda funky - in a good way. But probably won’t seek out any more of their music.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

This is a new band for me. I think I’d enjoy this more if I’d heard studio versions of the songs first. But the live recordings definitely capture the energy of the band. They sound like a great live act - the lead singer in particular is pretty wild. (That closing track “Starship” tried my patience though.) Highlights: “Kick Out the Jams,” “Motor City is Burning” (some nice blues riffing here), “I Want You Right Now” (I feel like this track gave me the best sense of who MC5 is as a band)

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

Groundbreaking, raw, but slightly dull

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Some cool guitar

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

I honestly think I don't like the live recording. I don't think the acoustics are great. It's in the direction of things I like.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

meh

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

Bit noisey, but not bad

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Fun listen. I've heard of MC5 but never really listened to them before.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Punk makes some people want to kick things. Feedback makes me want to kick things. I know they're groundbreaking and this is considered a classic. I'd probably go up to a 4 based on the energy and the fact that they were ahead of their time, but too much feedback is an automatic 1-point deduction (minimum). Favorite tracks: Kick Out the Jams (obviously), Ramblin' Rose (even with the weird high singing), Borderline (rockin' track), Motor City is Burning (good blues). Least favorite - anything with too much feedback, particularly Come Together and Starship.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

You can definitely feel the energy on this one - at every song conclusion I'm just waiting to hear someone smash their instrument. Which is good because as musicians they're average at best. There's some heady social commentary on Motor City is Burning and between some songs, but otherwise it's pretty sex-fueled drivel (except for the weird but intriguing Starship). I mean sex, drugs, and rock & roll but maybe a little more variety? Thanks to Rage I love Kick Out the Jams and the original is solid (enough melody and lots of energy in their flawed playing). I think my ultimate rating is more based on knowing what they pioneered than their own ability.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

I get what the band is trying to here. But the energy is completely directionless. It's all over the place. I can totally see pnk coming from this, but I felt that a good deal of punk still has a bit more focus. This just sounds... drunk.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Wanna know where punk came from? Definitely somewhere around here.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

It's a bit surprising it was released in the 60s, seems ahead of its time. That being said, it doesn't have as many hooks and interesting moments as some later punk.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

Love it, hate it, I don't mind at all. The messy nature of punk in this form always erks me.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Never heard of this band and I really dug the guitar work. Unfortunately the singer is just way too weak to lead this kind of band. His voice just wasn't powerful enough and it showed. 2.5/5

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Started out strong, but got weird near the end.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
3

I liked this a bit more than I thought that I would at first glance. A couple of the tracks were kind of catchy...but it was noisy and rough most of the time for me. So, I was just barely holding on for much of it.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Best part of the album might have been the announcement at the beginning.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

I don't see myself throwing this one on again and again, but still enjoyed it.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Meh

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Another band I’ve heard about but never listened to. Like a lot of what gets billed as pronto-punk or whatever it kind of struck me as just very sloppy rock and roll. Didn’t hate it at all but I wasn’t seeing the big innovation. It’s possible they’re one of those bands that a live set isn’t the best introduction, for me at least. Of course it ends with one of those clangoring noise fests that may be sick when you’re at the end of participating in an energetic live show in the midst of an enthusiastic crowd, but mainly annoy me in recordings.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

Lots of energy - they must have been amazing live. Not convinced it translates onto record though.

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Thu Oct 01 2020
2

I love kick out the jams (the track) but as an album this is a little too 60's for me

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Fri Oct 16 2020
2

another live album? i don't really like live albums but let's give this one a whirl post listen: no

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

Boring

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

Var nära en etta.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

An unenjoyable live album. 2.5.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
2

Pas facile comme ecoute. Des fois il y a des bouts qui sortent du lot. Fuzz et disto sont a l’honneur, mais c’es tres punk decousu. 2.80

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

Super boring rock

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Tue May 11 2021
2

not worth the reputation if you ask me. It's alright and parts were really good but a lot of it is just house band fare.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

Zaten we net in een lekkere flow, krijgen we dit!

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

Live denk ik best een goede band maar uit dit album komt dat wat mij betreft niet echt tot z'n recht. Veel energie maar ook wel erg veel een gruizige geluidsmuur.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

meh

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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

dont see anything special. was recently told they were "important" which just adds to the ball of confusion

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Tue May 11 2021
2

nah

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Mon Jun 21 2021
2

Soms leuke 'jams' maar het live aspect draagt hier weinig bij

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Mon Mar 29 2021
2

noisy

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Sun Jun 06 2021
2

Undoubtedly energetic and angry in a yoof/punk style, probably fun to watch their gigs, but not pleasurable to listen at home. More in tune guitar soloing please!

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Mon Jun 14 2021
2

The soundtrack for going batshit crazy, overdosing on ketamine, sweating and screaming in a crowd of 164 people doing the same in a smashed up, crackhut in the woods. I definitely see the appeal. The guitar solos in "motor city is burning" are the most washed up shitscrambles of early rock and roll and punk tropes I have ever heard though.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

I don't know what they're saying.... I- Favorites: Borderline Motor City is Burning

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Tue May 11 2021
2

Can't fault their energy. Not sure of it's significance.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

Terrible musicianship. At some points its just noise and gibberish. Ill leave this off my list. Past kick out the Jams , meh

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Sun Jun 20 2021
2

Not much gained out of this. Seems like a fair bit of noise.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
2

Don't dig it

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

Really underwhelmed the first time I listened and had the same dull play through this time as well

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Wed Aug 11 2021
2

was niet slecht maar ook niets speciaal

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Wed Aug 11 2021
2

1,5 Ik denk vroeger goed maar het aged gewoon echt niet wel, rommelig en Wild vind ik het.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
2

I'm sure this is great for someone but it's not something I'll revisit any time soon.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
2

2/5 nope, way to metaly

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Thu Aug 26 2021
2

Meh

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

Most of this sounds pretty much the same and the production values are really rough, much like the group and the music so I guess that's fitting. I'll boost this up by one star given its influence on the punk genre, but this isn't something that I'll seek out in the future.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

I know this gets credited as being one of the first punk albums, but it's pretty hard to listen to. Sloppy, bad production, and the song endings go on forever. There's good attitude and some decent songs underneath it all but as my co-judge deftly pointed out, the fact that it's a live recording makes it sound even more like noise.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
2

Pretty terrible chaotic American pap!

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Mon Sep 06 2021
2

Hard to believe this was from the 60s. Early eary punk.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
2

The energy is there, but without much representation in the mids it’s hard to distinguish one track from another in a live environment.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

Disappointing

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Thu Oct 28 2021
2

Messy and raw, bad mixing, not awful but also not good

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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

Classic first wave of rock

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Fri Dec 31 2021
2

Run-of-the-mill late 60's rock, complete with pretentious lyrics, calls for a 'revolution' and out-of-tune instruments. Not totally awful, but boring. 2/5

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

Punk rock band MC5's debut album 'Kick Out The Jams' is a live album recorded over two nights - including Halloween - in Detroit in 1968. This album is a forerunner to punk rock, because at the time there was no such genre and the band's music was considered hard rock or garage rock. At release the album was commercially popular, but critically seen as a flop. The music was considered only to be a passing phase of rock and was reviewed as such. The band were troublemakers and this also caused problems for the record company at release. Now, this album is held in high regard for starting punk rock and being an energetic live album. Every time you listen to this album, you are being transported back to Detroit in the late 1960's to listen to a band "kick out the jams" with their "new-fangled rock".

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Fri Jan 07 2022
2

I get this even though it’s not particularly my style. I won’t listen again.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

This album is wild. I've heard of MC5 before, but didn't know their genre. They're like a punkier version of The Who's early years! Must be the US take on the sound. Appreciation, I give it a 3. Personally, 2.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

just rock n roll.. thats enough

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Fri Mar 04 2022
2

This is surprisingly "punk-y" for '69. Definitely heavy-duty psychedelic hard-driving chaotic rock going on here. It's a little too much for me but I bet if I were a teen when this came out I would've enjoyed it and wanted to see them perform live. I can imagine this record was played in quite a few suburban homes in the late 60s and early 70s by teens who wanted to annoy their parents. (Side Note: at times, I swear I hear what sounds like a much messier version of Neil Young's '(Keep On) Rockin' In The Free World', which is a coincidental kind of fun.)

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Wed Mar 09 2022
2

I think they're angry

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