MC5 is one of the most underrated rock bands of all time, and their debut album Kick Out the Jams is yet another member of the 2018 50th Anniversary Club. To commemorate the occasion, we’re getting a comprehensive box set of the band’s (unfortunately not very prolific) recorded outfit, entitled MC5 Total Assault.
If you’re not familiar with the band’s sound, MC5 Total Assault also sums that up pretty well. But here’s an excerpt from an included essay by Creem‘s Jaan Uhelszki anyway:
“Turned loose on a bare stage, the MC5 were among the most awe-inspiring perpetrators of sheer bombast and rock and roll brinkmanship alive…They tore through the stuff they heard on the radio with a fierce intensity that transcended the original artists’ intent. Tunes by James Brown, Chuck Berry, the Kinks and the Rolling Stones vibrated at a higher frequency when the Motor City Five tackled them.”
MC5 Total Assault will reportedly include all three of the band’s studio albums: Kick Out the Jams on red vinyl, Back in the USA on white vinyl, and High Times on blue vinyl.