MC5 - Back in the USA (1970)

Since it was impossible to top the in-concert exuberance of their debut, KICK OUT THE JAMS, the MC5 re-emerged with a more refined sound for their sophomore effort, 1970's BACK IN THE U.S.A., their first studio record. The music is comparable to other Detroit proto-punk rockers of the same era (The Stooges, Alice Cooper, etc.). As with the aforementioned peers, raw garage rock serves as the main ingredient for most of BACK IN THE U.S.A. Producer Jon Landau may have lessened the volatility of the MC5 as compared to JAMS, but the band was equipped with another great set of songs.
Recording information: GM Studios, East Detroit, Michigan. Producer: Jon Landau. Engineer: Jim Bruzzese. Additional personnel: Danny Jordan (keyboards).
Two covers bookend BACK IN THE U.S.A.--an uptempo reading of Little Richard's rock & roll standard "Tutti Frutti" kicks things off in fine fashion, while the album-closing title track was originally done by Chuck Berry. The original material ranges from the abstract "The Human Being Lawnmower" to the heartfelt soul ballad "Let Me Try", a surprise highlight. Nervy, high-octane rockers bristling with pure adolescent energy--"Teenage Lust" and "Call Me Animal", among them--balance politically charged tracks like "The American Ruse". BACK IN THE U.S.A. may have been the MC5's most conventional album, but it is still an endlessly listenable rock & roll classic.

01. Tutti-Frutti
02. Tonight
03. Teenage Lust
04. Let Me Try
05. Looking At You
06. High School
07. Call Me Animal
08. The American Ruse
09. Shakin' Street
10. The Human Being Lawnmower
11. Back In The USA

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* Rob Tyner - vocals
* Wayne Kramer - guitar, backing vocals
* Fred "Sonic" Smith - guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Shakin' Street"
* Michael Davis - bass
* Dennis Thompson - drums
* Danny Jordan - keyboards
* Pete Kelly - keyboards