50th Anniversary Colored 3LP Box Set featuring All Three Of the Band's Albums Plus New Essay by Creem Magazine Founding Editor/Writer Jaan Uhelszki & Previously Unseen Photographs by Photographer Raeanne Rubenstein
The MC5 only released three albums, but they were ferocious, adventurous, and confrontational enough to secure the group's place as one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands ever. This year is the 50th anniversary of the recording of the band's incendiary debut, Kick Out The Jams, which was recorded live over two nights at Detroit's Grande Ballroom in October 1968. To celebrate, Atlanic/Warner Bros. will release Total Assault: 50th Anniversary Collection, a 3LP boxed set which includes all three of the band's albums pressed on colored vinyl.
Featuring Kick Out The Jams (1969), Back In The USA (1970) and High Time (1971), the albums come in sleeves that faithfully re-create the original releases, including gatefolds for Kick Out The Jams and High Times. All three are housed in a hard slipcase with new art and previously unseen photographs by world renowned photographer Raeanne Rubenstein. The set also includes a new essay by Creem magazine founding editor/writer Jaan Uhelszki, who writes: "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."
Singer Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson came together as the MC5 in 1965. The band performed for several years before making its first record. The music on Total Assault shows why the MC5 is held in such high regard today with indelible tracks like "Kick Out The Jams," "Human Being Lawnmower" and "Sister Anne."
• 50th anniversary colored 3LP box set
• Featuring Kick Out The Jams (1969), Back In The USA (1970) and High Time (1971)
• Sleeves that faithfully re-create the original releases, including gatefolds for Kick Out The Jams and High Times
• New essay by Creem magazine founding editor/writer Jaan Uhelszki
• Previously unseen photographs by world renowned photographer Raeanne Rubenstein
• Hard slipcase packaging with new art