High Time

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
MC5 were nearing the end of their long and bumpy trail when they cut High Time in 1971, and it was widely ignored upon initial release. While it lacks the flame-thrower energy and "off the man!" politics of Kick Out the Jams or the frantic pace and "AM Radio of the People" sound of Back in the USA, High Time sounds like MC5's relative equivalent to the Velvet Underground's Loaded, their last and most accessible album, but still highly idiosyncratic and full of well-written, solidly played tunes. Fred Smith's "Sister Anne" and "Skunk Sonically Speaking" bookend the album with a pair of smart, solidly performed hard rockers bolstered by fine horn charts, and Wayne Kramer's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
MC5 were nearing the end of their long and bumpy trail when they cut High Time in 1971, and it was widely ignored upon initial release. While it lacks the flame-thrower energy and "off the man!" politics of Kick Out the Jams or the frantic pace and "AM Radio of the People" sound of Back in the USA, High Time sounds like MC5's relative equivalent to the Velvet Underground's Loaded, their last and most accessible album, but still highly idiosyncratic and full of well-written, solidly played tunes. Fred Smith's "Sister Anne" and "Skunk Sonically Speaking" bookend the album with a pair of smart, solidly performed hard rockers bolstered by fine horn charts, and Wayne Kramer's "Poison" ranks with the best songs he brought to the band he later revived it for his solo album The Hard Stuff. For a group that was apparently on the verge of collapse, MC5 approach this material with no small amount of skill and enthusiasm, and Geoffrey Haslam's production gives the band a big, punchy sound that suits them better than the lean, trebly tone of Back in the USA. It's interesting to imagine what MC5's history might have been like if High Time had been their first or second album rather than their last; while less stridently political than their other work, musically it's as uncompromising as anything they ever put to wax and would have given them much greater opportunities to subvert America's youth if the kids had ever had the chance to hear it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/1992
  • Label: Rhino Mod Afw
  • UPC: 081227103422
  • Catalog Number: 71034
  • Sales rank: 66,949

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sister Anne (7:23)
  2. 2 Baby Won't Ya (5:32)
  3. 3 Miss X (5:08)
  4. 4 Gotta Keep Movin' (3:24)
  5. 5 Future/Now (6:21)
  6. 6 Poison (3:24)
  7. 7 Over and Over (5:13)
  8. 8 Skunk (Sonicly Speaking) (5:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
MC5 Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Rob Tyner Harmonica, Maracas, Vocals
Dave Morgan Percussion
Pete Kelly Piano
Wayne Kramer Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Dan Bullock Trombone
Ellis Dee Percussion
Bobby Wayne Derminer Percussion
Marlene Driscoll Vocals
Rick Ferretti Trumpet, Saxophone
Dave Heller Percussion
Leon Henderson Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Joanne Hill Vocals
Larry Horton Trombone
Skip Knapp Organ
Brenda Knight Vocals
Kinki Lepew Percussion
Charles Moore Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals, Background Vocals
Scott Morgan Percussion
Butch O'Brien Percussion, Bass Drums
David Oversteak Tuba
Bob Seger Percussion
Fred "Sonic" Smith Organ, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Dennis Thompson Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Vocals
Terry Trabandt Percussion
Michael Davis Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Pete Kelly Piano
Technical Credits
MC5 Audio Production
Geoffrey Haslam Producer, Audio Production
Fred "Sonic" Smith Composer
Dave Marsh Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MC5's Best Record

    I have been enjoying this LP(now CD of course) since shortly after it was originally released in the early 70s.I still have an 8trk tape version which I used to blast in a '72 Buick Skylark with a 350 V8.The music on this recording is the aural equivalent of the engine in that car-loud,fast and rocking.All American Detroit iron at its best.High Time combines the energy and tone of Kick Out the Jams with great songwriting.Highlights include Fred Smith's tunes Sister Ann and Baby Won't Ya,Kramer's Poison and Gotta Keep Movin',penned by Dennis Thompson to showcase Fred Smith's guitar playing.In some ways this was an archetypal 70s rock record,as Miss X can be considered as a power ballad.Some folks miss the free form anarchy of Kick Out the Jams-certainly a rock classic,but in my opinion this was the MC5's best recording.I happily listen to it ''Over and Over''-pun intended!

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