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Back In The USA [Original recording remastered]

MC5 Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Mar 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B0000032UI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Tutti-Frutti sion)MC5 1:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. TonightMC5 2:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Teenage LustMC5 2:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Let Me TryMC5 4:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Looking At YouMC5 3:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. High SchoolMC5 2:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Call Me AnimalMC5 2:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The American RuseThe MC5 2:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Shakin' StreetMC5 2:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Human Being LawnmowerMC5 2:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Back In The USAThe MC5 2:250.79  Buy MP3 


Product Description

1970 album produced by Jon Landau!. Inc. 'High School', 'Shakin' Street' & more. Their best LP!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rock Masterpiece Revealed 23 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
Back In The USA was always a great album, containing as it did many of the Five's best songs, which were compromised by Jon Landau's horrid trebly production, creating a frustrating listening experience, which was just painful at high volume.

I had always hoped that there would be a deluxe reissue by Rhino or another specialist label at some time, but when we did eventually get a reissue a few years ago, it just clarified how lousy the original mix was.

Then I saw the SHM-CD remaster had been released, read a couple of favourable reviews and decided to invest.

I am not at all sorry I did - here, at last, is the fantastic album that has been hidden for all these years in it's true glory, with the bottom end that was always needed, which has been sensitively applied for maximum impact - in this format, it is simply a transformation - a great wrong has been righted.

If you love the music of the Five as I do, don't even stop to think - buy this while it is available (the SHM-CD version of KOTJ is already sold out) and you will never need or want to listen to the original CD issue again...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Critics of Jon Landau's production on Back in the USA have always had to base their case
on this, the initial mastering. And let's face it, it sounds very tinny indeed. The Japanese SHM
version of the album, however, shows that the criticisms, while entirely justified of the record
as it was released (and I had the original vinyl) do not apply to the production and engineering.
The record sounds sensational, with the bass beautifully recorded and the whole thing packing
every bit as much punch as Kick Out the Jams. It's a good candidate for most exciting album
ever recorded, with such classics as Teenage Lust, Looking at You, American Ruse and the cryptic
Human Being Lawnmower. And since the task of the producer is not merely to supervise the sound,
but to get the best possible performance out of the band, Jon Landau has to be given an enormous
amount of credit.
In summary, the SHM version renders virtually all criticisms of the sound totally redundant.

(By the way, although the SHM Kick Out the Jams is almost unobtainable, certainly not for a realistic
price, the regular Japanese remastering is fantastic and costs 20 or 30 bucks: essential!)
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When did they invent bass? 21 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
If the only thing you know about MC5 is 'Kick out the Jams', this is a big change. The first thing you notice is a complete lack of bass compared to Kick out the Jams, which gives it a real feeling of speed ball energy. By the time they have blazed through the first couple of tracks you realise that somewhere this bunch of kids singing about going out, getting laid, fighting, getting into trouble etc. morphed into the politically charged monster of lore and you begin to hear it poke through in certain tracks (Human Being Lawnmower for example). More than that, this album reminded me of the early Ramones stuff, blazing through songs in a blur of buzz saw guitars with a few old Rock n' Roll covers thrown in for good measure, but with a certain amount of quirkiness that makes it sound like no-one else. You can definitely hear where a lot of the later punk/new wave bands were coming from. Basically, I loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near perfection 15 Sep 2011
By SteveD
Format:Audio CD
Having listened constantly to the three MC5 albums since the 70's, I went to see the remaining three members a few years ago, who have toured in recent times as DKT/MC5. I stood expectantly at the front awaiting the arrival of Michael Davis, Wayne Kramer and Dennis "Machine Gun" Thompson. In my anticipation of witnessing these songs being played live for the first time, I couldn't help myself and turned to the complete stranger standing next to me and said "I have been waiting 30 years for this!" Giving me an old fashioned look he half smiled before moving to a safe distance. Probably can't blame him in hindsight but a great gig it was too.
The MC5 released three, very different albums. All were excellent. This, their second, is a classic, in spite of the poor production. As mentioned elsewhere, it lacks depth of sound due to the lack of bass. Dennis' drums in particular, sound tinny. But the songs! After the extended jamming on alot of the live debut, Kick Out The Jams, this is stripped bare to the bone. Everything is short, high energy and rips through in the blink of an eye. The twin guitars of Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith dual one minute and intertwine the next. I believe Wayne has been quoted as saying that he listens back to some of this stuff and is not sure who played what half the time.
It's a rock 'n' roll album with Little Richard's Tutti-Frutti opening and Chuck Berry's Back In The USA closing things out. But the other nine original songs are moving things on. We are now at the turn of the decade as psychedelia was effectively ended by the Stones Jumping Jack Flash a couple of years earlier. This is brash, loud, aggressive and dangerous. With songs like Teenage Lust, High School and Call Me Animal, there is no doubt what these boys are singing about.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bass Back In The USA 14 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Although I've always liked this album I've never been comfortable with the production.
Jon Lanau for reasons best known to him cut the bass out of the mix.
About 12 months ago I bought a record deck to transfer vinyl to CD and it came with a reasonable transfer and mixing programme. I had some time to spare a few months ago and decided to play about with the official CD version of Back In The USA.
I ripped it into the programme and added a reasonable amount of bass to the recording. It has transferred really well and the results are amazing. It no longer sounds as though it was recorded in a biscuit tin. It has retained a good acoustic clarity and the overall sound hasn't been smothered. The increased bass has really added a new depth to the recording. Untill someone hands the master tapes to Iggy Pop to do a 'Raw Power' remix, I will keep playing my 'bassed-up' version in preference to the original.
It will no doubt seem like heresy to some but, please, try it before you knock it and then, if you agree, write to Atlantic Records and beg them to get the official album remixed.
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