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1. Tough Kid
2. Dance Ourselves To Death
3. Passions Wheels
4. Cherry Poppin'
5. Freezin' In Hell
6. Nice And Easy
7. The Jon
8. Falling Forming
9. Poster

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
What a vacation it was! 18 Nov. 2002
By Daniel Kruse - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is a miniscule spec in rock history and that's a crying shame. It's also historically significant in the fact that it just happens to be one of the first overtly gay albums
ever recorded by a pop star who happened to come across as very heterosexual on his earlier albums. Perhaps this was Mr. Ryder's way of purging his demons. We all need to do that from time to time. Don't mistake this for some feather bed pop album. It's greasy, dirty, beautiful and very, very real.
This my friends, is rock n' roll. Who better to cook the meal than Mitch? I'm not going into a song by song rundown here. After all, I write these damn reviews for nothing. I'll just say this: How I Spent My Vacation is a darling of an album. Mitch was at the top of his game here. Please don't be put off by the gay lyrics if the whole gay thing bothers you. Keep an open mind because this damn album is gorgeous in its execution and very gritty through and through. An incredible piece of American rock n' roll that should be owned by anybody who calls themselves a rock n'roll afficiondo. If half the schmucks out there today could get as down and dirty as this, radio might still be fun. Get the word out on this thing. It's a genuine piece of American dirt and I mean that in the most adoring way possible.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A piece if a man's life becomes a classic.How i Spent My Vacation "Indeed" 29 Sept. 2013
By MikeGeorge - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Many of today's Pop oriented audience most likely had many adjectives when they first heard this wonderful piece of art...many may have been shocked and awed as well as some disappointed looking for yesterday...But this Classic Mitch Ryder LP was to make a memorable and musically historic statement of honesty. If you weren't prepared,or stuck in the past yourself, you would have missed it. In Mitch's honesty and naïve approach, he undressed himself for all the hero worshippers to see and judge his nakedness. However, in this moment of artistic transgression he revealed the most wonderful artist within, Still the great and powerful voice, but with something to say himself, which fortunately was his objective in the first place...The first song "Tough kid" began with the expected Detroit Power and energy, but the twist were the story telling lyrics phrased by one of the better vocalist in rock history....followed by a great musical arrangement "Dance ourselves to death" laughing at himself and our self-serving indulgent culture as we dance ourselves to death. then it slows down to a guitar led ditty, called, Passion wheel. almost apologizing for the indulgence, while revealing that voice of greatness soaked in whisky, as it follows the notes of the lone guitar ...this tune begins the complete transition of Mitch Ryder the Pop Rock star, to the artist he was to become some 35 years later today, Followed by Cherry Poppin, Freezin in hell , Nice and Easy...with all unique and new arrangements, some bluesy with a dash of Detroit flavor or just the blues, with dark and insightful lyrics twisting in and out the chords with that most incredible voice hitting ranges many vocalist can only dream of...Freezin in hell is the song that seals the greatness of the CD...Still the most powerful Rock performance this person has ever heard. Mitch's most incredible voice has been documented with his high voltage ear piercing screams which he saved for this memorable tune and placed it most accurately in the slow building bluesy song where frustration meets a wall of discontent, leaving you feeling the despair of the singer; These gems are followed on the back end of the CD with many Tunes that challenge you with their dark and honest lyrical content, but brings you non the less along with their melodies with minimal chorus(Story telling at it's best)...One song in particular,Falling Forming (With that minimal Chorus) "Falling Forming, once again", leaves the listener with a ray of hope for the character revealed on this CD giving him a chance of survival and redemption. Survive he did....Today Mitch Ryder is regarded as a great song writer and arranger throughout the music industry and presently he is writing books and creating stage plays writing all verses and songs as well as the script and getting rave reviews...This CD is the beginning of that process...Enjoy, but be aware...This isn't your grand dad's Mitch Ryder..It's who Mitch Ryder wanted to be...and the world of art is better for it, and so will you.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Rock n Roll At Its Best..!!!! Detroit Style 18 Aug. 2004
By Tim From Cincinnati - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Im sorry, but never really viewed this cd, as an overtly gay cd..Not there's Anything wrong with, it does kick some serious Ass. Mitch at his finest, along with Wayne Gabriel and Richard Schein on Guitars, Mark Gougeon bass, Billy Csernits-keyboards, and Own Wilson manning drums. Of course Mitch Ryder, one and only Vocals extraordinaire. Powerful Stuff here..One of Mitch's Best aside from Detroit...Buy it, you won't be disappointed. It Rocks...!!!!!!!
1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing at best! 2 Sept. 2010
By M. Flis - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Being from Detroit, had hoped that what I remembered from this album when it was originally released would still excite my Detroit blood. It doesn't. It's boring. Mitch Ryder peaked with the DETROIT album and lost everything he had afterwards.
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