Less primal than The Stooges debut, but as it was recorded in a live gig, it has a certain energy that just can't be matched by studio albums. It is amazingly intense, wild, dirty and even barbaric at times, when the whole band chants together like a bunch of football fans fronting a rock'n'roll band.
The intro for the album must be one of the most exhilarating starts ever, with the audience clapping, drumming and shouting in anticipation for the band. You can hear in this album where The New York Dolls got their sound from, where punk got its' attitude, and songs like 'Ramblin' Rose' and 'Kick Out the Jams' pretty much sum up the whole Garage-Rock revival of 2002/03 with The Hives especially sounding like Iggy Pop fronting MC5.
There are plenty of great moments here, and even though The Garage-Rock sound dominates, other genres and influences do creep in. 'Borderline' has folky elements that recall CSN&Y, and Led Zepplelin, 'Motor City Is Burning' is a heavy and dirty blues, 'Starship' features a Middle-Eastern oriental vocal improvisation, that actually predates Robert Plant's similar exercises. And actually nearly every moment in this record will remind you of something that it predated.
If this album was released Eight years later, songs like 'Kick Out The Jams' and 'Rocket Reducer No.62' would have been leading Punk hits. Released Thirty-Three years later, they would have been even bigger. Ahead of its time and truly brave - a live debut must have meant commercial suicide, but that's what also makes it unique to this day.
Fresher than next week's NME's cover buffoons!