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Sonic's Rendezvous Band [Box set]

Sonic's Rendezvous Band Audio CD

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A lavish 6 Disc box set by one of the most legendary (almost) super groups of the seventies, featuring Scott Morgan ( Rationals ) Fred ` Sonic ` Smith (MC5) Scott `Rock Action' Asheton (Stooges) . The only product the band ever released was a 7" Single of "City Slang" (which was on both sides mono & stereo). The original of which commands ridiculous prices in the collectors field. The band themselves have all contributed as well as the estate of Fred Smith. Contains interviews with existing band members, unseen photographs from Bob Matheu (Creem), Sue Rynski and various shots from the private collection of the band themselves. Design of this set is being handled by ex Rhino art director and Grammy award winner Rachel Gutek

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Authorised 6CD set! Legendary 70s band w/Fred 'Sonic' Smith (MC5) & Scott Asheton (Stooges). Studio & live material. aka SONICS RENDEZVOUS BAND / SONIC'S RENDEVOUS BAND / SONICS RENDEVOUS BAND

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A No-Brainer 23 April 2007
By S. Kurtz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you love rock and roll, this is a no-brainer.

If you loved the MC5, this is a no-brainer.

If you listen to Fred Sonic Smith and hear one of the greatest guitarists in the history of rock and roll, this is a no-brainer.

The Second Chance show (disc 4) is worth the cost of the boxset alone.

CITY SLANG from the Second Chance show is worth the cost of the boxset alone.

Can you see where I'm going with this?

How these guys flew under the radar for so long is beyond me.

After I listened to this, I wanted to throw away most of my CD collection, cuz it paled in comparison.

I didn't, of course, but...

In a perfect world, I'd make copies of this and give one to every teenager out there and tell him/her..."This is what rock and roll is all about. You can thank me later."

Think about it...Sonic Smith and Scott Morgan on guitars, Gary Rasmussen on bass, and if that ain't enough, Scott "Rock Action" Ashton on drums.

Turn it up and turn it loose...this is rock and roll at its best!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set from a great band. 21 Nov 2006
By Nathan Neugebauer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you do not own this box set, I believe you should own it! If you are at all interested in this band, then you need to purchase it. I had no one idea what to expect from a band that I have not heard ANYTHING by, so I did not know what to expect. At first it took some time getting used to with the DYI sound at various live shows, but you see a band just grow from their Genesis to when Fred "Sonic" Smith (RIP), decided to hang it up. By the third or four listen of the CDs, you will love this music, and wish they had record a proper studio album. The box consists of four live discs from 1975-1978, and the last two (in my mind), well worth the price of admissions. But the raw, avant song "American Boy," on the last disc is the best piece of music in the box. If you are a fan of the MC5s music I strongly urge you to purchase this "BEST BOX OF 2006" or if you are at all curious about what lies in store, you will not be disappointed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight Forward Rock! 2 Jan 2007
By Dylan K. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was a little sceptical of a box set w/ mostly live performances b/c I never really got into "Live" too much but this blew me away. Unlike many bootleg type material (particularly lots of Iggy stuff out there thats not worth it) the sound quality is great. The production all around is A+ and if you like good balls to the wall rocknroll you cannot go wrong w/ this CD.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful box set of one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands EVER 8 Dec 2007
By Shlomo Sinatra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Wow..when I first got this box set a year ago, I thought, what a bunch of rip-off artists, putting out the Sweet Nothing CD as part of the box, not to mention most of the City Slang CD. Now I find out those are out-of-print, going sometimes for extremely exorbitant amounts. Now my view has changed to "why didn't they put the 1999 remix of City Slang on here?".
(the lyrics are MUCH clearer in that mix)

This is an excellent boxset, but let me clarify something: the quality is not that great everywhere on here. In fact, only disc 4, and parts of discs 5 and 6 are really of good quailty.
That said, this is a must for true rock 'n' roll fans. If you don't know it, although Wayne Kramer was the superior guitarist in the MC5, by a few years later, Fred 'Sonic' Smith had become one of THE greatest guitarists in rock 'n' roll history, easily outshining his former bandmate.
Not that this is a contest, or that Wayne isn't great, but Fred Smith is truly one of the most underacknowledged guitarists ever. Makes me think of Denis Tek, from Radio Birdman (from their original period); too many greats not getting their proper perspective in history, and thereby getting ignored. A crime considering how magnificent this stuff is.
Completely beautiful playing, real rockers...I can't find the proper words here, but there have been few bands as exciting to listen to as Sonic's Rendezvous. I remember the first time I heard City Slang, on a "Ron Asheton (Destroy All Monsters)/ Sonic's Rendezvous" split LP.
I was COMPLETELY blown away. I wanted the original. No luck.
But it's okay, it's the MUSIC that matters! And here, you've got a veritable treasure trove of fantastic rock 'n' roll.
The first 3 discs aren't exactly professional sound quality, but the thing with great rock 'n' roll is, that ain't enough to kill excitement if the music's good enough. And here it is; I can only sing the highest praises about ths band.
Great packaging (WISH THE COVER WAS A T-SHIRT!) (anybody out there listening? No? I thought not...)
The booklet is fantastic, with Scott Morgan (a great musician and singer in HIS OWN right! A COMPLETELY intregal part of the band and maybe a better singer than Fred) explaining why the group disintegrated (does EVERYTHING Iggy touches turn to s--t?).
I'd love to get the ONE disc in the Iggy set with Sonic's Rendezvous (sans Scott Morgan) backing him up; but I ain't gonna pay $80 for it, for ONE DISC? That should be released seperately, for those of us who don't care much about Iggy's music past Kill City.
This box set, by the way, includes the song "Take A Look" by the Scott Morgan Band (where's Soul Mover?).
The one thing I REALLY wish was on here is the best version of City Slang I can possibly imagine, one that was on a boot LP called "Strikes Like Lightning"; it's UNBELIEVABLE! The leads on that, oh my GOD.....
that LP also contained a fantastic version of "Dangerous"...but you can't have evrything, I guess (SOMEBODY RELEASE THAT VERSION OF CITY SLANG!! PLEASE!!!!)
That aside aside, this box set is one of my prize sets, with only the FunHouse box beating it really (when's Rhino gonna wise up and issue that on their regular label??)
This is a must for any rock 'n' roll fans out there.
EVERYBODY who loves rock 'n' roll MUST HAVE City Slang in their collection, the studio version, one way or another.
Just don't pay more than $80 for this please, it's in print still.
The only problem I have with this set is that no information is given regarding the contents of the last two discs; if you have been a fan of this band for a while, you can figure out a good deal of it, but I can't figure out all of it, and notation is always a good idea, and when so much is put into a set, that's not too much to ask, esp. considering the list price ain't exactly pocket money.
But if you got the money, don't hesitate; GET THIS!

I love Patti Smith at the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony; how she said that Fred said one day she'll get in it, although he's better, and not to feel guilty! Which she agreed with, that he was the better of the two. And, (NO disrepect to Patti) -- Fred was right! Fred 'Sonic' Smith RULED!

CI-CI-CI-CITY! City SLANG!!! (one of THE most AMAZING songs of all time...)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: This Will Probably Take Your Head Off At the Roots 22 Oct 2008
By Leapso - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
(Note: the following is all "in code" for those who love real rock'n'roll, like the Dolls, the MC5, the Flamin' Groovies, the Johnny Thunders Heartbreakers, the Stooges etc. If your idea of a pants-down, pulse-bustin' rock'n'roll sensation stops at Queen (no offence - I own and play all the pre-1980 stuff myself) or U2 (I can't help you there) none of the following applies to you.)

I've always had a sneaking suspicion that these guys might have been the greatest rock'n'roll band there ever was, in terms of the "mechanism" of how they played together, not to mention some pretty amazing rock'n'roll songs. This was difficult to confirm for certain, given the relative obscurity of Sonic's Rendezvous Band, and the long-term difficulty of finding recorded material that would clearly establish/substantiate how good they were.

Well, here's probably just about everything that's around, sounding about as good as it's going to sound. (Which is more than fine, incidentally. "Galvanising" ought to about cover it.) There's some studio rehearsal stuff, and a handful of live sets. All the great songs are represented, generally in multiple.

Fred "Sonic" Smith brought his fire intact from the MC5, and Scott Morgan from the Rationals was a lot more than a great foil. The latter's songs are more "generic" Detroit hard rock than Sonic's (think the original New Order - the Ron Asheton band from the mid-70s - and you won't be going too far wrong) but this is all great guitar rock'n'roll. The bass player, Gary Rasmussen was also a Detroit original (his band was called "The Up" I think?) and Scott "Rock Action" Asheton from the Stooges, you already know if you're reading this.

If you're into the bands I mentioned earlier (err, not so much Queen or U2, the other ones) and you've never heard songs like "City Slang", "Dangerous" and my personal favourite "Let's Do It Again" (emphatically NOT the Beach Boys song) it's past time you submitted your ears and stereo to the incendiary lashing they've got coming from these guys.

Make the mental vault over the hefty price tag for this box, because in terms of value for money in great rock'n'roll, you're getting under-charged here.
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