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  • Audio CD (23 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Repertoire Records
  • ASIN: B007BC62BG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The legendary Mitch Ryder was in fine vocal form when he unleashed this powerful hound dog of an album way back in 1983. Mitch was already regarded as an R&B legend by the Eighties, but on this collection of well chosen songs, he was keen to re-establish his presence on the ever-changing music scene. Mitch was ably assisted on this venture by artist-turned-producer John Cougar Mellencamp, whose band also provides a contemporary backing. Among the contributors to the success of these tracks is Kenny Aronoff, whose forceful drumming nails down a solid beat. There's also some special guests among the backing vocalists, including a surprise visit from songstress Marianne Faithfull, who duets with Mr. Ryder on A Thrill's A Thrill . Among the other standout performances is a cover of the Prince tune When You Were Mine and the lively opener B.I.G.T.I.M.E. It sure is a big time album that still packs a punch and a kick.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa0c5c57c) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd9b180) out of 5 stars unexpectedly good - 1 April 2009
By Robert T. Adams - Published on
I have never been a Mitch Ryder fan - I mean sure who HASN'T heard Devil With a Blue Dress or Good Golly Miss Molly but that was the extent of my Mitch Ryder acumen...I was attracted to this album (yeah I'm old) when I saw the video for Mitch's version of Princes' "When You Were mine" on MTV. There are a few standout cuts with B.I.G.T.I.M.E. opening the record (I'm over 40) and setting a nice rocking nightclubbish pace - The aforementioned Prince cover is excellent - The backing band is John Mellencamps boys - complete with JCM himself adding backing vocals (as well as producing the record) on "a Thrill's a Thrill"..(along with Marianne Faithful) I like "Come Again" a song that allows Mitches trademark gruff voice to shine - as though he is requesting something he knows damn well he ain't gonna get. The whole record is very satisfying - I love Kenny Aronoffs drumming - forceful and to the point-
"Cry to Me" is another great song with "Code Dancing" presenting a Mellencampish beat - fine work gentlemen-I bought it again a few weeks ago because someone never returned the original - it's one of "those" type records (I'm 48)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e2608e8) out of 5 stars Finally out on CD 22 July 2012
By Rimshot - Published on
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I am a big Mitch Ryder fan and bought this on vinyl. It was John Mellencamp's attempt to help an early influence by getting Ryder out on a major label. (John Mellencamp's career was peaking at about this time.) I thought the record was stunning and after his several great Seeds and Stems recordings (in the late-seventies) I hoped Mitch would finally get the acclaim and recognition that he deserved. This recording should have done it. It is superb all the way through. The band is tight, the song selections are inspired, and while it jangles (ala Mellencamp) more than any other MR recording, it still rocks hard.

It has been unavailable on CD until now. Buy it and enjoy. The sound quality is far better then the needle drop I have been listening to and is comparable to the vinyl copy I still play with some regularity. I do wish they had found some extras, but maybe they are saving something for later. Maybe not.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd9b240) out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise to find this on CD! 24 April 2013
By Larry D. Rowe - Published on
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I had listen to this album (yes vinyl) many times and even had a copy on cassette tape. As soon as I started buying CD's I put the hunt out for "Never Kick a Sleeping Dog". My search was fruitless until just a few months ago where I found it on Amazon. Anyway, this story is one of the indicators of how much I love this album! This is straight ahead Rock and Roll and Mitch Ryder has the perfect voice to bring it all together. This is one of those rare CDs that every song is a gem! My only regret is that there aren't more than the 9 songs!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1ebc48) out of 5 stars RYDER OF THE STORM 24 Jan. 2013
By Jukebox Dave - Published on
Format: Audio CD
MITCH RYDER-NEVER KICK A SLEEPING DOG: The underrated godfather of Detroit rock & roll, a fertile scene which spawned GRAND FUNK, BROWNSVILLE STATION and BOB SEGER, was soul-searing howler MITCH RYDER; backed by the incendiary DETROIT WHEELS, chart smashers like DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS, JENNY TAKE A RIDE, and SOCK IT TO ME BABY were some of the late sixties' biggest thrill-rides. The 1983 solo album aptly titled NEVER KICK A SLEEPING DOG unspooled as a sweaty testament to RYDER's hoarser but still powerful delivery and swaggering "take no prisoners" attitude. Lead off ass-kicker B.I.G.T.I.M.E, rough-hewn covers of PRINCE's WHEN YOU WERE MINE and SOLOMON BURKE's CRY TO ME, and a dark duet with whiskey-and-cigerettes-voiced contemporary MARIANNE FAITHFUL on A THRILL'S A THRILL were just some of the fiesty highlights. RYDER admirer JOHN MELLENCAMP produced this platter, providing his tight band (led by whipcracking drummer KENNY ARONOFF) and a couple of funky originals, RUDE DE TRAHIR and COME AGAIN. This near-perfect platter should have returned MITCH to the big time (ala THE BOSS' resurrection of GARY "U.S." BONDS); it certainly would have marked a loud 'n proud return to form for an all too often ignored sixties legend.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd9b5dc) out of 5 stars Waited A Long Time For This CD To Come Out -- And It Was Worth The Wait 9 Feb. 2013
By C. Loftis - Published on
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Finally, one of my favorite albums from the 80s is FINALLY available on CD. The sound quality is outstanding on this release. If your not familiar with the album, check out his cover of When You Were Mine by Prince, Mitch does an awesome version of it here. My favorite track is The Thrill Of It All ,a great rocking song that he performed on American Bandstand. The whole album is a great listen. If you like music from the 80s, I doubt you would be disappointed. The album was produced by John Mellencamp.
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