Mitch Ryder

Rock & Roll

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The admission in small print on the back cover of this budget-priced album reads, "All selections are all new digital recordings." That's significant since, if the potential purchaser merely reads the song titles, eight of which hark back to the mid-'60s heyday of Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, the obvious conclusion to be drawn would be that this is a greatest hits compilation; it's not. There are the group's five biggest hits (albeit not printed quite correctly): "Devil With a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly," "Jenny Take a Ride!," "Sock It to Me -- Baby!," "Too Many Fish in the Sea/Three Little Fishes," and "Little Latin Lupe Lu." "Shake a Tail Feather," "Baby Jane (Mo-Mo Jane)," and "I'd Rather Go to Jail" were all LP tracks or B-sides in their original recordings. Add to these a cover of the Velvet Underground's "Rock & Roll" that replaces the familiar guitar riff (!?!) and a rock song called "Liberty," and you have the album's 34 and a half minutes. Ryder sounds much as he did in 1966, and the playing behind him is competent, but these are not the original recordings and therefore not what nostalgic rock fans would hope for in a Ryder album with those song titles.

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