"Detroit Breakout!" (Cleopatra; 2019)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Since the early 60s, Mitch Ryder has been putting out good quality rock'n'roll and, with his latest recording, "Detroit Breakout!," Ryder has put together a Who' Who of musical talent.  "Detroit Breakout!" fetures James Williams from The Stooges, Wayne Kramer of MC5, Sylvain Sylvain from New York Dolls, Cherie Currie from The Runaways. The album also features Shirley King, daughter of blues great B. B. King. 

This release has some really cool, very familiar tracks on it, recently re-imagined by Ryder and friends. One of my favorites was "(I'm Not) Your Stepping Stone," originally done by Paul Revere & The Raiders and later by The Monkees.  There is also a great version of Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels' own "Devil With A Blue Dress On."

This is just plain fun music that is fun, toe- tapping and easy to listen to.  Rock classics like Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," Otis Redding's classic "Dock Of The Bay," and other famous tracks like "Just My Imagination," "If I Had A Hammer," "Twistin' the Night Away" just to name a few.  I grew up listening to this music and it is great to hear the old classics done in a new and cool style.

Mitch Ryder, 74 years young, can still rock with the best of them. "Detroit Breakdown!" was a treat to listen to and frankly, I can't wait to get back to it.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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