My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Kick Out the Jams was recorded over two nights in 1969 at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit on October 30 and 31.
What I think: I love this album, there is so much energy, so much noise and so much attitude. As the release of Led Zeppelin I marks the beginning of an era, this in my opinion should mark the beginning of Punk Rock, let’s lose that protopunk tag. While we’re at it, let’s say that Punk started in Detroit with this album and The Stooges first album in 1969, not in NYC or the UK. What you get here for the most part is loud, fast songs that are ripped through. There are a couple exceptions here (missteps?) though with the bluesy “Motor City is Burning” and the psychedelic space adventure of “Starship” which is interesting, but not really something I would want to listen to repeatedly.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This is a great album… do much energy, so much noise, so much attitude.
Rating (Out of 5): 4.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (41/166)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 75%