Sonics Rendezvous Band - Live, Masonic Auditorium Detroit, 01/14/1978 - New LP
The demand from the fans has been met, here is this great live show, remastered from a Maxwell C-90, and including liner notes and photos by Creem photographer Robert Matheu. On a cold January night, the SONIC'S RENDEZVOUS BAND took the stage opening for the RAMONES in the 3,000 plus seat auditorium. They were personally asked to be on the bill by the RAMONES, who had befriended the band on the many occasions they played together at the Second Chance in Ann Arbor. But this night the SRB performed with an urgency previously unheard. Songs include an amazing version of Fred Smith's "Sweet Nothin'", as well as "Electrophonic Tonic" "Asteroid B-612" "Gone With The Dogs" "Love And Learn" "Song L" and the classic "City Slang." Spawned from the remnants of the MC5, STOOGES, RATIONALS and the UP, Fred "Sonic" Smith (MC5) joined forces with Scott Asheton (Stooges), Scott Morgan (Rationals) and Gary Rasmussen (The Up), to make legendary music that for the most part remained unheard by fans around the world. Until now. A release produced for ROCK-A-RAMA RECORDS by Robert Matheu, nominated for best reissue at the 2008 Detroit Music Awards.
"The absolute closest you'll ever get to being battered senseless by the buffering sound that made the Motor City famous." - Detroit Metro Times.
Easily one of the high points of Easy Action's SRB box set, and if you're hesitant about forking over for a collection that large to find out what Sonic's Rendezvous Band were all about, Masonic Temple: Detroit 1978 is an excellent place to discover one of the greatest 'unknown' bands of all time - though don't be shocked if you want to hear more after checking this out. - All Music Guide