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Mitch Ryder

  • The Detroit-Memphis Experiment [Dot, 1969] D
  • What I Did on My Vacation [Seeds & Stems, 1978] B

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The Detroit-Memphis Experiment [Dot, 1969]
In case any of you suspect, as I did, that with Steve Cropper producing Mitch just might come up with something, forget it. Cropper's work is undistinguished, and all Mitch comes up with is his usual hernia. D

What I Did on My Vacation [Seeds & Stems, 1978]
What he remembers best, apparently, is sex with men, and the songs that result put across all the sin, fear, passion, love-and-hate, pleasure, and release that buggery seems to have involved for him. The lyrics sometimes lack coherence, and the music is a more sensitive version of the now outdated r&b-based guitar flash he favored with Detroit back in 1970. But the overall effect is revelatory. B

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