ARTIST: Mitch Ryder
TITLE: Rev Up: the Best of Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Jenny Take a Ride (#10 US, #33 UK), Little Latin Lupe Lu (#17 US), Break Out (#62 US), Takin’ All I Can Get (#100 US), Devil with a Blue Dress On (#4 US), Sock It To Me Baby (#6 US), Too Many Fish in the Sea (#24 US)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They cover Shake a Tail Feather
LINEUP: Mitch Ryder, John Badanjek, Mark Manko, Joe Kubert, Jim McCarty, Jim McAllister. For one track, the Wheels were actually Booker T. & the MGs.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Fun!
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: This compilation grabs 18 classic Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels tracks (and two from the later incarnation as just Detroit, which I’ll review at a later date), and there’s a party in every track. Whether it’s a deeper cut, or a known single, Ryder puts everything into his vocals, and the band cooks.
In less than three years, Ryder and the Wheels cemented their place in rock and soul’s pantheon, taking cues from the soul music emanating from Detroit and adding some gravelly rock and roll to it. It swings, it parties, it’s fun.
And isn’t fun the whole point?
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The ride ended when Ryder went solo on the advice of Bob Crewe (of Four Seasons fame) and saddled him with goopy stuff to sing.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE A: FUN!