| July 6, 1971|
Geoffrey Haslam, MC5
Teen Age Lust
6 July 1971
| September–October 1970 at Artie Fields Studios, Detroit, United States; Lansdowne Studios and Pye Studios, London, England|
Rock music, Hard rock, Proto-punk
Back in the USA, Kick Out the Jams, The Big Bang!: Best of the MC5, Teen Age Lust, Purity Accuracy
High Time is the second studio album (and third album overall) by the American rock band MC5, released in 1971 by Atlantic Records.
High Time was co-produced by the band and Atlantic staff engineer Geoffrey Haslam.
High Time was released on July 6, 1971, by Atlantic Records. Dave Marsh wrote in the liner notes to the 1992 reissue:
Sadly, High Time's 1971 release represented the end of the line for MC5. Hard drugs had entered the bandmembers' lives, and within a year they'd split up, drifting off into various other configurations. At least two members wound up in federal prison on drug charges, and they never did reunite before the untimely death of Rob Tyner in mid-summer 1992.
Although the band's debut album, Kick Out the Jams, had peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard 200 chart, their second album stalled at No. 137, and High Time fared even worse commercially.
High Time has been generally well received by critics.
Lenny Kaye, writing for Rolling Stone, called the album "the first record that comes close to telling the tale of their legendary reputation and attendant charisma". In his retrospective review, Mark Deming of AllMusic called it "[MC5's] most accessible album, but still highly idiosyncratic and full of well-written, solidly played tunes. [...] while less stridently political than their other work, musically it's as uncompromising as anything they ever put to wax and would have given them much greater opportunities to subvert America's youth if the kids had ever had the chance to hear it."MC5
Michael Davis – bass, vocals, ka (track 7), production
Wayne Kramer – guitar, vocals, piano (tracks 2 and 3), production
Fred "Sonic" Smith – guitar, vocals, harmonica (track 1), organ (track 1), sandpaper (track 2), production, cover concept (as Frederico Smithelini)
Dennis Thompson – drums, vocals (track 1), tambourine (track 1, 2 and 7), reen (tracks 2, 5), tamboes (track 4), acme scraper (track 5), percussion (track 8), production
Rob Tyner – vocals, harmonica (track 1), maracas (track 1), rockas (track 2), castanets (track 6), conga (track 8), production, cover cartoon illustration
Pete Kelly – piano on "Sister Anne"
Dan Bullock – trombone on "Skunk"
Ellis Dee – percussion on "Skunk"
Lil' Bobby Wayne Derminer – wizzer on "Future/Now"
Merlene Driscoll – vocals on "Sister Anne"
Rick Ferretti – trumpet on "Skunk"
Dave Heller – percussion on "Skunk"
Leon Henderson – tenor saxophone on "Skunk"
Joanne Hill – vocals on "Sister Anne"
Larry Horton – trombone on "Sister Anne"
Skip "Van Winkle" Knapé – organ on "Miss X"
Brenda Knight – vocals on "Sister Anne"
Kinki Le Pew – percussion on "Gotta Keep Movin"
Charles Moore – flugelhorn, vocals on "Sister Anne", trumpet, horn arrangement on "Skunk"
Dr. Dave Morgan – percussion on "Skunk"
Scott Morgan – percussion on "Skunk"
Butch O'Brien – bass drum on "Sister Anne"
David Oversteak – tuba on "Sister Anne"
Bob Seger – percussion on "Skunk"
Geoffrey Haslam – production, engineering
Mark Schulman - art direction
Francis Ing - cover photography
1Sister Anne7:26High Time (MC5 album) Wikipedia
2Baby Won't Ya5:34