Sonic's Rendezvous Band (album)

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Sonic's Rendezvous Band
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Box set by Sonic's Rendezvous Band
Released 2006
Recorded 1975-1979
Genre Hard rock, Detroit rock, proto-punk
Length 348:03
Label Easy Action
Sonic's Rendezvous Band chronology
City Slang
(2000)City Slang2000
Sonic's Rendezvous Band
Masonic Temple, Detroit 1978
(2007)Masonic Temple, Detroit 19782007
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Sonic's Rendezvous Band is a 2006 release box set by Sonic's Rendezvous Band under the UK label Easy Action. The remaining band members contributed to the box as well as Fred "Sonic" Smith's estate. The Box includes three previously unreleased live shows, the previous release Sweet Nothing in its entirety, several tracks from the City Slang release, a collection of basement tapes and other live material, as well as the studio recorded single "City Slang" and its intended b-side "Electrophonic Tonic".[1]


David Fricke, Senior Editor of Rolling Stone, stated in the review of this box set that it "comes with its own controversy" over whether it was approved by all involved. Record label Easy Action asserts on its Web site that the release was approved by the surviving band members and by Fred Smith's wife and children. The release is also advertised in Scott Morgan's website. In the interests of balance it should be pointed out that Fricke added: "I'm not taking sides. I just want as much of the best of this band as I can get, in good faith and quality. Right now, this is what I have. And I am playing it. Loud".

However, the band's ex-road manager's website states that it wasn't approved at all, neither by band members nor by the heirs of Fred Smith. The statements, made by Freddie Brooks, disregard the box set as a "fraudulent release" (sic). Brooks said his own website would be re-launched in October 2006, with re-issues of two previously-available CDs and a new three-disc box set, but this has failed to materialise.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Fred "Sonic" Smith; except where indicated

Disc 1 - Ann Arbour, 1975[edit]

  1. "Promised Land" (Chuck Berry)
  2. "Earthy (Scott Morgan)
  3. It's Alright"
  4. "Mystically Yours" (Morgan)
  5. Keep on Hustlin’" (Morgan)
  6. "Space Age Blues" (W.R Cooke)
  7. "Do it Again"
  8. "Hearts"
  9. "I Believe to My Soul" (Ray Charles, Allan Learner)
  10. "Let the Kids Dance" (Bo Diddley)
  11. "Chungo of the Asphalt Jungle" (W.R Cooke)
  12. "Goin’ Bye"
  13. "Roberta" (Al Smith, John Vincent)

Disc 2 - Lamphere High School, Madison Heights, 1976[edit]

  1. "Dangerous" (Morgan)
  2. "Asteroid B612" (Morgan)
  3. "Hard Stoppin’"
  4. "Irish Girl" (Morgan)
  5. "Like a Rolling Stone" (Bob Dylan)
  6. "Succeed" (Morgan)
  7. "Cool Breeze" (Morgan)
  8. "Song L"
  9. "Slow Down (Take a Look)" (Morgan)

Disc 3 - Masonic Auditorium, Detroit, 1978[edit]

  1. "Electrophonic Tonic" (Morgan)
  2. "Sweet Nothin’"
  3. "Asteroid B-612" (Morgan)
  4. "Gone with the Dogs"
  5. "Love and Learn" (Morgan)
  6. "Song L"
  7. "City Slang"

Disc 4 - Second Chance, Ann Arbour, 1978[edit]

  1. "Dangerous" (Morgan)
  2. "Getting There" (Morgan)
  3. "Do it Again"
  4. "Hearts"
  5. "Love & Learn" (Morgan)
  6. "Heart of Stone" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)
  7. "Sweet Nothin’"
  8. "Asteroid B-612" (Morgan)
  9. "Song L"
  10. "City Slang"

Disc 5 - Basement Tapes + Live Rarities[edit]

  1. "Succeed (Morgan) Morgan's Basement '76
  2. "Highjackin' Love" (Tony Hester, Richard "Popcorn" Wylie) Morgan's Basement '76
  3. "Mystically Yours" (Morgan) Morgan's Basement '76
  4. "Take A Look" (Morgan) Morgan's Basement '76
  5. "Electrophonic Tonic" (Morgan) Morgan's Basement '76
  6. "So Sincerely Yours"
  7. "Dangerous" (Morgan)
  8. "Earthy" (Morgan)
  9. "Hearts (aka Detroit Tango)"
  10. "Step By Step" (with Lenny Kaye)
  11. "Party Lights" (Claudine Clark)
  12. "Flight 505" (Jagger, Richards)
  13. "Thrill" (Morgan)
  14. "Goin Bye"
  15. "Gone With The Dogs"

Disc 6 - The Best Stuff You Havent Heard[edit]

  1. "Sweet Little Sixteen" (Chuck Berry)
  2. "Clock With No Hands" (F. "Leadbelly" Smith)
  3. "You're So Great"
  4. "Sweet Nothin’" Executive Ballroom, Sterling Heights 1978 Jan
  5. "Song L" Executive Ballroom, Sterling Heights 1978 Jan
  6. "Love & Learn" (Morgan) Executive Ballroom, Sterling Heights 1978 Jan
  7. "It's Alright"
  8. "Empty Heart" (Nanker, Phelge) Live at the Second Chance in 1977
  9. "American Boy"
  10. "Sweet Nothin’" (Instrumental) Rehearsal
  11. "Electrophonic Tonic" (Morgan) Studio
  12. "City Slang" Studio

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