The record opens with their first single, a cover of Van Morrison and Them's "I Can Only Give You Anything." (It's obviously where musical cut-and-paste guy Beck copped the "Devil's Haircut" riff.) Featuring prime chunks of all three albums (Kick Out the Jams, Back in the USA and High Time) plus four rare tracks, the MC5 emerge as what they always were: a classic-rock, '50s-influenced (Chuck Berry) guitar band, more notable for attitude and volume than mind-blowing innovations (those were left to their "little brother band" the Stooges, who coat-tailed it onto the MC5's Elektra deal).
The CD booklet has cool Wayne Kramer liner notes and vintage band photos. Sadly, vocalist Tyner died in 1991; Fred "Sonic" Smith, who was married to punk poet/icon Patti, died in 1994. Ironically, they're more influential now than ever.