Sonic's Rendezvouz Band: Detroit Tango 12"

Sonic's Rendezvouz Band: Detroit Tango 12"

Tags: · 70s · detroit · proto-punk · recommended · reissues · rock and pop
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Released and imported from Svart Records of Finland. When the first pressing of this killer slab sold out, I contacted my friend at Svart to inquire about getting a large quantity of the second batch for distribution within the US. We came up with the idea of doing an exclusive colored-vinyl version for Splattered Recs. So here you have it.


One of thee best official compilations of Sonic's Rendezvous Band material ever released. I describe it as a best of selection from the expensive 6-CD boxset that Easy Action released years ago. This is one of thee greatest bands to ever exist and forever a Detroit staple.


Limited to 200 copies on sun yellow, translucent vinyl. All copies include an 18x24" foldout poster.

Our take: Detroit Tango takes the expansive 6-CD Sonic’s Rendezvous Band box set that came out in 2006 and whittles it down to a double LP with no repeated songs. If you aren’t familiar with SRV, they’re a Detroit band who existed from 1974 to 1980 and only released one single during that time. However, that single is a track called “City Slang” that is one of the most exhilarating pieces of Detroit rock-and-roll you’ll find. The “Sonic” in the band’s name refers to Fred “Sonic” Smith, who played guitar in the MC5, and SRV’s drummer was Scott Asheton from the Stooges, so they’re Detroit royalty. To me, their music is more streamlined than either the MC5 or the Stooges, downplaying those two bands’ soul/R&B and avant/jazz influences (respectively) and focusing on hard-edged, riff-driven hard rock. SRV, despite featuring these first-wave Detroit players, reminds me more of bands like Radio Birdman who took what those first-wavers did and took it into the punk era. While Sonic’s name is on the marquee, for me it’s Scott Asheton who makes this band. I can’t even imagine what he would sound like playing on something that sucked, and whenever his drums kick in here (and even on the live recordings the kick drum always hits you like a gut punch) it kicks everything up several notches. Detroit Tango does an admirable job of being the SRV album they never made. While it peters out a little on side four with a few weaker tracks, the bulk of this is a bonanza of riffs and rhythms, as pure an expression of rock-and-roll as you’ll find anywhere. My only complaint is that “City Slang” doesn’t appear on the record, but all that means is that you need two SRV records in your collection rather than just this one.