CD w/12 Page Booklet
Original 1998 pressing, the first legitimate, live recordings of the legendary Sonic's Rendezvous band. A set of ten songs recorded live at Ann Arbor’s Second Chance on April 4, 1978, the last Sonic’s Rendezvous performance before the majority of the band departed on a European tour as Iggy Pop’s backing band; David Bowie later remarked Fred and company were "the most defiant band I’ve ever heard." With more than 50 minutes of uncompromising Detroit rock & roll, Sweet Nothing proves Bowie was on to something.
“Released on the local Mack Aborn Rhythmic Arts label, Sweet Nothing is a collection of 10 songs (along with a "hidden" bonus track) recorded live at Ann Arbor’s Second Chance... The CD was assembled by former manager Freddie Brooks and is a remarkably great-sounding recording and a terrific performance by a legendary band. Also enclosed is a booklet detailing Sonic’s Rendezvous’ brief, but memorable career.” - Wendy Case, Detroit News
"A crucial piece of Michigan power-rock history finally drops into place with the release of live material by the late Fred "Sonic" Smith's legendary, post-MC5 combo... documents the band's fearsome power, velocity and superior, original songwriting with stunning soundboard clarity..." - David Fricke, Uncut
“There had been a couple of poorly recorded bootlegs over the years, but nothing worthy of the SRB’s rep until the group’s charge d’affaires, Freddie Brooks (in cooperation with Patti Smith), released Sweet Nothing, a crisp soundboard recording from a relentlessly ripping 1978 show... It’s nothing but ferocious rama-lama rock and roll played with guitars set on liquefy. The towering eight-and-a-half minute show-closing blitz on "City Slang", which rivals the studio take for pulverizing power, is stunning... Essential listening for fans of the MC5 and the Stooges.” - Tim Perlich, Now Magazine (Toronto)