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Best Of (W/3 Live Tracks) Best of, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (May 24 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0009IW9U2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Best Of The Runaways: 20th Century Masters collects together a dozen high-charged album highlights including 'Cherry Bomb', 'Secrets', 'Born To Be Bad', 'Wasted' and 'Waitin' For The Night'. Each selection has been newly remastered for superior sound. Island. 2005.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anurb on Nov. 17 2006
Format: Audio CD
A band that is too often overlooked and forgotten, The Runaways are the true pioneers of women rockers, who can rock as loud and as good as any guy band.
With Joan Jett, Lita Ford, and Cherie Currie at the helm, these girls aren't afraid to express the teenage anthem of sex, drugs, and rock and roll to anyone that will listen. A must have collection for any rocker, and especially for young girls today who are rock fans and want to hear other girls rock out. Far from being a clever marketing ploy, The Runaways are the real deal...their unabashed lyrics, bad girl personas, and ability to rock like boys did not made them the darlings of US radio airways during the 70's..they were ahead of their time, and their time has come now.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
It's nice that they were at least acknowledged... June 22 2005
By jon sieruga - Published on
Format: Audio CD
...but this Millennium Collection is strictly Runaways 101. There are much better places to begin your Runaways collection. Even the mid-'80's Mercury compilation features all these songs and more. For those totally unfamiliar with the Runaways' music, it's crunchy, hard-shelled glitter rock(not quite punk, although critics were quick to call it that in 1977), with sexually diffuse lyrics and lots of bad-girl-on-the-schoolyard sneering. However, the Runaways were definitely not posers, and Lita Ford showed flashy, amazing guitar skills even then(she didn't have much speed, but she was adept with this jailbait material). But for the uninitiated, the Mercury comp. is the better buy.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Affordable introduction to the Runaways Jan. 24 2008
By Justin G. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you're checking out this compilation, chances are you've heard about the Runaways - the all-girl rock band from the late 70's that featured, among others, a young Joan Jett and Lita Ford - and want to see what the band was all about. You've come to the right place. Once again, the 20th Century Masters "Best Of" series has provided an affordable way to sample an artist's music without committing to multiple studio albums.

This collection is short and to the point (it includes just 12 songs at close to 45 minutes), and is the perfect way to familiarize yourself with the Runaways' edgy, sexy, punk-infused rock & roll sound. You get a nice selection of songs from the band's back catalog, including a few live tracks (I can only imagine how much fun a live Runaways show was), all with digitally remastered sound. The remastering is a nice bonus, but this is one of those bands that are probably better experienced on a scratchy LP.

The Best of the Runaways: the 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection is an ideal introduction to one of the more underrated early all-girl rock acts. It provides a great overview of the band's catalog to the casual fan, features high quality sound, and is quite affordable.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
this was a glimpse of things to come from some future superstars March 19 2011
By Scott B. Saul - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to evaluate this compilation. When you compare these songs to other bands from the era, this material is gritty and hard rocking but it has it's limitations. It can get pretty weak.

The Runaways will never be in the Rock and Rll Hall of Fame. However, that criticism is highly unfair since you are listening to young teenage girls and not experienced musicians. When you think about it, these high school-aged girls were right out of the starting blocks and they were able to compete okay with the big boys. Joan Jett developed into rock and roll royalty and Lita Ford didn't do so bad nothing was coincidental...this was a spawning ground for some future great artists. How were supergroups like Led Zep, Pink Floyd, U2 or anybody else when they were 15 or 16? Would their works be as listenable as this?

This is raw, stripped down, 3 chord rock, highly compareable to what English punk rock groups or The Ramones were doing during the same era.

"Cherry Bomb" is the highlight
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Collection Aug. 15 2007
By Steven Swan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Everyone knows how important the Runaways were to the future of women in hard rock, and it's great that so many still appreciate their music today.

I keep this collection along with the Edgeplay soundtrack (CD) side by side when I wanna rock out old school to the women of hard rock.

This CD comes with a nice foldout history of the band, plus a few group pics to enjoy, and/or laugh at how young they were and looked...especially Joan and Lita.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not great Dec 7 2010
By Sara - Published on
Format: Audio CD
While this CD is good, it doesn't include some of their best songs that could have easily replaced a few of the tracks on here (not that they are bad). Its disappointing that "California Paradise", "Dead End Justice", "I Wanna' Be Where The Boys Are", and "Midnight Music" aren't included, after all, some of these are more recognized songs by The Runaways. I plan on getting the Mercury Albums Anthology for a few dollars more, its a great bargain and includes 41 songs as opposed to 12.

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