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Best of the Runaways: 20th Century Masters - Millennium Collection Best of, Original recording remastered
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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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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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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.
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.
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 herself...so 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