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I Love Rock N' Roll Re-Mastere [Enhanced, Original recording remastered, Import]

Joan Jett & the Black Hearts Audio CD
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1. I Love Rock N' Roll
2. (I'm Gonna) Run Away
3. Love Is Pain
4. Nag
5. Crimson and Clover
6. Victim of Circumstance
7. Bits and Pieces
8. Be Straight
9. You're Too Possessive
10. Little Drummer Boy
11. Oh Woe Is Me
12. Louie Louie
13. You Don't Know What You've Got (Live B-Side)
14. Summertime Blues
15. Nag (with The Coasters)Bonus Enhanced Footage:I Love Rock N' Roll: The Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ - 8/17/83Victim of Circumstance: The Summit, Houston, TX - 10/7/83On Tour in Panama City, Panama 1984

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Digitally remastered and expanded version of Joan's breakthrough album, originally released in 1981. Features five bonus tracks including both 'Woe Is Me' and 'Little Drummer Boy', which were both the album's final track depending on which pressing you bought (the first pressing had the yuletide favorite). 15 tracks total.

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A surprise early-'80s superstar, Joan Jett had pretty much been left for dead by a record industry that was choosing not to remember her all-female teenage band the Runaways. Her second solo album, I Love Rock n Roll cherished a loud guitar crunch clearly not in fashion in the dance pop-lite era. But Jett also knew the value of a hook, and the songs contained herein use them to memorable effect. The title track became an anthem. Her resuscitation of Tommy James and the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover" proved she meant it. "(I'm Gonna) Run Away" and "Nag" solidified her point. The jump-start was immediate and led Jett to record a succession of satisfying albums. --Rob O'Connor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Given Joan Jett's influences and admirees, such as Chuck Berry, the Coasters, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Tommy James, when that woman belts out "I Love Rock And Roll" I've never heard a truer word sung. Well, maybe I have, but I wonder how many people in 1982 knew that right off from those beginning guitar riffs and claps, that throaty growl of a voice, and the backup vocalists on the chorus, that they would be listening to one of the biggest hits of the 1980's and putting who knows how many dimes in the jukebox. Chances are, this song was such a hit, many people were left thinking "I Love Joan Jett" as well. This second version of the Arrows hit done with the Blackhearts instead of what Joan did with Steve Jones and Paul Cook has a lot more punch, grinding guitars, percussive energy.
The album is consistent in applying Joan's influences, particularly 60's rock with a thick layer of dynamite hard-rock attack of guitar, drums, and kick-a** vocals from the woman herself, as seen in the lovers' drama of "(I'm Gonna) Run Away."
"Love Is Pain" is a throwback to 60's girl-groups like the Shangri-Las or the Angels, but is as blistering as the title track.
The cover of the Halos' "Nag" duplicates the sounds of the original, down to the pause and one of the Blackhearts speaking a line on cue, almost like "Summertime Blues." Also here as a bonus track is the same song but with assistance from the Coasters, whose sound this is a takeoff on.
The other big hit from this album was her Top Ten cover of Tommy James' #1 hit "Crimson And Clover," and the Blackhearts' harmonies in the refrain bring an 80's hard rock update while giving a nod to the original.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joan Jett is Awesome July 2 2002
By M. Gall
Format:Audio CD
As a college student I am sick and tired of all this pop (crud). I'm also a little skeptical of those artist that are going to "bring rock back" as many music critics seem to hope. I just don't have the time or money to invest fully in the local and underground scenes. So I've looked to the past to keep rocking. This album makes me happy everytime I listen to it. There are parts that drag a little, but in general worth every penny. Joan is an amazing performer. I just wish B. Spears hadn't covered I Love Rock and Roll. I nearly cried. Great album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Jett's Commercial Breakthrough Dec 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL was Joan Jett's commercial breakthrough. The title track is overplayed, but the next song, "(I'm Gonna) Runaway", is the best thing here. There are other good songs here, too, making I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL the best place to start your Joan Jett collection.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers Girl Dec 6 2006
By Jim Whittaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Joan Jett's second solo album, I Love Rock 'N Roll, provided her musical identity. The song "I Love Rock 'N Roll" had been recorded in 1976 by an English group called the Arrows as a b-side to one of their singles. Joan saw them play the song on a TV show while on tour with the Runaways, and wanted them to record it. Joan recorded an earlier version on the b-side of one of her solo singles, then re-recorded it in its best-known version, which hit number one on the charts. The black-and-white video was played endlessly on MTV, and the poster for the album was hung on the wall behind the MTV veejays. The album is a classic slice of hard rock bubblegum; Ritchie Cordell and Kenny Laguna mixed Gibson guitars with compressed Gary Glitter-style drums to produce Joan's catchy, hard-edged sound. The late addition of guitarist Ricky Byrd to the sessions gives most of the songs a playful urgency. Crunchy originals ("Love is Pain," "Victim of Circumstance") are blended with rowdy covers ("Nag"- The Halos, "Crimson and Clover"- Tommy James and the Shondells, "Bits and Pieces"- Dave Clark Five, "You're Too Possessive"- Runaways) in a nonstop romp of 80s hard rock that melts in your ears like sugar, sugar.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Joan Jett studio album-and I love R&R too! Feb. 24 2004
By Daniel J. Hamlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Given Joan Jett's influences and admirees, such as Chuck Berry, the Coasters, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Tommy James, when that woman belts out "I Love Rock And Roll" I've never heard a truer word sung. Well, maybe I have, but I wonder how many people in 1982 knew that right off from those beginning guitar riffs and claps, that throaty growl of a voice, and the backup vocalists on the chorus, that they would be listening to one of the biggest hits of the 1980's and putting who knows how many dimes in the jukebox. Chances are, this song was such a hit, many people were left thinking "I Love Joan Jett" as well. This second version of the Arrows hit done with the Blackhearts instead of what Joan did with Steve Jones and Paul Cook has a lot more punch, grinding guitars, percussive energy.
The album is consistent in applying Joan's influences, particularly 60's rock with a thick layer of dynamite hard-rock attack of guitar, drums, and kick-a** vocals from the woman herself, as seen in the lovers' drama of "(I'm Gonna) Run Away."
"Love Is Pain" is a throwback to 60's girl-groups like the Shangri-Las or the Angels, but is as blistering as the title track.
The cover of the Halos' "Nag" duplicates the sounds of the original, down to the pause and one of the Blackhearts speaking a line on cue, almost like "Summertime Blues." Also here as a bonus track is the same song but with assistance from the Coasters, whose sound this is a takeoff on.
The other big hit from this album was her Top Ten cover of Tommy James' #1 hit "Crimson And Clover," and the Blackhearts' harmonies in the refrain bring an 80's hard rock update while giving a nod to the original.
Her cover of the Dave Clark Five's boot-stomping "Bits And Pieces" is another standout due to the beginning stand-alone drums and alternating vocals between Joan and the Blackhearts.
For an earful of Bo Diddley-type rockabilly done with the Jett sound, check out "Be Straight." And I'll be straight and say it rocks out like the others. And for something more punk mixed with a "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" energy, there's "You're Too Possessive."
The Christmas song "Little Drummer Boy" was on version 1 of I Love Rock And Roll as the album was released around Christmas-time. After the holidays, it was later replaced by the B-side of "Crimson And Clover," the engaging "Oh Woe Is Me," featuring a loud alley cat screech from Jett, also present here.
As for the extra tracks, the cover versions of "Louie Louie" and "Summertime Blues" also ended up on Flashback, but the latter is particularly dynamite. A live version of "You Don't Know What You've Got" from Bad Reputation is included.
What's also intriguing are songs recorded during the sessions that never made it. "Rebel Rebel" is on Flashback, "Wait For Me" had to wait a decade or so before turning up on Notorious, and "I Love Playing With Fire" ended up on the controversy-laden Album (hints: hidden track, "Star Star", yank from shelves).
Probably the definitive Joan Jett studio album, as it eventually went diamond, thanks to its #1 title track that spent nearly two months on the charts. Well, gotta run. Gotta put another dime in the jukebox, baby, or I'll be in pieces, bits and pieces.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Solid album ruined by "remastering" July 2 2010
By jeff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I hope I don't give anyone the wrong idea. Joan Jett's 1981 breakthrough album "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" is a solid classic that showcases Joan Jett's attitude and skill, and it really benefits from the Blackhearts (Ricky Byrd in particular), though I prefer her earlier album, "Bad Reputation." Regardless, this is one of numerous albums ruined by "remastering" to the point of being virtually unlistenable. I do hope this wasn't an anomaly, because I'm posting the review for the exact CD I own, and there don't seem to be any other complaints.

If any of your are confused as to how an album could be ruined by remastering, go watch any number of videos on "The Loudness War" that have been uploaded to YouTube. Since the mid-90s, noticeable increases in the volume of CDs have been prevalent to the point of clipping and distortion on songs. It actually hurts your ears to listen to some of these songs, no matter how good they may be.

I first encountered this problem when I purchased the CD. I was quite excited to finally get my hands on a Joan Jett album, though once I saw the "remastered" tag at the bottom, I got worried. I hoped it wouldn't be too bad, but when I got home and listened to the title track, my ears were in terrible pain. I knew Joan Jett liked distorted guitars, but they sounded a lot more disorted than usual; the whole thing did.

The audio quality is terrible, but the package comes with some nice bonuses (live footage, bonus tracks, a small poster). The songs are great, especially the first half of the album, with the title track, "Love is Pain," the energetic and silly "Nag," the sultry "Crimson and Clover," and on the second half, the criminally underrated "Victim of Circumstance," and "You're Too Possessive."

I recommend purchasing this album, but please - purchase a CD from before 1995 (I saw some copies from 1993 on the site), or do yourself one better and pick up the copy on Vinyl. Do your ears and Joan Jett a favor.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Rock and Roll March 8 2005
By Kelley L. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard "I Love Rock and Roll" on the radio while driving around Austin, Texas in, I think, 1982. I immediately thought, "This is a classic." It is. One of the greatest rock songs ever. Joan Jett is still around, but I don't think she gets nearly enough credit for how great her work was in the early 80's. This album is a must have for any Rock library.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The God-Mother of 3 Chord Rock May 8 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
She is to 3 chord punk what Elvis is to rock and what James Brown is to soul.
She's the artist who made the music industry take female guitarists seriously.
Whether it's her original songs or just cover songs she infuses her songs with passion that is not only fun to sing to in the car but drives a point home after the tune has ended.
The song that got me hooked was "You Don't Know What You've Got" when I heard it on a 45 vinyl B side to I Love Rock & Roll. I mean the guitars in the song sonify the disappointment of going all out in a relationship with the solo then melodic blast <hard guitar> into the resentment felt afterwards.
The classic ones like 'Bits & Pieces, Crimson & Clover, Nag, and Louie Louie' get a great new wave infusion.
She could take a loss in the stock market, write a tune about it and be able to strike a chord with enough people to recoop her losses, her mass appeal is that strong.
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