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Original Album Series [Box set, Import]

XAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B005DEVH0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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UK-only five CD set containing a quintet of albums from the acclaimed Los Angeles punk band. Each album comes in a mini-LP sleeve with all housed in attractive slipcase. Includes the albums Los Angeles, Wild Gift, Under The Big Black Sun, More Fun In The New World and Ain't Love Grande. Please note the last two albums in this set are currently unavailable in the US! Warner.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Let X = X March 19, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I give my limited approval to this box set of X's first five albums, but I'll justify that qualification after I explain why the band mattered.

From 1980 to 1983, X was the pinnacle of punk in L.A., where I grew up and attended college. I bought all of their LPs as soon as they came out and still love them. I had punk rockers as friends, saw their shows at the Whiskey a Go-Go on the Sunset Strip and at Madame Wong's in Chinatown, and graduated shortly after X's first disc was released.

The wonderfully-named John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake came on fast and loud, but their songs were intelligent and weirdly harmonic, and their playing was crisp and professional. Ray Manzarek of The Doors took notice of them and produced their first four albums. In 1980 and 1981, "Los Angeles" and "Wild Gift" came out on the independent Slash label. This was pure punk, brief frenzied vignettes of living fast and dying young with nihilistic titles like "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline," "The World's a Mess, It's in My Kiss," "We're Desperate (Get Used to It)," and, in a nod to The Doors, a delightfully strange cover of "Soul Kitchen."

After the group's 1982 jump to Elektra, a major label, they released "Under the Big Black Sun," a recording suffused with sadness and despair for which Exene Cervenka drew on the death of her sister in a car crash. The next album, 1983's "More Fun in the New World," was X's most accomplished and sophisticated and commercial, causing many punk fans to dismiss it. But it contained mesmerizingly compelling music, songs like "We're Having Much More Fun," "True Love," "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts," "Devil Doll," "Painting the Town Blue," and "I See Red." There's even a tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis on the song "Breathless.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Bonus Tracks from Individual Reissues March 2, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Yes, a great treat, with five long-players going for fifteen bucks plus three shipping.

The mastering in this midpriced 5-CD set is of unknown provenance, but before buying, be aware that these are the bare-bones original LP equivalents, with none of the bonus tracks of some of the latest CD reissues.

"Los Angeles," "Wild Gift,"and "Under the Big Black Sun,"and "Ain't Love Grand?" have been remastered and have extra tracks, but only if you buy the individual midprice reissues.

More Fun In The New World (180 Gram Vinyl), going by Amazon listings alone, seems only to have been remastered in a 2012 vinyl edition, with no extra
tracks.

I tried putting in links to the individual expanded editions, but as Amazon regulars know, it's hard to find a given edition when there are several differing ones, usually hidden in "Formats" under the album's main release, but not apparent in an overall search result. If you're curious, check the site Discogs for various editions.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars X's first five October 9, 2012
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Okay, so the first knock would be that "Ain't Love Grand" isn't in the same league as the first four, and that's true. However, the first 4 X albums are some of the best American rock ever, whatever you want to call it-punk, Americana. It's just great to listen to these again, especially "More Fun in the New World," as it's out of print, and probably their best album end to end. Los Angeles, Wild Gift, and Under the Big Black Sun are excellent. This is the real thing. They are one of the most influential bands of the last 35 years. As for "Ain't Love Grand," it is over-produced compared to the first 4. It's clear that this album was geared to move them into more mainstream. Listening to it now, it's better than 99% of the stuff that came after them, and "Burning House of Love" is an incredible song. Don't let this be "The Unheard Music." It's too good for that. If you listened to what wasn't on the radio in the 80s you probably know X well. Great music from a great band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All five discs are REMASTERED July 29, 2014
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This is a 5CD set from Rhino (2011). I compared these tracks with older issues and with versions on “Make The Music Go Bang” (2004). All discs are remasters. They come in cardboard sleeves that duplicate the original vinyl art. No booklets. Disc faces are generic. Music is louder than my 80s CDs (no surprise) but EQ is very similar (pleasant surprise). They just boosted the volume and brickwalled everything to prevent clipping. THESE ARE THE 2001 REMASTERS, minus artwork and bonus tracks. They sound quite good.

1980 – Los Angeles
1981 – Wild Gift
1982 – Under The Big Black Sun
1983 – More Fun In The New World
1985 – Ain’t Love Grand!
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