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Up Your Alley

Joan Jett & The BlackheartsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Unvarnished, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts first studio record in more than seven years, breaks new lyrical ground for the pioneering female rocker while remaining true to the veracious sound that Jett is known for. Much of the album is a reflection on the human experience delving into subjects ranging from the tenacity of the human spirit in the face of disaster to the cultural phenomenon of ... Read more in Amazon's Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Store

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  • Audio CD (May 23, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0012GMVN0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Hate Myself For Loving You
2. Ridin' With James Dean
3. Little Liar
4. Tulane
5. I Wanna Be Your Dog
6. I Still Dream About You
7. You Want In, I Want Out
8. Just Like In The Movies
9. Desire
10. Back It Up
11. Play That Song Again

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail Joan Jett February 10, 2010
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I'm sure that in any serious discussion of rock-chick luminaries there would be the inevitable nods to the incendiary booze-blues of Janis Joplin, the subtle explosiveness of Grace Slick or the swirling sorcery of Stevie Nicks. Unfortunately, within the very narrow corridors of the rock caste system you'll never talk (or drink) long enough to get around to a performer who is every bit their equal - Joan Jett.

In many respects she never escaped the extremely long and suffocating shadow of her one monster hit, I Love Rock and Roll, a heavy rotation radio staple of the early 1980's. Unfortunately, while her mega-watt star turn was fleeting her early body of work has more than guaranteed her legacy - specifically Bad Reputation - a balls-to-the-wall rock record that is still incinerating iPods even today.

However, Jett remains the ultimate guilty pleasure. And, if the rock Illuminati who all talk a good game about Joplin (my bet is that they have not voluntarily played her records for twenty years) were truthful, any party is a much better affair with Jett's snarling, erotic swagger on soundtrack.

All of which brings me around to her late 1980's comeback recording, Up Your Alley. While many performers facing a make-or-break career crossroads would slip into another guise to broaden their appeal (Rod Stewart, anyone?) Jett stayed true to herself and unleashed what I believe is her best and most satisfying work - forty minutes of decibel shredding power-chord rock that is relentless and life affirming. From the opening of the one prominent single, I Hate Myself For Loving You through Riding With James Dean, Little Liar and a blistering cover of Chuck Berry's Tulane, Jett delivers the booming pyrotechnics in leather and bass-line spades!

Up Your Alley was... is... the welcome return of an authentic rock original - and one of the best driving records around. Five Stars!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underplayed and underappreciated. April 17, 2000
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Though most famous for their early 80s hit "I Love Rock'n Roll", Joan Jett & The Blackhearts received too little acclaim for this effort. The only tract to gain exposure, "I Hate Myself for Loving You", is good and somewhat reminiscent of their afore mentioned hit, but it's arguably one of the least impressive selections from a great album. Even after many years, I regularly play this CD for songs like "Desire", "Tulane", "Little Liar", and "Just Like in the Movies". I truly can't imagine how anyone can listen to "Desire" more than once without pronouncing it a great tune, and then wondering how in the world it never got more play years ago. The more you listen, the better this one gets.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JOAN JETT MAKES HER MARK February 7, 1999
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Want to know what Joan Jett is all about? This is the place to find out. On "Up Your Alley" Joan shows us what it's like to really love rock and roll by doing what she does best: creating those three-chord rock songs so vibrant they make you dance and so memorably written and performed that you can't stop singing them after the first listen. No better hook can be heard in any chorus in rock history than on "I Hate Myself For Loving You", a spitefully irreverent dedication to one of THOSE people....and she more than makes up for this bitterness in "Play That Song Again", a tune which then makes us believe, truly believe, that this is where Joan's heart really the music. Will you believe the cold brutal honesty of "You Want In, I Want Out" or the more homey and endearing sentiment in "Desire"? Well, I'll bet even money that Joan Jett makes you believe both...and makes you ask yourself if there is really anything more to it than being enraptured by the music she is making.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HER BEST ALBUM! August 12, 1999
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This is my all time favorite Joan Jett album! I own Bad Repuation, I Love Rock n Roll and Good Music, and this album just tops them all. The albums sounds like pop/rock where as the others had a punk feel to it. This album is full of catchy tunes to have your toe tapping for days.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jett rocks Mott February 22, 2001
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The trouble with you lot and Miss Jett is very simple, you take one look and go "Sex Bomb" and don't go any further. This may be a fair gut reaction. However, stop, take a smell of the music because it rocks. Released in 1988 and produced by long term mentor Kenny Laguna, "Up Your Alley" has been far more influential on the rock world than most would admit. All of the big hair poodle rock boys should give a doff of the hat to Joan Jett and her merry cohorts "The Blackhearts". From "Bon Jovi" to "Motley Crue", they've all obviously lent an ear, copping a few hints here and hear. Everybody who's been to a bar in Thailand knows the opening song, "I Hate Myself For Loving You". Whether it is the original version by Joan or a Thai cover version the music is undeniably Joan Jett's. The song opens with Thommy Price's big drum sound before the guitars come crashing in. Joan gives one of her sexy little yelps and the chorus drags you dancing along. As with two other songs on this album, "Little Liar" and the love rejection song "You Want In, I Want Out", it was co-written with Desmond Child. This does not diminish anything from the songs that Joan wrote with the rest of the band. There is not a `filler' on the album. "I Still Dream About You" is an all time classic, with Joan throwing herself at you with some of the most Vulgar Lyrics ever recorded. The two cover songs are well chosen. First you have Chuck Berry's free way madness anthem "Tulane" which just rocks, with Thommy Price's drums again excelling. The high point of the album though is Joan's interpretation of the Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog", which Joan makes her own. I want to be your dog Joan? Joan Jett & the Blackhearts have always been in your face Rock `n' Roll. What the band play is what you get - the original garage punk. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
More Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are awesome. This is rock and roll.
Published 5 days ago by Yossarian32
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring It On
Joan Jett has a way of making power chords meaningful. Strong! Bold! And without a lot of frills. You can hear that in "I Hate Myself for Loving You".
Published 26 days ago by Kerry
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Rock n Roll!
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have an awesome rock n roll sound! Love to hear their songs... however not all the songs on this album were enjoyable.
Published 4 months ago by Heidi
5.0 out of 5 stars Up Yours!
I got into really listening to Joan Jett, because of my daughter. Her being a fan made me listen more closely and really appreciate the talent her and her band have. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cecil A. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Bringing Joan Jett back into my life....
Joan Jett recently came back into my life and I am happy she did!!! This is not the album I had in mind to order but I was going to get it later..... well I love it ! Read more
Published 8 months ago by polkaking
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Jett Rocks...
One of my favorite albums of hers, replaced a stolen copy from when my truck was broken into. Everything she does kicks ass!!
Published 15 months ago by DenisC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rock CD
I also had this on cassette but no cassette or player.So I knew I HAD to have this cd.It brings back alot of memories.Absolutely LOVE this tape.Oh the sweet memories!!! Read more
Published 15 months ago by scott teeselink
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
This is one of my favorite artist of all time, Its one of those albums you can play over and over again and never get tired of it.
Published 18 months ago by Renee J
4.0 out of 5 stars Joanie does it again
JJ goes a little polished, a little slick ,on the production side,but by in large, its a SOLID rock album from JOAN JETT the QUEEN of ROCK'n'ROLL!!
Published 19 months ago by BLKnBLU
5.0 out of 5 stars Jett Rocks
Enjoying the album, found a couple of new favorite songs, definitely a Joan Jett album worth having in your collection.
Published on February 2, 2012 by mideno
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