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The Runaways' story has come to the screen-and now, it comes to your speakers as you hear all 42 tracks from their original Mercury LPs! They may have been the brainchild of scheming svengali Kim Fowley, but they had all the power of hard rock, the sneer of punk and two future stars: Joan Jett and Lita Ford. Here are Cherry Bomb; Rock & Roll; Secrets; Is It Day or Night?; Queens of Noise; You Drive Me Wild; California Paradise; C'Mon , and the rest from The Runaways, Queens of Noise, Live in Japan and Waitin' for the Night.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cherry Bomb
  2. You Drive Me Wild
  3. Is It Day Or Night?
  4. Thunder
  5. Rock & Roll
  6. Lovers
  7. American Nights
  8. Blackmail
  9. Secrets
  10. Dead End Justice
  11. Queens of Noise Live
  12. California Paradise Live
  13. All Right You Guys Live
  14. Wild Thing Live
  15. Gettin' Hot Live
  16. Rock N Roll Live
  17. You Drive Me Wild Live Live
  18. Neon Angels on the Road To Ruin Live
  19. I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are Live
  20. Cherry Bomb Live
  21. American Nights Live
  22. C'Mon Live

Disc: 2

  1. Queens of Noise
  2. Take It Or Leave It
  3. Midnight Music
  4. Born To Be Bad
  5. Neon Angels on the Road To Ruin
  6. I Love Playin' with Fire
  7. California Paradise
  8. Hollywood
  9. Heartbeat
  10. Johnny Guitar
  11. Little Sister12, Wasted
  12. Gotta Get Out Tonight
  13. Wait For Me
  14. Fantasies
  15. School Days
  16. Trash Can Murders
  17. Don't Go Away
  18. Waitin' For the Night
  19. You're Too Possessive


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 16, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • ASIN: B0036ZKLL4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With the Runaways biopic getting a major market push, it was a no-brainer for their oft-ignored catalog to get a fresh reissue. Contained in this set are the three studio albums the group recorded for Mercury (The Runaways, Queens of Noise and Waitin' For the Night), and a live album originally released as an import (Live in Japan). This represents the heart and soul of the Runaways' catalog, and though a post-Mercury album (And Now... The Runaways), an odds `n' sods collection (Flaming Schoolgirls) and prehistoric demos (Born to Be Bad) can be found, they're the province of completists. For those new to the group's repertoire this four-LPs-on-two-CDs set will tell you everything you need to know - if not a bit more - about the group's recorded legacy.

The Runaways' self-titled 1976 debut tells most of the story: five girls who are both a legitimate rock group and puppets of their Svengali producer, Kim Fowley. The dynamic of teenage hormones, rock `n' roll dreams and jailbait marketing gave the album both muscle and sexual sizzle.
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It's about time we got this collection. The Runaways may not have been hugely successful in America in the Seventies, but they certainly deserved to be. They weren't taken too seriously by many people, but those people probably never bothered to listen to the music. Their musicianship shouldn't be dismissed, either. Lita is a good lead guitarist, Joan is a riff monster on rhythm, and Sandy is rock solid on drums. The Runaways kicked ass, and their music holds up today.

I've been a Runaways fan since the beginning. I have all five of their original albums on LP (the fifth album, And Now...The Runaways was not released domestically). I hadn't listened to those albums in many years until I got this collection. I have the best-of set released by Mercury a few years ago, but I hadn't heard most of their music in many many years. I was surprised by how good it really is. There are very few weak songs in the entire two-disc set.

The first album sets the tone for their career. "Cherry Bomb" still seems outrageous after all these years. Today we have boring crap like the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus. I don't think you'd hear any sixteen-year-olds today singing songs like "Cherry Bomb" or "Neon Angels On The Road To Ruin." For me, the best track on the first album is the cover of Lou Reed's "Rock & Roll." It just kills.

The second album, "Queens of Noise", picks right up where the first album left off. They continue to rock hard with songs like "I Love Playin' With Fire", "Born To Be Bad", and the title track. "Johnny Guitar" is not one of their finer moments. It doesn't help that Cherie's vocals are so far down in the mix that you can barely discern the words. Other than this track, it's a killer album.
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In the mid 70's if you wanted to be a female performer you had to be a Joni Mitchell folkie/singer-songwriter, or a maybe a Linda Ronstadt type. The Runaways, 5 teenage rockers that sang about booze, sex, and rock lifestyle just as good as the pioneers of the style at the time (Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Kiss, Foghat, AC/DC) did it..were pretty much trailblazers in creating hard rocking female bands. The only other comparable forerunners being England's Girlschool, because honsetly, while they were cool at the time the Go-Go's and the Bangles just weren't rocking. Featuring lead singer Cherie Curie (decked in lingere), guitarists Joan Jett and Lita Ford, bassist Jackie Fox and drummer Sandy West; the band was put together by Kim Fowley who had been an unsuccessful record producer since the 60's, and also had a rep for gimmick acts. So this one wasnt taken very seriously in 1976/77 when this group of jailbait punker chicks emerged. Fowley of course wanted to get to the top with the band and Joan Jett just wanted to actually be in a band and make rock n roll. The other members had similar ambitions but unfortunatly it didnt turn out well as mainstream America didnt know what to make of it and radio programmers ignored the bands 3 albums. The Runaways, Queens Of Noise (1977) and Waiting For The Night (1978), which was fronted vocally by Jett after Curie's departure. This collection features all 3 albums plus their Live In Japan(where they were huge) album which was recorded before Waiting For The Night but wasn't released in America.

The 2010 biopic spurred more interest in the group and Hip-O records issued this great 2 disc anthology.
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