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The Mercury Albums Anthology
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The 2010 biopic spurred more interest in the group and Hip-O records issued this great 2 disc anthology.Read more ›
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The Runaways awesome group.. The music on this mp3 download is all great.. All the songs are super to listen too.. You just have to get this..Published on May 15, 2014 by Mike A. R.
this is the greats all girl band of all times. I am a huge fan of Joan Jett. A must buyPublished on May 5, 2014 by Robert
my all-time fave band!i already own the runaways catalog on vinyl and cd but just had to have this!beautifully packaged with some photos that i hadnt seen before. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by stewart murdoch
We have been waiting for cd to arrive. review is requested! I have just looked back in emails and find that THIS THING IS TO BE DOWNLOADED! don't have any idea of what to do. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Terry
Very good early Joan Jett and Lita Ford! These girls can rock!! I was really pleased with the amount of songs here.Published on May 2, 2013 by MadMax
This has all 3 of their studio albums plus their killer live in Japan album...I wish I had been into them as a teen back in the 70s, and that they had more material with Cherie... Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by untypical1
The Runaways were one of the best bands of the 1970's.They are just now becoming discovered.They are original as the first all girl rock bands.They are all talented.Published on January 3, 2013 by zeke