RELEASE
March 16, 2010
LABEL
Mercury

Album Review

Released in conjunction with the silver screen dramatization of the Runaways’ saga, Hip-O Select’s The Mercury Albums Anthology rounds up the group’s four albums - 1976’s The Runaways, plus Live in Japan, Queens of Noise, and Waitin’ for the Night, all released in 1977-- in a slick two-disc set. Anybody won over to the Runaways via the charms or Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning will find this to be much too much -- really, they’ll be satiated by a quick download of “Cherry Bomb” -- as this is intended for connoisseurs of sleaze and those under the impression that the female foursome were pioneers not at all under the skeevy thumb of Kim Fowley. Both groups may find what’s contained on Mercury Albums Anthology somewhat underwhelming: the Runaways plodded as much as the plundered, hammering out three-chord riffs that had more to do with frizzy-haired metal than any kind of proto-punk. Live, they had a modicum of energy, as evidenced by Live in Japan, but they wound up being highly polished and packaged in the studio, with Fowley steering them ever so slightly toward sticky, disposable bubblegum. Joan Jett eventually wound up digging in her heels, asserting control on Waitin’ for the Night, but by then, the band was straining under Fowley’s direction, and the end was near. All this is, of course, apparent on this de facto complete recordings -- they knocked out another record after leaving Mercury -- but the lasting impression of this double-disc set is that the Runaways’ myth is always better than their music.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Cherry Bombhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/cherry-bomb/id359281187?i=359281204&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. You Drive Me Wildhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-drive-me-wild/id359281187?i=359281261&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Is It Day or Night?http://itunes.apple.com/album/is-it-day-or-night/id359281187?i=359281355&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Thunderhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/thunder/id359281187?i=359281364&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Rock N Rollhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Lovershttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lovers/id359281187?i=359281445&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. American Nightshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/american-nights/id359281187?i=359281512&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Blackmailhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blackmail/id359281187?i=359281604&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Secretshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/secrets/id359281187?i=359281668&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Dead End Justicehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dead-end-justice/id359281187?i=359281824&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Queens of Noise [Live In Japan] [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/queens-of-noise/id359281187?i=359282010&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. California Paradise [Live In Japan] [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/california-paradise/id359281187?i=359282037&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. All Right You Guys [Live In Japan] [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/all-right-you-guys/id359281187?i=359282143&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Wild Thing [Live In Japan] [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/wild-thing/id359281187?i=359282191&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Gettin' Hot [Live In Japan] [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/gettin-hot/id359281187?i=359282233&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Rock N Roll [Live In Japan] [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/rock-n-roll/id359281187?i=359282248&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. You Drive Me Wild [Live In Japan] [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/you-drive-me-wild/id359281187?i=359282296&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Neon Angels On the Road To Ruin [Live In Japan] [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/neon-angels-on-the-road-to-ruin/id359281187?i=359282330&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. I Wanna Be Where the Boys Are [Live In Japan] [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/i-wanna-be-where-the-boys-are/id359281187?i=359282353&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Cherry Bomb [Live In Japan] [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/cherry-bomb/id359281187?i=359282413&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. American Nights [Live In Japan] [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/american-nights/id359281187?i=359282558&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. C' Mon [Live In Japan] [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/c-mon/id359281187?i=359282580&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Queens of Noisehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. Take It or Leave Ithttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Midnight Musichttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Born to Be Badhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Neon Angels on the Road to Ruinhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. I Love Playin' With Firehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. California Paradisehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Hollywoodhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Heart Beathttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Johnny Guitarhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Little Sisterhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. Wastedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Gotta Get Out Tonighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. Wait For Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. Fantasieshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. School Dayshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. Trash Can Murdershttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  40. Don't Go Awayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  41. Waitin' For the Nighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  42. You're Too Possessivehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-mercury-albums-anthology/id359281187?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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