The Mercury Albums Anthology

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2010
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527337739
  • Catalog Number: 001407402

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cherry Bomb (2:19)
  2. 2 You Drive Me Wild (3:22)
  3. 3 Is It Day or Night? (2:45)
  4. 4 Thunder (2:32)
  5. 5 Rock N Roll (3:17)
  6. 6 Lovers (2:09)
  7. 7 American Nights (3:16)
  8. 8 Blackmail (2:41)
  9. 9 Secrets (2:44)
  10. 10 Dead End Justice (7:00)
  11. 11 Queens of Noise (3:21)
  12. 12 California Paradise (2:54)
  13. 13 All Right You Guys (3:30)
  14. 14 Wild Thing (3:48)
  15. 15 Gettin' Hot (2:59)
  16. 16 Rock N Roll (4:38)
  17. 17 You Drive Me Wild (3:17)
  18. 18 Neon Angels On the Road To Ruin (3:33)
  19. 19 I Wanna Be Where the Boys Are (2:56)
  20. 20 Cherry Bomb (2:11)
  21. 21 American Nights (4:03)
  22. 22 C' Mon (4:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Queens of Noise (3:29)
  2. 2 Take It or Leave It (3:26)
  3. 3 Midnight Music (2:52)
  4. 4 Born To Be Bad (4:31)
  5. 5 Neon Angels on the Road to Ruin (3:28)
  6. 6 I Love Playin' with Fire (3:21)
  7. 7 California Paradise (2:55)
  8. 8 Hollywood (2:57)
  9. 9 Heart Beat (2:51)
  10. 10 Johnny Guitar (7:18)
  11. 11 Little Sister (3:06)
  12. 12 Wasted (3:26)
  13. 13 Gotta Get Out Tonight (3:31)
  14. 14 Wait For Me (4:56)
  15. 15 Fantasies (5:37)
  16. 16 School Days (2:53)
  17. 17 Trash Can Murders (3:16)
  18. 18 Don't Go Away (3:33)
  19. 19 Waitin' for the Night (5:02)
  20. 20 You're Too Possessive (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Runaways Primary Artist
Lita Ford Guitar
Joan Jett Guitar, Vocals
Cherie Currie Piano, Vocals
Jackie Fox Bass, Vocals
Sandy West Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Lita Ford Composer
Joan Jett Composer
Lou Reed Composer
The Runaways Arranger, Producer
Cherie Currie Composer
Kim Fowley Arranger, Composer, Director, Producer
Chip Taylor Composer
Billy Bizeau Composer
Jackie Fox Composer
Earle Mankey Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Taavi Mote Engineer
Michael Steele Composer
Sandy West Composer
Barry Korkin Compilation Supervisor
Bud Scoppa Liner Notes
Kent J. Smythe Producer
Kari Krome Composer
Roni Lee Composer
Danielle Faye Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Art Direction
Bob Wellingham Composer
Steven Tetsch Composer
Toshio Kobayashi Engineer
Eric Verwilghen Composer
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