Under the Big Black Sun [2001 Bonus Tracks] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
X's first album issued on a major label, 1982's Under the Big Black Sun, is arguably their finest record. All 11 songs are exceptional, from both a performance and compositional point of view. Ray Manzarek's production is more akin to hard rock bands than their earlier punk works, but the songs still pack quite a punch. Before the recording of the album, singer Exene Cervenka's sister was killed by a drunk driver, and the bandmembers decided to work out their grief in the music, as evidenced by two of the album's best tracks: the melodic "Riding with Mary" and the vintage '50s sound of "Come Back to Me." The highlights don't stop there, however; also included are the Led ...
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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
X's first album issued on a major label, 1982's Under the Big Black Sun, is arguably their finest record. All 11 songs are exceptional, from both a performance and compositional point of view. Ray Manzarek's production is more akin to hard rock bands than their earlier punk works, but the songs still pack quite a punch. Before the recording of the album, singer Exene Cervenka's sister was killed by a drunk driver, and the bandmembers decided to work out their grief in the music, as evidenced by two of the album's best tracks: the melodic "Riding with Mary" and the vintage '50s sound of "Come Back to Me." The highlights don't stop there, however; also included are the Led Zeppelin-esque "The Hungry Wolf" an early video favorite of MTV, the accelerating "Motel Room in My Bed," the rocker "Blue Spark," the spacious title track, and the album closer "The Have Nots." Again, Cervenka and John Doe supply some great vocal harmonies perhaps the only punk band to ever do so, while Billy Zoom shows off great rockabilly chops throughout. Under the Big Black Sun is one of the quintessential rock records from the '80s. [Rhino's 2001 reissue of the album is given five bonus tracks, in addition to fine remastering and liner notes from Kristine McKenna. Added are the single version of "Riding with Mary" and a ferocious cover of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Breathless," as well as exciting live versions of "Universal Corner" and "How I Learned My Lesson." A run-through of Marty Robbins' cowboy classic "El Paso" segued with an instrumental version of "Because I Do" is a nice fan bonus.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2001
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227437220
  • Catalog Number: 74372

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Hungry Wolf
  2. 2 Motel Room in My Bed
  3. 3 Riding With Mary
  4. 4 Come Back to Me
  5. 5 Under the Big Black Sun
  6. 6 Because I Do
  7. 7 Blue Spark
  8. 8 Dancing With Tears in My Eyes
  9. 9 Real Child of Hell
  10. 10 How I (Learned My Lesson)
  11. 11 The Have Nots
  12. 12 Riding with Mary (Single Version)
  13. 13 X Rewrites "El Paso" (Rehearsal)/Because I Do (TV Mix/Instrumental)
  14. 14 Universal Cover (Live)
  15. 15 Breathless (Single Mix)
  16. 16 How I (Learned My Lesson) (Live)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
X Primary Artist
Exene Cervenka Vocals
John Doe Bass, Vocals
Ray Manzarek Keyboards
Billy Zoom Clarinet, Guitar, Saxophone
D.J. Bonebrake Percussion, Drums, Marimbas, Vibes
Technical Credits
Exene Cervenka Composer
John Doe Composer, Reissue Producer
Ray Manzarek Producer
Bill Inglot Remastering
Clay Rose Engineer
Laura Levine Inlay Photography
Gary Leonard Inlay Photography
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorite punk rock bands in the '80's

    Unlike the Dead Kennedy's--which I also liked--these guys can sing (on tune).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fully unto their own

    "Big Black" was X's third album and is as good of a cross over record as has ever been made. Too smart to be metal, too cool to be pop, too hip to be punk; And too bad more people didn't realize how fine a rock and roll album this recording actually is. What makes this band so interesting is their total lack of "rock star" pretensions, the professionalism of their arrangements and playing, and the clearly superior lyrics to anything being done in this genre. The album has an authenticity about it that you'd be hard pressed to match. Even with twenty plus years gone since its release "Big Black" is as astounding now as it was then. It is far and away one of the best recordings of the 80's by an American band, and though not too many folks knew it, there was a lot of interesting things being done before alternative got "cool". This record is one of them. MOONHOG REVIEW

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