Wild Gift

Wild Gift

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For X's second release, 1981's Wild Gift, the quartet followed the same path they had taken a year earlier on their debut, Los Angeles, creating another batch of timeless compositions that merged the energy of punk rock with other musical styles. Former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek

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For X's second release, 1981's Wild Gift, the quartet followed the same path they had taken a year earlier on their debut, Los Angeles, creating another batch of timeless compositions that merged the energy of punk rock with other musical styles. Former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek reprised his role as producer on what would turn out to be X's last independent release before signing to Elektra. Included are such eventual punk standards as "We're Desperate," the melodic hookfest "White Girl" (sampled years later by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in their song "Good Time Boys"), and "Beyond and Back" (which would serve as a title for their 1997 two-CD anthology). Other highlights include the '50s-prom feel of "Adult Books," the punk-pop composition "In This House That I Call Home," and the rapid "Back 2 the Base." While it may be a shade less exceptional than its predecessor, Wild Gift is nonetheless a classic effort. [In 1988 Los Angeles and Wild Gift were combined as part of a CD reissue by Slash Records.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2001
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227437121
catalogNumber:
74371

Tracks

  1. The Once over Twice
  2. We're Desperate
  3. Adult Books
  4. Universal Corner
  5. I'm Coming Over
  6. It's Who You Know
  7. In This House That I Call Home
  8. Some Other Time
  9. White Girl
  10. Beyond and Back
  11. Back 2 the Base
  12. When Our Love Passed Out on the Couch
  13. Year 1
  14. Beyond and Back (Live)
  15. Blue Spark (Live)
  16. We're Desperate (Single Version)
  17. Back 2 the Base (Live)
  18. Heater (Rehearsal)
  19. White Girl (Single Mix)
  20. The Once over Twice (Unissued Single Mix)

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Wild Gift 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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"X" continues expanding and manhandling lyrical territory and sonic thunder as few before or since can boast. And producer Ray Manzarek knows a good thing when he hears it. Between Billy Zoom's exact buzzsaw guitar, D.J. Bonebreak's pounding rhythms, find anti-diva and poet Exene in offhanded backdoor harmony with one of the best male singers in rock (or country) today, John Doe. This is a thinking person's punk rock and clearly one of the most under-appreciated bands ever. Moonhog Review