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The Best of the Runaways: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection

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  • I love this cd because I almost forgot what The Runaways sounded like and how much I enjoyed listening to their music as a kid. I will say this, Joan Jett has certainly grown vocally over the years, but it’s cool to hear the 16 year old Joan singing and Lita Ford ripping it on electric guitar!

    Posted on March 17, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I have been a long time fan of Joan Jett so I bought this album to hear her first band.I was suprised that some of these songs were pretty good. Secrets should of been a hit single catchy and has a great guitar drum break in the middle of the song also Wait For Me is so catchy and such a sing along.I liked Cherrie as lead vocalist better but Joan did a great job when she quit the band the other songs are good everyone knows Cherry Bomb but the other songs are worth listening to.they were one of the first female rock bands and one of the best cause every other female band since has tried to copy them.Hole L7,The Donnas you name it as for the Go Go’s are better that someone said in a review , yeah they were more polished and had a great songwriter in the band The Runaways should of stood together and been givin a chance to grow and make better records but they didn’t anyway for any fan of Joan Jett or Lita Ford a good listen! also get the 80’s Mercury best of which has Cmon one of the best songs The Runaways ever did that should of been on this cd.

    Posted on March 17, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Everyone knows how important the Runaways were to the future of women in hard rock, and it’s great that so many still appreciate their music today.

    I keep this collection along with the Edgeplay soundtrack (CD) side by side when I wanna rock out old school to the women of hard rock.

    This CD comes with a nice foldout history of the band, plus a few group pics to enjoy, and/or laugh at how young they were and looked…especially Joan and Lita.

    Posted on March 17, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • If you’re checking out this compilation, chances are you’ve heard about the Runaways – the all-girl rock band from the late 70’s that featured, among others, a young Joan Jett and Lita Ford – and want to see what the band was all about. You’ve come to the right place. Once again, the 20th Century Masters “Best Of” series has provided an affordable way to sample an artist’s music without committing to multiple studio albums.

    This collection is short and to the point (it includes just 12 songs at close to 45 minutes), and is the perfect way to familiarize yourself with the Runaways’ edgy, sexy, punk-infused rock & roll sound. You get a nice selection of songs from the band’s back catalog, including a few live tracks (I can only imagine how much fun a live Runaways show was), all with digitally remastered sound. The remastering is a nice bonus, but this is one of those bands that are probably better experienced on a scratchy LP.

    The Best of the Runaways: the 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection is an ideal introduction to one of the more underrated early all-girl rock acts. It provides a great overview of the band’s catalog to the casual fan, features high quality sound, and is quite affordable.

    Posted on March 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • …but this Millennium Collection is strictly Runaways 101. There are much better places to begin your Runaways collection. Even the mid-’80’s Mercury compilation features all these songs and more. For those totally unfamiliar with the Runaways’ music, it’s crunchy, hard-shelled glitter rock(not quite punk, although critics were quick to call it that in 1977), with sexually diffuse lyrics and lots of bad-girl-on-the-schoolyard sneering. However, the Runaways were definitely not posers, and Lita Ford showed flashy, amazing guitar skills even then(she didn’t have much speed, but she was adept with this jailbait material). But for the uninitiated, the Mercury comp. is the better buy.

    Posted on March 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now