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

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  • 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