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The Runaways – “The Mercury Albums Anthology” Revealed

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After announcing it a few weeks ago (and teasing all about it on Twitter today) Hip-O Select has started pre-orders for The Mercury Albums Anthology, a two-disc compilation of nearly all of the albums released by the proto-riot-grrl group that launched the careers of Joan Jett, Lita Ford and other female rock luminaries.

The set itself looks pretty straightforward. The band’s first four albums – The Runaways (1976), Queens of Noise (1977), Live in Japan (1977) and Waitin’ for the Night (1977) – are presented on the two discs with no bonus tracks. (Note that the group’s final album, And Now…The Runaways (1979), was eventually released in 1981 by Rhino Records as the resequenced Little Lost Girls.)

It is odd, though, that no liner notes are mentioned – Hip-O Select usually delivers the goods in their packaging and do a good job of saying so when it’s time to attract buyers. Hopefully time will prove us wrong. View the tracks after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

February 10, 2010 at 21:47

Posted in News, Reissues, The Runaways

New Release: Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, “Greatest Hits” (UPDATED FEB. 7)

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Looks like Hip-O Select isn’t the only label catering to the upcoming surge of interest in The Runaways. The influential girl-punk group’s most famous member, Joan Jett, is prepping a new solo compilation set for release March 9, less than two weeks before the release of the new biopic of the band.

The Amazon pre-order page – as of yet, one of the only public sources of info for the compilation (there’s not even a mention on the official sites for Jett or Blackheart Records, her label) – has a full track list, 21 songs over two discs. The other bits of info are cryptic: the set “features seven songs featured in the film The Runaways including one previously unreleased track. Re-recorded material featuring several Runaways favorites. Remastered original material.”

Trying to figure out what that exactly means requires a bit of a crash course in Jett lore. Most of The Runaways’ catalogue was released by Mercury (hence the Hip-O Select release); the exception would be their final album, distributed in the U.S. as Little Lost Girls by Rhino Records. From there, Jett’s career with The Blackhearts bounced around distributors. Many of the releases bore her own Blackheart Records imprint (I’ve interpreted that as a possible sign that she owns her own masters), but she’d be signed to distribution deals with MCA, CBS and Warners during the last few decades before going fully independent by the mid-1990s.

UPDATE 2/7/2010: This blog post has a bit more information, although I’m not sure what the source is. According to the post, the re-recorded songs are (not surprisingly) three of The Runaways’ tracks (“You Drive Me Wild,” “School Days” and “Love is Pain”). Additionally, the unreleased song is apparently the track “I Want You.” Now, as stated below, there is a song by that title on her Notorious album from 1991. Given its place in the track order, perhaps there was another version (or another song entirely with the same name) recorded somewhere between 1980 and 1981. (Also, turntablists will note that the set is due on double vinyl as well.)

The track list has been updated accordingly. Take a look at it after the jump, noting the origins of each song. Once we absolutely lock down what sources the compilation comes from, we’ll let you know. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

February 5, 2010 at 23:54