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The original lineup of the Runaways existed for less than two years, but the three albums they released together remain one of the best hard-rock trilogies of the ‘70s. The Mercury Records Anthology collects those three LPs (1976’s The Runaways and 1977’s Queens of Noise and Live In Japan) and adds the band’s first album after Cherie Curie’s departure as vocalist (Waitin’ for the Night, also 1977). The Runaways combined the sass of glam, the anger of punk, and the danceability of pure pop music. The combination made for some timeless anthems of teenage rock ’n’ roll, among them “Cherry Bomb,” “Queens of Noise” and “California Paradise.” Even the lesser tracks are glorious, driven by blasts of livewire guitar and Sandy West’s tribal drumming. Live In Japan is the band’s peak, and shows them delivering their slumber-party heavy metal to an auditorium full of manic Japanese fans. Waitin’ for the Night (the last 10 tracks here) shows things just weren’t the same after Curie’s departure. “Little Sister” and “Gotta Get Out Tonight” display Joan Jett’s development as a singer and songwriter, but the band wasn’t as powerful as a four-piece.

Customer Reviews


Getting what, you might ask? Getting the fact that these girls were ahead of their time.....and getting the quintessential collection of the groundbreaking group that launched The careers of Cherie Currie, Lita Ford and of course, our ROCK GODDESS Joan Jett. I just hope that this much deserved resurgence in popularity--thanks to the Runaways movie-- translates into more new music from Joan and Lita (minus the horrible influence from her husband) and a rebirth of sorts for Cherie Currie.


Finally a complete collection of The Runaways' entire body of work. I am surprised it took till march of 2010 to put something like this together. All I can say is it's about time. It's also about time Itunes finally got something other than a greatest hits album up.


This is great, it even has more than the greatest hits! I'm hoping and crossing my fingers that iTunes will release the other albums and Flaming Schoolgirls!


Formed: 1975 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

Often dismissed during their existence as a crass marketing gimmick, the Runaways have grown in stature over the years as the first all-female band to make a substantial impression on the public by playing loud, straight-up, guitar-driven rock & roll. Since all of the members were teenagers (some of whom were still learning to play their instruments when they passed their auditions), the band's music was frequently raw and amateurish, but it neatly combined American heavy metal with the newly...
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