I Love Rock 'N Roll (Remastered)
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
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I Love Rock’n’Roll was the album that cemented Joan Jett’s place in the history books following her stint with hard rock girl group The Runaways. The album’s pop hooks and punk sneer formed a bridge between mall-bound Valley girls and leather jacket punkers just in time for the epochal MTV explosion of 1981. In a winning formula, I Love Rock’n’Roll mixed Jett’s revved-up take on her favorite oldies (“Crimson and Clover,” “Louie Louie,” and “Summertime Blues”) with cheery blasts of high school angst (“(I’m Gonna) Run Away,” “Victim of Circumstance,” “You’re Too Possessive”). The album’s tight, slightly-sweetened production made the songs’ punk edge palatable to a growing New Wave audience, but it was Jett herself that provided the undeniable charisma. Had the album been fronted by the typical rock God, it wouldn’t have worked. With Chrissie Hynde, Jett gave the girls of the 1980s a rock hero all their own: self-possessed, stylish, and just tough enough to still be non-threatening to parents. And while some may view the album’s legendary title track as little more than an overplayed sports arena anthem, it still passes as a worthy badge of all that is righteous in rock music.
Since everyone appears to be using their reviews to instead thank Apple for obtaining the music, perhaps i'll say something about the album in question. This is NOT hard rock. It's not britney "speared" or breathy M. Carey crap. It's not punk, disco, metal, new age, or new wave. This is Joan Jett at the height of her popularity performing some of her best straight-up rock & roll including the classic "I Love Rock 'N Roll" which spent a surprising 7 weeks atop the Billboard charts back in that renaissance known as the '80's, from whence so many contemporary styles got their roots. Joan Jett had grit before grit became gravel and then boulders; before grunge, gloom, glam, and c(rap) took the mainstream. Her tunes are musical, danceable, sing-along-able. She's black coffee; Blondie with a real beat; a serrated blade with a polished glint; T. Amos with a kick-butt attitude and minus the cryptic crapola. She isn't half bad at covers either. Hers is the REAL version of "Crimson and Clover" for me. And, yo, Apple. You really should give track 9 it's proper name!
Shall we bow before the Queen?
At the tender age of 8, I came home from school to find my Mother blaring an 8-track of this album out our living room window, and, quite effectively through the neighborhood. My Mother had raised her children on Nadia's Theme, Simon and Garfunkel, and from time to time, allowed my Father to play his Letterman albums. What was this glorious symphony of angst ridden guitar wailing beauty? It was Joan Jett who is unquestionably the Queen of Rock and Roll! My life was never the same...needless to say neither was my Father's or my Sister's...my Mother and I enjoyed hour after hour, album after album, Joan Jett...The Ramones...The Runaways....The Misfits...and yet managed to keep our respect of other music styles intact. THANK YOU JOAN JETT for loving Rock and Roll! You will forever be my queen...oh...and this album is F-N Awesome!!! Don't hesitate buy now or regret later!
Thank-You i-Tunes for FINALLY putting out I Love Rock n' Roll!! I've been waitin' forever for this...One listen to that song and it takes me right back..
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