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The Heartbreakers’ recording career was a short one, leaving a lone (now classic) studio album (L.A.M.F.) to speak for them. Down to Kill does well by the band, collecting Heartbreakers material most fans will be happy to find:  there are demos for six of  L.A.M.F.’s bright spots (tracks 1 through 6), two demo versions of their sadly autobiographical “Too Much Junkie Business,” and cool instrumentals of “Get Off the Phone” and “I Wanna Be Loved,” showcasing the surf and rockabilly flavors of Thunders’ guitar playing. Demos of songs like “Seven Day Weekend” and “London Boys” are as decent as anything on L.A.M.F., and some of the remixed live tracks pulse with historical significance, such as the bumpy take of the Contours’ “Do You Love Me?”  A buried gem is Heartbreakers guitarist Walter Lure sitting in with the Ramones one day in a practice session, covering the Stones’ “Street Fighting Man.” He’s singing for Joey, who was suffering a bout of laryngitis (or so the story goes). Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers were at the epicenter of the famed New York punk scene, and this collection is a vivid and enjoyable time capsule.

Customer Reviews

Walter Lure & The Ramones?

This is probably the greatest deal on any Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers recordings. Three disks worth of stuff for $11.99. Yeah, its repetitive, but remember...it's for Johnny thunders fans. it wasn't made to make you a fan. it was made to give you more of johnny thunders. Its got some great versions of already great songs. Apperently, its got walter lure doing street fighting man with the ramones. i dunno if thats itunes messing up, or if walter lure did a song with the ramones. either way, this is a great collection for a great price.

High grade stuff at dime-bag price...

Next time you read one of those definitive histories of punk extolling the importance of Patti Smith, Television and Talking Heads, toss the book aside and put on this collection for the REAL story of the downtown NY/CBGB's-Max's sound. Lean and powerful 70's punk rock delivered with bravado...more representative of what was going down at the time than the revered efforts of their more artistic/literary peers. Although the Heartbreakers sound was much better exemplified by the live (criminally out of print!) D.T.K. and Max's Kansas City records, this collection is the deal--go out and cop this 3 disc budget price set.

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