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Original Album Series [Box set]

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  • Audio CD (22 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B005DEVH0K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Your Phone's Off The Hook, But You're Not
2. Johnny Hit And Run Paulene
3. Soul Kitchen
4. Nausea
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Once Over Twice (Lp Version)
2. We're Desperate (Lp Version)
3. Adult Books (Lp Version)
4. Universal Corner (Lp Version)
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Hungry Wolf (Lp Version)
2. Motel Room In My Bed (Lp Version)
3. Riding With Mary (Lp Version)
4. Come Back To Me (Lp Version)
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. The New World (Lp Version)
2. We're Having Much More Fun (Lp Version)
3. True Love Part 1 (Lp Version)
4. Poor Girl (Lp Version)
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Burning House Of Love (Lp Version)
2. Love Shack (Lp Version)
3. My Soul Cries Your Name (Lp Version)
4. My Goodness (Lp Version)
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Product Description

5CD set. Collects five of the American outfit's original albums, in card LP replica sleeves! Features "Los Angeles" (1980) ; "Wild Gift" (1981) ; "Under The Big Black Sun" (1982) ; "More Fun In The New World" (1983) and "Ain't Love Grand!" (1985).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent box set!! 11 Feb 2013
By babyday
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Excellent boxset containing the first 5 X albums-

Los angeles(1980)
Wild gift(1981)
Under the big black sun(1982)
More fun in the new world(1983)
Ain't love grand!(1985)

A very eclectic affair covering punk,Americana,rockabilly..

Their first 2 albums are very punk sounding & angsty,'Under the big black sun' with many of its songs/lyrics about the death of Exene cervenkas sister,has a darker feel,'More fun in the new world' is a much more radio friendly polished album & 'Ain't love grand'(the first of their albums not to be produced by Ray manzarek of The doors)is maybe the weakest(though I still like it!) with its hard 80s rock sound.

Great value,great sound quality-this is one of my favourites in the 'original album series' & I cant recommend it enough!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good 30 July 2013
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really good the only problem was the writing on the cd was really small and had no booklet in the cd explaining about the cd`s and band member etc, price wise it was excellent would recommend it to others
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let X = X 20 Mar 2012
By Thomas E. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I give my limited approval to this box set of X's first five albums, but I'll justify that qualification after I explain why the band mattered.

From 1980 to 1983, X was the pinnacle of punk in L.A., where I grew up and attended college. I bought all of their LPs as soon as they came out and still love them. I had punk rockers as friends, saw their shows at the Whiskey a Go-Go on the Sunset Strip and at Madame Wong's in Chinatown, and graduated shortly after X's first disc was released.

The wonderfully-named John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake came on fast and loud, but their songs were intelligent and weirdly harmonic, and their playing was crisp and professional. Ray Manzarek of The Doors took notice of them and produced their first four albums. In 1980 and 1981, "Los Angeles" and "Wild Gift" came out on the independent Slash label. This was pure punk, brief frenzied vignettes of living fast and dying young with nihilistic titles like "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline," "The World's a Mess, It's in My Kiss," "We're Desperate (Get Used to It)," and, in a nod to The Doors, a delightfully strange cover of "Soul Kitchen."

After the group's 1982 jump to Elektra, a major label, they released "Under the Big Black Sun," a recording suffused with sadness and despair for which Exene Cervenka drew on the death of her sister in a car crash. The next album, 1983's "More Fun in the New World," was X's most accomplished and sophisticated and commercial, causing many punk fans to dismiss it. But it contained mesmerizingly compelling music, songs like "We're Having Much More Fun," "True Love," "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts," "Devil Doll," "Painting the Town Blue," and "I See Red." There's even a tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis on the song "Breathless."

Unfortunately, two years passed before the next LP came out, and to the disappointment of nearly everyone, it wasn't punk rock at all. "Ain't Love Grand," a fairly conventional hard rock disc produced without Manzarek' help, was roundly panned by critics and audiences alike. John and Exene divorced, and the writing was on the wall for the band.

Following the failure of "Ain't Love Grand" in 1985, Billy Zoom left and was replaced by two guitarists: Dave Alvin of The Blasters (who formed a country/folk/rockabilly side project with X called The Knitters) and Tony Gilkyson of Lone Justice. The group produced an excellent documentary feature film, "X: The Unheard Music," in 1986; a roots-rock studio recording, "See How We Are," in 1987; and a fine double album, "Live at the Whiskey a Go-Go," in 1988. This was the end of X as I knew them.

X was to Los Angeles what the Ramones were to New York and The Clash was to London, a summation of all that was great about this kind of music. But like the Ramones and The Clash, they couldn't last forever. Although the band has reunited several times since the 80s, has released a few more albums, and still plays occasionally, it's never had the same energy or excitement for me.

So why, you may ask, am I giving this collection of essential recordings a paltry four stars (and why am I tempted to give it only three)? Two reasons: first, because of the forgettable quality of the fifth CD, but more importantly because there are many X compilations out there that may well suit you better. Some are for casual listeners, including the single-CD "Los Angeles / Wild Gift," while the two-CD sets "The Best: Make The Music Go Bang!" (hits) and "Beyond and Back: The X Anthology" (rarities) are for big fans like me. If you buy individual CDs, you should go for the remastered ones as they are replete with extra tracks: demos, live performances, outtakes, and alternate versions.

The box set is available brand new from Amazon Marketplace sellers for less than $20, under $4 per CD. A full track listing follows:

Los Angeles (1980)
1 Your Phone's off the Hook, But You're Not
2 Johnny Hit and Run Pauline
3 Soul Kitchen
4 Nausea
5 Sugarlight
6 Los Angeles
7 Sex and Dying in High Society
8 The Unheard Music
9 The World's a Mess, It's in My Kiss

Wild Gift (1981)
1 The Once Over Twice
2 We're Desperate
3 Adult Books
4 Universal Corner
5 I'm Coming Over
6 It's Who You Know
7 In This House That I Call Home
8 Some Other Time
9 White Girl
10 Beyond and Back
11 Back 2 the Base
12 When Our Love Passed out on the Couch
13 Year 1

Under the Big Black Sun (1982)
1 The Hungry Wolf
2 Motel Room in My Bed
3 Riding With Mary
4 Come Back to Me
5 Under the Big Black Sun
6 Because I Do
7 Blue Spark
8 Dancing With Tears in My Eyes
9 Real Child of Hell
10 How I (Learned My Lesson)
11 The Have Nots

More Fun in the New World (1983)
1 The New World
2 We're Having Much More Fun
3 True Love
4 Poor Girl
5 Make the Music Go Bang
6 Breathless
7 I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts
8 Devil Doll
9 Painting the Town Blue
10 Hot House
11 Drunk in My Past
12 I See Red
13 True Love, Pt. 2

Ain't Love Grand (1985)
1 Burning House of Love
2 Love Shack
3 My Soul Cries Your Name
4 My Goodness
5 Around My Heart
6 What's Wrong with Me
7 All or Nothing
8 Watch the Sun Go Down
9 I'll Stand Up for You
10 Little Honey
11 Supercharged
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Bonus Tracks from Individual Reissues 3 Mar 2013
By Steven H. Koenig - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, a great treat, with five long-players going for fifteen bucks plus three shipping.

The mastering in this midpriced 5-CD set is of unknown provenance, but before buying, be aware that these are the bare-bones original LP equivalents, with none of the bonus tracks of some of the latest CD reissues.

"Los Angeles," "Wild Gift,"and "Under the Big Black Sun,"and "Ain't Love Grand?" have been remastered and have extra tracks, but only if you buy the individual midprice reissues.

More Fun In The New World (180 Gram Vinyl), going by Amazon listings alone, seems only to have been remastered in a 2012 vinyl edition, with no extra

I tried putting in links to the individual expanded editions, but as Amazon regulars know, it's hard to find a given edition when there are several differing ones, usually hidden in "Formats" under the album's main release, but not apparent in an overall search result. If you're curious, check the site Discogs for various editions.

Editor, AcousticLevitation dot org
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars X's first five 9 Oct 2012
By Christoph K. Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, so the first knock would be that "Ain't Love Grand" isn't in the same league as the first four, and that's true. However, the first 4 X albums are some of the best American rock ever, whatever you want to call it-punk, Americana. It's just great to listen to these again, especially "More Fun in the New World," as it's out of print, and probably their best album end to end. Los Angeles, Wild Gift, and Under the Big Black Sun are excellent. This is the real thing. They are one of the most influential bands of the last 35 years. As for "Ain't Love Grand," it is over-produced compared to the first 4. It's clear that this album was geared to move them into more mainstream. Listening to it now, it's better than 99% of the stuff that came after them, and "Burning House of Love" is an incredible song. Don't let this be "The Unheard Music." It's too good for that. If you listened to what wasn't on the radio in the 80s you probably know X well. Great music from a great band.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 11 Aug 2013
By michael allen - Published on Amazon.com
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how can this get better? I suppose by throwing in See How We Are, great band, hell of a way to remember their music, i wish all bands got this treatment.
5.0 out of 5 stars X is the Best! 4 Aug 2013
By LA Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Back when X was regularly releasing records in the early to mid 1980's, I couldn't wait for the new one to come out. This compilation includes their first five albums all individually packaged with the original art work.

With the exception of the last of the five, "Ain't Love Grand" all are fantastic from beginning to end. I would highly recommend them to anyone. The one complaint I've read is that in previous CD versions, outtakes and alternate versions are included. This set does not include any of that and I can understand how it would be an issue for some. It isn't for me. I've heard all the outtakes and other versions and the versions X included on their original albums are far and away better. But, if you want the extra stuff, you might want to get other versions of these albums.
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