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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Jungle
  • ASIN: B000025AGS
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Johnny Thunders'Born Too Loose' - the best of Johnny Thunders,Johnny Thunders, Disc one features favourite Heartbreakers tracks such as Born To Lose,Chinese Rocks and Pirate Love from 'L.A.M.F.',plus In Cold Blood and Diary Of A Lover recorded by Stones' producer Jimmy Miller. The album contrasts Johnny's wild rock'n'roll persona with his gentler,melodic side with songs from the acoustic album 'Hurt Me'; and has 60's covers Crawfish and Born To Cry from his album with Patti Palladin,'Copy Cats'. Including Little Bit Of Whore,You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory and more, ,Disc two has Heartbreakers studio recordings from 1977: London Boys,Too Much Junkie Business,and Great Big Kiss. Added to some live in '77 Heartbreakers recordings, acoustic live and studio sessions,and a live in Italy show.,The 2xCD (at single-CD price) has a 16-page booklet with notes by biographer Nina Antonia and a 20-year diary resumé of Johnny's life. ,Disc 1: (Best Of) Born To Lose,Chinese Rocks,It's Not Enough,You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory,In Cold Blood,Pirate Love,Diary Of A Lover,Born To Cry,One Track Mind,I Only Wrote This Song For You,Crawfish,Little Bit Of Whore,Hurt Me,MIA,Sad About Society. (15 tracks),Disc 2: (Previously Unreleased) Heartbreakers Riverside Studios: London Boys,Too Much Junkie Business,Great Big Kiss; Heartbreakers Live at the Speakeasy: Chinese Rocks,Get Off The Phone,All By Myself,I Love You,I Wanna Be Loved; Black Cats: Countdown Love,Blame It On Mom,Personality Crisis; Live Lyceum: You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory,Eve of Destruction,Like a Rolling Stone(1); Greenhouse Studio,acoustic: Like A Rolling Stone(2),Hurt Me,Diary Of A Lover,Sad Vacation; Live in Italy: Pipeline,I Can Tell,Little Bit Of Whore,Talking 'Bout You,Too Much Junkie Business/Pills,Gloria. (24 tracks),Stock photo - silver foil blocking on front booklet. Factory Shrinkwrapped.

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This is a great way to introduce yourself to Johnny Thunders. Simple. For those of us who've had the pleasure of his music for some time, it's just a 'nice' compilation.
However, Disc #2 holds some real gems and (imo) far more playable than Disc #1. Containing unreleased versions of various songs, this is rock n' roll as pure as Johnny's heroin (or maybe not!).
4 tracks from the legendary Speakeasy gig in London '77 are just insanely great. 3 tracks from the Lyceum gig in '84 (why were they left of the live album??) are great combined with Thunders' Noo Yawk drawling swipes at the audience.
6 tracks recorded in Italy in '86 (ending with a turbulent version of Van Morrison's 'Gloria') round of this great 2nd CD.
Worth the money just for the bonus disc #2.
Get it now - sloppy rock n' roll at its best!
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If you like The Strokes,The Hives, The White Stripes or any of the new rock n' roll bands you'll love this compilation of Johnny Thunders. The ex-New York Dolls guitarist here branches out (usually with his 'Heartbreakers' in close pursuit) and produces some of the rawest, most chaotic rock music ever recorded. Topped off by Thunders soulful melancolic lyrics which strain to desperation on the acoustic 'You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory' - "It doesn't pay to try; all the smart kids know why."
Theres also a fantastic cover of 'Great Big Kiss' as used in a recent chewing gum advert. If your getting into all the new rock bands don't forget this is where those guys get their inspiration from. Enjoy.
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Johnny thunders is fascinating. He was raised in Queens New York City (the poorest district) by his mother and never knew his father. He had a tough exterior that he needed to survive in queens beneath which lay a sweet soul. He loved the Shangri Las because they were from the streets with similar tough but tender quality to their music. The first disc on this best of is just fantastic. You get the picture of johnnys tough streetwise side with songs like Born to Lose and In Cold blood and then his realy sweet ballads like Hurt Me and You cant put your arms around a memory. Johnny was a real New York character to me part of the wild buzzing energy of the city and had a charm, grace and talent with a real loneliness and desolation (perhaps because of his missing father) which may have led to his Heroin addiction i dont know. He realy had talent though and this best of shows it off well
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Johnny Thunders was a one-off. Achieving recognition with The New York Dolls, and then with The Heartbreakers, he was one of the few musicians of the time who went down the route, musically first pioneered by The Sex Pistols and then perfected by The Ramones. Exciting, strong solid down rhythm, earthy delivery and above all it made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck! Its strength was in its simplicity, forsaking any 'frills' and 'extras' that would detract from its mighty resonant sensuality.

He chose a lifestyle mired in self-inflicted chaos which, unfortunately led to his premature demise in 1991, at the age of 38, when he had barely started to perpetuate his unique style of music which is referred to by the 'musical intelligentsa' as "protopunk" whatever that is supposed to mean!

Johnny had an unruly, rebellious streak and did not enjoy the discipline inherent with studio recording which necessitated a great deal of the content on his records being taken from recordings of live performances, resulting in 'non-too-high' audio quality generally on all of his work. This applies to this album 'Born To Lose' although there are enough reasonable quality tracks to represent most of his best offerings. Personal favourites? "Pipeline", a surf-rock instrumental originally by The Chantays, "Too Much Monkey Business", Johnny's mix of "Pills" by Chuck Berry and "Too much Monkey Business" by Bo Diddley, and, penned under his real name John Genzale Jr., "Born To Loose."

He performed in Tokyo with The Heartbreakers and made a lasting impression, setting the trend of a style of guitar delivery much followed particularly inspiring Girl Punk Rock Bands which continues today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous mix of a mixed-up Musician 26 Sept. 2011
By Walter Five - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an amazing overview of Johnny Thunders solo career. It has the Blood and Thunder (or was that Thud and Blunder) of the early Heartbreakers and enough nods to his days in the New York Dolls to keep the punks happy, and enough of Johnny's quiet and thoughful songs like "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory", "I Only Wrote This Song For You" and "Society Makes Me Sad" to keep those of us who kept following his erratic 80's output of one-off cassettes and EPs satisfied with rarities that haven't been on CD before, and a second disc of mostly live material that keeps it real-- warts, needle tracks, skinny legs and all. Frankly it's amazing that Johnny lived as long as he did, and it's even more amazing to hear the legacy that he left behind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it 13 Jan. 2007
By Big Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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OK, well, I'm a fan, and think there are some great moments on this 2 disc set. If I was going to buy just 1 JT album, it would be this, with LAMF as the second and then the other 12 or so would not be worth the incremental bang for the buck. (How many stoned out versions of Blame it on Mom do you want?) Still, every time I listen to any JT, it makes me think how much talent was wasted to his dope problem. He could've been the champion.
5.0 out of 5 stars I Wonder When The Thunder Will Ever Come Again? 28 Mar. 2015
By Sean A. Heaney - Published on Amazon.com
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Great 2 disc set to round out or begin a Johnny Thunders collection, post-New York Dolls. Roof raising guitar & SOME clever lyrics. A good collection that includes one or two songs off obscure EPs & LPS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice compilation, a lot of the classics 10 Oct. 2003
By James Rothschadl - Published on Amazon.com
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this is probably a good starting place for those who aren't too familiar with the great JT. a lot of the classics; chinese rocks, pirate love, memory, it's not enough... "I CAN COUNT ON DIAMONDS, AND RUBIES AS WELL, OH BIG DEAL BABY; I STEAL FEEL LIKE HELL, IT'S NOT ENOUGH".. classic.. i think it's awesome they put countdown love on here, not so many people know that one and it's a great song. one song they left out, though, that belongs here is 'just another girl' (they should have put the cut of it from stations of the cross on). anyway, if you get this and like it, you gotta check out the great classic JT live albums like Stations of the Cross, In Cold Blood, DTK, etc.. also, for an incomplete collection of johnny music see [...] ... theres some of the good live stuff on there.. buy the albums, though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Addictive 3 Feb. 2013
By SUPERMAN - Published on Amazon.com
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As you listen to Johnny Thunders you will find yourself saying he sounds a little like the Ramones, T-Rex, the Velvet Underground, the Dolls.... Then you come to the realization that Johnny Thunders sounds like Johnny Thunders. What an interesting career and sound, sadly cut way too short. After buying this album I found myself greatly desiring all the recordings he has done. You will also see just how influential he was.
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