JOAN JETT AND THE BLACK­HEARTS

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(Black­heart Records Group) Those who want to get fa­mil­iar with The Runaways’ back cat­a­log af­ter watch­ing the new film of the same name co-star­ring Kris­ten Ste­wart as Joan Jett won’t have to spend a lot of time do­ing it. You can count the num­ber of full-length Runaways al­bums on one hand, and the last stu­dio al­bum the band re­leased was in 1978. The group dis­banded soon af­ter, and with some fi­nan­cial help from The Who, Jett’s solo ca­reer was launched. She quickly soared to the top of the U.S. charts with a gritty ren­di­tion of Alan Mer­rill and Jake Hooker’s “I Love Rock N’ Roll.” Far from be­ing a ca­reer an­thol­ogy, this dou­ble-CD ret­ro­spec­tive pro­duced by long­time Jett col­lab­o­ra­tor and man­ager Kenny La­guna com­bines newer tracks (“Ac­tiv­ity Grrl” and “An­drog­y­nous”) with a few re­mas­tered or rere­corded hits (cov­ers of The Runaways’ “You Drive Me Wild” and “School Days”) and the oc­ca­sional cover tune that helped make Jett an in­ter­na­tional rock su­per­star, like the Mary

Tyler Moore theme song and Gary Glit­ter’s “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah).” There are even some sweet sur­prises here, like the punky “I Want You,” which orig­i­nally ap­peared on a rare Runaways fan-club com­pi­la­tion ti­tled

1979 and was slated to be in­cluded in an ear­lier film project about The Runaways. The track reap­peared with tamer lyrics on Jett’s 1991 al­bum, No­to­ri­ous. Here, we get to hear the orig­i­nal lyrics and cel­e­brate the sin­gle’s of­fi­cial release.

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