The Hit List
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Released: 1990. Digitally remastered re-release with bonus tracks, 1996 (Germany), 2004 (Japan)
The Blackhearts : Ricky Byrd, Thommy Price, Kasim Sulton, Joan Jett
Produced by: Kenny Laguna, Thom Panuzio
Additional Musicians: Kenny Laguna, Crispin Cioe, Robert Funk, Arno Hecht, Paul Literal, Chuck Kantis, Paul Carrizzo, Louie Merlino, Desmond Child, Mick Taylor, Frank Carillo, Ronnie Lawson
Without a doubt Joan Jett has become one of the most powerful forces in rock and roll today. In the 80's Joan pioneered new avenues not only for women in rock, but for rock and roll as the back bone of our industry. As we entered the Nineties, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts continued to blaze a trail that other performers only flirted with. With her album Joan Jett, The Hit List, Joan performs 10 classic songs that laid much of the foundation for the past 25 years of rock and roll. The first single from this album is AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," defines attitude rock with a hard edge. Also included are the Doors "Love Me Two Times," The Chamber Bros. Time (Has Come Today)," Jimi Hendrix's "Up From The Skies," Creedance Clearwater's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" and ZZ Top's "Tush."
The objective was not to make better versions, but rather reinterpret the songs, injecting Jett's nuances to differentiate her versions while not straying far from the originals. For Joan, her prime concerned seemed to be having fun in the recording studio.
That no single radio station would play all the originals of these songs is a commentary on the sad state of today's FM. That Joan has put them all on one record is another confirmation that good music defies format and category. The Hit List isn't a compilation or best of, but rather a real collection of hits that perhaps you might have missed the first time around. And Jett is giving you a second chance.
"Joan Jett is one of the few female PoMo role-models; since "Bad Reputation," Joan has always proven that you can rock on your own terms. She rules. Totally." -- HITS Magazine
"Like George Thorogood or Chuck Berry, Jett understands the elegance of the spare powerchord and the delight inherent in a basic but spirited hook." -- Request Magazine
"One thing you can't say about Joan Jett is that her voice sounds like anyone else. She still sings like she's 16 years old. That's what gives Jett her irresistible charm." -- Circus Magazine
"Only a lunkhead would deny that Jett possesses the sort of vocal cords wanna-be singers would sell their great aunt Ethel for. Just as Sinead O'Connor can move in a breath fro girlish ingenuousness to banshee howls, so too can Jett. Well, maybe not banshee howls, but some prime snarling." -- Boston Phoenix
"...for close to 10 years she (Jett) has been the undisputed goddess of guitar, czarina of crunch and high priestess of the power chord. Her glitter-anthem-chant brand of rock is smart, full of heart, and successful." -- NY Newsday
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