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X - The Masterpiece Collection (4 x LP)
The Masterpiece Collection is a four L.P. Limited Edition Collectors Box Set. It features 'Los Angeles', 'Wild Gift', 'Under the Big Black Sun', and 'More Fun in the New World'. All four L.P.s have been painstakingly re-mastered from the original master recordings and pressed on premium 180 gram black vinyl.
Each Includes all original artwork. The box itself features a huge embossed gold foil X logo as well as a tasty black on black varnish of Exene's famous iconography.
Every element of this release, from re-mastering to artwork has been personally overseen by the members of X.
The highlight of the set is a twenty page booklet featuring a foreword by X's producer and Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Ray's foreword represents his last written account of his association with X and the impact that the band had on him personally.
The members of X discuss the making of each of these four landmark recordings in the booklet and additionally, luminaries like Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Penelope Spherris (Director), Dave Alvin (The Blasters) and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) contribute their thoughts and appreciation for X and this incredibly body of work.
The booklet contains and absolutely jaw dropping collection over 45 never seen photographs, including shots from the band member's personal collections.
This release is limited to 1500 hand numbered copies and is a must for X fans and punk rock historians.
X were far from the first punk rock band in Los Angeles, and they weren't the first to achieve some level of nationwide recognition, but in a very real way, they were the ones who put the L.A. punk scene on the map. X were the first L.A. punk band to be taken seriously by the rock press on both coasts, and at a time when many wondered how punk could thrive in the land of all that was mellow, X played music that was as raw, passionate, and powerful as anything coming out of New York, London, or any other major city. X's melding of punk's speed and ferocity with the sounds of rockabilly, blues, country, and other roots music styles would prove to be wildly influential in the years that followed, as were the off-kilter harmonies of John Doe and Exene Cervenka. Their first two independently released albums were critical favorites and sold remarkably well by small label standards, helping establish Slash Records as a major independent label. And while they never enjoyed the commercial breakthrough that many believed was their due, X were massively popular in their home town and could successfully headline large outdoor venues like the Greek Theater, proving there was an audience for punk in the City of the Angels.
|A1||Your Phone's Off The Hook, But You're Not|
|A2||Johnny Hit And Run Pauline|
|B2||Sex And Dying In High Society|
|B3||The Unheard Music|
|B4||The World's A Mess, It's In My Kiss|
|C1||The Once Over Twice|
|C5||I'm Coming Over|
|C6||It's Who You Know|
|D1||In This House That I Call Home|
|D2||Some Other Time|
|D4||Beyond And Back|
|D5||Back 2 The Base|
|D6||When Our Love Passed Out On The Couch|
|E1||The Hungry Wolf|
|E2||Motel Room In My Bed|
|E3||Riding With Mary|
|E4||Come Back To Me|
|E5||Under The Big Black Sun|
|F1||Because I Do|
|F3||Dancing With Tears In My Eyes|
|F4||Real Child Of Hell|
|F5||How I (Learned My Lesson)|
|F6||The Have Nots|
|G1||The New World|
|G2||We're Having Much More Fun|
|G5||Make The Music Go Bang|
|G7||I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts|
|H2||Painting The Town Blue|
|H4||Drunk In My Past|
|H5||I See Red|
|H6||True Love Pt. #2|
Original Release Year: 2013
Catalog #: PHR 2011
Format: 12" Vinyl LP
Vinyl Color: Black