ARTIST: Joan Jett
TITLE: I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
YEAR RELEASED: 1981
CHART ACTION: #2 US, #25 UK
SINGLES: I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll (#1 US, #4 UK), Crimson & Clover (#7 US, #60 UK), Nag, Victim of Circumstance,
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Little Drummer Boy
LINEUP: Joan Jett, Ricky Byrd, Gary Ryan, Lee Crystal – help from Eric Ambel
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A cover version of a five-year old UK song became a huuuuuge hit, propelling Jett to stardom.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Right time, right place, right song – Joan Jett’s second album’s lead single got the airplay and distribution her earlier efforts did not.
The album itself featured a lot of covers as well, including one of her originals that she rescued from the Runaways. However, arguably the best track (the best deep cut for sure) is “Victim of Circumstance” which could definitely been a contender.
Jett and her crew gleefuly bang out these songs – simple, direct rock and roll. With the new wave and disco era in full bloom, it was a blast of rock on the radio, which was hard to find at times. It’s also a short album, with just 10 tracks lasting barely a half hour. For rock in the early 80’s, it’ll do for sure.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The last cut was “Little Drummer Boy”, but was replaced after the first pressing by a song called “Oh, Woe Is Me”.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, three extra tracks in 1992 and two more with the next release.
GRADE: B: It’s short, and sometimes repetitive. Yet there’s a blast of rock that you need for sure.