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Joan Jett Album - Up Your Alley

Joan Jett Album - Up Your Alley (Front side)
Album Information :
Title: Up Your Alley
Approx. Price:$9.98 (USD)
Release Date:
Type:Audio CD
Customers Rating :
Average (4.6) :(35 votes)
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Track Listing :
2 Ridin' With James Dean
4 Tulane
Review - Product Description :
11 tracks as Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
Review - :
Though Up Your Alley isn't her best album, it did garner Joan Jett considerable attention, mostly due to the hit single "I Hate Myself for Loving You". Though most of the material on this album isn't as good, there are a few high points, including the cover of Chuck Berry's "Tulane", the original songs "Desire" and "Ridin' With James Dean", and "Little Liar", which was co-written with hit-making songwriter Desmond Child. While not as energetic as her earlier material, Up Your Alley contains plenty of Jett's crunching guitars, gravel-throated voice, and defiant sneer. -- Genevieve Williams
(Princeton, NJ United States)
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
- All Hail Joan Jett

I'm sure that in any serious discussion of rock-chick luminaries there would be the inevitable nods to the incendiary booze-blues of Janis Joplin, the subtle explosiveness of Grace Slick or the swirling sorcery of Stevie Nicks. Unfortunately, within the very narrow corridors of the rock caste system you'll never talk (or drink) long enough to get around to a performer who is every bit their equal - Joan Jett.

In many respects she never escaped the extremely long and suffocating shadow of her one monster hit, I Love Rock and Roll, a heavy rotation radio staple of the early 1980's. Unfortunately, while her mega-watt star turn was fleeting her early body of work has more than guaranteed her legacy - specifically Bad Reputation - a balls-to-the-wall rock record that is still incinerating iPods even today.

However, Jett remains the ultimate guilty pleasure. And, if the rock Illuminati who all talk a good game about Joplin (my bet is that they have not voluntarily played her records for twenty years) were truthful, any party is a much better affair with Jett's snarling, erotic swagger on soundtrack.

All of which brings me around to her late 1980's comeback recording, Up Your Alley. While many performers facing a make-or-break career crossroads would slip into another guise to broaden their appeal (Rod Stewart, anyone?) Jett stayed true to herself and unleashed what I believe is her best and most satisfying work - forty minutes of decibel shredding power-chord rock that is relentless and life affirming. From the opening of the one prominent single, I Hate Myself For Loving You through Riding With James Dean, Little Liar and a blistering cover of Chuck Berry's Tulane, Jett delivers the booming pyrotechnics in leather and bass-line spades!

Up Your Alley was... is... the welcome return of an authentic rock original - and one of the best driving records around. Five Stars!

(Rochester, NY)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Want to know what Joan Jett is all about? This is the place to find out. On "Up Your Alley" Joan shows us what it's like to really love rock and roll by doing what she does best: creating those three-chord rock songs so vibrant they make you dance and so memorably written and performed that you can't stop singing them after the first listen. No better hook can be heard in any chorus in rock history than on "I Hate Myself For Loving You", a spitefully irreverent dedication to one of THOSE people....and she more than makes up for this bitterness in "Play That Song Again", a tune which then makes us believe, truly believe, that this is where Joan's heart really the music. Will you believe the cold brutal honesty of "You Want In, I Want Out" or the more homey and endearing sentiment in "Desire"? Well, I'll bet even money that Joan Jett makes you believe both...and makes you ask yourself if there is really anything more to it than being enraptured by the music she is making.

(Pattaya, Chonburi Thailand)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
- Jett rocks Mott

The trouble with you lot and Miss Jett is very simple, you take one look and go "Sex Bomb" and don't go any further. This may be a fair gut reaction. However, stop, take a smell of the music because it rocks. Released in 1988 and produced by long term mentor Kenny Laguna, "Up Your Alley" has been far more influential on the rock world than most would admit. All of the big hair poodle rock boys should give a doff of the hat to Joan Jett and her merry cohorts "The Blackhearts". From "Bon Jovi" to "Motley Crue", they've all obviously lent an ear, copping a few hints here and hear. Everybody who's been to a bar in Thailand knows the opening song, "I Hate Myself For Loving You". Whether it is the original version by Joan or a Thai cover version the music is undeniably Joan Jett's. The song opens with Thommy Price's big drum sound before the guitars come crashing in. Joan gives one of her sexy little yelps and the chorus drags you dancing along. As with two other songs on this album, "Little Liar" and the love rejection song "You Want In, I Want Out", it was co-written with Desmond Child. This does not diminish anything from the songs that Joan wrote with the rest of the band. There is not a `filler' on the album. "I Still Dream About You" is an all time classic, with Joan throwing herself at you with some of the most Vulgar Lyrics ever recorded. The two cover songs are well chosen. First you have Chuck Berry's free way madness anthem "Tulane" which just rocks, with Thommy Price's drums again excelling. The high point of the album though is Joan's interpretation of the Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog", which Joan makes her own. I want to be your dog Joan? Joan Jett & the Blackhearts have always been in your face Rock `n' Roll. What the band play is what you get - the original garage punk. Nowadays, it's all lip syncing to back up tapes and posing which is not really Joan's thing. However, when the people want to rock again, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will be there at the top of the pile singing about `sex', `cruisin' & `rockin' reel hard. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts still play over 200 concerts a year and the last two studio albums, "Notorious" & "Pure and Simple" are phenomenal. It is Rock `n' Roll Heaven, check it out. Mott the Dog.

Customer review
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
- She Will Rock You!

Up Your Alley is my 2nd fave Blackhearts record (Pure and Simple being my absolute fave to date). Up Your Alley is a record that featured a new drummer for the band, Thommy Price. I think that change of personnel is one of the major contributing factors in the way HARDER sound the Blackhearts have developed into today. Sometimes the Blackhearts albums are produced very conservatively...and that's a painful thing to accept for anyone who has seen Joan Jett and the Blackhearts live in concert cuz this band will rock you into a sweaty mess. Up Your Alley has more than a few impressive tracks to get your adrenelin pumpin'. My faves are "Just Like In The Movies", "I Hate Myself For Loving You", and "I Wanna Be Your Dog".

(God's Wrath, Ohio)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
- The Woman Can Rock Better Than Most Men!

Anything else said about this album would be redundant. I just can't imagine, for the life of me, why no one has mentioned (are you listening, Amazon?) the fact that Rolling Stone Mick Taylor plays those instantly-recognizable riffs on "I Hate Myself For Loving You."

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