Let's Go (Rancid album)

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Let's Go
Studio album by Rancid
Released June 21, 1994 (1994-06-21)[1]
Recorded October 1993 – March 1994 at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California
Genre Punk rock
Length 44:13
Label Epitaph
Producer Brett Gurewitz
Rancid chronology
Radio Radio Radio
(EP)
(1993)
Let's Go
(1994)
...And Out Come the Wolves
(1995)
Singles from Let's Go
  1. "Nihilism"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Salvation"
    Released: 1995

Let's Go is the second studio album by the American punk rock band Rancid. It was released on June 21, 1994, through Epitaph Records[1] and was the band's first album to feature Lars Frederiksen on guitar. The album initially achieved little mainstream success, though it appealed to the band's fanbase. However, the surprise success of punk rock bands such as The Offspring, Green Day and Bad Religion in the mid-1990s brought forth more mainstream interest in Let's Go, and it peaked at number 97 on the Billboard 200.

Until the band's fifth album Rancid (2000), Let's Go was the only Rancid album to be produced by Brett Gurewitz, although he engineered the band's third studio album, ...And Out Come the Wolves (1995).

Writing and production[edit]

After Rancid hired second guitarist Lars Frederiksen, they returned to the studio in October 1993[2] with producer Brett Gurewitz to begin work on its second studio album. It took the band just six days to record the twenty-three songs selected for the album.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [4]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention) [5]

Let's Go was released on June 21, 1994, and peaked at number 97 on the Billboard 200 album chart.[6] The album was certified gold by the RIAA on July 7, 2000.[7]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic described the album as "sheer energy". He praised the music as a "less-serious, party-ready version of The Clash". The album received a rating of four and a half out of five stars, while "Salvation" earned Rancid its first moderate success.[8]

In November 2011 Let's Go was ranked number eight on Guitar World magazine's top ten list of guitar albums of 1994.[9]

In April 2014 Rolling Stone placed the album at No. 24 on its "1994: The 40 Best Records From Mainstream Alternative's Greatest Year" list.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, except where noted. 

No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Nihilism"   Frederiksen, Armstrong 2:03
2. "Radio" (written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Tim Armstrong, Freeman) Armstrong 2:51
3. "Side Kick"   Armstrong 2:02
4. "Salvation"   Armstrong 2:54
5. "Tenderloin"   Freeman 1:32
6. "Let's Go"   Armstrong 1:26
7. "As One"   Armstrong 1:34
8. "Burn" (written by Armstrong, Freeman, Eric Raider) Armstrong 2:11
9. "The Ballad of Jimmy & Johnny"   Armstrong 1:39
10. "Gunshot"   Freeman 1:49
11. "I Am the One"   Armstrong 1:57
12. "Gave It Away"   Armstrong 1:13
13. "Ghetto Box"   Armstrong, Freeman 1:11
14. "Harry Bridges"   Armstrong 2:21
15. "Black & Blue"   Freeman 1:59
16. "St. Mary" (written by Armstrong, Freeman, Lars Frederiksen) Frederiksen, Armstrong 2:09
17. "Dope Sick Girl"   Armstrong 2:15
18. "International Cover-Up"   Armstrong 1:44
19. "Solidarity"   Armstrong 1:31
20. "Midnight"   Armstrong 1:55
21. "Motorcycle Ride"   Armstrong 1:20
22. "Name" (written by Armstrong, Freeman, Eric Dinn) Armstrong 2:12
23. "7 Years Down"   Armstrong 2:35
Total length:
44:13

Personnel[edit]

Production

Album notes[edit]

  • Let's Go was originally intended to be a double-album, but was condensed to 23 tracks on one CD. On vinyl, it is a double album on two 10-inch mini-LPs.[11]
  • "Radio" was co-written by one time potential Rancid member and current Green Day front-man Billie Joe Armstrong.
  • "Salvation" is featured in the videogame Guitar Hero II for the Xbox 360
  • "Side Kick" is about a dream where Armstrong accompanies the superhero Wolverine on his adventures.
  • New York melodic hardcore punk band After the Fall has a song called "1994", which mentions Let's Go and other albums released in 1994.[12] The song is featured on their 2009 album Fort Orange.[13]
  • "Burn" contains a quote from Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three 1984 hit "The roof is on fire" ("We don't need no water, let the motherfucker burn!")

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Let's Go by Rancid". 
  2. ^ The exact date that the recording of Let's Go began is uncertain.
  3. ^ a b "1994- The 40 Best Records From Mainstream Alternative's Greatest Year - Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. April 17, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ Let's Go (Rancid album) at AllMusic
  5. ^ "Album: Rancid: Let's Go". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  6. ^ "Let's Go's entry at Billboard.com". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2008-01-17. [dead link]
  7. ^ "RIAA Certification". RIAA. Retrieved June 23, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Let's Go". AllMusic. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  9. ^ Grassi, Tony. "Photo Gallery: The Top 10 Guitar Albums of 1994". GuitarWorld.com. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  10. ^ a b c Let's Go liner notes. Retrieved 2011-02-02
  11. ^ "Rancid - Let's Go". Discogs.com. Retrieved March 25, 2007. 
  12. ^ "AFTER THE FALL LYRICS - 1994". Plyrics.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  13. ^ "After The Fall (2) - Fort Orange at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27.