Under the Big Black Sun

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Under the Big Black Sun
Studio album by X
Released July 1982
Recorded 1982, Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Punk rock
Length 34:29
Label Elektra
Producer Ray Manzarek
X chronology
Wild Gift
(1981)
Under the Big Black Sun
(1982)
More Fun in the New World
(1983)

Under the Big Black Sun is the third album by the American punk band X, and their major-label debut. It was released on Elektra Records in 1982, and reissued on Rhino Records in 2001 with bonus tracks.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau A− [2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Doe and Exene Cervenka except as indicated.

Side A[edit]

  1. "The Hungry Wolf" – 3:45
  2. "Motel Room in My Bed" – 2:32
  3. "Riding with Mary" – 3:40
  4. "Come Back to Me" – 3:43
  5. "Under the Big Black Sun" – 3:23

Side B[edit]

  1. "Because I Do" – 2:21
  2. "Blue Spark" – 2:06
  3. "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" (Huddie Ledbetter) – 2:20
  4. "Real Child of Hell" – 2:59
  5. "How I (Learned My Lesson)" – 2:12
  6. "The Have Nots" – 4:44

Bonus tracks (2001 reissue)[edit]

  1. "Riding with Mary" (Single version) – 3:12
  2. X Rewrites "El Paso" (Rehearsal)/"Because I Do" (TV Mix/Instrumental)" (Marty Robbins, Cervenka, Doe) – 2:56
  3. "Universal Corner" (Live) – 4:08
  4. "Breathless" (Single mix) (Otis Blackwell) – 2:20
  5. "How I (Learned My Lesson)" (Live) – 2:20

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1982 Billboard Pop Albums 76

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Under the Big Black Sun – X". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 September 2005. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "X: Under the Big Black Sun > Consumer Guide Album". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 4 April 2006. 
  3. ^ Puterbaugh, Parke (August 16, 1982). "X Under the Big Black Sun > Album Review". Rolling Stone (376). Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2006.