20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Unwritten Law

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20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Unwritten Law
Unwritten Law - 20th Century Masters cover.jpg
Compilation album by Unwritten Law
Released October 10, 2006 (2006-10-10)
Recorded July–August 1997 at London Bridge Studios, Seattle
September 1997 at Studio West, San Diego
2001 at Total Access, Redondo Beach, California
Genre Punk rock
Label Interscope
Producer Rick Parashar, John Shanks, Miguel, Unwritten Law
Unwritten Law chronology
Here's to the Mourning
(2005)
20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Unwritten Law
(2006)
The Hit List
(2007)

20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Unwritten Law is a compilation album by the San Diego-based rock band Unwritten Law, released in 2006 by Interscope Records. It combines tracks from their two Interscope albums Unwritten Law and Elva. It was released without the knowledge or consent of the band,[citation needed] who had left the Interscope label in 2003. At the time of its release, the band was preparing their own "greatest hits" album, The Hit List, which was released in January 2007 and included songs spanning their entire career rather than just these two albums.

Reception[edit]

Corey Apar of Allmusic gave the album three stars out of five, questioning why the band was included in the 20th Century Masters series when they were less successful in the 1990s than many of their pop punk and skate punk contemporaries such as Blink-182, Face to Face, and MxPx:[1] "This compilation seems forced and unnecessary," he remarked, "wholly trying to make the band seem much more important than they really are in the grand scheme of rock & roll."[1] He also criticized the release for only including tracks from Unwritten Law's two Interscope albums, Unwritten Law (1998) and Elva (2001), when the band had put out five studio albums by the time of the compilation's release, but remarked that those were the band's two best albums and that Interscope being responsible for 20th Century Masters likely explained the selection.[1] He called the compilation "a solid display of Unwritten Law highlights, but it's pretty much the equivalent of putting both of those records on shuffle and skipping past half-a-dozen tracks along the way. Point being, save your money [...] this collection is little more than a label cash-in."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Scott Russo except where noted, all music composed by Scott Russo, Steve Morris, Rob Brewer, and Wade Youman, except where noted.

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Harmonic"   Russo, Brewer   3:42
2. "Teenage Suicide"       2:50
3. "California Sky"   Russo, Youman   3:00
4. "Cailin"       3:56
5. "Lonesome"       3:24
6. "Holiday"       2:56
7. "Before I Go"   Russo, Youman, Morris   4:25
8. "Mean Girl"   Ben Rosen, Russo Rosen 3:06
9. "Up All Night"     Russo 3:03
10. "How You Feel"     Russo 2:45
11. "Seein' Red"     Russo 3:47
12. "Geronimo"     Russo, Morris, Youman, Brewer, Pat Kim 3:29

Personnel[edit]

Band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Micah Albao – bass guitar (tracks 1-7)
  • Rick Parashar – piano, keyboards, tambura, percussion (tracsk 1-7)
  • Geoff Turner – DJ (tracks 1-7)
  • Erik Aho – additional guitar on "Cailin"
  • Craig Yarnold – additional backing vocals on "Holiday"
  • Josh Freese – drums on "Up All Night"
  • Miguel – upbeat guitar on "How You Feel," lead guitar on "Seein' Red"
  • Marshall Goodman – percussion on "Up All Night"

Production[edit]

Tracks 1-7
  • Rick Parashar – producer, engineer, mix engineer
  • Jon Plum – assistant producer, engineer, and mixing
  • Geoff Ott – second engineer
  • Jon Mathias – engineer of "Holiday"
  • George Marino – mastering
Tracks 8-12
  • John Shanks – producer of "Mean Girl" and "Geronimo"
  • Miguel – producer of "Up All Night", "How You Feel", and "Seein' Red"
  • Mark DeSisto and Tobias Miller – engineers
  • Dan Chase, Tal Herzberg, and Baraka – Pro Tools
  • Eddie Ashworth – additional engineering
  • Mike McMullen and Jerry Moss – assistant engineers
  • David J. Holman – mix engineer
  • Brian Garder – mastering

Artwork[edit]

  • Dean Karr – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Apar, Corey. "Review: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-02-22.