I Love Rock 'n Roll (album)

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I Love Rock 'n Roll
I love rock n' roll - joan jett (album cover).JPG
Studio album by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Released November 18, 1981 (1981-11-18)
Recorded June–September 1981
Studio Kingdom Sound Studios and Soundworks Studios, Long Island, New York
Genre
Length 30:02
Label Boardwalk
Producer
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts chronology
Bad Reputation
(1980)Bad Reputation1980
I Love Rock 'n Roll
(1981)
Album
(1983)Album1983
Singles from I Love Rock 'n Roll
  1. "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" / "You Don't Know What You've Got"
    Released: December 1981
  2. "Crimson and Clover" / "Oh Woe Is Me"
    Released: April 1982
  3. "Summertime Blues"
    Released: 1982 (Canada only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

I Love Rock 'n Roll is the second studio album by Joan Jett and the first to feature her backing band The Blackhearts. Soon after the first recording sessions at Soundworks Studios, original Blackheart guitarist Eric Ambel was replaced by Ricky Byrd.[3] It is Jett's most commercially successful album to date with over 10 million copies sold,[3] largely due to the success of the title track, which was released as a single soon after the album was released.

Background and recording[edit]

Joan Jett saw "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" performed on TV in 1976 and was taken away by the song.[4] It was a staple of her set list for 7 years before the album was recorded.[4]

Jett commented that "People worried that I didn't change the words in 'Crimson and Clover' to 'him' from 'her'. It was only because that wouldn't have rhymed."[4]

Release[edit]

Early copies of the album released during December 1981 ended with the track "Little Drummer Boy". However, after the holiday season passed, the track was replaced by the newly recorded "Oh Woe Is Me" on most pressings.[3] The LP saw a vinyl reissue in 2009 containing both "Little Drummer Boy", "Oh Woe Is Me", and the rehearsal version of "You Don't Know What You've Got" that was the original B-side to Boardwalk Records issues of the "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" single. It was possible to acquire "Oh Woe Is Me" without purchasing a replacement album, as it was also released as the B-side of the "Crimson and Clover" single.

The album contains several cover songs, including: "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (originally by Arrows), "Nag" (The Halos), "Crimson and Clover" (Tommy James & The Shondells), "Bits and Pieces" (The Dave Clark Five), "You're Too Possessive" (The Runaways), "Little Drummer Boy" (The Harry Simeone Chorale and other artists), and bonus tracks "Louie Louie" (Richard Berry, later performed by The Kingsmen) and "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran).

"Summertime Blues" was originally left off the vinyl LP, and Boardwalk passed on releasing it as an official commercial single. Instead, Boardwalk released the song as the b-side to a promo-only 12-inch single (Boardwalk NB-019-S-5, with "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" as the a-side) to US rock radio stations. Many DJs and programmers preferred the b-side to the a-side however, and "Summertime Blues" became a Most Added listing. (The a-side peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.) The song was eventually released as a one-sided single in Canada and as a 12-inch single in Australia (accompanied by "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)").

The initial CD release was in 1992 on Blackheart Records and featured 13 tracks.

The album was digitally remastered and reissued on CD in 1998 and featured two additional bonus tracks.

In conjunction with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18, 2015, exactly 33 1/3 years after I Love Rock 'N' Roll was originally released on November 18, 1981, a 2CD/2LP titled "I Love Rock 'N' Roll 33 1/3 Anniversary Edition" was released. The rereleased set illustrated Shepard Fairey /ObeyGiant.com included the I Love Rock 'N Roll album plus a second disc of previously unreleased live recordings from New York from 1981.

Track listings[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" 2:55
2. "(I'm Gonna) Run Away" 2:27
3. "Love Is Pain" Jett 3:07
4. "Nag" Arthur Crier 2:46
5. "Crimson and Clover"
3:17
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Victim of Circumstance"
  • Jett
  • Laguna
2:54
7. "Bits and Pieces" 2:07
8. "Be Straight"
2:40
9. "You're Too Possessive" Jett 3:35
10. "Little Drummer Boy" 4:14
Total length: 30:02

Personnel[3][edit]

The Blackhearts
Additional musicians
Production team

Chart performance[edit]

Preceded by
Freeze Frame by The J. Geils Band
Canadian "RPM" Albums Chart number-one album
20 March 1982 – 10 April 1982
Succeeded by
Freeze Frame by The J. Geils Band
Preceded by
Avalon by Roxy Music
New Zealand number-one album
18 July 1982 – 25 July 1982
Succeeded by
Avalon by Roxy Music

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[36] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[37] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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