Pure and Simple (Joan Jett album)

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Pure and Simple
Pure and Simple.jpg
Cover photo by George Holz
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 14, 1994
StudioThe Hit Factory, New York City,
Studio Works 11, Island Park, New York,
Armoury Studios, Vancouver, Canada,
Bad Animals Studio, Seattle, Washington,
Indigo Ranch, Malibu, California,
Music Palace, New Hempstead, New York
GenreHard rock, power pop
Length46:57
LabelBlackheart/Warner Bros.
ProducerKenny Laguna, Thom Panunzio, Ed Stasium, Desmond Child, Jim Vallance, Joan Jett
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts chronology
Flashback
(1993)
Pure and Simple
(1994)
Evil Stig
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]

Pure and Simple is the ninth studio album by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, released in 1994.

Pure and Simple was the first album to feature a new line up of Blackheart band members since the departure of longtime guitarist Ricky Byrd and bassist Kasim Sulton after the release of Jett's last album, Notorious. This new line up consisted of legendary bassist Kenny Aaronson and lead guitarist Tony "Bruno" Rey. Pure and Simple would be the last Joan Jett & the Blackhearts release until 2006's Sinner. In 1995, both Aaronson and Rey went on to other projects. Aaronson would eventually become a member of the reunited New York Dolls – coincidentally taking over for bassist Sami Yaffa, his replacement in the Blackhearts and Rey became the musical director for Enrique Iglesias and pop sensation Rihanna.

"Hostility" and "World of Denial" are added on the Japanese pressings. The Japanese cover differs from regular cover. "Get Off the Cross" was also recorded during these sessions. Concurrently released in the US on vinyl LP, CD, and cassette, all versions varying slightly. The record album came with a hype sticker that read "All Rock. No Ballads" and features the track "Here to Stay" co-written by Jett and Kat Bjelland. A few seconds of the song are also heard on the cassette at the very end of Side One before fading out. Jett independently put out "Spinster" as a 7-inch blue vinyl single in the US with a picture sleeve. The B-sides were "Go Home" and "Hostility". The track "World of Denial" was eventually released in the US on Jett's greatest hits album Fit to Be Tied.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Go Home"Joan Jett, Kathleen Hanna2:42
2."Eye to Eye"Jett, Jim Vallance, Kenny Laguna3:30
3."Spinster"Jett, Hanna2:44
4."Torture"Jett, Vallance, Laguna3:35
5."Rubber & Glue"Jett, Hanna3:19
6."As I Am"Jett, Desmond Child4:35
7."Activity Grrrl"Jett, Hanna3:45
8."Insecure"Jett, Vallance, Laguna3:11
9."Wonderin'"Jett, Vallance, Laguna4:53
10."Consumed"Jett, Thommy Price4:40
11."You Got a Problem"Jett, Child, Hanna3:57
12."Brighter Day"Jett, Child6:06

Personnel[edit]

The Blackhearts[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Kenny Laguna - producer on all tracks
  • Thom Panunzio - producer on tracks 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 10 and bonus tracks, engineer, mixing
  • Ed Stasium - producer on tracks 1 and 8
  • Jim Vallance - producer on tracks 2 and 4
  • Desmond Child - producer on tracks 6, 11 and 12
  • John Aiosa - engineer, digital editing
  • Lance Clark - digital editing
  • Carl Glanville, Lee Anthony, Tim Donovan, Mike Thompson, Neil Perry, Danny Kadar, Adam Kasper, Delwyn Brooks, Chuck Johnson - assistant engineers
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering at Gateway Studios, Portland, Maine

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Joan Jett / Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Pure and Simple review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  2. ^ "Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Consumer Guide Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  3. ^ Zacharek, Stepanie (September 22, 1994). "Pure and Simple - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 13, 2015.