The Hit List (Unwritten Law album)

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The Hit List
Unwritten Law - The Hit List cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by Unwritten Law
Released January 2, 2007
Recorded 2006 at The Blue Room
Studio Glenwood Place Studios in Burbank
Chop Shop in Los Angeles
Genre Punk rock, alternative rock
Length 73:14
Label Abydos
Unwritten Law chronology
Here's to the Mourning
(2005)
The Hit List
(2007)
Live and Lawless
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link

The Hit List is the seventh album by the San Diego-based rock band Unwritten Law, released on January 2, 2007 by Abydos Records. It is a "best of" album that includes 3 songs from their 2005 album Here's to the Mourning, new studio recordings of 14 songs from their earlier albums, and the new songs "Shoulda Known Better" and "Welcome to Oblivion." The earlier songs were all re-recorded by the current lineup of the band, and some differ significantly from the original recordings, reflecting changes in the band's lineup and musical style over the years.

This was the last release by the band to feature drummer Tony Palermo, who left in March 2008 to join Papa Roach.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Shoulda Known Better" Scott Russo, Mickey Avalon, Cisco Adler Russo, Morgan Haley 3:23
2. "Celebration Song" (from Here's to the Mourning) Russo, Aimee Allen Russo, Rob Brewer 3:39
3. "Rescue Me" Russo Russo 3:03
4. "Save Me (Wake Up Call)" (from Here's to the Mourning) Russo, Allen Russo, Linda Perry, Allen 3:32
5. "She Says" (from Here's to the Mourning) Russo, Allen Russo, Phil Jamieson 3:59
6. "Up All Night" Russo Russo 3:00
7. "Welcome to Oblivion" Russo, A. Jay Popoff Steve Morris 3:51
8. "Seein' Red" Russo Russo 3:46
9. "Teenage Suicide" Russo Russo, Morris, Brewer, Wade Youman 2:42
10. "California Sky" Russo, Youman Russo, Morris, Brewer, Youman 2:54
11. "Harmonic" Russo, Brewer Russo, Morris, Brewer, Youman 3:42
12. "Rest of My Life" Russo Russo 2:34
13. "Blame It on Me" Russo Brewer, Russo, Youman 2:32
14. "How You Feel" Russo Russo 2:49
15. "Lonesome" Russo Russo, Morris, Brewer, Youman 3:34
16. "Cailin" Russo Russo, Morris, Brewer, Youman 4:02
17. "Shallow" Russo, Morris, Brewer, John Bell, Youman Russo, Morris, Brewer, Bell, Youman 3:00
18. "Superman" Russo, Morris, Brewer, Bell, Youman Russo, Morris, Brewer, Bell, Youman 3:47
19. "C.P.K." Russo, Morris, Brewer, Bell, Youman Russo, Morris, Brewer, Bell, Youman 9:01
20. "Shoulda Known Better" (Mickey Avalon version; unlisted track) Russo, Avalon, Adler Russo, Haley 3:24

Personnel[edit]

Band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Mickey Avalon - backing vocals on "Shoulda Known Better", lead vocals on "Shoulda Known Better" (Mickey Avalon version)
  • Adrian Young – drums on "Celebration Song"

Production[edit]

  • Sean Bevan – producer, recording engineer (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 20), mix engineer
  • Josh Abraham – producer of "Celebration Song" (with Beavan)
  • Linda Perry – producer of "Save Me (Wake Up Call)" (with Beavan)
  • Critter and Zach Barnhorst – recording engineers (tracks 2, 4, and 5)
  • Chris Baseford and Scott Humphrey – recording engineers (tracks 3, 6, and 8-19)
  • Greg Collins – additional recording on "Welcome to Oblivion"
  • Tom Lord-Alge – mixing of "Shoulda Known Better"
  • Brian Gardner – mastering

Artwork[edit]

  • Pat Kim and Bonifacio – artwork and design

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2007 Billboard 200 184
2007 Top Independent Albums 5