X Los Angeles Vinyl
Available with WILD GIFT on 1 CD.
X: John Doe (vocals, bass); Exene Cervenka (vocals); Billy Zoom (guitar); D.J. Bonebrake (drums).
Additional personnel includes: Ray Manzarek (organ, synthesizer).
Recorded at Golden Sound Studios, Hollywood, California in January 1980.
Originally released on Slash (104). Includes liner notes by Kristine McKenna.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Since its release in 1980, X's debut album LOS ANGELES has rightfully gone on to be widely heralded as one of punk rock's true classics. Produced by former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, the album announced to the rest of the world the arrival of the West Coast punk explosion (which included such other acts as Black Flag, the Germs, Dead Kennedys, Circle Jerks, Fear, etc.). But X was more than just your average, ordinary punk band, as they weren't afraid to inject rockabilly riffs and poetic lyrics into the punk rock stew, as exemplified throughout LOS ANGELES.
The album spawned some of the quartet's best-known tracks, including "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline," "Nausea," "Los Angeles," and "The Unheard Music," while the 2001 Rhino Records reissue tacked on five extra bonus tracks. Of the newly included tracks, standouts include the forgotten early demo "Delta 88," as well as an early take of "Adult Books," which would be reworked on their sophomore release, WILD GIFT.
- Released: 4/13/2015
- RSD Release Date: DDD
- Format: Vinyl
- Genre: Pop