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Beyond and Back: The X Anthology
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
This two-disc retrospective serves better as a wild gift to fanatical Xtremests rather than as a serviceable overview for the casual fan who never had much time for the band in the first place. Only 11 of the collection's ... more »
This two-disc retrospective serves better as a wild gift to fanatical Xtremests rather than as a serviceable overview for the casual fan who never had much time for the band in the first place. Only 11 of the collection's 45 tracks were culled from the nine official albums released over a decade and a half span. Unlike a standard best-of, Beyond and Back is heavily weighted with demos, outtakes, rare singles, and live recordings. Some will no doubt bemoan the supplanting of studio recordings of high-tension band standards such as "The World's a Mess; It's in My Kiss," "The Once Over Twice," and "Johny Hit and Run Paulene" with raw, lo-fi alternates. Still, the candid approach certainly suits the band's original aesthetic, and there are a surplus of enticing rarities to be found that even dabblers will enjoy. --Steven Stolder
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Look for 'Make The Music Go Bang'
Wilson Ng | Guam USA | 07/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Casual fans and folks who want to get introduced to X should first get 'Make The Music Go Bang'. That compilation serves up a 2-CD slice of some of their biggest songs and serves as a proper Greatest Hits package.
'Beyond & Back' is served better as a complimentary collection to 'Make The Music Go Bang' by delving further into the X catalog with rarities, outtakes, B-Sides, and alternate takes on some of their greatest songs.
Together, 'Make the Music Go Bang' and 'Beyond & Back' makes a nice 4 disc set that covers much ground over X's illustrious career."
Real X LA in the late 70s/early 80s
Mark Holm | Sacramento, CA USA | 03/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you never made a show of Xs in the late 70s or early 80s this is the one to get! It was 1980 -- I was living in LA going to college and my girlfriend and I just called it quits. A friend of a friend suggested a trip to the Wiskey-a go go in Hollywood to see a band called X. In that show that night I became a X fan. To this day any X record takes me back to those days of the very early 80s of the LA music scene. This CD -- tho not the best technically -- captures the vitality of the scene - I know I saw it at the time. However the lyrics do not speak to just that time but the themes and feelings relevant today. It speak of lust and love, society and justice (or lack there of) and the 'scene' -- thier music - is a thinking person's punk. A must have CD."
Gods and Goddess of West Coast rock
Mark Holm | 05/14/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One night after seeing X in 1983, I had a dream I was at Denny's with Billy Zoom. He fed me Caramel Apple Cake from his golden guitar pick. Thusly, if you cannot find a song to love on this thrilling collection of gorgeous hits from this absolutely ground-breaking, earth-shattering, legend-making band, you've been dead too long. No one can claim to know modern music withou knowing X. Amen."