X emerged as a key act in L.A.'s vibrant punk scene of the late '70s. Unlike some others, though, X created intelligently written tales that have barely aged a day. With these reissues of the band's f

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Los Angeles
REISSUE PRODUCERS: Gary Stewart and John Doe
ORIGINAL PRODUCER: Ray Manzarek
Slash/Rhino 74370


Wild Gift
REISSUE PRODUCERS: Gary Stewart and John Doe
ORIGINAL PRODUCER: Ray Manzarek
Slash/Rhino 74371


Under the Big Black Sun
REISSUE PRODUCERS: Gary Stewart and John Doe
ORIGINAL PRODUCER: Ray Manzarek
Slash/Rhino 74372



X emerged as a key act in L.A.'s vibrant punk scene of the late '70s. Unlike some others, though, X created intelligently written tales that have barely aged a day. With these reissues of the band's first three albums, fans can re-discover rockin' classics like "Sex and Dying in High Society," "The Once Over Twice," and early MTV smash "The Hungry Wolf." Along with colorful liner notes penned by Kristine McKenna—as well as extra photos—each disc includes rare bonus cuts, such as demos of "I'm Coming Over," "Adult Books," and "Blue Spark"; live takes ("Universal Corner") and "Beyond and Back"; and alternate mixes ("Los Angeles"). Throughout, bandmates Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake wear their rockabilly hearts on their sleeves. Those who missed out the first time around have no excuse now.—MP