JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS L.A.M.F. The Lost ’77 Mixes (1995)

L.A.M.F. The Lost ’77 Mixes (1995)
2CDs, Fresher Mixes & Outtakes

The original was a glorious, muddy mess. But, it captured the punk asethetic so well that there are those that may not even want it without the murky mix. Thunders himself tried to clean it up in 1984 with a reissue, L.A.M.F. Revisited, but that one didn’t take. This 2CD version, with a generous disc of outtakes and demos finally gets it right. The ex-New York Doll and his Heartbreakers epitomized the exploding anti-genre, as sort of a punk Blind Faith, once including Richard Hell, Ex-Doll Arthur Kane & Walter Lure. This debut (plus) contains two classics, “Born To Lose (Born Too Loose)” and “Chinese Rocks,” and the expanded extras, all recorded live in the studio, also include a take of “Too Much Junkie Business.” It’s amazing to hear what Johnny & the boys actually sounded like. Listen to an outtake version of “Born To Lose,” below. Amazon.

L.A.M.F. – The Lost ’77 Mixes
Born Too Loose (3:04)
Baby Talk (2:22)
All By Myself (2:50)
I Wanna Be Loved (2:40)
It’s Not Enough (4:09)
Chinese Rocks (2:55)
Get Off The Phone (2:01)
Pirate Love (3:57)
One Track Mind (2:33)
I Love You (2:22)
Goin’ Steady (2:43)
Let Go (2:25)
Can’t Keep My Eyes On You (3:45)
Do You Love Me? (2:16)

L.A.M.F. – Demos, Outtakes And Alternative Mixes
Born To Lose (3:03)
Chinese Rocks (2:44)
Let Go (3:18)
Goin’ Steady (Instrumental) (3:16)
Baby Talk (Instrumental) (2:45)
Pirate Love (Instrumental) (3:45)
Born To Lose (Instrumental) (4:19)
Chinese Rocks (Instrumental) (5:45)
Do You Love Me? (2:28)
Can’t Keep My Eyes On You (3:42)
Get Off The Phone (2:02)
All By Myself (2:54)
It’s Not Enough (4:18)
One Track Mind (2:35)
Too Much Junkie Business (2:22)
London Boys (2:28)

 

9 Comments

  • 1
    Capt. Willard
    November 17, 2010 - 19:15 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • 2
    Gummo
    November 17, 2010 - 19:15 | Permalink

    Wow, thanks!

  • 3
    Capt. Willard
    November 17, 2010 - 19:57 | Permalink

    Don't mention it.

  • 4
    Anonymous
    November 17, 2010 - 21:37 | Permalink

    Coincidently, i just dug out the LAMF Revisited 84 record last week and i gotta say it sounded great! Johnny's Guitar sounds fantastic on it, but the whole record sounds more 'modern' than the original, and i suspect maybe re-recorded to some extent. I also have the vinyl of this Lost'77 Mix version, which i thought was great when it came out (although it still had the strange whirling sound, like a 45 with a slight warp), but haven't heard for a long while so let the shoot-out begin!
    Thanks for sharing all the great stuff Willard – it's a fantastic blog you got here.
    Paolo.

  • 5
    Willard
    November 17, 2010 - 21:55 | Permalink

    I'd read that the Revisited version had a modern sheen to the production, which didn't sound appealing to me. I'm pretty used to the original, myself, but I like hearing what actually went down… which this Lost '77 2CD delivers. Many thanks.

  • 6
    redsock
    November 18, 2010 - 02:26 | Permalink

    Oh my.

  • 7
    Supersonic75
    August 15, 2013 - 01:23 | Permalink

    I still have my sludgy-sounding but nicely-pressed import LP (on Track Records, I think?) but have never heard this and am looking forward to it quite a bit…one of my faves. Thanks much, Willard!

  • 8
    Supersonic 75
    August 16, 2013 - 02:24 | Permalink

    Btw, I know this is an old post, but I just had to say…I think these mixes sound fantastic. The Heartbreakers were my favorite band (for about 6 months, when I was 18) to the point where I’d spray-stenciled “LAMF” in red across my guitar case and used to play nearly all of the LP with the awful band that I co-led wth my good friend during rehearsals. The two of us shared the same opinion: that “Live at Max’s…” sounded pretty fab and allowed one to really here the band, but “LAMF” had the junkie/Stones-y vibe that we craved. But I really hated the way that record sounded; it felt like a cheat ’cause there had to be something better underneath all thst sludge. I was pretty blown away by these mixes, and as you said, it’s amazing to hear how great the band really sounded. The songs and playing completely benefit from the “clean-up” and are way better than what Thunders attempted with “Revisited”. At any rate, I wound up listening to the whole damn thing and it was a blast, sonically and otherwise. Thanks again, Willard……..

    • 9
      Willard
      August 16, 2013 - 03:14 | Permalink

      Cool… thanks for the comment.

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