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Return to the Valley of the Go-Go's

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The Go-Go's 10/18/1994

Review

Of all the various best-ofs and compilations that have come out over time that cover the Go-Go's career, this one is the clearest winner, by a long shot. Though by default it doesn't tell the full story, appearing as it did in 1994, in terms of containing both the famous hits and a slew of rarities and unreleased tracks, Return to the Valley of the Go-Go's is equally valuable for both neophytes and hardcore fans. The first 11 tracks alone make for an entertaining peek into the band's earliest days, with a slew of live cuts from both early rehearsals and gigs, including a number of songs taped at the legendary SF punk venue the Mabuhay Gardens. Everything's rough, energetic, and merry fun -- while it's no surprise why some compositions remained unheard in later years, it's still worth hearing how the group pureed everything from straight-up punk to spaghetti Western guitar and girl group right from the start. A real treat is a romp through "Johnny, Are You Queer?" which would later get a more famous (and much more sedate!) take by Josie Cotton. Plenty of rare B-sides from the group's commercially dominant days surface here and there, and as for the big hits, they're available a-plenty: "We Got the Beat," "Vacation," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Head Over Heels," "Turn to You," and more. Choice album cuts include "Skidmarks on My Heart" and "This Town." Closing things out is an acoustic live take on "Mercenary" from the band's 1990 reunion and three wholly new songs from 1994, including the enjoyable "The Whole World Lost Its Head." Topping things off is a great booklet featuring a hilarious collection of photos and ephemera from early days on, with plenty of amusing comments from the bandmembers, along with an enjoyable history of the group and reflections from all five on their favorite songs. ~ Ned Raggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Living at the Canterbury/Party Pose The Go-Go's 4:28
  3. 2 Screaming The Go-Go's 2:10
  4. 3 Johnny, Are You Queer? The Go-Go's 2:7
  5. 4 Fun With Ropes The Go-Go's 2:11
  6. 5 Fashion Seekers-Intro/Fashion Seekers The Go-Go's 3:7
  7. 6 Blades The Go-Go's 2:35
  8. 7 He's So Strange The Go-Go's 4:10
  9. 8 London Boys The Go-Go's 2:39
  10. 9 Let's Have a Party The Go-Go's 1:32
  11. 10 Beatnik Beach The Go-Go's 2:44
  12. 11 Remember (Walking in the Sand) The Go-Go's 3:6
  13. 12 Lust to Love The Go-Go's 3:27
  14. 13 How Much More? The Go-Go's 2:57
  15. 14 Cool Jerk The Go-Go's 2:29
  16. 15 We Got the Beat [Single Mix] The Go-Go's 2:29
  17. 16 Skidmarks on My Heart The Go-Go's 3:3
  18. 17 This Town The Go-Go's 3:16
  19. 18 Our Lips Are Sealed The Go-Go's 2:44
  20. 1 Surfing and Spying The Go-Go's 1:54
  21. 2 Vacation The Go-Go's 2:57
  22. 3 Speeding The Go-Go's 2:5
  23. 4 Get up and Go The Go-Go's 3:15
  24. 5 It's Everything But Partytime The Go-Go's 3:19
  25. 6 Beneath the Blue Sky The Go-Go's 3:2
  26. 7 Good for Gone The Go-Go's 2:53
  27. 8 Head over Heels The Go-Go's 3:35
  28. 9 Turn to You The Go-Go's 3:49
  29. 10 Yes or No [Single Mix] The Go-Go's 3:34
  30. 11 I'm With You The Go-Go's 3:35
  31. 12 We Don't Get Along The Go-Go's 2:40
  32. 13 Can't Stop the World The Go-Go's 3:23
  33. 14 I'm the Only One The Go-Go's 3:25
  34. 15 Mercenary [Acoustic] The Go-Go's 4:29
  35. 16 Good Girl The Go-Go's 3:32
  36. 17 Beautiful The Go-Go's 3:56
  37. 18 Whole World Lost Its Head The Go-Go's 2:56

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