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Let's Go (album)

Let's Go is a 1994 album by the punk rock band Rancid.

Released on the influential indie label Epitaph Records, Let's Go initially achieved little mainstream success, though it appealed to the band's fanbase. However, the surprise success of punk rock bands like The Offspring, Green Day and Bad Religion in the mid-1990s brought forth more mainstream interest in the album, and it ultimately reached #97 on the Billboard 200.

Until Rancid (2000), Let's Go was the only Rancid album to be produced by Brett Gurewitz, although he engineered the band's next album, ...And Out Come the Wolves, which is regarded as a classic from the golden age of the 1990s California punk scene.

Writing and production

As soon as second guitarist Lars Frederiksen joined the band, Rancid returned to the studio in October 1993 with producer Brett Gurewitz to begin work on their second album, booking five months of studio time in which to record the album.

Reception

Let's Go was released on June 14, 1994 and peaked at number 97 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on July 7, 2000.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described the album as "sheer energy". He praised the music as a "less-serious, party-ready version of The Clash". The album received a rating of four out of five stars, while "Salvation" earned Rancid its first moderate success.

Track listing

All songs written by Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Nihilism" – 2:02
  2. "Radio" (Armstrong/Freeman/]]) – 2:51
  3. "Side Kick" – 2:01 (Armstrong/Erica White)
  4. "Salvation" – 2:54
  5. "Tenderloin" – 1:32
  6. "Let's Go" – 1:26
  7. "As One" – 1:34
  8. "Burn" (Armstrong/Freeman/Eric Raider) – 2:11
  9. "The Ballad Of Jimmy & Johnny" – 1:39
  10. "Gunshot" – 1:50
  11. "I Am The One" – 1:57
  12. "Gave It Away" – 1:13
  13. "Ghetto Box" – 1:11
  14. "Harry Bridges" – 2:21
  15. "Black & Blue" – 1:59
  16. "St. Mary" (Armstrong/Freeman/Frederiksen) – 2:09
  17. "Dope Sick Girl" – 2:15
  18. "International Cover-Up" – 1:44
  19. "Solidarity" – 1:31
  20. "Midnight" – 1:55
  21. "Motorcycle Ride" – 1:20
  22. "Name" (Armstrong/Freeman/Eric Dinn) – 2:12
  23. "7 Years Down" – 2:35

Credits

Notes/trivia

  • Let's Go was originally intended to be a double-album, but was condensed to 23 tracks on one CD. On vinyl, it is a double album on two 10" mini-LPs.
  • The album's release date, June 14, 1994, was also bassist Matt Freeman's 28th birthday.
  • "Salvation" is featured in the videogame Guitar Hero II for the Xbox 360

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