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The Runaways: Which disc is better?

We compare Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning's ''The Runaways'' soundtrack to the band's collection ''The Mercury Albums Anthology''

The Soundtrack
What’s on it The Runaways — Music From the Motion Picture features a handful of previously released glam-rock classics, plus new versions of four Runaways tunes sung by the film’s stars.
What works Fanning and Stewart’s surprisingly convincing take on the girls-in-prison rock operetta ”Dead End Justice”; Nick Gilder’s glittering ”Roxy Roller”; a live rip through ”I Wanna Be Where the Boys Are” by the original Runaways.
What doesn’t The MC5’s so-so cover of James Brown’s ”It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” (Couldn’t they have gotten Christina Aguilera?)
The verdict We love the Stooges and Sex Pistols too, but what are they doing on this putatively pro-girl soundtrack? Guess there just weren’t many opportunities for rawkin’ teen girls back in the day. Even so, a more estrogen-heavy approach — Stewart essaying ”I Wanna Be Your Dog”? — would’ve made more sense. B-

The Collection
What’s on it The Mercury Albums Anthology features the original band’s first four albums on two CDs.
What works Signature song ”Cherry Bomb,” the manifesto for their ”wild girl” ethos; ”Johnny Guitar,” a raunchy celebration of six-string abandon.
What doesn’t An oddly unconvincing cover of the Velvet Underground’s ”Rock and Roll.”
The verdict Though not every track hits the mark, these guitar heroines’ ‘tude and proto-grrrl-power spirit are still stirring. Proof that the Runaways were more than just a launching pad for Joan Jett’s solo career. B+