Ramones [40th Anniversary Edition]

Ramones [40th Anniversary Edition]

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CD(Anniversary Edition / 180 Gram Vinyl / ATTRIBUTE WLP)

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Overview

With the three-chord assault of "Blitzkrieg Bop," The Ramones begins at a blinding speed and never once over the course of its 14 songs does it let up. The Ramones is all about speed, hooks, stupidity, and simplicity. The songs are imaginative reductions of early rock & roll, girl group pop, and surf rock. Not only is the music boiled down to its essentials, but the Ramones offer a twisted, comical take on pop culture with their lyrics, whether it's the horror schlock of "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement," the gleeful violence of "Beat on the Brat," or the maniacal stupidity of "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue." And the cover of Chris Montez's "Let's Dance" isn't a throwaway -- with its single-minded beat and lyrics, it encapsulates everything the group loves about pre-Beatles rock & roll. They don't alter the structure, or the intent, of the song, they simply make it louder and faster. And that's the key to all of the Ramones' music -- it's simple rock & roll, played simply, loud, and very, very fast. None of the songs clock in at any longer than two and half minutes, and most are considerably shorter. In comparison to some of the music the album inspired, The Ramones sounds a little tame -- it's a little too clean, and compared to their insanely fast live albums, it even sounds a little slow -- but there's no denying that it still sounds brilliantly fresh and intoxicatingly fun. [The Ramones' first album saw its first digital expansion in 2001 as part of Rhino's extensive overhaul of the punk band's catalog. For the album's 40th Anniversary, it received a Super Deluxe Edition treatment, blowing up the original 29-minute album to a triple-CD/single-LP set, an expansion suggests there might be more left in the vault than originally suspected. That's not quite the case. Most of the unheard archival material simply fills out the existing story: all the demos from the 2001 edition are here along with songs from the sessions that didn't make the cut, all sounding good but paling in comparison with the finished album. The original uncensored vocals for "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World" are a bit of a find, as are the original promotional mono mixes for "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," both which provide the transition for the intriguing bonus of a new mono mix of the original album, a bonus added to the CD with the remastered original album and available on vinyl in this edition (there is no stereo mix on vinyl here). Although the mono mix adds shouts of "1-2-3-4!" to the beginning of nearly every track—a countdown excised from the original stereo mix—there's not a lot different between the mono and stereo; it's a bit punchier, perhaps, but the stereo didn't have a lot of separation. Similarly, the two complete sets from the Ramones' August 12, 1976 appearance at the Roxy in Hollywood don't offer much different; the first, which has been in circulation in quasi-legit packages, and the second, which makes its debut here, are the exact same set performed exactly the same way with almost the same crowd banter. So, this means this 40th Anniversary contains a lot of repetition: the same songs performed the same way over and over again. Every version of each song is good, it's great to get a complete set of demos in circulation, but the lasting impression from the set is how perfect the original 29-minute album is.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2016
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227945176
catalogNumber: 555356
Rank: 55433

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Blitzkrieg Bop
  2. Beat on the Brat
  3. Judy Is a Punk
  4. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  5. Chain Saw
  6. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
  7. I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement
  8. Loudmouth
  9. Havana Affair
  10. Listen to My Heart
  11. 53rd & 3rd
  12. Let's Dance
  13. I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
  14. Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World
  15. Blitzkrieg Bop
  16. Beat on the Brat
  17. Judy Is a Punk
  18. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  19. Chain Saw
  20. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
  21. I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement
  22. Loudmouth
  23. Havana Affair
  24. Listen to My Heart
  25. 53rd & 3rd
  26. Let's Dance
  27. I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
  28. Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World

Disc 2

  1. Blitzkrieg Bop
  2. Blitzkrieg Bop
  3. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  4. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  5. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World [Ve
  6. I Don’t Care
  7. 53rd & 3rd
  8. Loudmouth
  9. Chain Saw
  10. You Never Should Have Opened That Door
  11. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  12. I Can't Be
  13. Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World
  14. I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
  15. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
  16. I Don't Wanna Be Learned/I Don't Wanna Be Tamed
  17. You're Gonna Kill That Girl
  18. What's Your Name

Disc 3

  1. Loudmouth
  2. Beat on the Brat
  3. Blitzkrieg Bop
  4. I Remember You
  5. Glad to See You Go
  6. Chain Saw
  7. 53rd & 3rd
  8. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  9. Havana Affair
  10. Listen to My Heart
  11. California Sun
  12. Judy Is a Punk
  13. I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
  14. Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World
  15. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
  16. Let's Dance
  17. Loudmouth
  18. Beat on the Brat
  19. Blitzkrieg Bop
  20. I Remember You
  21. Glad to See You Go
  22. Chain Saw
  23. 53rd & 3rd
  24. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  25. Havana Affair
  26. Listen to My Heart
  27. California Sun
  28. Judy Is a Punk
  29. I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
  30. Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World
  31. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
  32. Let's Dance

Disc 4

  1. Blitzkrieg Bop
  2. Beat on the Brat
  3. Judy Is a Punk
  4. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  5. Chain Saw
  6. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
  7. I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement
  8. Loudmouth
  9. Havana Affair
  10. Listen to My Heart
  11. 53rd & 3rd
  12. Let's Dance
  13. I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
  14. Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World

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