- Artist(s): Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone
- Summary: The remastered reissue of the 1976 debut release from the punk rock band features a mono mix, outtakes, demos, eight unreleased tracks, and a recording of a concert at Hollywood's The Roxy.
- Record Label: Rhino
- Genre(s): Punk, Pop/Rock
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Positive: 8 out of 8
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Negative: 0 out of 8
Dec 15, 2016Every classic, from "Blitzkrieg Bop" to "Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World," bleeds fresh energy. The three CDs of stereo and mono mixes, demos, single versions, and two blistering live sets from 1976 L.A. are killer, but the new vinyl makes purchasing this box mandatory.
MojoOct 24, 2016Ramones is pretty much perfect. [Sep 2016, p.102]
Oct 24, 2016Not even overfamiliarity can really dull the rest of what’s here. The box set carries a distinct whiff of die-hards only--the mono mix is nice but inessential, the best of the demos have already been released, as has the first of the live shows, while the second was recorded later the same night and sounds virtually identical--but the music at its centre is about as inarguable as you can get.
Oct 24, 2016At three discs and 78 tracks, the suspicion is that this set is for the truly hardcore fans for whom the previous reissues aren't enough and who need everything they can get their hands on. As such, Rhino is providing a public service. And every note of this is great, of course. For everyone else, though, they can feel relatively comfortable staying with the various beautifully done vinyl reissues of the original album or the 2001 CD reissue.
Oct 24, 2016The Ramones, like Warhol or Lichtenstein, were masters of doing one thing brilliantly and repetitively--something reinforced by the second disc of this set, which contains singles and unreleased demos, including tracks that would appear on subsequent albums such as “You’re Gonna Kill That Girl”, “You Should Never Have Opened That Door” and “I Don’t Care” but could easily have fitted on Ramones.
Dec 24, 2019Even with each song's simple arrangement, Ramones feels just as fresh now as it did forty years ago. Tommy manages to remain steady for 14Even with each song's simple arrangement, Ramones feels just as fresh now as it did forty years ago. Tommy manages to remain steady for 14 tracks, despite almost all of them being played at fast tempos of over 160 beats per minute. Dee Dee shines as both a bassist and a songwriter. Johnny, who had only started learning guitar at Tommy's suggestion a few years before the album's release, performed some of the catchiest guitar riffs of all time on this album, cementing him as one of the most influential guitarists of all time. Joey fronts the band with a singing style so original that you can't stop listening. The four of them established the standard for punk rock music for years to come. Personally, the only studio album by the band I enjoy more is their third effort, Rocket to Russia.… Expand
Nov 22, 2017I can't say if that score goes on because of pure nostalgia or if they are really good in technical ways. I mean... The arrangements all soundI can't say if that score goes on because of pure nostalgia or if they are really good in technical ways. I mean... The arrangements all sound pretty much the same, and so do the chords progression.… Expand
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