Ramones

Performers Ramones

Rhino Records | June 19, 2001 | Compact Disc

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Rhino's 2001 expanded reissue of the Ramones' seminal debut album would have been welcomed if it had simply brought the original album back in print. It may have been available as part of the wonderful All the Stuff & More, Vol. 1 compilation, but there's nothing like hearing the original album in a concentrated blast of gleeful primitivism -- unless it's hearing it in this expanded form with eight bonus tracks. Apart from the final cut, the single version of "Blitzkrieg Bop," these are all demos, some appearing on All the Stuff & More, some appearing on a 1997 7" on Norton Records, some previously unreleased. It would be misleading to call these bonus cuts revelatory, even if they do confirm the group's affection for pop, but they're all welcome additions to the album, especially since they do contain "I Can't Be" and "I Don't Wanna Be Learned/I Don't Wanna Be Tamed," songs that never made it to Ramones albums, plus early versions of "I Don't Care" and "You Should Never Have Opened That Door." On top of the music is the 20-page booklet, containing full artwork and lyrics, tons of rare photographs, and notes from Donna Gaines. It's a terrific package, and it's not just for the dedicated Ramones or punk fan -- it's essential for any rock library. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 19, 2001

Genre: Punk Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Rhino Records

UPC: 081227430627

Found in: Hardcore/Punk General

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Ramones

Ramones

Performers Ramones

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 19, 2001

Genre: Punk Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Rhino Records

UPC: 081227430627


Title Track Time
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 And 3rd --
12.Let's Dance --
13.I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You --
14.Today Your Love Tomorrow The World --
15.I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend - (demo - released on a Norton 45 in 1997) --
16.Judy Is A Punk - (demo - released on a Norton 45 in 1997) --
17.I Don't Care - (previously unreleased, demo) --
18.I Can't Be - (demo) --
19.Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue - (previously unreleased, demo) --
20.I Don't Wanna Be Learned/I Don't Wanna Be Tamed - (demo) --
21.You Should Never Have Opened That Door - (previously unreleased, demo) --
22.Blitzkrieg Bop - (single version) --

Editorial Notes

Rhino's 2001 expanded reissue of the Ramones' seminal debut album would have been welcomed if it had simply brought the original album back in print. It may have been available as part of the wonderful All the Stuff & More, Vol. 1 compilation, but there's nothing like hearing the original album in a concentrated blast of gleeful primitivism -- unless it's hearing it in this expanded form with eight bonus tracks. Apart from the final cut, the single version of "Blitzkrieg Bop," these are all demos, some appearing on All the Stuff & More, some appearing on a 1997 7" on Norton Records, some previously unreleased. It would be misleading to call these bonus cuts revelatory, even if they do confirm the group's affection for pop, but they're all welcome additions to the album, especially since they do contain "I Can't Be" and "I Don't Wanna Be Learned/I Don't Wanna Be Tamed," songs that never made it to Ramones albums, plus early versions of "I Don't Care" and "You Should Never Have Opened That Door." On top of the music is the 20-page booklet, containing full artwork and lyrics, tons of rare photographs, and notes from Donna Gaines. It's a terrific package, and it's not just for the dedicated Ramones or punk fan -- it's essential for any rock library. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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