19 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After four solid uncompromising albums, the Ramones were in need of a change in direction and a commercial breakthrough. Who better to recharge the group’s creative spark and get them on the radio than legendary record producer Phil Spector? It would be one “Wall of Sound” meeting another...except the band had trouble with the songwriting, Spector had trouble with the production, and radio still ignored the group. (The album charted the highest of any Ramones album, but that wasn’t much of a challenge.) While there are many Ramones classics on the album — “Do You Remember Rock n’ Roll Radio?,” “I’m Affected,” “Danny Says” and “Rock n’ Roll High School,” for starters — it is the first to include several throwaways (“This Ain’t Havana,” “High Risk Insurance”). The string-laden cover of “Baby, I Love You” is intriguing, if awkward. Spector was better at providing an extra menace to the harder tunes. “I’m Affected” is charged with distortion and reverb. “Rock n’ Roll Radio” sounds like one big-band jamboree. The expanded edition includes five bare-bones demos that prove that while radio may have demanded the band brighten their sound, the group itself didn’t need any of it.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After four solid uncompromising albums, the Ramones were in need of a change in direction and a commercial breakthrough. Who better to recharge the group’s creative spark and get them on the radio than legendary record producer Phil Spector? It would be one “Wall of Sound” meeting another...except the band had trouble with the songwriting, Spector had trouble with the production, and radio still ignored the group. (The album charted the highest of any Ramones album, but that wasn’t much of a challenge.) While there are many Ramones classics on the album — “Do You Remember Rock n’ Roll Radio?,” “I’m Affected,” “Danny Says” and “Rock n’ Roll High School,” for starters — it is the first to include several throwaways (“This Ain’t Havana,” “High Risk Insurance”). The string-laden cover of “Baby, I Love You” is intriguing, if awkward. Spector was better at providing an extra menace to the harder tunes. “I’m Affected” is charged with distortion and reverb. “Rock n’ Roll Radio” sounds like one big-band jamboree. The expanded edition includes five bare-bones demos that prove that while radio may have demanded the band brighten their sound, the group itself didn’t need any of it.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
39 Ratings
39 Ratings
rpchurch ,

Probably the least "punk" of the Ramones albums...

But, who cares? Punk died as soon as the Sex Pistols turned what the Ramones were doing into a fashion statement. But, this has some really touching, really experimental (by Ramones standards) songs. This is the one record from their catalog that I listen to most. I think "The Return of Jackie and Judy" is one of the best songs they ever put out. I only wish there had been an outtake of it included herein. Add to that, "Danny Says", and you've got one hell of a Ramones record. (Check out Tom Waits' version of both of these tunes, on the Orphans box.)

YearsGone ,

A Good Album On It's Own

This is definitely an album worth listening to. You have to look at two major elements to appreciate this album; 1.) Phil Spector production and 2.) The influence that music from the 50's and 60's had on the Ramones ["Danny Says", "Baby, I Love You"]. A little bit of added [Ramones] history, "Chinese Rock" [originally 'Chinese Rocks'] was written by Dee Dee Ramone and Richard Hell and originally debuted on the Heartbreakers album, L.A.M.F.

Ramones Junkie ,

Do You Remeber.......

this album is probably one of my favorites, cuz Do You Remember Rock N' Roll Radio is like the best song ever

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