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
cvplummer ,

The End Of The Streak

After nothing but classic, solid Ramones on their previous albums- this finds the band in a rough spot. There are some great classic songs on here, but there are some misses. And, the band was not unified- Dee Dee was dope sick and phoning it in. Johnny didn't see the big deal being produced with a percieved has-been in Spector. This leaves Joey- who was all into working with his hero. This to me is Joey's album.. Some of the Spectorisms work here, sometimes it seems like Phil was just throwing some florishes ontop of loud amps and guitar.. This was my first Ramones album when it came out and I discovered them- but it quickly became my least favorite when compared their other previous albums.

LoveItToDeath ,

Why do people like this album so much?

I love the Ramones. I have all their first album, leave home, Rocket to Russia and Road to Ruin (4 albums that you must get), but after that their music changed for the worse. That began with this album. This album totally ruined them, turning them from punk to... I really dont know what this is. End of the century was the end of an era for the Ramones.

Punkrocker.21 ,

Ramones 1*2*3*4*

The Ramones have got a lot of amazing songs and albums and I give them all 20 stars!!!! But since I can only rate 5 !)

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