17 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Ramones’ fourth album modifies the group’s attack. While guitar solos and acoustic guitars could be heard (sparingly) on Rocket to Russia, the band’s previous album, Road to Ruin made these advancements more pronounced. “Don’t Come Close” and “Questioningly” are full-on acoustic ballads, touching and tender, while the album’s opener, “I Just Want To Have Something To Do” builds its tension with a second guitar that solos and hangs its feedback in dramatic shadow. The band’s raw early days are over. (Marky Ramone takes over the drum seat from Tommy, who remains behind the soundboard.) However, their obsessions with mental illness (“I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Go Mental,” “Bad Brain”), idle, self-serving youth (“I Wanted Everything,” “I’m Against It”), twisted love songs (“I Don’t Want You”) and ‘60s pop covers (the Searchers hit “Needles and Pins”) keep the material consistently powerful and moving. The expanded edition includes several songs that appeared in their film Rock n’ Roll High School, a live performance that shows they hadn’t lost a step, and two demos for songs that never made it to a finished record that are exciting curios from a band still in their prime.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Ramones’ fourth album modifies the group’s attack. While guitar solos and acoustic guitars could be heard (sparingly) on Rocket to Russia, the band’s previous album, Road to Ruin made these advancements more pronounced. “Don’t Come Close” and “Questioningly” are full-on acoustic ballads, touching and tender, while the album’s opener, “I Just Want To Have Something To Do” builds its tension with a second guitar that solos and hangs its feedback in dramatic shadow. The band’s raw early days are over. (Marky Ramone takes over the drum seat from Tommy, who remains behind the soundboard.) However, their obsessions with mental illness (“I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Go Mental,” “Bad Brain”), idle, self-serving youth (“I Wanted Everything,” “I’m Against It”), twisted love songs (“I Don’t Want You”) and ‘60s pop covers (the Searchers hit “Needles and Pins”) keep the material consistently powerful and moving. The expanded edition includes several songs that appeared in their film Rock n’ Roll High School, a live performance that shows they hadn’t lost a step, and two demos for songs that never made it to a finished record that are exciting curios from a band still in their prime.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
70 Ratings
70 Ratings
ac/dc/rocks ,

ramones rule

the greatest punk band ever. every disk is worth it get them now im so honourted i got to c them 2 years b4 they called it quits. there is no punk with out the ramones get this now

The vinny to the ramos ,

Remedial english

Its great i love the ramones sounds great but if they spoke english it would benefit so much

Stick to Your Own Songs ,

My. Childhood.

I was raised on this band, dear god. I remember my dad telling me the story of the whole Carbona/glue things, why the other was written. I remember making the Ramones out of SOCKS with my mom, and watching Rock and Roll High School with her. I hear it's raining cats and dogs in Idaho. The album is great, the band is great, and I recommend everything by them. Long live rock and roll!

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