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The Ramones are the first punk rock band. Other bands, such as the Stooges and the New York Dolls, came before them and set the stage and aesthetic for punk, and bands that immediately followed, such as the Sex Pistols, made the latent violence of the music more explicit, but the Ramones crystallized the musical ideals of the genre. By cutting rock & roll down to its bare essentials -- ... Read more in Amazon's Ramones Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 6, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000EXZI0A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Formed in Forest Hills, NY, in 1974, this quartet of quintessential punk forefathers blitzkrieged out of NYC's legendary CBGB scene and into world fame with three loud, lean, hard, and fast albums before the Sex Pistols even took their first shot. Besides basically inventing punk rock, Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Tommy outlasted almost every one of their legions of followers, delivering their signature pop and garage-flavored chainsaw sound for over 20 years, through a string of infamous albums and 2,263 concerts together. Spanning 1976-1995, this new collection features 20 classic tracks, including Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, Rockaway Beach, Rock N Roll High School, I Wanna Be Sedated, Pet Cemetery, and Blitzkrieg Bop."

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The band combined a raw punk rock sound with their own brand of energy and enthusiasm.
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If you're a fan of Punk Rock or the Ramones and are looking for a great collection of their biggest tunes, this one has them all!
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Every song of the ramones is a great hit and this is a good album to listen too if you want to get in their music.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Hits is something of a misnomer when it comes to the Ramones. It's more like the tongue in cheek title that the Red Hot Chili Peppers gave their 1993 EMI collection, "WHAT hits?!?" I am sure that anyone who is a die hard fan probably has all these on CD somewhere, or would have picked alternate titles than the ones presented here since a mere 20 songs sells the band kind of short.

It is going to be a damn long time before we have the likes of the Ramones on this earth again, or a band with this kind of influence. Suffice to say that it's all good (with the possible exception of "Baby I Love You" which had Joey Ramone saturated by Phil Spector's stings). For all the critical nit-picking that has occasionaly been leveled about the lack of variation in the Ramones' style, this CD lays that argument to waste. "Do You Remember Rock And Roll Radio" would be a classic out of anybody's songbook, the Phil Spector production should have made this the breakout record that the band so obviously longed for. But it isn't the same song as the rappy "Wart Hog," which is not the same as "Blitzkrieg Bop" etc, etc.

The unifying thread through almost all of these songs was Joey Ramone's voice, which became more and more soulful as their career proceeded. If Dee Dee and Johnny gave guts to the band, it was Joey's voice that gave it heart. These songs may have been punk-rock-tough, yet these "brothers" were never without spirit. When listening to this disc, it's the Ramones' spirit and heart that will stick in your memory, just as much as any of the classic rock hooks they were so adept at creating.

And just for the record, "Loud Fast Ramones" has 30 songs and rocks harder for just a few bucks more.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Arnold Ziffle on June 27, 2007
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OK, so most of the Ramones' songs are a lot alike and sound like they were recorded in somebody's garage (hence 4 stars instead of 5), their infectious energy makes them unforgettable. They detonated like a bomb amid the slick disco and overproduced pop music scene of the 1970's. Their music was profoundly influential, but more importantly it was fun ... And it still is, long after Sheena traded in her spiked hair and leather jacket for a mini-van and house in the suburbs. This CD is a great introduction for a musical dilettante like me. Although I'm sure the true Ramones' fans will complain that this song or that has been left off, for those of us among the great unwashed, it delivers the goods. So hey-ho let's go!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Erick Bertin on June 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If I rate this with 4 stars and not 5 is for one simple reason: C'mon man, lets get serious for a sec, here: I am THE biggest "pinhead" ever (and by that, I mean, the biggest Ramones fan...), but I will always be the first to admit the truth: The Ramones NEVER had any "hits" to speak of. Cult following, over a dozen albums, over 20 years of career... yeah, all of that, but "hits"... I don't think so!

Mainstream success eluded the Ramones during all their career. That's not to say that they didn't have great songs, it simply means that their commercial success was very limited. Few bands have had (and will have) the impact and the influence of the Ramones, but the "Greatest Hits" label really doesn't apply here. Of course, record companies wouldn't know the first thing about common sense, so... clearly in this case they should have used the "Best Of" tag, but...anyway, who cares about semantics?

We're talking punk rock, here, and the Ramones were trailblazers. All the songs here are punk rock classics. As we all know, everyone has their own personal favorites, so everyone has the right to moan and complain about the omission of this song or that song but... the bottom line: if you are a pinhead, you don't need this. If you are looking for a first taste of the Ramones, then this could be the right place to start.

But personally, I would recommend either "Ramonesmania" or "Ramones: Loud and Fast" over this new compilation, simply because they have more songs... it's a little more dough, but it's well worth it. And obviously, "Anthology" is the superior choice...(not to mention the Box Set...)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bill T on July 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In a more perfect world the Ramones would have had a load of hit records. Their songs were written to be hits. Joey Ramone was always thinking that their next release was gonna be the one that would top the charts.

Recent collections handpicked by Johnny Ramone have concentrated on the rougher & tougher stuff but the Ramones are probably more loved for their "shoulda been a hit" material.

The reason why I like this collection is that it primarily highlights the songs that should have been blasting out of our radios for the past 30 years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David on March 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The Ramones are an acquired taste and in many ways you either love them or you hate them. Ironically however I'm sort of in the middle. There's a lot of their grungier, punkier songs that just don't do it for me but just about every one of their songs that I do like is on this album and I even found a few new ones that I enjoyed. Out of the 20 tracks on the album there's about 8 or 9 that I like and that's enough to justify buying it for me. It's not particularly expensive like some huge Greatest Hits compilations so it really was a painless purchase on my end.

I won't pretend to know much about the technical side of things but all the tracks sound fine to me and the CD played well out of the case. That's all the production value I really care about.

Good enough for this casual fan. Die hard fans might have a different opinion but if you're like me and there's a handful of Ramone songs you enjoy then chances are they're on this album.
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