Hey Ho Let's Go: Anthology
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Having said all of that, the only reason this collection doesn't get 5 stars from me is because there are too many Ramones compilations on the market already. And by the time the boys decided to (finally, thankfully) call it a day, they had released so much tripe in the later years that they forgot to put together a 'definitive' collection that includes the last ten years or so.
This is the one to get. It's chock-full of their best material (including the import-only "Carbona Not Glue"), and their most representative material as well. Most of the video-based tunes are here, and the selection is chronological, unlike the mind-warping 'Best of Smiths' albums. The liner notes are decent, and they've put on JUST EN0UGH to satiate even the die-hardest die-hard for his/her desert island collection.
Anybody who complains about why there isn't a box set is missing the point; until there IS a box set, this is the one to buy. Especially recommended for the uninitiated.
Back in the Mid. to Late 70's, Underground Punk was taking the world by storm, with bands such as The Clash, The Sex Pistols, and The Pixies dominating the Punk Scene. But one lone American band, taking influences from The New York Dolls and The Stooges, called The Ramones, were just as popular. Adding more traditional Rock N Roll to Punk, The Ramones were one of Punk's most influential bands, and were one of Kurt Cobain's biggest influences for his band Nirvana. Although nobody would say they were incredibly talented, The Ramones were able to mold a catchy, hooky, Punk tune, emphasizing vocals and inane lyrics to appeal to listeners, while always having the chugging guitar right behind it. So it's no surprise, at the Turn of the Century, The Ramones released a massive 2-Disc career retrospective, containing almost 60 songs, and a booklet containing The Ramones ENTIRE career. So how does Hey Ho Let's Go-Ramones Anthology stack up? Read on to find out?
-ALMOST SIXTY SONGS ON TWO DISCS!- The Ramones Anthology has 58 songs on TWO(!) discs, so you can expect bank for your buck!
-HAS ALL OF THE RAMONES' BIGGEST HITS!-The Ramones Anthology has instantly recognizeable hits such as "Blitzkrieg Bop", "California Sun", and "I Wanna Be Sedated", which won't fail to please Casual fans!
-SO MANY UNDERRATED MASTERPIECES!-The Ramones Anthology is basically made up of underrated masterpieces, including "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker", "Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio?", "Judy Is A Punk", and so many more!
-COVERS ALL OF THE RAMONES ALBUMS- From 'The Ramones' to 'Adios Amigos', The Ramones Anthology has songs from every album, making this a superb retrospective!Read more ›
The only track on the albulms that you don't already own, however, is that none-too-inspiring Motorhead cover ("R.A.M.O.N.E.S."). How much of a completist do you need to be? This isn't a "throw in the CD changer for a party" greatest-hits collection, either (you've already got "Mania" for that).
These two disks, however, are the perfect gift to convert any friends fortunate enough to still have the discovery of the Ramones ahead of them in their lives. Wisely focusing on the pre-C.J. period, the selected tracks highlight many of the Ramones' greatest moments, and represent enough variety to put to rest any newcomer complaints that the songs "sound the same".
So get this set, listen to "R.A.M.O.N.E.S.", maybe read the book, and then give it away. You're saving yourself the bother of making that perfect Ramones mixed tape. It's here, or close enough.
The Ramones found their formula early, and stuck to it. Dress the same, take on the same name, and eliminate the unnecessary. So what was unnecessary? Guitar solos, guitar effects, playing to each other, drum fills, ten minute songs, and a big stage show - pretty much all the excesses of prog rock. And what was left? A steady, speedy backbeat, buzzing guitars, simple catchy melodies, and lots of fun sounding songs.
The Ramones were accused of being stupid on a regular basis. From the outside, they probably did seem a bit stupid. They all looked and dressed the same unfashionable (for the time) way, their albums were shorter than many songs of the 1970s rock dinosaurs, and their song titles and lyrics were almost childlike. Songs like "Beat On The Brat", "Judy Is A Punk", "Cretin Hop" and "I Wanna Be Sedated" were hardly intellectual in their content. The band were simply a "1-2-3-4" from Dee Dee Ramone, and they were away. Two minutes, three chords, and several "Gabba Gabba Hey"s later, it was time to start all over again.
Most people missed where The Ramones were actually coming from. While the songs were simple, employing catchy melodies with a minimum of complications, inspiration for the songs came from real life stories of the band, much darker than expected. "53rd & 3rd" was inspired by bass player Dee Dee Ramone's time as a male prostitute on a New York street corner to pay for his drug habit.Read more ›
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Item in flawless condition, as advertised, and acquired at a more than reasonable price. Extremely satisfied customer!!Published 15 months ago by nywilky
double CD , one came almost new but the second came too damaged , I was very disappointed.Published 16 months ago by César valencia Sepúlveda
Few bands engender such rabid affection as The Ramones - comic books, badges, posters, tee-shirts, name-checked by every luminary band from the Eighties to the Present Day,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mark Barry
No tears, no problems with anything. Came new and looked newPublished 19 months ago by Denise Marie
The only Ramones discs you need , only downside no version of Time Has Come Today.Published 19 months ago by Jim Askew