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California Sun; Pinhead; Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment; Glad to See You Go, and all the rest of the classics from the original 1977 LP-PLUS their previously unreleased West Coast concert debut at the Roxy (8/16/76) featuring Blitzkrieg Bop; Judy Is a Punk; Let's Dance, and more live greatness!

Slightly less primitive than the Ramones' debut, Leave Home is somehow more melodic, poppier, and heavier than its predecessor. "Glad to See You Go" name-drops "the passion" of Charles Manson, while the terrific "Commando" ("First rule is the laws of Germany / Second rule is be nice to mommy") brings to mind a funnier MC5. But "Oh, Oh, I Love Her So" is pure classic pop--metallic bubblegum and their first foray into the Beach Boys-inspired harmonies that would be used to greater effect on Rocket to Russia. The "bruddahs" even do a speeded-up version of "California Sun" to drive the point home. "Pinhead" gave birth to the "Gabba! Gabba! Hey!" rallying cry. This splendid remastered reissue includes the original artwork, superior sound, and excellent liner notes by heavy-metal Ph.D. Dr. Donna Gaines. Also included is the band's August 1976 L.A. debut show at the Roxy Theater. Leave Home is the album that clued in a lot of people that this band was more than a novelty. --Bill Holdship

1. Glad To See You Go
2. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
3. I Remember You
4. Oh Oh I Love Her So
5. Carbona Not Glue
6. Suzy Is A Headbanger
7. Pinhead
8. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy
9. Swallow My Pride
10. What's Your Game
11. California Sun
12. Commando
13. You're Gonna Kill That Girl
14. You Should Never Have Opened That Door
15. Babysitter
16. Loudmouth (Live At The Roxy, Hollywood, CA 8/12/76)
17. Beat On The Brat (Live At The Roxy, Hollywood, CA 8/12/76)
18. Blitzkrieg Bop (Live At The Roxy, Hollywood, CA 8/12/76)
19. I Remember You (Live At The Roxy, Hollywood, CA 8/12/76)
20. Glad To See You Go (Live At The Roxy, Hollywood, CA 8/12/76)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005JGAC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David Bradley on June 4, 2002
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This was the first Ramones album--maybe the first punk album--that I ever bought, and I can still remember how it FUZZED MY BRAIN.
After three years of Top-40 radio dominated by the likes of Andy Gibb, Seals & Crofts and Steely Dan, LEAVE HOME was more than a breath of fresh air, it was a tornado. Within six months of hearing this LP I was a complete convert, wearing torn jeans, playing nothing but barre chords, and hunting down the Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, etc. LPs that were then generally available only as imports.
Punk was very quickly turned into some quirky American marketing scheme--I'm thinking about Blondie, the Talking Heads and the Romantics here--but with a few short gliches (END OF THE CENTURY, for example) the Ramones remained true. They were one of the very few who found a connection between punk and traditional rock--"Pinhead" and "California Sun" sound just fine side by side, for instance--so I guess they didn't see much reason to fool with the formula.
And they were great fun. "Carbona Not Glue" and "Beat On The Brat" are a laugh, not the misanthropic mess they would have been in lesser hands. You can not keep your head from bangin' when listening to the Ramones.
Joey Ramone may be the most underrated singer in rock history. A lot of intitial critical reaction to the Ramones focused on the relentless bass/rythm guitar attack; to me it had as much to do with Joey's vocals as anything else. Could he hit high notes with George Michael? No. Would he want to? No. Joey Ramone put across NY swagger like nobody's business, and David Johanson would have given his eye teeth to sing like Joey.
Ramones LPs been called audio comic books, and to a large extent that's true.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sask on January 9, 2002
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Great music just doesn't get better than the Ramones' first four albums, which rank along with 1965-66 Dylan, 1977-80 Elvis Costello and 1985-87 Husker Du as one of the most thrilling runs of albums ever. The Ramones' impact on rock music in the 1970's was huge during this period, first defining a genre, then setting it on its ear. Their eponymous debut, recorded in a very short time and on a shoestring budget, epitomized the DIY ethic of garage rock, and singlehandedly created the punk genre that was set to explode in the UK. When it came time to record their follow-up, while new UK punk bands were railing against the establishment, the Ramones opted for plain old rock & roll and a wickedly dark sense of humour.
Leave Home is no punk record; that's too basic a categorization. It's a classic rock & roll album, combining the ferocity of punk with the exuberance of early Sixties rock. Whether it's wide-eyed romanticism or sardonic nihilism, the key word here is fun, plain and simple.
What's surprising after all these years is how optimistic and romantic Leave Home is, hardly in keeping with the vitriolic punk aesthetic. On this album Joey Ramone is at his most wistful and vulnerable, especially on gorgeous songs like 'I Remember You', 'Swallow Your Pride', 'What's Your Game', and 'Babysitter'. It doesn't get any better than 'Oh Oh I Love Her So', a simple tale of love found at the Burger King, cavorting at Coney Island, and the realisation that "everything's gonna be real fine", echoing the early songwriting of Brain Wilson and Lennon-McCartney, encapsulating joyful energy perfectly.
Leave Home treads the fine line between the optimistic and satirical perfectly, and its other half is equally brilliant.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Palacio on August 25, 2006
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As years pass, it will only become more apparent that the Ramones produced some of the best and influential rock songs. Few lyrics and fewer chords somehow found a way to establish so much.

The 2nd in the great trio of Ramones titles from 1976-77, Leave Home has been combined with a memorable 1976 west-coast gig. The 1-2 punch will simply knock you out.

Glad to See You Go, Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment, Suzy Is a Headbanger, Pinhead, and Commando will all have you chanting and dancing along. Oh Oh I Love Her So succeeds where others have not dared to tread - and yes, some of us do remember similar moments in our young, Queens, New York lives.

After getting in the mood, what better way to wrap up this experience but with a thunderous 16-track live performance where we can hear a virtual greatest hits of their early material. I was floored by the musical and historical weight of this disc, and have little doubt that you will as well.

Let's go ... 1-2-3-4 !!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By barna_d on December 16, 2004
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Though the guys say that all songs for the 1st two albums were written before any recording made, there is some progression in song structures. I mean there are not just 3 or 4 chords, but sometimes 5 or horribile dictu 6 chords in one song. What's more, there are occasional backing vocal harmonies. Here the poppier, funnier side of The Ramones is present for the first time - like some amateurish, morbid Beatles cover band - with songs like 'I Remember You', 'California Sun' or 'Oh Oh I Love Her So' which is a big favourite of mine: pure fun!

But there are the harsher, "punker" tracks, like 'Commando', 'You're Gonna Kill That Girl', the horror-themed 'You Should Never Have Opened That Door' or the drugs-themed 'Carbona Not Glue' which then was pulled in the U.S. and in England and was replaced by 'Sheena Is a Punk Rocker' (find it on Rocket to Russia) and 'Babysitter' respectively. There is of course the anthem 'Pinhead' with the shout Gabbba Gabba Hey! And finally let's admit there are some weaker tracks, too, but only three or two. Extensive liner notes, lyrics printed, photos, nice design - it couldn't have been done better!

But the real gem is the 16 extra songs from the concert from December 1976 which was their 1st one in LA, as an opening act for the Flamin' Grooves. This stuff is absolutely equal to the official It's Alive album! The latter one was recorded one year later in London and they just became faster til then, though The Ramones always played faster live then on studio recordings. And since Joey is singer and not a shouter, his voice fits better the not-too-fast tempo when he's not forced to let out so many syllables. At least listening back to them now, I prefer these versions of songs like 'Judy Is a Punk', 'Havana Affair' or 'Glad to See You Go'.

2 in 1 and it's still 67 minutes! Hey ho, it's The Ramones!
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