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Pleasant Dreams [Import]

RamonesAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (March 8, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sire
  • ASIN: B000002KMD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Want The Airwaves
2. All's Quiet On The Eastern Front
3. The KKK Took My Baby Away
4. Don't Go
5. You Sound Like You're Sick
6. It's Not My Place (In The 9 To 5 World)
7. She's A Sensation
8. 7-11
9. You Didn't Mean Anything To Me
10. Come On Now
11. This Business Is Killing Me
12. Sitting In My Room

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Middle chapter of the pop experiment January 10, 2003
By jkelly
Format:Audio CD
A very gossipy liner-note booklet by Ira Robbins accompanies this re-mastering of the Ramones' sixth albulm. Rhino has been packing a lot of goodies into these re-releases, including, in this case, a picture of the original, and far superior, cover to this albulm. That sleeve art depicts a darkly-shadowed image of the band in much the same pose as on 'End of The Century'. It's a more apt image, by far, for this lacking-in-covers moody pop effort.
There are a number of Ramones gems on this albulm. "The KKK..." and "7-11" are classic Joey tunes. "All's Quiet on the Eastern Front" is the mature culimnation of the horror theme of the first four punk albulms. "It's Not My Place" is one of the most catchy, and yet complex, songs that the Ramones ever produced. "We Want The Airwaves" is top-notch rock, and foreshadows some of the brilliant excess of 'Too Tough To Die'. On the other end of the spectrum, Graham Gouldman's production on "She's A Sensation" and "You Sound Like You're Sick" will remind some of 'Century'.
The re-mastering brings out some of the subtleties of the pop production to good effect. After listening to this version, the older release sounds flat and washed-out, an effect that does nothing to compenstate for the restraint Johnny (the guitarist) shows on this albulm. The bonus tracks are exciting for the serious fan. Early versions of "Touring" and "Can't Get You" are satisfying additions to the albulm. The real treat, however, are the Demos left over from the studio session (although it's not nearly all the material originally recorded). Two are Stasium efforts, and, as one would expect, have a classic Ramones sound to them.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sadly ignored gem January 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The years 1980-1983 were not kind to the Ramones. Struggling to find their niche in a sudden sea-change of musical direction known as New Wave, they tried to keep up without compromising themselves and the sound they were known for. Riding the high from their appearance in the film "Rock'n'Roll High School," and the accompanying hit of the same title, they entered into an alliance with legendary producer Phil Spector. Bad move! The resulting album was a dud (though I personally like it well enough), and the next two Ramones efforts struggled to correct their blunder by gaining back the fan base that had eroded.
"Pleasant Dreams" was the first of these efforts ("Subterranean Jungle" is the other). Unfortunately, this is/was the most ignored of all Ramones albums, which is a shame considering just how tasty it really is. Unlike the following "Jungle," which was dark and fierce, reflecting the Ramones' growing frustration, "Pleasant Dreams" is mostly light and well-humored. The Ramones vent some frustration here too, on "We Want the Airwaves" and "This Business is Killing Me." But on the whole, the album features some very mature, bubblegum rock. What I love most about "Pleasant Dreams" is its uniqueness. The album encompasses a style on to its own.
This is very much a Ramones album when listened to carefully, but on the surface, the pop influences stand out boldly. Perhaps it shows the depth of the Ramones' desperation, considering they recruited 10cc'er Graham Gouldman to produce the album. The Ramones will tell you they formed in 1974 to counter the slavishly proudced fare of bands like 10cc; and here they were, conspiring with the art-rock bassist and even dropping a reference to the band on one of the album's songs ("It's Not My Place").
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Pleasant Dreams," an Apology for "End Of the Century" November 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Ramones' 1981 album "Pleasant Dreams" followed "End Of the Century," released the previous year. Produced by Phil Spector, that album was one of the punk pioneers' most curious releases and was later labelled by some of the band members themselves as being their worst album. "Pleasant Dreams" however takes much of the departures in sound that were found on "End Of the Century," and puts them back in tune so that they broaden the Ramones' limited sound, while still appreciating their punk essence.
'We Want the Airwaves' is a perfect example; it finds that Johnny Ramone has forgotten the three-chord buzzsaw guitar hooks that were so evident on their debut. The song remains one of his best guitar moments. The album carries on in suitable form with 'All's Quiet On the Eastern Front' and the grin-inducing but repetitve 'The KKK Took My Baby Away.' Joey Ramones' vocals are most flexible on 'It's Not My Place,' while 'You Didn't Mean Anything To Me' and 'This Business is Killing Me' are worthy additions to the band's lexicon.
As with most of the recent re-issues, "Pleasant Dreams" contains a slew of bonus tracks that are surely worth having, while not overbearing the album's original content, which is worth having even on its own. On the bleaker side, "Pleasant Dreams" was a reminder at the time that proved the acts that they had inspired (i.e., the punk bands that ripped them off) were now unrightfully overshadowing their punk forefathers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE 80's masterpiece from the January 21, 2002
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This soon-to-be-inducted-into-the-Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame act was in a quandry in the early 80's: Could they match the visceral impact of their first four albums while still reaching for the brass ring of a mass audience? Their turn-of-the-80's Phil Specter-produced "End of the Century" did not light up the charts as they had hoped and Johnny/Joey/Markee/Dee Dee were not yet ready to settle for a cult following. Their answer on this disc was to write a batch of higher-than-usual-quality tunes and enlist Graham Gouldman for the production duties. Gouldman had written hits for many of the British Invasion groups (Yardbirds, Herman's Hermits, Hollies) and had co-founded/produced the group 10CC, a band that wracked up several international hits in the 70's.
Graham's production work leaned heavily on vocal harmony, guitar overdubs and echo-ey reverberations of drums. Johnny's guitar and Dee Dee's bass still grind out the foundation on the songs, but the emphasis seems to be on bringing the 50's and 60's Rock elements of their songs to the forefront.
The material touches on some of the usual concerns of this band and rock-n-roll in general: Band/music industry concerns ("We Want the Airwaves", "This Business Is Killing Me" ), Mental health issues("You Sound Like You're Sick"), Boy-longs-for-girl ("Don't Go"), Boy-longs-for-girl-who-dies-in-a-tragic-car-accident ("7-11"), Boy-longs-for-girl-abducted-by-a-racist-organization ("The KKK Took my Baby Away"), Boy-detests-girl ("You Didn't Mean Anything To Me"), etc. Ramones lyrics usually exhibit a fine sense of humor, but most songs on this disc are even a bit funnier than usual, and the 'plot' of some songs follows AM radio hit traditions of the early 60's. Joey name checks his own band in "It's Not My Place....
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5.0 out of 5 stars RAMONES FOREVER!!!!
I like many ROCK, PUNK and METAL bands, but i think the RAMONES is BY FAR the most charismatic and cool of all.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars brings back a lot of memories
Probably the poppiest album the Ramones made. I listened to it again this morning. A most have if you are a Ramones fan.
Published 7 months ago by James R. Roch
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than you might think!
The Ramones had begun to show the cracks of inner turmoil and the frustration of not having made it bigger than they deserved. That said, this is a stellar album. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Doescher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album from the Ramones later years
I bought this on cassette as a college freshmen when it first came back back in the dark ages. We were learning how to use printing presses and debating the shape of the earth back... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sank
5.0 out of 5 stars More than merely Pleasant Dreams!
Everyone always praises the early Ramones punk albums and the praise is deserved. However, as the band matured, they proved that they could write great pop albums without... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Arno Parke
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated Ramones album.
Yes, it's much poppier and less punk than anything else the Ramones ever did. But it works! Every song is chock-full of great hooks and great vocal performances from Joey. Read more
Published 9 months ago by UnknownEric
5.0 out of 5 stars RAMONES DREAMS
PLEASANT DREAMS is another RAMONE record...SO you know the songs are based in classic punk rock with bubble gum vocals by the punk god JOEY and raw guitars, bass and drums. Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by Rio Fluzão
Published on January 25, 2011 by New Kid In Town
5.0 out of 5 stars good 'un
To me the album works, pop sheen/smooth production/whatever you wanna call it and all, because at the end of the day the Ramones were still totally weird and incapable of being... Read more
Published on November 5, 2009 by Brad Ellsworth
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ramones Take The Road To RUIN!
The Ramones 1981 release "Pleasant Dreams" was an O.K. album if you like it personally. I do, I always have. Read more
Published on February 24, 2009 by M. McKay
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