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Too Tough to Die Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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With original drummer Tommy Erdelyi producing, the band revisits their punk roots. Expanded edition features the original 13-song album plus the U.K. single "Street Fighting Man," "Smash You," and 9 more previously unreleased bonus tracks. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand]

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mama's Boy
  2. I'm Not Afraid of Life
  3. Too Tough to Die
  4. Durango 95
  5. Wart Hog
  6. Danger Zone
  7. Chasing the Night
  8. Howling at the Moon (Sha-La-La)
  9. Daytime Dilemma (Dangers of Love)
  10. Planet Earth 1988
  11. Humankind
  12. Endless Vacation
  13. No Go
  14. Street Fighting Man
  15. Smash You
  16. Howling at the Moon (Sha-La-La) (Demo)
  17. Planet Earth 1988 (Demo)
  18. Endless Vacation (Demo)
  19. Danger Zone (Dee Dee Vocal Version)
  20. Out of Here
  21. Mama's Boy (Demo)
  22. I'm Not the Answer=20
  23. Too Tought to Die (Dee Dee Vocal Version)
  24. No Go (Demo)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 20, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000691TJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on September 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"The solution to peace isn't clear,

the terrorist threat is a modern fear."

No, that's not from a new 2004 song...that was Dee Dee Ramone writing "Planet Earth 1988." As he made abundantly clear on "Jungle," he was becoming the Ramones' new secret weapon, either penning or co-writing nine tracks on "Too Tough To Die." If the heaviness of "Mama's Boy" or the obvious band statement of the title track didn't get you, then nothing could. Even the obvious bids for radio acceptance, "Howling At The Moon" and "Chasing The Night," were as good as anything from the brilliant "Rocket to Russia."

Producers Tommy (Ramone) Erdelyi and Ed Stasium probably had a better understanding of a Ramones sound than anyone outside the band, so they fit "Too Tough To Die" like naturals. Johnny's guitar is prominent, new drummer Richie Ramone gave the band a much needed power shot in the arm. Joey hadn't sounded this committed vocally since "End Of The Century." Listen to the way he attacks "Mama's Boy" and the bonus remake of "Street Fighting Man." Even Dee Dee's vocals on his drug addled "Wart Hog" and "Endless vacation" added an air of fresh vitality to the band.

The Ramones may have been fractious for the previous three albums, but during the sessions for "Subterranean Jungle," Dee Dee and Johnny overcame their differences and became friends again. While that didn't save "Jungle," it sure did jazz up "Too Tough To Die." The most vital of their 80's output, this caught the band at their 10th anniversary and tackling mature issues. "Too Tough To Die" was the Ramones re-staking their place in the Rock and Roll hierarchy at the time when U2 and the Clash were making commercial inroads and social statements. It remains the last truly classic Ramones album, every bit as essential as those first four albums and proof that punk rock could grow up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan Nykolayko on August 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's been a while since I've listened to 'Too Tough to Die' from start to finish. I normally listened to the tracks featured on various live records & on the Anthology, but hadn't cracked open the actual 'Too Tough to Die' album in quite a while. With the re-release of Album #5 through Album #8, it gave me a chance to revist the Ramones from 1980 to 1984. Y'now what I realized? 'Too Tough to Die' is a brilliant album. Ed & Tommy produced a superior sonic record that rivals the production on 'Road to Ruin.' From 'Mama's Boy' to 'Too Tough to Die' to 'Wart Hog' and all the way though 'No Go,' I couldn't find too many faults in the album. The 12 added bonus tracks added another spectrum during my rediscovery. Dee Dee's demo of 'Planet Earth 1988' made me actually like a song I didn't care too much about. The re-recording of 'I'm Not an Answer' (a Joey-vocal version was featured on the Pleasant Dreams reissue, as well) sounds great, as does 'Out of Here.' 'Out of Here' would've sounded out of place on the finished record, but is a welcome addition to this reissue. Many critics gave up on the Ramones after Road to Ruin... saying they put out 4 great albums which was followed by 14 years of drivel. I beg to differ... 'Too Tough to Die' shines brightly alongside the first four records... in a dirtier, grittier, meaner way.
R.I.P. Joey & Dee Dee......... Gabba Gabba Hey
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Malone on August 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Normally I might be a little cynical about these re-issue CDs. I bought every Ramones record on vinyl when I was a kid. Then I later bought them on CD, and it wasn't all that long ago. Now they expect me to buy them AGAIN? Is this just a record lable/conglomerate trying to squeeze more money out of a band that never really achieved "financial success" for them? I don't know. What I do know is that these new re-releases are worth every damn penny I paid for them. Each booklet is packed to the gills with great photos and informative retrospectives on what was going on with the band around the time the album was recorded. Best of all, they include outtakes, demo versions, B sides etc. Casual fans should think twice before buying, but if you consider yourself a "true Ramones fan" then you really owe it to yourself to grab these new re-issues. You'll get your money's worth.

The best nuggets on the Too Tough To Die re-issue are the UK B sides to the Howling At the Moon single, which are a cover of the Stones' Street Fighting Man and Smash You, which was recorded during the TTTD sessions but almost sounds like a classic 70s Ramones song. Also, a demo version of Howling At the Moon, which is just guitar, drums, bass and vocals. It sounds so much better than the overproduced synth-heavy version that ended up on the album, it's depressing that they intentionally ruined such a great song. I was hoping the original UK 12 inch version of Bonzo Goes to Bitburg would be here, since it was a single that was released so close to this album, but hopefully it'll show up on the Animal Boy re-issue.

EDIT Oct 17, 2013: Well, it's been over 10 years since I wrote this review... guess I can stop waiting for the Animal Boy re-issue. No worries, all in all I agree with whoever made the decision to stop at Too Tough To Die. It was all downhill from here.)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ernesto Catalan on August 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After a string of disappointing albums (End of the Century, Pleasant Dreams and Subterranean Jungle)THE RAMONES decided it was time to come back with a vengeance. The rising hardcore movement and the relative success of thrash giants like METALLICA and ANTHRAX made the scene more bearable for RAMONES unique and revolutionary brand of punk rock. The production is top notch; full, with loud guitars and even louder drums and the song themselves, while mostly up tempo, remained with that classic knack for melody. With this album, THE RAMONES wanted to show us that they were very much aware of all the trends and bands they have helped spawned, most noticeably the hardcore bands, many of them who were beginning to dismiss them as aging punks. Proof are tracks like "Danger Zone", "Too Tough To Die", the insane "Wart Hog" and the decidedly hardcore punk rant of "Endless Vacation". More melodious numbers were also unbeatable masterpieces, like "Chasing The Night", "Howling At The Moon" and "Daytime Dilema". Any of these more melodic songs could've been a HUGE hit and why this never happened will remain one of hard rocks saddest mysteries.

This was my first RAMONES album and it has a special place in my heart. From this album on, I heard their entire catalog and became a loyal fan. They made me get into punk and consequently, hardcore punk. A truly memorable collection of songs by the TRUE fathers of punk. Be not mistaken! If you consider yourself a punk rocker, you'd be commiting a crime by not owning "TOO TOUGH TO DIE".
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