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Too Tough to Die [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

RamonesAudio CD
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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 (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 (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star maturity 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOTE TO ALL RAMONES FANS: BUY ALL OF THE NEW RE-ISSUES 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovering a Classic 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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Over-looked gem. May 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
On this 1984 release, the Ramones tried to reclaim their standing as punk originators; bands like Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys had usurped them somewhat. Here, the Ramones never sounded tougher, meaner, or more disenchanted--songs like the title track and "Mama's Boy" are growling, leather-clad masterpieces, far removed from "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" but all the more convincing for that. Dee Dee's shockingly ugly "Wart Hog" showed younger bands who could do louder-faster-crazier best; spitting out rabid, anti-everything lyrics (including some that are incredibly un-PC) that are almost unintelligible, you believe Dee Dee when he gurgles "It's a hopeless void-oid-oid-oid!"
Of course, the Ramones hadn't lost their touch for pop-powered punk. The pro-pot "Howling at the Moon" is joyous and invigorating; "Daytime Dilemma" is a hilarious slam at soap operas. This is a good, mid-period album for a band that would suffer an unfortunate eclipse in the 80s. Today, after they've broken up, it would be a good idea for fair-weather Ramones fans to check this one out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ramones 'Rock on!!'
Delightful Christmas gift for a die-hard Ramones fan! Great condition!
Published 27 days ago by Sage U.P.
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Published 1 month ago by Daniel A. Robb
5.0 out of 5 stars They're my favorite band of all time
I'm biased. They're my favorite band of all time. You can't like EVERYTHING your favorite band/artist puts out, but I really enjoy what these guys did. Still do.
Published 2 months ago by D. Cantland
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Ramones album
Not the best Ramones album. But it is still the Ramones so it is worth hearing. Plus you can get it pretty cheap so if you're in the market, why not. It's why I bought it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Adam Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I didn't even realize this was one of their earlier albums. I had not heard most of the songs on it. They are all Great songs. I love the ramones.
Published 20 months ago by A. Lafayette
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of my favorites...
Of course i like many songs on TOO TOUGH TO's the classic RAMONES sound so it can't go wrong... Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by Rio Fluzão
5.0 out of 5 stars Ramones Too Tough to Die
My previous room-mates took off with the better of my music collection, so i decided, (while intoxicated) to restock my depleted Ramones selection. Read more
Published on April 2, 2011 by araceli
5.0 out of 5 stars one of thw best RAMONE albums
Very good, very good indeed. An absolutely splendid album. TOO TOUGH TO DIE is just simply great. It is very intellegent. Read more
Published on September 11, 2010 by EL BRADO
4.0 out of 5 stars This one kicks more often than not
Although the Ramones' 1985 album Too Tough to Die is considered by some to be a return to their roots (ie.... Read more
Published on September 5, 2010 by John Alapick
5.0 out of 5 stars ramones still rocked the 80s!!!
as a long time fan of the ramones [the band who invented punk]i love this album .and the rhino cd is just great. Read more
Published on October 19, 2009 by T. Abata
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