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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!

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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
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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 (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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The original album rates five stars but it's a sad day for a big Ramones fan like me. I really wanted to like this reissue but the sound of the original album has been altered too much to the point that it sounds like it has been totally remixed; this is actually the case on most of the reissues. "Leave Home" is the album that suffered the most in my opinion. Basically what this remaster does is increase the volume of the drums, bass, and vocals while leaving the guitars in the background buzzing from the distance. I just cannot listen to it at all. The original record had a lovely mix in which the two guitars were split between the channels/speakers with an upper register rhythm guitar panned to the left speaker and a lower/heavier rhythm guitar that was placed towards the right speaker. On this remaster the heavier/right side guitar has been cushioned and severely lowered in volume with the overall sound being thinner! I had pretty much forgotten how heavy the intro on "Commando" originally sounded before the album was remastered! Now it sounds too smooth and weak! "I Remember You" is another example on which one can tell that the heavy rhythm guitar is notably lower right from the intro. This is definitely not the sound that people fell in love with back in early '77 when it was heard for the first time. I find it ironic that the person responsible for the remastering job for this album happens to be the same person who a few years later remastered the catalog from progressive rockers Yes...prog rock and punk rock are supposed to be at odds! My question: Why are they being remastered by the same person? It's no wonder the sound of this album has been notably smoothed here! I would like to say that I happen to be a big fan of both bands...Read more ›
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