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Subterranean Jungle Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 20, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0000691TI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By D. K. Malone on August 29, 2002
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Normally I might be a little cynical about these re-issue CDs. I bought every Ramones record on vinyl when I was in high school. 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 "Ramones fan" then you really need these re-issues.

Speicifically about Subterranean Jungle:

I think this is one of the Ramones' most underrated records. Their first three albums (Ramones, Leave Home, and Rocket to Russia) are clearly the most classic examples of the Ramones' sound. The fourth album, 1978's Road to Ruin, was the first time the Ramones went completely out of character, with the songs Needles & Pins and Questioningly. Not bad songs necessarily, but both were obvious attempts to soften their approach in order to get some radio airplay. The next album, 1980's End of the Century, was a full blown attempt at selling out. They hired Phil Spector who watered down the Ramones sound with an army of session musicians and bombastic over-production. Yet, there are still some excellent songs on the album. They then followed up with Pleasant Dreams in 1981, produced by Graham Gould of 10cc. Again, the songs are great, but they're castrated by the anemic production.
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The early '80s were a tough period for the Ramones. After seeing punk dissovle into New Wave, they tried to keep up with the trend without totally compromising their original punk sound. But after witnessing their lush experiment with 1980's "End of the Century" go wrong, the Ramones had a hard time finding their place. The following year's "Pleasant Dreams," and "Subterranean Jungle" didn't capture the attention the Ramones hoped that they would garner. This is a shame.
"Subterranean Jungle" -- in a word -- rocks. I would place it in the same CD juke-box rack with popular hard rock acts such as Green Day, Blink 182, Rancid, and Sum41, and it would not sound out-of-place. The guitar sound on "Jungle" is supreme -- tastefully layered and aggressive, and Dee Dee's bass nearly stands out as much as it did on "Ramones," providing a head-bopping, buzzy beat. The production does go over-the-top with the drums; the snare is so taut, you almost begin to believe that Marky is playing with brushes. Producers Glen Kolotkin and Ritchie Cordell tried to capture their late '60s bubblegum heyday, with the drum signatures, chimes, and Joey's croon. It works, but doesn't quite fit into the genre for which the Ramones are known.
That having been said, this is still a great album from song to song. "Time Bomb" hits a low point with questionable lyrical content (but then, "Jungle" is a brooding album), and "I Need Your Love" is a sleeper. The best of the album can be heard between the two '60s covers, "Little Bit O'Soul" and "Time Has Come Today." Even after that sequence, there are still gems like "My-My Kind of a Girl" and "Everytime I Eat Vegetables, It Makes Me Think of You," which shows that the Ramones could still joke light-heartedly about thorazine and shock treatment.
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The Ramones' 7th studio album doesn't match their first album but nothing ever could. 1st albums by great bands are just that way. If you can only afford one Ramones album, buy the first, then find a way to buy more. (IMHO the only bad Ramones album is Acid Eaters.) Yes, the production on this one deviates from their trademark low-fi sound but it's good in its own way (and it beats the hell out of End of the Century, a real production cop out), SJ has some classic tracks: `Outsider', `Psychotherapy' as well as a dynamite cover of `Time Has Come Today' complete with Chambers Brothers-like cowbells. What I particularly like about SJ are the strong power pop songs like `I Need Your Love', `What'd Ya Do', `Somebody Like Me', `My-My Kind of Girl' and others. All very catchy, well sung, well played. All in all, this is another great effort. Buy the one with the bonus tracks.
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I pity the Ramones. A world-class band without the massive million-seller hit that they truly deserved but never got. They had no house money to play with and record albums the way THEY wanted to (ie. bringing back early lp producers Ed Stasium and Tommy). Instead being force fed producers that had their own ideas of shaping the Ramones sound to get them high on the Billboard charts: it never worked. Studio album #7 sonically seems to be the inverse of Pleasant Dreams: the buzzsaw guitars are back up in the mix but everything else sounds lousy. I agree with DK's review: the drums sound absolutely horrible, like synth drums. The bass drum is recorded way too loud and drowns out Dee Dee's bass on almost every cut. Guitars are too midrangey and there's just no bottom. Without a doubt the worst sounding Ramones lp to date. With a couple of exceptions, the arrangements are pedestrian with that 'let's get this over with and go home' kind of feel. Many of Joey's vocals sound uninspired (granted he was having significant health problems at the time). And worst of all, parts of some songs are rewrites such My My Kind Of Girl (I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend) and Somebody Like Me (Blitzkrieg Bop). That being said there still a few great cuts: Everytime I Eat Vegetables (one of the few great sounding tracks), Highest Trails Above, I Need Your Love, Time Bomb. Time Has Come Today could have been a monster but Joey's vocal is buried and recorded too dry, the backing vocals sound wimpy don't come close to capturing the power of the Chamber Bros original. Definitely one that got away. As with all the reissues, sound quality is awesome. Bonus tracks this time around are just ok, no killers. However the early acoustic version of My My Kind Of Girl is far superior to the lp version.
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