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Ramones – End Of The Century: CD

Ramones – End Of The Century: CD

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Ramones – End Of The Century: CD

End of the Century is the fifth studio album by the American punk rock band the Ramones, released on February 4, 1980, through Sire Records. The album was the band's first to be produced by Phil Spector, though he had offered the band his assistance earlier in their career.

End of the Century is the musical documentation of a form looking for rebirth. Having burned itself out in four short years by 1979 (that's a short century!), punk rock cast about for a spark to reignite the flames. The Clash found it in political rage and musical wanderings; the Ramones found it by infusing their already well-honed pop sensibilities with a huge dose of pathos. Who'd have thought these boys--the same ones who cried Gimme Gimme Shock Treatmentand who wanted to Beat on the Brat (with a Baseball Bat)--had it in them?  The Ramones never needed any help sounding massive, but Spector's production brings out subtleties hidden within, making Johnny's lone Mosrite guitar blaze like a bomb squadron, coaxing some evocative and emotional singing from Joey, even (gasp!) shading some of the songs with strings--punk-rock sacrilege in those days. The Ramones live up to the task by writing some of their best--and most overlooked--songs to date. Rock & Roll High School and Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio? are exhilarating (and somewhat nostalgic) bids for commercial recognition. Even the covers here--Baby, I Love You and Chinese Rocks--transcend the original source and become solid members of the Ramones' community of songs. Though they've been accused of rewriting the same album over and over, End of the Century proves the Ramones were much smarter, more adventurous and more innovative than we'd ever expected. 

Track Listing

Disc 1

  1. Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio?
  2. I'm Affected
  3. Danny Says
  4. Chinese Rock
  5. The Return of Jackie and Judy
  6. Let's Go
  7. Baby, I Love You
  8. I Can't Make It On Time
  9. This Ain't Havana
  10. Rock 'N' Roll High School
  11. All the Way
  12. High Risk Insurance
  13. I Want You Around (Soundtrack Version)
  14. Danny Says (Demo)
  15. I'm Affected (Demo)
  16. Please Don't Leave (Demo)
  17. All The Way (Demo)
  18. Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio? (Demo)
  19. Bonus Track

 

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