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Barnes & Noble - Steph Paynes
Like the best pop innovators, the Ramones crafted their rock revolution around great songwriting and a new beat -- in this case, one as hard and fast as a machine gun. With the addition of Joey Ramone's droll, nasally delivery and lyrics that were at times hilarious, the Ramones had a perfect pop animal, one that would go on to seed generations of bands to come. To celebrate the band's 19-year recording career, this Anthology contains music from 14 albums on 2 discs, serving as a superb retrospective. The bombardment begins with "Blitzkrieg Bop" from their 1976 debut, Ramones, and rockets on with a succession of fist-raising anthems -- "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steph Paynes
Like the best pop innovators, the Ramones crafted their rock revolution around great songwriting and a new beat -- in this case, one as hard and fast as a machine gun. With the addition of Joey Ramone's droll, nasally delivery and lyrics that were at times hilarious, the Ramones had a perfect pop animal, one that would go on to seed generations of bands to come. To celebrate the band's 19-year recording career, this Anthology contains music from 14 albums on 2 discs, serving as a superb retrospective. The bombardment begins with "Blitzkrieg Bop" from their 1976 debut, Ramones, and rockets on with a succession of fist-raising anthems -- "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," "Rockaway Beach," "Teenage Lobotomy," and "I Wanna Be Sedated." Next, listen as the fab four navigate through a sea of "personality" producers: The band is first engulfed by the echoing pop canyons of the reverberent Phil Spector "Danny Says," "Chinese Rock", then synthesized by Eurythmic Dave Stewart on "Howlin at the Moon Sha La La" -- only to emerge back on the frontlines with resonant hard-hitters like "Psycho Therapy" and "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg." Influences from the Doors creep around "We Want the Airwaves," and Joey waxes melancholic in "She Talks to Rainbows" recently recorded by Phil's ex, Ronnie Spector, bringing things full circle. For essential, no-frills, live-or-die energy, for honesty, and for a load of good jokes, this is a must-have collection -- fantastic full-color booklet included.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In a way, the Ramones are an ideal band to anthologize. No matter how cohesive their records were or not, their albums always played like collections of singles and since singles are easy to anthologize, it stands to reason that the best of the Ramones' songs will sound good in nearly any context; hell, the haphazard Ramones Mania proved that. However, Rhino's double-disc Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones Anthology has much greater goals than being just another collection -- it strives to be the final word on the Ramones. Weighing in at nearly 60 songs, with a hardcover book that includes an excellent history by David Fricke, it has to be said that the set has the heft of history, which is both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing because Anthology does its job perfectly -- apart from "We're a Happy Family," no major songs are missing and it tells its history succinctly, even at its length. The problem is that the Ramones did drop in quality sometime after End of the Century. They never bottomed out, but their music became less exciting, which is evident in this anthology, as the second disc is simply not as compelling as the first. That's not to say it isn't good -- with "The KKK Took My Baby Away" and "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down Bonzo Goes to Bitburg," it can be great -- but it isn't timeless like the entire first disc is. Yet, this is nitpicking, since Anthology does a flawless job in summarizing the band's career. True, most listeners will wear out the first disc while rarely reaching for the second, but this is still essential.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/1999
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227581725
  • Catalog Number: 75817
  • Sales rank: 5,042

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blitzkrieg Bop (2:14)
  2. 2 Beat on the Brat (2:32)
  3. 3 Judy Is a Punk (1:32)
  4. 4 I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (2:27)
  5. 5 53rd & 3rd (2:20)
  6. 6 Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue (1:37)
  7. 7 Glad to See You Go (2:13)
  8. 8 Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment (1:44)
  9. 9 I Remember You (2:20)
  10. 10 California Sun (2:03)
  11. 11 Commando (1:54)
  12. 12 Swallow My Pride (2:07)
  13. 13 Carbona Not Glue (1:53)
  14. 14 Pinhead (2:44)
  15. 15 Sheena Is a Punk Rocker (2:49)
  16. 16 Cretin Hop (1:58)
  17. 17 Rockaway Beach (2:08)
  18. 18 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (2:50)
  19. 19 Teenage Lobotomy (2:03)
  20. 20 Surfin' Bird (2:37)
  21. 21 I Don't Care (1:40)
  22. 22 I Just Want to Have Something to Do (2:43)
  23. 23 I Wanna Be Sedated (2:31)
  24. 24 Don't Come Close (2:46)
  25. 25 She's the One (2:15)
  26. 26 Needles and Pins (2:23)
  27. 27 Rock & Roll High School (2:21)
  28. 28 I Want You Around (3:02)
  29. 29 Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio? (3:52)
  30. 30 I Can't Make It on Time (2:33)
  31. 31 Chinese Rock (2:30)
  32. 32 I'm Affected (2:54)
  33. 33 Danny Says (3:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The KKK Took My Baby Away (2:31)
  2. 2 She's a Sensation (3:26)
  3. 3 It's Not My Place (In the 9 to 5 World) (3:23)
  4. 4 We Want the Airwaves (3:22)
  5. 5 Psycho Therapy (2:39)
  6. 6 Howling at the Moon (Sha-La-La) (4:06)
  7. 7 Mama's Boy (2:12)
  8. 8 Daytime Dilemma (Dangers of Love) (4:33)
  9. 9 I'm Not Afraid of Life (3:13)
  10. 10 Too Tough to Die (2:38)
  11. 11 Endless Vacation (1:50)
  12. 12 My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg) (3:57)
  13. 13 Somebody Put Something in My Drink (3:23)
  14. 14 Something to Believe In (4:09)
  15. 15 I Don't Want to Live This Life (Anymore) (3:29)
  16. 16 I Wanna Live (2:39)
  17. 17 Garden of Serenity (2:28)
  18. 18 Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) (2:05)
  19. 19 Pet Sematary (3:34)
  20. 20 I Believe in Miracles (3:21)
  21. 21 Tomorrow She Goes Away (2:41)
  22. 22 Poison Heart (4:04)
  23. 23 I Don't Wanna Grow Up (2:45)
  24. 24 She Talks to Rainbows (3:14)
  25. 25 R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (1:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Ramones Primary Artist, Background Vocals, Group
Barry Goldberg Organ, Piano
Graham Gouldman Background Vocals
Rodney Bingenheimer Hand Clapping
Benmont Tench Keyboards
David Hassel Percussion
Russell Mael Background Vocals
Joey Ramone Vocals
Dee Dee Ramone Bass
Johnny Ramone Guitar
Marky Ramone Drums
Tommy Ramone Drums
Ian Wilson Background Vocals
Sean Donahue DJ
Richie Ramone Drums
C.J. Ramone Bass, Vocals
Harvey Robert Kubernick Hand Clapping
Dick Emerson Keyboards
Steve Douglas Saxophone
Technical Credits
Martin Bisi Engineer
Richard Hell Composer
The Ramones Composer, Producer
Bill Laswell Producer
Graham Gouldman Producer
Jack Nitzsche Composer
Craig Leon Producer
Phil Spector Producer
Jean Beauvoir Producer
Tony Bongiovi Producer
Sonny Bono Composer
Ritchie Cordell Producer
Thomas Erdelyi Producer, Engineer
Bryce Goggin Engineer
Harvey Goldberg Engineer
Paul Hamingson Engineer
Judy Kirschner Engineer
Glen Kolotkin Producer
Larry Levine Engineer
Robert Musso Engineer
Anders Oredson Engineer
Dee Dee Ramone Composer
Johnny Ramone Composer
Daniel Rey Producer
Joel Soiffer Remixing
Ed Stasium Producer, Engineer, Musical Director
Dave Stewart Producer
Carl White Composer
Keith Bessey Engineer
Jorge Esteban Engineer
Al Frazier Composer
Sonny Harris Composer
Boris Menart Engineer
David Fricke Liner Notes
Chris Nagle Engineer
Gary Kurfirst Executive Producer
Turner Wilson Composer
Rob Freeman Engineer
Danny Fields Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Real Best of the Best

    After looking at several of ramones best of comps i think this is the best one. you get several tracks from all the albums.it also contains a rarity i have not seen on any compilations "i dont wanna live this life(anymore)" which is a b-side to one of the singles from the album "animal boy"which can be a incentive for ramones fans to buy this. although it does contain tracks from all of their albums it starts to sputter out from the albums released from 86 on getting only one or featuring only two or one tracks while the others feature 4-5 songs from the other albums. it contains no tracks from the acid eaters and features no live recordings. the packaging is great the booklet gives a short history in case you are a new fan or a fan who didnt know a few things chock full of pictures. this compiliation is great for both fans or those are just now being interested or looking for a great place to start!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I give it 76 stars!!!

    The Ramones rock. They are the ones who helped star punk rock, no doubt about it. This CD features some of the best Ramones songs, such as: "Blitzkrieg Bop", "Sheena is a Punk Rocker", "The KKK Took My Baby Away, "I Wanna Be Sedated, and many more! If you are a true Ramones fan, then buy this CD!!!

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