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Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits
     

Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits

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by Ramones
 
With tracks handpicked by Johnny Ramone, Loud, Fast, Ramones is a spirited survey of the band's storied career, including both well-known tunes such as "Blitzkrieg Bop," "I Wanna Be Sedated," and "Rock 'n' Roll High School" and overlooked tracks like "Commando," "Highest Trails Above," and "Strength to Endure." The first 50,000 copies include an eight-song

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With tracks handpicked by Johnny Ramone, Loud, Fast, Ramones is a spirited survey of the band's storied career, including both well-known tunes such as "Blitzkrieg Bop," "I Wanna Be Sedated," and "Rock 'n' Roll High School" and overlooked tracks like "Commando," "Highest Trails Above," and "Strength to Endure." The first 50,000 copies include an eight-song bonus disc, The Ramones Smash You! -- Live '85, featuring previously unreleased live versions of "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?," Psycho Therapy," "Suzy Is a Headbanger," "Too Tough to Die," "Smash You," "Chinese Rock," "Howling at the Moon (Sha-La-La)," and "I Don't' Wanna Go Down to the Basement." Also available is the more comprehensive two-disc set, Hey! Ho! Let's Go: The Anthology.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Yes, the Ramones were one of the greatest, best bands of their time, but the single-disc 2002 Rhino compilation Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits is not the place to become acquainted with their legacy. The problem is that it's neither a concise, combustible recounting of their late-'70s heyday, nor is it a good single-disc capsulation of their big tunes from "Blitzkrieg Bop" to "I Don't Wanna Grow Up," or at least "Pet Semetary." Given that this only concentrates on Sire material, it's easy to forgive the absence of MCA material, but it stops somewhat inexplicably in the mid-'80s -- the time that Rhino's Ramones reissue series stopped, circa October 2002, coincidentally enough -- giving this set very little rhyme or reason, especially since it tries to treat the decade or so it covers evenhandedly, which means there are a lot of great songs absent in favor of latter-day, lesser tunes. There surely are some terrific, timeless tracks here, and the first 17 or 18 tracks are stone-cold classic and flow superbly, but there are 12 other tracks that are not bad, but pale dramatically in comparison to what came before, especially because it's a small sampling of a few years and doesn't attempt to be an overview of the rest of their career. There is enough great music here to make it partially worthwhile, but, on the whole, it's not nearly as good as the schizophrenic but deliriously fun Ramones Mania or the comprehensive double-disc set Hey! Ho! Let's Go, which does this kind of overarching overview much better.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/2002
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227610128
catalogNumber:
76101
Rank:
57098

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Performance Credits

Ramones   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Graham Gouldman   Background Vocals
Rodney Bingenheimer   Hand Clapping
David Hassel   Percussion
Harvey Robert Kubernik   Hand Clapping
Russell Mael   Background Vocals
Phast Phreddie   Hand Clapping
Joey Ramone   Vocals,Group Member
Dee Dee Ramone   Bass,Group Member
Johnny Ramone   Guitar,Group Member
Marky Ramone   Drums,Group Member
Tommy Ramone   Drums,Group Member
Ian Wilson   Background Vocals
Sean Donahue   DJ
Richie Ramone   Drums,Group Member
C.J. Ramone   Bass,Group Member
Barry Goldberg Reunion   Organ,Piano
Dick Emerson   Keyboards
Steve Douglas   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Ramones   Composer,Producer
Bill Laswell   Producer
Graham Gouldman   Producer
Craig Leon   Producer
Phil Spector   Producer
Jean Beauvoir   Producer
Tony Bongiovi   Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Ritchie Cordell   Producer
Thomas Erdelyi   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Bill Inglot   Producer
Glen Kolotkin   Producer
Mick McKenna   Engineer
Joey Ramone   Composer
Dee Dee Ramone   Composer
Johnny Ramone   Composer
Daniel Rey   Composer,Producer
Ed Stasium   Producer,Engineer
Richie Ramone   Composer
David Fricke   Liner Notes
George DuBose   Cover Design,Inlay Design,Jacket Design
Bryan Lasley   Art Direction
Bob Gruen   Artwork
Steve Woolard   Liner Notes,Discographical Annotation

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Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This Is What The New York Punk Scene Was All About... An Amazing 29 Song Collection From Joey,Dee-Dee And The Guys That Rips You Right Back To The Power That Blew Everybody Away In Clubs Like CBGB. Buy This CD....Give It To Your Kid....Give It To Your Dad. Turn Somebody On To The Energy That Was... THE RAMONES.