Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits

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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!...
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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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227610128
  • Catalog Number: 76101
  • Sales rank: 39,429

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
The 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
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
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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