The Ramones: Heard Them Here First

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Following a series of compilations called You Heard It Here First!, which collected original versions of songs made more famous when covered, Ace Records got artist-specific with the series, issuing compilations of songs either covered by or deeply influential to Elvis, the Fall, and now, the Ramones. The Ramones never shied away from a good cover tune, and their tastes were generally confined to '60s radio pop, girl group, surf, and a touch of psychedelic garage rock. They even went so far as to record an entire album of covers with 1993's lighthearted Acid Eaters, a set of covers that leaned heavily on masters of psychedelic garage like Love, the Seeds, and the Troggs as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Following a series of compilations called You Heard It Here First!, which collected original versions of songs made more famous when covered, Ace Records got artist-specific with the series, issuing compilations of songs either covered by or deeply influential to Elvis, the Fall, and now, the Ramones. The Ramones never shied away from a good cover tune, and their tastes were generally confined to '60s radio pop, girl group, surf, and a touch of psychedelic garage rock. They even went so far as to record an entire album of covers with 1993's lighthearted Acid Eaters, a set of covers that leaned heavily on masters of psychedelic garage like Love, the Seeds, and the Troggs as well as early-'60s surf classics from the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean. The Ramones: Heard Them Here First is an easy mark, collecting the original versions later recorded by a band whose members wore their influences proudly on their sleeves and were drawn more to genre-defining classics than obscure rarities. The collection is thorough, moving in chronological order from Chris Montez's "Let's Dance" (covered on the Ramones' 1976 debut album) through to Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" and the Stooges' "1969" as covered by Joey Ramone on his posthumous 2002 album, Don't Worry About Me. Ace did their homework, too, because not even a cover of 1910 Fruitgum Company's goofy bubblegum hit "Indian Giver" from a late-'80s 12" B-side was lost in the shuffle. The only covers that aren't from the golden age of late-'50s and 1960s teen pop and surf are Motörhead's tribute to the band "R.A.M.O.N.E.S." and Tom Waits' wistful Peter Pan tale "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" from his 1992 masterpiece, Bone Machine. There's nothing revelatory about the collection, but these classic tracks make sense together as much as they did when covered in a sped-up punked-out fashion by the Ramones, who were a classic band in their own right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2012
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667050722
  • Catalog Number: 6705072
  • Sales rank: 65,169

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let's Dance - Chris Montez (2:27)
  2. 2 California Sun - The Rivieras (2:23)
  3. 3 Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen (2:22)
  4. 4 Do You Wanna Dance - The Beach Boys (2:20)
  5. 5 Needles and Pins - The Searchers (2:13)
  6. 6 Come on, Let's Go - Ritchie Valens (2:01)
  7. 7 Baby I Love You - The Ronettes (2:50)
  8. 8 I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher (3:08)
  9. 9 Little Bit o' Soul - Music Explosion (2:20)
  10. 10 Time Has Come Today - The Chambers Brothers (4:52)
  11. 11 Indian Giver - 1910 Fruitgum Company (2:42)
  12. 12 Surf City - Jan & Dean (2:26)
  13. 13 I Can't Control Myself - The Troggs (3:05)
  14. 14 My Back Pages - The Byrds (3:08)
  15. 15 Surfin' Safari - The Beach Boys (2:17)
  16. 16 Can't Seem to Make You Mine - The Seeds (3:02)
  17. 17 Shape of Things to Come - Max Frost & the Troopers (1:55)
  18. 18 Journey to the Center of the Mind - The Amboy Dukes (3:17)
  19. 19 Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane (2:59)
  20. 20 7 and 7 Is - Love (2:23)
  21. 21 I Don't Wanna Grow Up - Tom Waits (2:32)
  22. 22 R.A.M.O.N.E.S. - Motörhead (1:28)
  23. 23 1969 - The Stooges (4:14)
  24. 24 What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong (2:16)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
John Cale Producer
Bob Dylan Composer
Ted Nugent Composer
Tom Waits Composer, Producer
Brian Wilson Composer, Producer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Sky Saxon Composer
Mike Love Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Jack Nitzsche Arranger, Composer
Larry Page Producer
Murry Wilson Producer
Bobby Bloom Composer, Producer
Phil Spector Composer, Producer
Roger Armstrong Illustrations
Ron Asheton Composer
Scott Asheton Composer
Jeff Barry Composer
Jan Berry Arranger, Composer, Producer
Sonny Bono Arranger, Composer, Producer
Kathleen Brennan Composer
Joe Chambers Composer
Willie Chambers Composer
Ritchie Cordell Composer, Producer
Mike Curb Producer
Steve Farmer Composer
Bobby Freeman Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Tony Hatch Producer
Jac Holzman Producer
Rick Jarrard Producer
Jerry Kasenetz Producer
Jeff Katz Producer
Arthur Lee Composer
Morris Levy Composer
Reg Presley Composer
Bob Shad Producer
Darby Slick Composer
Bob Thiele Composer, Producer
Gary Usher Producer
Ritchie Valens Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Carl White Composer
Al Frazier Composer
Marcus Tybalt Producer
Alec Palao Illustrations
Bob Keane Producer
Phil Campbell Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Tommy Goodman Direction
Mick Patrick Illustrations
Michael Burston Composer
John Carter Composer
Elliot Chiprut Producer
Turner Wilson Composer
Harvey Williams Illustrations
Jim Lee Composer, Producer
Bo Gentry Composer, Producer
Ken Lewis Composer
John Harris Composer
George Garrett Producer
James Osterberg Composer
Colm O'Brien Memorabilia
Danny Fields Cover Photo
Dave Rubinson Producer
Ian Kilmister Composer
Ian Johnston Liner Notes
Philip Taylor Composer
David Alexander Composer
Bill Dobslaw Producer
Peter Soley Producer
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