Sire Years 1976-1981

The Sire Years 1976-1981

by The Ramones
     
 

Not many bands can honestly say they changed the shape of rock & roll as we know it and upended part of the larger global culture at the same time. The Ramones did just that; by stripping down and speeding up rock & roll like a hot rod that could outrun all competition, and injecting it with a massive dose of snotty, absurdist humor, they gave the music a new lease on…  See more details below

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Not many bands can honestly say they changed the shape of rock & roll as we know it and upended part of the larger global culture at the same time. The Ramones did just that; by stripping down and speeding up rock & roll like a hot rod that could outrun all competition, and injecting it with a massive dose of snotty, absurdist humor, they gave the music a new lease on life, and left behind a handful of brilliant recordings that are still a solid kick to hear nearly four decades after their debut hit the streets. Punk rock first emerged from a very specific time and place, but the best of it is timeless in its joyous roar, and the first four Ramones albums absolutely live up to that description. Those four albums -- 1976's Ramones, 1977's Leave Home, 1977's Rocket to Russia, and 1978's Road to Ruin -- are included in the box set The Sire Years 1976-1981, along with 1980's End of the Century (a conceptually brilliant but musically flawed collaboration with producer Phil Spector) and 1981's Pleasant Dreams (the first Ramones album that could have been described as blah, though it has a few great tunes, most notably "The KKK Took My Baby Away" and "7-11"). The six albums appear here in the same crisp-sounding remasters that appeared in 2001 and 2002, but have been stripped of their bonus tracks, which makes one wonder why Rhino/Warner Bros. didn't opt for a three-disc set, since the albums are short enough to fit two to a CD. And while each disc gets its own cardboard sleeve that replicates the original LP artwork, there are no liner notes or any kind of accompanying booklet that would include the credits. One can quibble about the packaging and presentation of The Sire Years, yet there's no denying the strength of this music; the first four Ramones albums are essential to any decent collection of rock & roll, and though End of the Century and Pleasant Dreams pale in comparison, they still wipe the floor with nearly all of the thousands of bands who followed the Ramones' example. This isn't the ideal presentation of this music, but if your Ramones collection has mysteriously disappeared, this will catch you up on their most essential albums in one fell swoop and then some.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2013
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227962784
catalogNumber:
536942
Rank:
31996

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Blitzkrieg Bop
  2. Beat On the Brat
  3. Judy is a Punk
  4. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  5. Chain Saw
  6. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
  7. I Don't Wanna Go Down To the Basement
  8. Loudmouth
  9. Havana Affair
  10. Listen To My Heart
  11. 53rd & 3rd
  12. Let's Dance
  13. I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
  14. Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World

Disc 2

  1. Glad To See You Go
  2. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
  3. I Remember You
  4. Oh Oh I Love Her So
  5. Sheena is a Punk Rocker
  6. Suzy is a Headbanger
  7. Pinhead
  8. Now I Wanna Be a Good Boy
  9. Swallow My Pride
  10. What's Your Game
  11. California Sun
  12. Commando
  13. You're Gonna Kill That Girl
  14. You Should Never Have Opened That Door
  15. Babysitter

Disc 3

  1. Cretin Hop
  2. Rockaway Beach
  3. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  4. Locket Love
  5. I Don't Care
  6. Sheena is a Punk Rocker
  7. We're a Happy Family
  8. Teenage Lobotomy
  9. Do You Wanna Dance?
  10. I Wanna Be Well
  11. I Can't Give You Anything
  12. Ramona
  13. Surfin' Bird
  14. Why is It Always This Way?

Disc 4

  1. I Just Wnat To Have Something To Do
  2. I Wanted Everything
  3. Don't Come Close
  4. I Don't Want You
  5. Needles & Pins
  6. I'm Against It
  7. I Wanna Be Sedated
  8. Go Mental
  9. Questioningly
  10. She's the One
  11. Bad Brain
  12. It's a Long Way Back

Disc 5

  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 Rick Insurance

Disc 6

  1. We Want the Airwaves
  2. All's Quiet On the Eastern Front
  3. The KKK Took My Baby Away
  4. Don't Go
  5. You Sound Like You're Sick
  6. It's Not My Place (In the 9 To 5 World)
  7. She's a Sensation
  8. 7-11
  9. You Didn't Mean Anything To Me
  10. Come On Now
  11. This Business is Killing Me
  12. Sitting In My Room

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ramones   Primary Artist
Joey Ramone   Vocals
Dee Dee Ramone   Bass
Johnny Ramone   Guitar
Marky Ramone   Drums
Tommy Ramone   Drums

Technical Credits

Ramones   Composer
Graham Gouldman   Producer
Craig Leon   Producer
Phil Spector   Producer
Tony Bongiovi   Producer
Ed Stasium   Producer,Engineer
Moshe Brakha   Cover Photo
John Holmstrom   Cover Art,Drawing,Cover Drawing
Rob Freeman   Engineer
Roberta Bayley   Cover Photo
John Gillespie   Art Direction
Jim Lee   Composer
Arturo Vega   Cover Art,Back Cover Photo
Danny Fields   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo

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