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Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones Anthology

Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones Anthology

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by Ramones

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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


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.

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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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Performance Credits

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
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
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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Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones Anthology 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
FishThatDrowned More than 1 year ago
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!