What does it sound like?:
You know you’re getting on a bit when albums you bought as a teenager are getting their fortieth anniversary reissue. Thus we have this set, originally released in 1977, the last great Ramones album. It now comes as a deluxe set of three cds plus a vinyl lp, hoping to recapture the spirit of long lost youth for this listener.
The original album, here on the first disc and on vinyl, is maybe best remembered for long standing Ramones classics such as Sheena, Rockwaway Beach, We’re A Happy Family and Do You Wanna Dance. A tracking mix of most of the songs on the album accompanies it, although it doesn’t really add that much to the originals to be honest. The second cd has the usual collection of outtakes, different mixes and alternate versions. Interesting enough for a one off listen, but as I’ve said before, I wonder how often this sort of thing is played after the initial listen. The pick of the bonus material is the third cd, a previously unreleased live set from Glasgow in late 1977. The band blast through a storming twenty five song set in front of a wild Scottish audience, mixing tracks from this album with the best of their earlier material. It still gets the old pulse racing, not something that’s easily achieved these days.
What does it all *mean*?
A very well put together set, but this is one for the completist rather than the casual listener, who should stick with the original album. That will tell you all you need to know about this band.
Goes well with…
Remembering being so much younger!
Might suit people who like…
New York new wave.