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Ramones: End of the Century

Album Reviews:

Spin (p.79) - "Ramones had devised their own more primal wall of AM-radio ramalam....CENTURY holds up fine."

Q (10/02, p.132) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Arguably their best release..."

Uncut (10/02, p.112) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Solidly great songs...a touchingly epic simplicity that's impossible to resist."

CMJ (1/5/04, p.6) - Ranked #16 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1980".

Mojo (Publisher) (7/00, p.127) - "...Finds Da Brudders in search of an '80s identity. Phil Spector's treatment of the trademark buzzsaw sound was largely to bury it, but at least they got a hit out of 'Baby I Love You', while 'Do You Remember Rock'n'Roll Radio' remains an instant classic..."

Album Notes

The Ramones: Joey Ramone (vocals); Johnny Ramone (guitar); Dee Dee Ramone (bass); Marky Ramone (drums).

Additional personnel: Sean Donohue (spoken vocals); Steve Douglas (saxophone); Barry Goldberg (piano, organ).

Recorded at Gold Star Studios, Excalibur Studios, Devonshire Sound Studios, Sound Dog Studios & Original Sound Studios, Los Angeles, California. Includes liner notes by Harvey Kubernik.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

This has always been the Ramones most controversial album, thanks to the characteristically over the top production by '60s legend Phil Spector. Some longtime fans hold that the band is overwhelmed by Spector's trademark Wall of Sound, and the Ramones themselves have expressed some reservations with the album over the years, although that may have been a result of Spector's personal eccentricities during the recording sessions--at one point he reputedly held a gun on them.

In retrospect, however, Spector's sound and the Ramones' buzzsaw guitar attack make an excellent match, and with the exception of a pleasant but pointless cover of Spector's "Baby, I Love You" there isn't a weak track on the album. Highlights include a Spector-ized version of the theme to ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL (markedly different from the cut on the movie soundtrack), "Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll," (their ode to '60s Top 40 radio), "Danny Says" (their ode to manager Danny Fields), and "Chinese Rocks" (Dee Dee Ramone's often-covered ode to copping heroin).


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