Explore the incomparable footprint of the Ramones' musical legacy with a boxed set featuring the band's seminal albums. With the 1976 release of their debut album, the Ramones issued a manifesto with their groundbreaking sound, inspiring countless others to pick up guitars and rock. Formed in the Forest Hills section of Queens, NY in 1974, the Ramones were completely original, forgoing a whole new sound and direction for music and giving birth to punk.
This is the complete review of the history and music of the band during its seventies heyday plus rarely seen performances from the 80s.
The Ramones are the first punk rock band. Other bands, such as the Stooges and the New York Dolls, came before them and set the stage and aesthetic for punk, and bands that immediately followed, such as the Sex Pistols, made the latent violence of the music more explicit, but The Ramones crystallized the musical ideals of the genre.
Undoubtedly one of the most influential bands of all time, this comprehensive retrospective achieves the perfect balance between rare performance footage, archival interviews with the band, and new interviews with band members and insiders alike. Including: Rare archive interview footage with Joey, Dee Dee, Johnny, Tommy and Markey. New interview footage with Tommy Ramone. Interviews with insiders; Monte A. Melnick, Tour Manager from 1970s to 1996; Arturo Vega, Artistic Director for the band since 1974; Hilly Kristal, founder and owner of CBGB's.
Appearing one year after Rhino's Ramones box set Weird Tales of the Ramones, and appearing four years after Rhino's first single-disc Ramones collection Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits – which itself appeared after Rhino's excellent double-disc Hey! Ho! Let's Go!: The Anthology – Rhino's 2006 collection Greatest Hits serves up 20 of the group's basics. Unlike 2002's Loud, Fast Ramones, Greatest Hits makes no attempt to cover anything other than the group's peak period: the first 16 songs cover 1976's Ramones through 1980s End of the Century, with a selection apiece from Pleasant Dreams ("The KKK Took My Baby Away"), Subterranean Jungle ("Outsider")…