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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ramones Most Underrated Album
This album was an unashamed attempt for the band to finally score a hit by putting the name of legendary producer Phil Spector on the back of the album sleeve and since this album's release many people have criticised it for many different reasons, many of them totally unfair. Most people's main citicism is that Spector's distinctive production style does not suit the...
Published on 23 May 2005 by Ec Tipton

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice record, but Ramones-Spector do not seem integrated
I truly admire Phil Spector and the idea of him producing The Ramones is exciting. But in my honest opinion, the result is not memorable and they do not seem very integrated. The Spector touch in many of the songs is inexistent or in others it does sound artificial. I enjoy the demo bonus tracks more than the ones in the original LP, as they sound more natural and more...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ramones Most Underrated Album, 23 May 2005
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Ec Tipton "donkey_sandwich" (Hereford, England) - See all my reviews
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This album was an unashamed attempt for the band to finally score a hit by putting the name of legendary producer Phil Spector on the back of the album sleeve and since this album's release many people have criticised it for many different reasons, many of them totally unfair. Most people's main citicism is that Spector's distinctive production style does not suit the band at all and that many of the Ramones own distinctiv trademarks are missing. This could not be further from the truth, Spector's 'big' sounding production suits the bands 'BBIIGG' sound perfectly and all of the bands superb trademarks are intact, chainsaw guitar and all. The only gripe I have with this album is the horrendous disco version of 'Baby I Love You' but as only one Ramone appears on this track backed by Spector's session musicians it can be forgiven. The other tracks are all essential classic Ramones. "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio", "Danny Says", "Chinese Rocks", "I Can't Make It On Time", "Let's Go" and "Rock 'n' Roll High School" are all classic Ramones anthems and the other tracks aren't far behind. In all this album is just as essential to Ramones or punk fans as any of their other albums.
Go on, treat yourself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RAMONES AT GUN POINT!, 3 Jun 2010
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This is the oddest of all the Ramones albums. Phil Spector's production doesn't sit comfortably with this high-octane band. That said, the songs are on the whole very strong and are delivered with a clout and the demo versions are a great addition to the CD, offering the songs as they were first intended. Incidentally, band and producer were allegedly so at odds that Spector pulled a gun on one of them.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Alive!, 11 May 2001
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Time been very much kinder to this record than the critics were at it's original release. "End of the Century" finds Da Brudders on peak form with a colossal sound, somewhat maligned at the time for apparantly lacking Johnny's customary buzzsaw guitar sound at the forefront of the mix. But 20 years on, mix seems perfect, and surprisingly delicately balanced. The guitar work embodies an almost god - like, spiritual quality - seemingly nowhere in particular but everywhere at once. Likewise the late Joey never sounded better . This production is infused with Ramones, and clever ideas at least a decade ahead of thier time, despite initial objections that Phil Spector, its illustrious producer, has stamped too much of his personality upon the final product.
Just lose yourself in this triumphantly dumbest ever wall of sound. For a grandioses studio production, it's alive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars End of the century, 14 Nov 2013
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Not the best ramones lp but interesting due to mr spectors involvement curiously suited to eat other although he was a hard task master apparently
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4.0 out of 5 stars Should of been a chart topper, 5 Feb 2013
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i liked this album a lot, but it was a different album compared to the first, or road to ruin. I think this album should of been a chart topper, as well as Rocket to Russia, but that doesn't mean it's a bad album. It's brilliant, it really shows that the Ramones liked to experiment with their sound and style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely ADORE this record, 22 Oct 2012
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The nuances of the recording process on this record is well documented; Phil Spector pointing his guns at the Ramones and all that craziness. You should look at the documentary 'Story of the Ramones' for more detail (brilliant on his own BTW).

However, the music! The result of all that madness, is just brilliant rock n roll. To me this is Joey's record, and from my perspective Joey is what made the Ramones a melodic band. They are punk rock, but you can clearly listen to great melodies, and rock n roll in his vocals.

Do you remember Rock n Roll radio, is worth the price of the album alone.

Don't get hung up by rumours, or the comments by some of the other Ramones. Listen for yourself and you'll get where all the bubble-gum punk bands in bands like Green Day came from. I just wished they made more records like this one.

Let the music play!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice record, but Ramones-Spector do not seem integrated, 1 Dec 2011
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I truly admire Phil Spector and the idea of him producing The Ramones is exciting. But in my honest opinion, the result is not memorable and they do not seem very integrated. The Spector touch in many of the songs is inexistent or in others it does sound artificial. I enjoy the demo bonus tracks more than the ones in the original LP, as they sound more natural and more Ramones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An (In)Spector Calls!, 12 Dec 2012
Since The Ramones often came across as a punked-up Ronettes, it was fitting that Phil Spector got to produce this - their best-selling album containing their biggest hit single. Some of the group apparently didn't enjoy the experience or the resulting record AND the music critics were rather nonplussed too! A pity, since Spector sprinkled a dollop of pop shimmer over the punktastic chords to conjure up a flawed masterpiece.

Proceedings kick off with the wonderfully high-octane 'Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio' then things turn low-key for while with 'I'm Affected' and 'Danny Says'. 'Chinese Rocks' ups the ante again, followed by two all-out rockers: 'The Return Of Jackie And Judy' plus 'Let's Go'. The rest of the album follows a similar pattern, mixing up the tempos and musical styles, which makes it really interesting.

The best track is their hit version of 'Baby I Love You'; Spector's strings make all the difference and turn it into an instant classic. Joey loved it whilst Johnny hated it!!

Although tracks 11 and 12 are a bit 'formula punk', 'End Of The Century' ranks alongside 'Ramones', 'Leave Home' and 'Rocket To Russia' as one of their greatest albums.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ramones, 12 July 2013
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4 guys who made music history....a great album and a must for any music collectors out there ..buy buy buy
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