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Ramones - End Of The Century
on 30 September 2015
The Ramones stuck to there guns in terms of style and approach to there music since they formed in 1974 until they disbanded in 1996. End of the Century was the nearest the Ramones ever did as in terms of experimenting. The album was produced by the legendary Phil Spector. On paper Phil Spector and the Ramones were an exciting combination and although the album didn't live up to exceptions commercially as Sire Records turned to Spector for a hit album. It didn't musically either as the material just didn't meet the standard of previous release Road to Ruin or the next album Pleasant Dreams. Although Phil Spector's famous wall of sound producing is evident in Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? it's difficult to hear the guitar and at times the bands famous ramones sound feels drowned or suffocated.
It also suffers from the worst track the Ramones ever committed to tape. Baby, I Love You and as legend as it Joey was the only ramone actual on the recording.
But in saying that Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? is a interesting and enjoyable and the album is helped along the way with tracks like Danny Says, I'm Affected, Rock 'n' Roll High School, Chinese Rocks keep the album varied and vibrant. It certainly stands alone among the 14 albums the Ramones released as the most daring and brave.
But after Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket to Russia and of course Road to Ruin. End of the Century didn't stand a chance in terms of meeting the previous quality releases and as a result sits in limbo among Ramones fans. It is has it's moments but it certainly is not there finest hour.