Ramones
Ramones Mania


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chris Maziejka USER (49 Reviews)
July 28th, 2005 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


Credits:

Vocals: Joey Ramone
Guitars: Johnny Ramone
Bass: Dee Dee Ramone
Drums: Marky, Richie, and Tommy Ramone

"Ramones Mania" isn't a studio album; it's a very large collection of Ramones songs, 30 in total. This album features earlier well-known songs, such as "I Wanna Be Sedated" and "Teenage Lobotomy". The cd was released in late May of 1988, so none of the song's off "Brain Drain" through "Adios Amigos!" are on here, though the song selection remains several great choices.

The first ten songs are classics, most of these are the band's best-known songs. "I Wanna Be Sedated" opens, followed by "Teenage Lobotomy". The quality on the album's songs varies, basically depending on how old the song is. Since this cd was released in the 80's, it is not fully-evolved disc quality just yet, and most of the songs are taken from a tape. The songs are not hard to listen to though. After "Lobotomy", you'll find more well-known tracks such as "Beat On The Brat", "I Wanna Live" (personal favorite), and one of the greatest, "Blitzkrieg Bop", at number 9. The first few songs really are excellent picks, and sound decent quality-wise.

Songs 11-20 aren't the highlights of the album, but still are very recognizable. Tracks like "Commando", "I Wanna Be Your Boyfreind", and "Outsider" are included in this section of the cd. Here the quality starts to improve; these songs are more recent than the first few. If your a new listener to the Ramones, you may not recall many of these songs. You've probably heard "Outsider" before, if your a fan of Green Day...they covered it on their b-sides album, "Shenanigans". Another one of my favorites, "Wart Hog", is track 20. The sound quality by now is sounding more "modern cd" like.

The last songs, 21-30, really end the hits collection well. You'll know songs like "Howling At The Moon" and "Rock 'n' Roll High School", and the tracks sound great. I'd recommend listening to "The KKK Took My Baby Away", "Animal Boy", and "Indian Giver"...one of the few flaws on the album was including "Somebody Put Something In My Drink", I don't enjoy that song very much...it sounds very bland.

Downsides on this collection are the quality of the earlier songs, which sound like your listening to some old tape you dug up in your basement. The amount of songs on the album are simply a plus for the hard-core Ramones fan, but if you haven't really listened to them before, you may not want to sit through 30 songs and will end up just skipping through the last few songs because you heard some bad quality pulls from a tape.

Overall, this release I beleive deserves a 4/5. Great choices, just a little long for the casual listener.



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masada
July 28th 2005


2733 Comments


I was going to do this review.

The problem with this album is that the order is completely off, and doesn't flow very well. I don't want to listen to "I Wanna Live" in the middle of a bunch of great songs. They took some of their worse songs from the later period, too. There's no "Danny Says" or "Baby, I Love You". Those songs are some of their best, and that's just off of End of the Century. It was my first Ramones album, but now I absolutely hate it. I think this was their first gold album, too. 3.5/5

Drums: Marky Ramone, Richie Ramone

You forgot Tommy. This Message Edited On 07.28.05

francesfarmer
July 28th 2005


1477 Comments


don't like "I Wanna Live"?

ill fix the drummers.

masada
July 28th 2005


2733 Comments


I'd rather see some of their better songs than "I Wanna Live". There are hardly any good songs from End of the Century, Pleasant Dreams and Subterranean Jungle. Instead, we get "We Want the Airwaves" and crap like "Chinese Rocks". The Heartbreakers' version is so much better thant he Ramones'.

francesfarmer
July 28th 2005


1477 Comments


I agree, Chinese Rock was not a very good song

Jawaharal
July 28th 2005


1832 Comments


I was gonna review this :upset:

NoC@$hPunx
January 21st 2006


37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazeing

atheistpeace
March 18th 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no special mention of either bonzo goes to bitburg or we're a happy family. there like two of the best songs on it. it is a great album though and i agree with frances i wanna live is one of the greatest ramones songs ever made

MyRamona
April 29th 2006


1075 Comments


I prefer Loud, Fast Ramones to this, as it is in chronilogical order and has a better overall flow. Okay review.

Fade.To.Black
April 29th 2006


85 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I can't deny the influence of this band. That said this album is so damn boring. I can put it on then i have turn it off after 3 songs because of the same song 30 times in a row. I can see the differences beetween songs but they are horribly small. Sex PIstols or The Clash Any day


metallicaman8
April 29th 2006


4677 Comments


Man, I've seen you in Green Day albums giving them your praise. You know their pretty much the same as the ramones but instead using 3-chord songs they use 4.

Bron-Yr-Aur
April 29th 2006


4405 Comments


That'll do boys. That'll do.



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