Ramones
Loud, Fast Ramones - Their Toughest Hits


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by Toby B. Noto USER (14 Reviews)
May 4th, 2006 | 13 replies | 4,622 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

There’s always been a major fault in every ‘Ramones’ compilation I’ve picked up and played. ‘Ramones Mania' had absolutely no flow and sounded as if it had no thought put into it whatsoever. ‘The Chrysalis years’ was just three discs of the mere weaker Ramones tracks, and The ‘Rock Legends’ compilation just had no idea at all. However, after the tragic deaths of Joey and Dee Dee, there were no more complications on how to close the book on ‘The Ramones’ legacy. Some would say that the official anthology did that, but who can honestly say they can happily play through the entire second disc without skipping every other track? This is where Johnny stepped in. he compiled an album that had chronological flow, only the most ground-breaking, innovative, original and rocking ‘Ramones’ songs to ever grace the Earth. This is ‘Loud, Fast Ramones’.

The album spans the ‘Ramones’ entire career, with tracks from 1976’s self-titled debut, all the way to 1996’s final studio effort ‘Adios Amigos’. The biggest advantage of compiling an album in this format is that it becomes easier to recognise a bands maturity, and gradual changes in the way in which they write a song. The album launches itself with a whole-hearted “Hey ho, Let’s go!" which has been a signature punk war cry ever since. Starting out with the signature three chord progressions in the legendary ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ and ‘Judy is a punk’ we get taken to square one. The tracks that we know we could bash out in our garages with ease, but deep down it’s evident that no one could do it with such aggression, such passion and such soul as ‘The Ramones’. Next we come to ‘Leave Home’. Slightly more effort went into the production of these recordings, and sadly Johnny’s guitar is somewhat inaudible and tampered with, yet the songs remain the same. Tracks such as ‘Glad to see you go’, ‘Commando’ and Pinhead boast beautiful pop-punk sounds with a large pinch of plain coolness, spawning from Pinhead’s “Gabba Gabba Hey!"

All the classic tracks are included, but they seem crisper and slightly re-mastered. Teenage Lobotomy has never sounded better, as if it was recorded a week ago and the delicious muting in ‘I wanna be sedated’ is more satisfying than tea and toast. Unfortunately, two songs from the ‘Road to Ruin’ period do slightly disrupt the overall flow of the album, with ‘ I’m against it’ and ‘I wanted everything’. Never fear though, it soon picks up the pace again with four more fantastic consecutive tracks. ‘Rock ‘n’ roll High School’ does a great job at beating our brains to mush with the pounding of Marky’s bass drum, ‘Do you remember rock ‘n’ roll radio?’ is a blast from the past, hugely reminiscent of 50’s rock ‘n’ roll. ‘The KKK took my baby Away’ is a tremendous track to keep us tuned in past the halfway point, and ‘Psycho Therapy’ is just the icing on the cake really’.

The final ten tracks don’t offer nearly as much pleasure as the first twenty, but there are still a good handful of solid songs to come. Such as the skull splitting, anger-charged ‘Wart hog’, the nicely arpeggiated ‘I wanna Live’ and the 80’s electro pop sounds of ‘I believe in Miracles’. The final song is somewhat of a major disappointment though. ‘The Crusher’ is a downright embarrassing song that just doesn’t do the Ramones any justice. It could’ve easily been ‘She talks to rainbows’.

Johnny wanted this record to be purely Ramones material, to show the world what they could do, and what they did achieve in those twenty-two years. This means that none of the Ramones awesome cover songs that found a place on their studio albums didn’t make the cut for this compilation. Though it seems slightly incomplete without ‘California Sun’, this record is a great way to start your Ramones collection.
4.5/5.



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JohnXDoesn't
May 4th 2006



1267 Comments


I like your review. Reasonably well written and it gives a nice overview of the album. Remember to be consistent with those caps, though. I don't have this, but I may pick it up. I have the compilation "Ramones Mania" on vinyl, but never get a chance to hear it, as I no longer have a turntable. I saw the last gig The Ramones ever played at The Hollywood Palladium here in L.A. I was grateful and honored to see them, last show or not. And somehow I still am...This Message Edited On 05.04.06

smokersdieyounger
May 4th 2006



672 Comments


Looks like a good Ramones compilation, with mostly thier fast tracks

kolzig33189
May 4th 2006



335 Comments


first of all were outta here wasnt a compilation dumbass it was a lived cd of their last show. but other than that great review

MyRamona
May 4th 2006



1074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I actually meant Ramones Mania. its been fixed


Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2006



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I dont like it. This is kinda fast and repetetive punk.

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711
May 4th 2006



1342 Comments


Im glad someone finally reviewed this, I was about too though.

I love this album. Its got all the Ramones best songs on it. But I think "I wanna be your boyfriend" should have been included.

Nice Review

John Paul Harrison
May 4th 2006



1014 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

‘The Crusher’ is a downright embarrassing song


Agreed.

metallicaman8
May 4th 2006



4677 Comments


Nice review. I liked this album minus a couple tracks

masada
May 4th 2006



2733 Comments


This is a decent, if not basically pointless compilation.



metallicaman8
May 4th 2006



4677 Comments


I agree. It was quite pointless. But i still like it none the less

masada
May 4th 2006



2733 Comments


If anyone wants a good Ramones compilation, go for the Anthology one or the relatively new box set.

MyRamona
May 5th 2006



1074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No offense, but the anthology's second disc is a waste of money - all the songs just kinda' run together and create a big dull blob.

MyRamona
May 6th 2006



1074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh, and effectively, this was Johnny's compilation, so it wasn't really pointless



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