12 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By 1989, The Ramones were in an awkward position. They were punk icons living in the age of hardcore and thrash. Their live shows often featured the band playing harder and faster than necessary, while their albums tried to include hit singles by gently balancing their basic punk attack with their pop instincts. No fewer than three producers—Jean Beauvoir, Bill Laswell, and Daniel Rey—are credited here, and Rey went so far as to cowrite with Dee Dee Ramone on some of the album’s best tracks, including “I Believe in Miracles” and “Pet Sematary.” Joey Ramone held his own, with “Come Back, Baby” and “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” among his contributions. A cover of the 1962 Freddy Cannon hit “Palisades Park” had the right idea. Dee Dee later claimed he didn’t play on the album, which destroyed the notion that the album was the last to feature Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Marky, who'd returned to the drum chair for the first time since Subterranean Jungle.

EDITORS’ NOTES

By 1989, The Ramones were in an awkward position. They were punk icons living in the age of hardcore and thrash. Their live shows often featured the band playing harder and faster than necessary, while their albums tried to include hit singles by gently balancing their basic punk attack with their pop instincts. No fewer than three producers—Jean Beauvoir, Bill Laswell, and Daniel Rey—are credited here, and Rey went so far as to cowrite with Dee Dee Ramone on some of the album’s best tracks, including “I Believe in Miracles” and “Pet Sematary.” Joey Ramone held his own, with “Come Back, Baby” and “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” among his contributions. A cover of the 1962 Freddy Cannon hit “Palisades Park” had the right idea. Dee Dee later claimed he didn’t play on the album, which destroyed the notion that the album was the last to feature Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Marky, who'd returned to the drum chair for the first time since Subterranean Jungle.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

dommico ,

Majorly overlooked

no one ever gives this record a chance since its not like most of there other albums, but if they would just take the time to listen to some of the tracks they would find that the ramones are just as good at this "style" as there are on any of there previous records. Ive bought more songs off this record than any other record of there's. (the only songs i would "not" recomend buying are "cant get you out of my mind" and "come back baby" witch still arnt the worst songs)

Lungbutterspew ,

One of their later gems... Overlooked.

A lot of people gravitate to the early Ramones, but they matured nicely with this album as it has a lot of great songs. Too bad it has that 80's gated snare drum sound (maybe that's why people skip it), but those were the times then. Joey just kills it on this one; his best singing here. I wish they would remaster this.

London_Calling01 ,

It's Good...

You cannot beat the first 4 Ramones albums... they are the best ever... With that aside, this was sadly, the last album Dee Dee played on :(
I kinda consider this to be the last "real" Ramones album because it is just so weird listening to CJ sing Dee Dee's songs, but what can you do? The album has it's moments. I Believe In Miracles, Palisades Park, Pet Sematary, and Can't Get You Outta My Mind are my recommendations. Also download Merry Christmas. It's a good album, but like all of the later Ramones albums, it isn't great.

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