The second volley of expanded and remastered albums by New York punk icons the Ramones will see the light of day Aug. 20 via Rhino. This set consists of four albums originally released via Sire: 1980'
The second volley of expanded and remastered albums by New York punk icons the Ramones will see the light of day Aug. 20 via Rhino. This set consists of four albums originally released via Sire: 1980's "End of the Century," 1981's "Pleasant Dreams," 1983's "Subterranean Jungle," and 1984's "Too Tough To Die." Each are bolstered with new liner notes and at least seven additional tracks, many of which are previously unreleased.
The Phil Spector-produced "End of the Century" adds seven cuts, including "I Want You Around" from 1980's "Rock'n'Roll High School" soundtrack. Other additions are demos of "Danny Says, " I'm Affected," "Please Don't Leave," "All the Way," and "Do You Remember Rock'n'Roll Radio?," and a radio spot by lead singer Joey Ramone, who died last April, as an unlisted track.
"Pleasant Dreams" -- which was produced by Graham Gouldman, singer/guitarist of the British Invasion group 10cc -- also grows by seven tracks, led by an early version of "Touring" (from the 1992 Radioactive/MCA album "Mondo Bizarro") recorded during the "Pleasant Dreams" era. Also included is the previously unreleased "I Can't Get You Out of My Mind" and an alternate version of "Chop Suey," as well as demos of "Sleeping Troubles," "Kicks To Try," "I'm Not an Answer," and "Stares in This Town."
Seven bonus tracks fill out "Subterranean Jungle" as well, all previously unreleased. Included on the set -- which was produced by Bomp! label heads Richie Cordell and Glen Kolotkin -- are the tracks "Indian Giver" and "New Girl in Town," demos of "No One To Blame," "Roots of Hatred," "Bumming Along," and "Unhappy Girl," and an acoustic demo of and "My-My Kind of Girl."
"Too Tough to Die" saw former Ramones drummer Tommy Erdelyi (aka Tommy Ramone) return to produce his former band, and the original 13-track album is expanded by a total of 12 tracks. Included here is a U.K. single version of the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man," the unreleased "Smash You," and previously unreleased versions of three album tracks with recently deceased bassist Dee Dee Ramone on vocals: "Planet Earth 1988," "Danger Zone," and the title song.
The songs "Out of Here" and "Pass This Way," and demo versions of "Daytime Dilemma (Dangers of Love)," "Endless Vacation," and "No Go" round out the reissue.
Last year the label reissued the band's 1976-78-era output: "Ramones," "Leave Home," "Rocket to Russia," and "Road to Ruin." In 1999, Rhino anthologized their career with the two-disc 58-track set "Hey! Ho! Let's Go! The Ramones Anthology."