Ramones First Four Albums Set For Reissue

In a tribute to Ramones frontman Joey Ramone, who died of cancer in New York last month, the legendary punk band's first four albums will be reissued by Rhino on June 19. Each set -- "Ramones," "Leave

In a tribute to Ramones frontman Joey Ramone, who died of cancer in New York last month, the legendary punk band's first four albums will be reissued by Rhino on June 19. Each set -- "Ramones," "Leave Home," "Rocket to Russia," and "Road to Ruin" -- has been remastered and repackaged with the original album artwork and a host of bonus tracks.

"Ramones," released in the late spring of 1976, featured the future classics "Beat on a Brat" and "Blitzkrieg Bop." The reissue includes the original single version of "Blitzkrieg," demos of "I Wanna be Your Boyfriend," "Judy is a Punk," "I Don't Wanna Be Learned/I Don't Wanna Be Tamed," and "I Can't Be," as well as previously unreleased demos of "I Don't Care," "You Should Never Have Opened That Door," and "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue."

The new edition of "Leave Home" sports the rare "Babysitter" and "Carbona Not Glue," as well as a complete 16-song concert taped at Los Angeles' famed Roxy club on Aug. 12, 1976. "Rocket To Russia," released in late 1977, includes the single versions of "I Don't Care" and "Sheena is a Punk Rocker," the rare B-side "It's a Long Way Back to Germany," a demo of "Slug," and a previously unreleased take on "Needles and Pins."

"Road to Ruin," issued in the fall of 1978, was forever memorialized by the track "I Wanna Be Sedated." The reissue of the album includes alternate versions of tracks that also appeared on the soundtrack to the film "Rock'N'Roll High School," such as the title cut, "I Want You Around," and a live medley of "Blitzkrieg Bop" / "Teenage Lobotomy" / "California Sun" / "Pinhead" / "She's the One." Demos for "Yea, Yea" and "Come Back, She Cried a.k.a I Walk Out" are included as well.

Rhino previously released a two-disc Ramones anthology, "Hey, Ho, Let's Go!," in 1999. As previously reported, Joey Ramone's mother and brother are organizing a tribute concert on May 19 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.

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