Monday, October 31, 2005

The Ramones: Ramones Mania (Sire, 1988)

At their core, The Ramones, despite making some very good albums early in their career, were essentially a singles band, a throwback to the surf and early rock and roll bands of the 1950s that pumped out the classic 45s. This is a two record or one compact disc compilation that distills their most well known material. The gang from Hollis, Queens put out a bevy of classic songs during the 1970s and a great many of them are included here like 'Blitzkrieg Pop,' 'Beat on the Brat' and 'Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment.'

The well began to run dry a little bit during the 1980s so the second record is a little bit spottier than the first, but the boys were still able to write a few memorable songs like the infamous 'The KKK Took My Baby Away.' If your music collection has room for just one Ramones set, this album is as good as any by collecting the classics and boiling down the dross.

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