It always seems to happen that as soon as I put together a roundup of interesting music news, that something else interesting arrives in my inbox. In this case, it is the upcoming deluxe reissue of the Ramones‘ eponymous debut. April marked its 40th anniversary and, on July 29, Rhino will release a limited edition super salute to that landmark album.
It will be a 3-CD set – and you will probably ask: “How do you create a 3-disc set from an album that clocked in at under a half hour?” Here is your answer. One disc contains the stereo and mono mixes of the album. Disc two offers 18 rarities, outtakes and single mixes, including such previously unreleased tracks as the demos for “53rd & 3rd,” “Chainsaw” and “You’re Gonna Kill That Girl,” plus the demo and uncensored versions of “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World.” The third disc holds both sets from their Aug. 12, 1976 show at the Roxy in L.A. While the first set has been released before (on the 2001 Leave Home reissue), the second hasn’t – so you can compare and contrast their performances in the two sets.
There will also an LP of the mono mix of the album plus other goodies like production notes from producer Craig Leon, an essay from rock journalist Mitchell Cohen and photos by Roberta Bayley, who did the album’s cover shot.
The music may be 40 years old but it is still as fresh as ever.