The Ramones are previewing the upcoming 40th anniversary expanded reissue of their groundbreaking 1976 album debut with a live version of their classic “Blitzkrieg Bop.”
Recorded during the second set of a two-gig night at The Roxy in West Hollywood in August of 1976, it’s one of the previously unavailable bonus tracks featured on a new 3CD/1LP deluxe edition of the collection due for release on July 29.
The deluxe package includes a remastered stereo version of the self-titled project, a new mono mix and a pair of live sets at The Roxy.
“The earliest mixes of the album were virtually mono,” says original producer and mixer Craig Leon. “We had an idea to record at Abbey Road and do both a mono and stereo version of the album, which was unheard of at the time. I’m thrilled that now, 40 years later, we followed through on that original idea.”
The 40th anniversary edition’s second disc spotlights single mixes, outtakes, and demos. Several of those recordings have never been released, including demos for “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,” “53rd and 3rd,” and “Loudmouth.”
The third disc captures the band performing two full sets live at The Roxy on August 12, 1976.
Rounding out the collection is a vinyl LP containing the new mono mix of “Ramones”, all packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book.
The 3CD/1 vinyl LP set is a limited edition of 19,760 individually numbered copies.
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