Saturday, August 18, 2018

Ramones preview expanded Road To Ruin 40th anniversary reissue

The Ramones are streaming a rough mix of their classic track, “I Wanna Be Sedated”, as a preview to the September 21 release of an expanded 40th anniversary reissue of their 1978 album, “Road To Ruin.”

The New York band’s fourth record saw the introduction of drummer Marky Ramone, who replaced founding member Tommy Ramone after he left to do more producing and writing for the group.

The first project by The Ramones to consciously alter their classic sound in an effort to achieve radio airplay ultimately failed, according to Tommy, as the set peaked at No. 103 on the US Billboard 200 following a No. 49 listing of the previous “Rocket To Russia” album.

Packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book featuring rare photos, artwork and essays from some of the people involved in the project, the 2018 “Road To Ruin” 3CD/1LP Deluxe Edition box set (see track list below) presents the record’s original mix alongside a new 40th anniversary one by the album's original engineer/mixer, Ed Stasium.

A second disc offers up over twenty unreleased recordings, including rough mixes for every album track, starkly different alternate takes of two songs, and two unreleased outtakes: “I Walk Out” and “S.L.U.G.” – unfinished during the original recording sessions in 1978 and completed by Stasium for the anniversary release.

The final disc has a previously unreleased recording of the band’s entire 1979 New Year’s Eve concert, which was mixed live by Stasium and broadcast on WNEW-FM. Recorded in New York City at The Palladium, with audio sourced from Tommy Ramone’s original cassette of the console recording, it features blistering performances of “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Rockaway Beach,” and “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker,” along with several songs from "Road To Ruin": “I Don’t Want You,” “I Wanna Be Sedated,” and “I Wanted Everything.”

The 3CD Deluxe 40th anniversary reissue of “Road To Ruin” will also be available in a single disc version, with both available via digital formats, as well.

Part of The Ramones ongoing reissue series, “Road To Ruin” follow’s the 40th anniversary release of their groundbreaking 1976 self-titled debut album, and last year’s revamped “Leave Home” and “Rocket To Russia” projects.

The Ramones
“Road To Ruin” 40th anniversary Deluxe Edition

Release date: September 21

Disc One

Original Mix Remastered

“I Just Want To Have Something To Do”
“I Wanted Everything”
“Don’t Come Close”
“I Don’t Want You”
“Needles And Pins”
“I’m Against It”
“I Wanna Be Sedated”
“Go Mental”
“She’s The One”
“Bad Brain”
“It’s A Long Way Back”

40th Anniversary Road Revisited Mix

“I Just Want To Have Something To Do”
“I Wanted Everything”
“Don’t Come Close”
“I Don’t Want You”
“Needles And Pins”
“I’m Against It”
“I Wanna Be Sedated”
“Go Mental”
“She’s The One”
“Bad Brain”
“It’s A Long Way Back”

Disc Two: Rough Mixes & 40th Anniversary Extras

“I Walk Out” (2018 Mix) *
“S.L.U.G.” (2018 Mix) *
“Don’t Come Close” (Single Mix)
“Needles And Pins” (Single Mix)
“I Just Want To Have Something To Do” (Basic Rough Mix) *
“I Don’t Want You” (Basic Rough Mix) *
“I’m Against It” (Basic Rough Mix) *
“It’s A Long Way Back” (Basic Rough Mix) *
“I Walk Out” (Basic Rough Mix) *
“Bad Brain” (Basic Rough Mix) *
“Needles And Pins” (Basic Rough Mix) *
“I Wanna Be Sedated” Take 2 (Basic Rough Mix) *
“I Wanted Everything” (Basic Rough Mix) *
“Go Mental” (Basic Rough Mix) *
“She’s The One” (Basic Rough Mix) *
“Questioningly” Take 2 (Basic Rough Mix) *
“S.L.U.G.” (Basic Rough Mix) *
“Don’t Come Close” (Basic Rough Mix) *
“I Wanna Be Sedated” (Backing Track) *
“I Don’t Want You” (Brit Pop Mix) *
“Questioningly” (Acoustic Version) *
“Needles And Pins” (Acoustic Version) *
“Don’t Come Close” (Acoustic Version) *
“I Wanna Be Sedated” (“Ramones-On-45 Mega-Mix!”)

Disc Three: Live At The Palladium, New York, NY, December 31 1979

“Blitzkrieg Bop” *
“Teenage Lobotomy” *
“Rockaway Beach” *
“I Don’t Want You” *
“Go Mental” *
“Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment” *
“I Wanna Be Sedated” *
“I Just Want To Have Something To Do” *
“She’s The One” *
“This Ain’t Havana” *
“I’m Against It” *
“Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” *
“Havana Affair” *
“Commando” *
“Needles And Pins” *
“I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” *
“Surfin’ Bird” *
“Cretin Hop” *
“All The Way” *
“Judy Is A Punk” *
“California Sun” *
“I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You” *
“Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World” *
“Pinhead” *
“Do You Wanna Dance?” *
“Suzy Is A Headbanger” *
“Let’s Dance” *
“Chinese Rock” *
“Beat On The Brat” *
“We’re A Happy Family” *
“Bad Brain”
“I Wanted Everything” *

* previously unreleased

See also:

AUDIO: Ramones stream alternate demo version of Rocket To Russia track
AUDIO: Ramones preview Rocket To Russia 40th anniversary reissue
Ramones announce expanded Rocket To Russia 40th anniversary reissue
AUDIO: Ramones preview Leave Home expanded 40th anniversary reissue
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