Anthology [2001]

Anthology [2001]

by RamonesRamones


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In a way, the Ramones are an ideal band to anthologize. No matter how cohesive their records were (or not), their albums always played like collections of singles and since singles are easy to anthologize, it stands to reason that the best of the Ramones' songs will sound good in nearly any context; hell, the haphazard Ramones Mania proved that. However, Rhino's double-disc Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones Anthology has much greater goals than being just another collection -- it strives to be the final word on the Ramones. Weighing in at nearly 60 songs, with a hardcover book that includes an excellent history by David Fricke, it has to be said that the set has the heft of history, which is both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing because Anthology does its job perfectly -- apart from "We're a Happy Family," no major songs are missing and it tells its history succinctly, even at its length. The problem is that the Ramones did drop in quality sometime after End of the Century. They never bottomed out, but their music became less exciting, which is evident in this anthology, as the second disc is simply not as compelling as the first. That's not to say it isn't good -- with "The KKK Took My Baby Away" and "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)," it can be great -- but it isn't timeless like the entire first disc is. Yet, this is nitpicking, since Anthology does a flawless job in summarizing the band's career. True, most listeners will wear out the first disc while rarely reaching for the second, but this is still essential. [Warner Bros. reissued this collection in 2001.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2008
Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC: 0081227355722
catalogNumber: 273557
Rank: 42469

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ramones   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Barry Goldberg   Organ,Piano
Graham Gouldman   Background Vocals
Rodney Bingenheimer   Hand Clapping
Dave Hassell   Percussion
Russell Mael   Background Vocals
Joey Ramone   Vocals,Group Member
Dee Dee Ramone   Bass,Group Member
Johnny Ramone   Guitar,Group Member
Marky Ramone   Drums,Group Member
Tommy Ramone   Drums,Group Member
Ian Wilson   Background Vocals
Richie Ramone   Drums,Group Member
C.J. Ramone   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Harvey Robert Kubernick   Hand Clapping
Dick Emerson   Keyboards
Steve Douglas   Saxophone
Ben Tench   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Martin Bisi   Engineer
Ramones   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tom Waits   Composer
Bill Laswell   Producer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Graham Gouldman   Producer
Craig Leon   Producer
Phil Spector   Composer,Producer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Jean Beauvoir   Composer,Producer
Tony Bongiovi   Producer
Kathleen Brennan   Composer
Lincoln Clapp   Engineer
Ritchie Cordell   Producer
Thomas Erdelyi   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Henry Glover   Composer
Bryce Goggin   Engineer
Harvey Goldberg   Engineer
Paul Hamingson   Engineer
John Harris   Composer
Judy Kirschner   Engineer
Glen Kolotkin   Producer
Larry Levine   Engineer
Morris Levy   Composer
Robert Musso   Engineer
Anders Oredson   Engineer
Joey Ramone   Composer
Dee Dee Ramone   Composer
Johnny Ramone   Composer
Daniel Rey   Composer,Producer
Ed Stasium   Producer,Engineer,Musical Director
Carl White   Composer
Keith Bessey   Engineer
Jorge Esteban   Engineer
Boris Menart   Engineer
Richie Ramone   Composer
Chris Nagle   Engineer
Phil Campbell   Composer
Philip Taylor   Composer
Sevie Bates   Art Direction
Gary Kurfirst   Executive Producer
Michael Burston   Composer
Alfred Frazier   Composer
Rob Freeman   Engineer
Lemmy Kilmister   Composer
Danny Fields   Back Cover Photo
David A. Stewart   Producer
Turner Wilson   Composer

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