(2002) End Of The Century

The Ramones

... read moreRoad to Ruin found the Ramones stretching their signature sound to its limits; even though there were several fine moments, nearly all of them arrived when the group broke free from the suddenly restrictive loud-fast-hard formula of their first records. Considering that the Ramones did desire...

51′:52″ 19 Songs

1
Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio? (2002 Remaster)
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3:51
2
I'm Affected (2002 Remaster)
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2:51
3
Danny Says (2002 Remaster)
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3:06
4
Chinese Rock (2002 Remaster)
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2:28
5
The Return Of Jackie And Judy (2002 Remaster)
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3:13
6
Let's Go (2002 Remaster)
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2:31
7
Baby, I Love You
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3:47
8
I Can't Make It On Time (2002 Remaster)
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2:32
9
This Ain't Havana (2002 Remaster)
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2:18
10
Rock 'N' Roll High School (2002 Remaster)
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2:14
11
All The Way (2002 Remaster)
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2:29
12
High Risk Insurance (2002 Remaster)
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2:08
13
I Want You Around (2002 Remaster)
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3:02
14
Danny Says (Demo)
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2:20
15
I'm Affected (Demo)
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2:51
16
Please Don't Leave (Demo)
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2:22
17
All The Way (Demo)
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2:29
18
Do You Remember Rock And Roll Radio? (Demo)
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3:51
19
Joey Ramone Radio Spot
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1:29
Released 20 August 2002, 2005 Warner Records Inc. Manufactued & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing

Review

Road to Ruin found the Ramones stretching their signature sound to its limits; even though there were several fine moments, nearly all of them arrived when the group broke free from the suddenly restrictive loud-fast-hard formula of their first records. Considering that the Ramones did desire mainstream success and that they had a deep love for early-'60s pop/rock, it's not surprising that they decided to shake loose the constrictions of their style by making an unabashed pop album, yet it was odd that Phil Spector produced End of the Century, because his painstaking working methods seemingly clashed with the Ramones' instinctual approach. However, the Ramones were always more clever than they appeared, so the matching actually worked better than it could have. Spector's detailed production helped bring "Rock 'n' Roll High School" and "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" to life, yet it also kept some of the punkier numbers in check. Even so, End of the Century is more enjoyable than its predecessor, since the record has stronger material, and in retrospect, it's one of their better records of the '80s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine