Ramones – Leave Home: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Album Review)

Ramones – Leave Home: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Released: July 21st 2017

2017 is the year to feel old. Every band under the sun is going on Anniversary Tours and generally reminding us how good music was ‘back in the day’… time to feel even older.

The forefathers of pop-punk. The talented, leather wearing 4-piece. The Ramones are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their phenomenal second studio album Leave Home. Yeah you read that right; it’s been 40 years since this gem was released into the world and to celebrate the joyous occasion we’ve been given a shiny new remastered version of the album; including 80 tracks of mixes and live performances that make for an overall interesting and nostalgia filled experience.

 

The album’s first section includes the 14 tracks remastered and packing all the promised nostalgia of a ramones record but clearer than ever before. Tracks such as ‘Glad To See You Go’, ‘Gimme Gimme Shock Treatmen’t and ‘I Remember You’, which open the album, benefit most from the upgrade and it’s a pleasure to jam out to the beginning of pop-punk in the crisp clarity it deserves.

Following the original album comes… the album again! And again!

If you are a fiend for music production then picking apart the minute differences between the remastered and 40th anniversary mix will be a dream come true. (Top tip: You’re going to need a good speaker system to really hear it). The difference is strikingly clear however, between the former and the Sundragon rough mixes which includes atmospheric count ins and flaws that bring a charming, personal quality consequently placing you in the room with the band. You feel a part of the portion of history being made and it’s with that that the anniversary album succeeds in it’s purpose of providing a new yet authentic listening experience.

 

Have enough mixes in the album? Nope. Well here is another 20 tracks sorted in a pick n mix fashion of instrumentals, mixes, b-sides and generally oddly titled differences. There isn’t huge amount to get excited for other than the ‘I Don’t Care’ b-side which shows development of the track over time.

The real intrigue comes from the final section Live at the CBGBs which as a live album goes isn’t particularly well recorded ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ suffering significantly from this(Blame it on the 70s) however I believe half of the Ramones appeal is their live sound and this definitely delivers. Tracks such as ‘Swallow My Pride’ and ‘Suzy is a Headbanger’ treat the listener with the unique vocals and danceable guitar riffs that can be expected from the Ramones and consequently  cap the album of nicely.

 

Overall the album although enjoyable over does it with 80 tracks, that at times just feels like filler. However if you’re looking for your hit of 70s nostalgia this is the way to go.

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LEAVE HOME: 40th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION TRACKLISTING

Disc One: Original Album

Remastered Original Mix

  1. Glad To See You Go
  2. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
  3. I Remember You
  4. Oh Oh I Love Her So
  5. Carbona Not Glue
  6. Suzy Is A Headbanger
  7. Pinhead
  8. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy
  9. Swallow My Pride
  10. What’s Your Game
  11. California Sun
  12. Commando
  13. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl
  14. You Should Have Never Opened That Door

 40th Anniversary Mix

  1. Glad To See You Go
  2. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
  3. I Remember You
  4. Oh Oh I Love Her So
  5. Carbona Not Glue
  6. Suzy Is A Headbanger
  7. Pinhead
  8. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy
  9. Swallow My Pride
  10. What’s Your Game
  11. California Sun
  12. Commando
  13. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl
  14. You Should Have Never Opened That Door

Disc Two: Bonus Material

Sundragon Rough Mixes

  1. Glad To See You Go *
  2. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment *
  3. I Remember You *
  4. Oh Oh I Love Her So *
  5. Carbona Not Glue *
  6. Suzy Is A Headbanger *
  7. Pinhead *
  8. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy *
  9. Swallow My Pride *
  10. What’s Your Game *
  11. California Sun *
  12. Commando *
  13. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl *
  14. You Should Have Never Opened That Door *
  15. Babysitter *

 40th Anniversary Extras

  1. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Single Version)
  2. I Don’t Care (B-Side Version)
  3. Babysitter (UK Album Version)
  4. Glad To See You Go (BubbleGum Mix) *
  5. I Remember You (Instrumental) *
  6. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment (Forest Hills Mix) *
  7. Oh Oh I Love Her So (Soda Machine Mix) *
  8. Carbona Not Glue (Queens Mix) *
  9. Suzy Is A Headbanger (Geek Mix) *
  10. Pinhead (Psychedelic Mix) *
  11. Pinhead (Oo-Oo-Gabba-UhUh Mix) *
  12. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy (Bowery Mix) *
  13. Swallow My Pride (Instrumental) *
  14. What’s Your Game (Sane Mix) *
  15. California Sun (Instrumental) *
  16. Commando (TV Track) *
  17. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl (Doo Wop Mix) *
  18. You Should Have Never Opened That Door (Mama Mix) *

Disc Three: Live at CBGB’s April 2, 1977

Leave Home: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is Out Now
Written by Bree Vane. Find her on Facebook & Instagram

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