Four men standing against a graffiti-covered wall. Each man has a black leather coat, blue jeans, and brown hair. At the top of the black-and-white image, "RAMONES" is spelled out in all caps.

  • THE RAMONES: THE RAMONES: 1976: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: The Ramones first album was a groundbreaking one. It didn’t do much as far as sales or radio play upon release but it would influence countless future bands. The first four Ramones albums are perfection- after that it was hit and miss with every album having something outstanding on them but not matching The Ramones/ Leave Home/ Rocket To Russia/ Road To Ruin. This album would set the blueprint for future Ramones albums- 14 songs in just over 29 minutes- The Ramones were quick and to the point. Every song on this album should have been a hit. You hear some of these songs today played like they were hits back in the day- Blitzkrieg Bop being the most famous but back in the 1970’s I never heard a single Ramones song on the radio. Note- the iconic album cover cost the record company only $125. The Ramones Cd I listened to here is the expanded version that came out in 2001.

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  • THE RAMONES: ROCKET TO RUSSIA: 1977: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: Another Ramones classic- their epic first four albums were released in a period of 2 years and 5 months- April 1976 to September 1978- that is doing some work- and all four albums are 5 star albums. Nothing not to like on here- they do a couple of covers “Do You Wanna Dance” and “Surfin’ Bird”- the most famous songs on this one would be “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” and “Rockaway Beach.”

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  • JOHN PRINE: JOHN PRINE: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: John Prine’s debut album came out 47 years ago- and he is still out there touring and has a new solo release set for 2018. Prine has never matched his debut though- Side 1 has a few of Prine’s greatest songs ” Hello In There”, “Sam Stone” and my all time favorite John Prine “Paradise.”  Side 2 isn’t bad either. As Kris Kristofferson writes on the back cover- Prine is twenty -four years old and writes like he is two hundred and twenty.

Also today as far as listening to music goes- I began another listening project which I will write about in another post-  I thought I’d take Dave Marsh’s book ” The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever” and listen to every song backwards starting at 1001. Today I listened to 1001 to 986.