Ramones announce ‘Leave Home’ 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Following the success of last year’s 40th anniversary edition of the Ramones’ debut album comes a deluxe version of the group’s follow-up, Leave Home. Originally released in January 1977, this 30-minute opus of buzzsaw rock introduced fans to classics like “Pinhead” “California Sun,” and “Swallow My Pride.”

To celebrate the album’s indelible legacy, Rhino will release two versions on July 21st. The 3 CD/1 LP Leave Home: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition contains two different mixes of the album — a remastered version of the original and a new 40th anniversary mix by original Leave Home album engineer/mixer Ed Stasium, along with a treasure trove of unheard recordings, and an unreleased live show recorded in 1977 at CBGB’s. The newly remastered original version will also be released as a single CD. Both titles will be available via digital download and streaming as well.

The deluxe edition will be produced in a limited and numbered edition of 15,000 copies worldwide and comes packaged in a 12×12 hardcover book. In addition to the music, the set also features stories about the band by legendary former manager Danny Fields, as told to renowned music scribe Michael Azerrad, as well as details about making the album by Stasium.

The first disc features two different mixes of Leave Home, opening with a remastered version of the original stereo mix. The highlight is the new 40th anniversary mix of the full album, created by Stasium from the original multi-track tapes, and designed to better reflect the Ramones’ raw power and beef up the sound. In the set’s liner notes he writes: “Generally, the consensus was [the original] maybe sounded too clean, the guitars panned completely left-right detracted from the band’s foreboding presence, and the reverb effects especially were a little excessive.” The new 40th anniversary mix is also featured on the LP that accompanies this deluxe edition.

The second disc is overflowing with more than two dozen rare and unreleased recordings. It begins with rough mixes for 15 tracks recorded for Leave Home at Sundragon studio in New York. Most are missing elements that had yet to be recorded, offering fascinating insight into the band’s recording process and the development of the album. Also included are “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” and “Babysitter,” both of which served as replacement songs on the US and UK versions of the album, respectively, when the band removed “Carbona Not Glue” from the track list shortly after initial release. The disc concludes with a combination of 18 alternate mixes and instrumental versions of all tracks from the album.

The final disc features an unreleased recording of the band’s concert at CBGB’s on April 2, 1977. The show took place a few months after Leave Home was released and includes live performances of album tracks like “Suzy Is A Headbanger,” “Oh Oh I Love Her So,” and “Babysitter,” the latter of which was only performed live a handful of times, along with classics like “Blitzkrieg Bop” and “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue.”

3 CD/1 LP | CD

CD 1: Original Album

  1. Glad To See You Go (Remastered)
  2. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment (Remastered)
  3. I Remember You (Remastered)
  4. Oh Oh I Love Her So (Remastered)
  5. Carbona Not Glue (Remastered)
  6. Suzy Is A Headbanger (Remastered)
  7. Pinhead (Remastered)
  8. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy (Remastered)
  9. Swallow My Pride (Remastered)
  10. What’s Your Game (Remastered)
  11. California Sun (Remastered)
  12. Commando (Remastered)
  13. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl (Remastered)
  14. You Should Have Never Opened That Door (Remastered)
  15. Glad To See You Go (40th Anniversary Mix)
  16. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment (40th Anniversary Mix)
  17. I Remember You (40th Anniversary Mix)
  18. Oh Oh I Love Her So (40th Anniversary Mix)
  19. Carbona Not Glue (40th Anniversary Mix)
  20. Suzy Is A Headbanger (40th Anniversary Mix)
  21. Pinhead (40th Anniversary Mix)
  22. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy (40th Anniversary Mix)
  23. Swallow My Pride (40th Anniversary Mix)
  24. What’s Your Game (40th Anniversary Mix)
  25. California Sun (40th Anniversary Mix)
  26. Commando (40th Anniversary Mix)
  27. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl (40th Anniversary Mix)
  28. You Should Have Never Opened That Door (40th Anniversary Mix)

CD 2: Bonus Material

  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 *
  16. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Single Version)
  17. I Don’t Care (B-Side Version)
  18. Babysitter (UK Album Version)
  19. Glad To See You Go (BubbleGum Mix) *
  20. I Remember You (Instrumental) *
  21. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment (Forest Hills Mix) *
  22. Oh Oh I Love Her So (Soda Machine Mix) *
  23. Carbona Not Glue (Queens Mix) *
  24. Suzy Is A Headbanger (Geek Mix) *
  25. Pinhead (Psychedelic Mix) *
  26. Pinhead (Oo-Oo-Gabba-UhUh Mix) *
  27. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy (Bowery Mix) *
  28. Swallow My Pride (Instrumental) *
  29. What’s Your Game (Sane Mix) *
  30. California Sun (Instrumental) *
  31. Commando (TV Track) *
  32. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl (Doo Wop Mix) *
  33. You Should Have Never Opened That Door (Mama Mix) *

CD 3: Live at CBGB’s April 2, 1977

  1. I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement *
  2. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue *
  3. Blitzkrieg Bop *
  4. Swallow My Pride *
  5. Suzy Is A Headbanger *
  6. Teenage Lobotomy *
  7. 53rd & 3rd *
  8. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy *
  9. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker *
  10. Let’s Dance *
  11. Babysitter *
  12. Havana Affair *
  13. Listen To My Heart *
  14. Oh Oh I Love Her So *
  15. California Sun *
  16. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You *
  17. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World *
  18. Judy Is A Punk *
  19. Pinhead *

LP: 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

* Previously Unreleased

Author: Buddy Iahn

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