Ramones ‘Road To Ruin’ 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition detailed

Features Two Mixes Of The Original, Plus Unreleased Studio And Live Recordings

Rhino Records is celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Ramones’ Road To Ruin in September. The label will release two versions of Road To Ruin: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition on September 21st, a day before the anniversary of the original album’s release on September 22, 1978. The 3 CD/1 LP box set and single CD will feature two different mixes of the album with the box set containing unissued rough mixes for every album track and an unreleased 1979 concert recording of the group in New York.

The box set will be produced in a limited and numbered edition of 7,500 copies worldwide and comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book. Along with the music, the set also features rare photos and artwork, including the unused, alternate cover image, plus essays by former New York Rocker writer Roy Trakin, album cover artist John Holmstrom, and Road To Ruin producer Ed Stasium, who details the making of this classic record.

The first disc of the deluxe edition features a remastered version of the original stereo mix for Road To Ruin and a new 2018 40th Anniversary Road Revisited mix created by Stasium, who strips off the original record’s commercial gloss and restores the album to its punk rock core. Stasium’s new mix is also featured on the 180-gram LP that accompanies this deluxe edition.

The second disc offers up over twenty unreleased recordings, including rough mixes for every album track, starkly different alternate takes of two songs, and two unreleased outtakes: “I Walk Out” and “S.L.U.G.” – unfinished during the original recording sessions in 1978, and completed by Stasium for this anniversary release. Other highlights include three different versions of “I Wanna Be Sedated,” including the “Ramones-on-45-Mega-Mix!” released in 1988 as part of the campaign for the Ramones Mania compilation, as well as acoustic versions of “Questioningly,” “Needles And Pins,” and “Don’t Come Close.”

The final disc has a previously unreleased recording of the band’s entire 1979 New Year’s Eve concert, which was mixed live by Stasium, and broadcast on WNEW-FM. Recorded in New York City at The Palladium, with audio sourced from Tommy Ramone’s original cassette of the console recording, it features blistering performances of “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Rockaway Beach,” and “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker,” along with several songs from Road To Ruin: “I Don’t Want You,” “I Wanna Be Sedated,” and “I Wanted Everything.”

Road To Ruin is the punk rockers fourth album, but first with drummer Marky Ramone, who replaced founding member Tommy Ramone, who’d left to do more producing and writing for the band. It was also the album that introduced a nation of pinheads to the all-time Ramones’ classic “I Wanna Be Sedated.”

Disc 1: Original Mix Remastered

  1. I Just Want To Have Something To Do
  2. I Wanted Everything
  3. Don’t Come Close
  4. I Don’t Want You
  5. Needles And Pins
  6. I’m Against It
  7. I Wanna Be Sedated
  8. Go Mental
  9. Questioningly
  10. She’s The One
  11. Bad Brain
  12. It’s A Long Way Back
  13. I Just Want To Have Something To Do [40th Anniversary Road Revisited Mix]
  14. I Wanted Everything [40th Anniversary Road Revisited Mix]
  15. Don’t Come Close [40th Anniversary Road Revisited Mix]
  16. I Don’t Want You [40th Anniversary Road Revisited Mix]
  17. Needles And Pins [40th Anniversary Road Revisited Mix]
  18. I’m Against It [40th Anniversary Road Revisited Mix]
  19. I Wanna Be Sedated [40th Anniversary Road Revisited Mix]
  20. Go Mental [40th Anniversary Road Revisited Mix]
  21. Questioningly [40th Anniversary Road Revisited Mix]
  22. She’s The One [40th Anniversary Road Revisited Mix]
  23. Bad Brain [40th Anniversary Road Revisited Mix]
  24. It’s A Long Way Back [40th Anniversary Road Revisited Mix]

Disc 2: Rough Mixes & 40th Anniversary Extras

  1. I Walk Out (2018 Mix) *
  2. S.L.U.G. (2018 Mix) *
  3. Don’t Come Close (Single Mix)
  4. Needles And Pins (Single Mix)
  5. I Just Want To Have Something To Do (Basic Rough Mix) *
  6. I Don’t Want You (Basic Rough Mix) *
  7. I’m Against It (Basic Rough Mix) *
  8. It’s A Long Way Back (Basic Rough Mix) *
  9. I Walk Out (Basic Rough Mix) *
  10. Bad Brain (Basic Rough Mix) *
  11. Needles And Pins (Basic Rough Mix) *
  12. I Wanna Be Sedated Take 2 (Basic Rough Mix) *
  13. I Wanted Everything (Basic Rough Mix) *
  14. Go Mental (Basic Rough Mix) *
  15. She’s The One (Basic Rough Mix) *
  16. Questioningly Take 2 (Basic Rough Mix) *
  17. S.L.U.G. (Basic Rough Mix) *
  18. Don’t Come Close (Basic Rough Mix) *
  19. I Wanna Be Sedated (Backing Track) *
  20. I Don’t Want You (Brit Pop Mix) *
  21. Questioningly (Acoustic Version) *
  22. Needles And Pins (Acoustic Version) *
  23. Don’t Come Close (Acoustic Version) *
  24. I Wanna Be Sedated (Ramones-On-45 Mega-Mix!)

Disc 3: Live At The Palladium, New York, NY, December 31 1979 [Previously Unreleased]

  1. Blitzkrieg Bop
  2. Teenage Lobotomy
  3. Rockaway Beach
  4. I Don’t Want You
  5. Go Mental
  6. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
  7. I Wanna Be Sedated
  8. I Just Want To Have Something To Do
  9. She’s The One
  10. This Ain’t Havana
  11. I’m Against It
  12. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
  13. Havana Affair
  14. Commando
  15. Needles And Pins
  16. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  17. Surfin’ Bird
  18. Cretin Hop
  19. All The Way
  20. Judy Is A Punk
  21. California Sun
  22. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
  23. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
  24. Pinhead
  25. Do You Wanna Dance?
  26. Suzy Is A Headbanger
  27. Let’s Dance
  28. Chinese Rock
  29. Beat On The Brat
  30. We’re A Happy Family
  31. Bad Brain
  32. I Wanted Everything

Author: Buddy Iahn

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