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Ramones - Too Tough to Die (2002) Retail CD
After spending four years with very few highlights the Ramones started work on what was to be their last bona-fide classic. It also marked a welcome return of producers Tommy Erdelyi and Ed Stasiums (producers of their first 3 classic albums) and a sense of direction that was lacking previously was back with a vengeance here. The opener "Mama's Boy" pounds in a classic mid-tempo Ramones style and immediately blows away their lukewarm previous two records. This is quickly followed by "I'm Not Afraid Of Life" (slow and moody) and the anthemic "Too Tough To Die" which easily equals anything they'more…d recorded before. "Durango 95" (which became their set-opener) is a condensed instrumental of the Ramones sound which acts as an introduction to Dee Dee's "Warthog". This track and "Endless Vacation" show the band had been paying attention to the up and coming hardcore acts such as Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys and presented Dee Dee in his full glory sounding like Popeye on crack!The next highlight (which is difficult to seperate in such a superb record) is "Howling At The Moon". This features a (one-off) synthesiser and keyboard heavy production by Dave Stewart, that at first is off-putting but soon grows on the listener (like their Phil Spector recordings). The song is classic Ramones but with a bizarre eighties twist supplied by Stewart.The other songs may not stand out as much but are still great. "Humankind" is Richie Ramones first composition for the Ramones and fits in just fine (even if his look didn't!). Dee Dee goes political on his songs (sung by Joey) "Danger Zone" and "Planet Earth 1988", and even if the details are no longer relevant, the songs' message still is. The songs tunes are memorable enough too. Finally Joey goes 50's rock 'n' roll on "No Go" (a great upbeat closer) and gets strangely un-Ramones-like on the highly catchy "Chasing the Night". The original album ends here but the bonus tracks on the CD are also excellent. The single b-sides "Smash You" (a great song that would have made the album even better) and a cover of the Stones' "Street Fighting Man" are pretty-much essential Ramones. The demos and Dee Dee vocal versions of "Planet Earth" "Danger Zone" and "Too Tough To Die" are interesting, and the unreleased songs "Out Of Here" and "I'm Not An Answer" don't boast the best sound quality but it's hard to see why they weren't released, especially with some of the lame songs they recorded later. Too Tough To Die was their last truly great album and the CD reissue only makes it better.
|2||I'm Not Afraid Of Life|
|3||Too Tough To Die|
|7||Chasing The Night|
|8||Howling At The Moon (Sha La La)|
|9||Daytime Dilemma (Danger Of Love)|
|10||Planet Earth 1988|
|14||Street Fighting Man|
|16||Howling At The Moon (Sha La La)|
|17||Planet Earth 1988|
|18||Daytime Dilemma (Dangers Of Love)|
|21||Out Of Here|
|23||Pass This Way|
|24||Too Tough To Die|
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