New Boxed Set Features Seminal First Six Albums From The Punk Rock Pioneers The Six-Disc Collection Arrives October 29 From Rhino
“Hey ho, let’s go!” With that call to arms the Ramones launched their recording career and changed the face of music forever, spawning punk rock and reinvigorating the ailing art form known as rock ’n’ roll. Formed in the Forest Hills section of Queens, NY in 1974, the Ramones were completely original, forging a whole new sound and direction for music and giving birth to punk.
Rhino explores the incomparable footprint of the Ramones’ musical legacy with a boxed set featuring the band’s seminal first six albums. RAMONES: THE SIRE YEARS (1976-1981) includes the band’s 1976 eponymous debut, LEAVE HOME (1977), ROCKET TO RUSSIA (1977), ROAD TO RUIN (1978), END OF THE CENTURY (1980), and PLEASANT DREAMS (1981), each presented with their original running order and artwork. The set will be available on October 29. The set will also be available digitally.
"Had he accomplished nothing else, his work with the Velvet Underground in the late Sixties would assure him a place in anyone's rock & roll pantheon; those remarkable songs still serve as an articulate aural nightmare of men and women caught in the beauty and terror of sexual, street and drug paranoia, unwilling or unable to move. The message is that urban life is tough stuff—it will kill you; Reed, the poet of destruction, knows it but never looks away and somehow finds holiness as well as perversity in both his sinners and his quest. . . . [H]e is still one of a handful of American artists capable of the spiritual home run."
Rolling Stone, (1975)
Lou Reed, guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the widely influential band The Velvet Underground, passed away today of undisclosed causes at the age of 71. The musical luminary first became a prominent figure in the burgeoning New York music - and art - scene in the 1960s when he helped form The Velvet Underground and later maintained authenticity as a solo artist in the face of pressures to conform to the mainstream. Today, we remembered the impressive legacy he leaves behind with one of VU's most beloved albums - Loaded. R.I.P. Lou.
Van Morrison’s Classic Revisited With Five-Disc Deluxe Edition Loaded With Unreleased Takes From The Sessions, Including the Lost Track “I Shall Sing”
The Newly Remastered Album Also Available As Single Disc And As Double Disc Featuring 11 Unreleased Tracks
All Three Available October 22
In the fall of 1969, Van Morrison entered the studio to record MOONDANCE, the album that would soon become his commercial breakthrough and one of the most beloved recordings of all time. Fans will soon have the rare opportunity to experience this classic album like never before with the newly remastered and expanded version featuring 50 unreleased tracks including studio outtakes of favorites like “Caravan, “Moondance” and “Into The Mystic,” plus multiple takes and a final mix of the unheard track “I Shall Sing.”
Who will you vote to induct into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year? We're placing our bids for Rhino artists like The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, The Meters, The Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, and Yes.
And of course, congratulations to all who were nominated!