Offered for sale is a set of unreleased U.S. picture disc test pressings of four albums by the Ramones.
These four albums, Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket to Russia, and Road to Ruin, were intended for a 2008 U.S. release by Rhino Records as picture discs, but for unknown reasons, the release was canceled. The four picture discs exist only as test pressings with all-white “blank” images.
About these copies: This set of four picture discs were pressed in 2008 by Rainbo Records for an intended release by Rhino Records. (“RHINO” is stamped in the dead wax on all eight sides.)
While these are picture discs, the “picture” on each is an all-white image with a faint yellow line running through the center. The albums do, of course, play the correct Ramones music on each of the four discs.
No covers were printed; these discs are in plain white generic covers, each of which has the album title and “Rainbow/Rhino 2008” written by hand in red marker in the upper left hand corner.
The four discs are M- and look unplayed.
Matrix numbers are:
1. Ramones – (Side one) RHINO R1-7520 A 79608E1/A (Side two) RHINO R1-7520 B 79608E2/A
2. Leave Home – (Side one) RHINO R1-7528 SIDE A 79605E1/A (Side two) RHINO R1-7528 SIDE B 79605E2/B
3. Rocket to Russia – (Side one) RHINO R1-6042 A 79606E1/A (Side two) RHINO R1-6042 B 79606E2/A
4. Road to Ruin – (Side one) RHINO R1-6063 SIDE A 79607E1/A (Side two) RHINO R1-6063 SIDE B 79607E2/A
We acquired these from someone who got them directly from a former employee of Rhino Records.
A nice set of ultra-rare Ramones LPs.
Background: While the Ramones never sold a lot of records, they were one of the most influential bands of all time.
Included in this seat are:
Ramones – Released in 1976, Ramones reached #111 on the U.S. album chart.
With the three-chord assault of “Blitzkrieg Bop,” The Ramones begins at a blinding speed and never once over the course of its 14 songs does it let up. The Ramones is all about speed, hooks, stupidity, and simplicity.
Leave Home – Released in 19711, Leave Home reached #148 on the U.S. album chart.
Leave Home was in many respects a continuation of the sound and attitude of the first album, with its unrelenting barrage of chunky guitar downstrokes and Mad Magazine-influenced lyrical absurdity. But even a cursory listen reveals the Ramones had made plenty of progress in less than a year. …Leave Home wasn’t as startling as the Ramones’ first album, and it’s not quite as strong and consistent as their masterpiece Rocket to Russia, but it was a positive step forward for the Pride of Forest Hills, and it’s one of their best and most satisfying albums.
Rocket to Russia – Released in 1977, Rocket to Russia reached #49 on the U.S. album chart.
The Ramones provided the blueprint and Leave Home duplicated it with lesser results, but the Ramones’ third album, Rocket to Russia, perfected it. Rocket to Russia boasts a cleaner production than its predecessors, which only gives the Ramones’ music more force. It helps that the group wrote its finest set of songs for the album. … Rocket to Russia (is) the Ramones’ most listenable and enjoyable album — it doesn’t have the revolutionary impact of The Ramones, but it’s a better album and one of the finest records of the late ’70s.
Road to Ruin – Released in 1978, Road to Ruin reached #103 on the U.S. album chart.
When the Ramones started work on their fourth album, Road to Ruin, in early 1978, they were in something of a bind. Their previous three albums had helped spark the punk revolution and established them as one of the greatest bands in the long and checkered history of rock & roll, but they weren’t getting the sales that their label wanted or breaking out in the mainstream the way some of their N.Y.C. compatriots like Blondie had. The Ramones also wanted those things, so they made some major moves. …The question was whether Ramones fans really wanted those two things, or did they just want more songs about Sheena. That’s debatable, but what’s clear is that the band’s noble efforts didn’t pay off with the general record-buying public, and Road to Ruin was their worst-charting release to that point.
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|Country of origin:||U.S.|
||R1-7520, R1-7528, R1-6042, R1-6063|
|Year of Release:||2008|