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Ramones: Leave HomeLeave Home (1977)
Reviewer Rating: 5
First off, I should mention that I feel this is the best Punk Record ever released, and one of the greatest records ever made. Yes, I rank this up with such albums as Abbey Road and Ziggy Stardust. What is interesting to note, is that it was heard in its intended form by so few people. Immediately following the release, quite a bit of fuss was made over the song "Carbona Not Glue", so it was pulled and replaced. Now, after all this time, it, along with the first, third and fourth Ramones albums, has been remastered and re-released by Rhino. I have to say, they've done a hell of a job. It now sounds so fresh, so vibrant, you'd swear it was just recorded. The vocals, the guitars, everything just shines. Then, of course, there are the songs. Tracks like "Glad To See You Go", "Oh Oh I Love Her So", "Babysitter", and "Suzy Is A Headbanger" are basically the blueprints to every pop-punk song ever written. "Pinhead" is the source of Gabba Gabba Hey, seen on signs held up at every show, and a phrase that has come to mean acceptence to people who felt like outcasts.
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