In the context of the Ramones' long and unlikely career, Pleasant Dreams
--their sixth studio album--pretty much marks the beginning of the end. By the time they began work on this album, the next generation of New Wave artists that the Ramones had helped inspire into being were beginning to overtake them, their creatively inspired, personally torturous one-album association (1980's superb End Of The Century
) with Phil Spector had come to an end, and they were still yet to learn a fourth chord. Amazingly, if regrettably, they struggled on for another 16 years and 10 more largely useless albums.
Pleasant Dreams is not without its moments, however, as the Ramones wrung the final morsels of inspiration from their patented one-two-three-four ramalamalama punk ethic. "She's A Sensation" is a deft acknowledgement of their debt to such Spector protegées as the Ronettes and the Shangri-Las that would not have sounded out of place on "End Of The Century", and the wondrously titled "The KKK Took My Baby Away" is one of the Ramones' all-too-rare forays into sociological commentary. --Andrew Mueller
Expanded & remastered edition of the 1981 release, first produced by 10cc's Graham Gouldman includes the original album's 12 songs plus 7 previously unreleased bonus tracks. Bonus tracks, 'Touring' (1982 version), 'I Can't Get You Out Of My Mind', 'Chop Suey' (Alternate version), & demos of 'Sleeping Troubles', 'Kicks To Try', 'I'm Not An Answer' & 'Stares In This Town'. Slipcase. 2002.