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Pleasant Dreams (Expanded) Import

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 27 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0000691TH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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1. We Want the Airwaves
2. All's Quiet on the Eastern Front
3. The KKK Took My Baby Away
4. Don't Go
5. You Should Like You're Sick
6. It's Not My Place (In the 9 to 5 World)
7. She's a Sensation
8. 7-11
9. You Didn't Mean Anything to Me
10. Come and Now
11. This Business Is Killing Me
12. Sitting in My Room
13. Touring (1981 Version)
14. I Can't Get You Out of My MInd
15. Chop Suey (Alternate Version)
16. Sleeping Troubles (Demo)
17. Kicks to Try (Demo)
18. I'm Not an Answer (Demo)
19. Stares in This Town (Demo)

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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.

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The years 1980-1983 were not kind to the Ramones. Struggling to find their niche in a sudden sea-change of musical direction known as New Wave, they tried to keep up without compromising themselves and the sound they were known for. Riding the high from their appearance in the film "Rock'n'Roll High School," and the accompanying hit of the same title, they entered into an alliance with legendary producer Phil Spector. Bad move! The resulting album was a dud (though I personally like it well enough), and the next two Ramones efforts struggled to correct their blunder by gaining back the fan base that had eroded.
"Pleasant Dreams" was the first of these efforts ("Subterranean Jungle" is the other). Unfortunately, this is/was the most ignored of all Ramones albums, which is a shame considering just how tasty it really is. Unlike the following "Jungle," which was dark and fierce, reflecting the Ramones' growing frustration, "Pleasant Dreams" is mostly light and well-humored. The Ramones vent some frustration here too, on "We Want the Airwaves" and "This Business is Killing Me." But on the whole, the album features some very mature, bubblegum rock. What I love most about "Pleasant Dreams" is its uniqueness. The album encompasses a style on to its own.
This is very much a Ramones album when listened to carefully, but on the surface, the pop influences stand out boldly. Perhaps it shows the depth of the Ramones' desperation, considering they recruited 10cc'er Graham Gouldman to produce the album. The Ramones will tell you they formed in 1974 to counter the slavishly proudced fare of bands like 10cc; and here they were, conspiring with the art-rock bassist and even dropping a reference to the band on one of the album's songs ("It's Not My Place").
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This soon-to-be-inducted-into-the-Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame act was in a quandry in the early 80's: Could they match the visceral impact of their first four albums while still reaching for the brass ring of a mass audience? Their turn-of-the-80's Phil Specter-produced "End of the Century" did not light up the charts as they had hoped and Johnny/Joey/Markee/Dee Dee were not yet ready to settle for a cult following. Their answer on this disc was to write a batch of higher-than-usual-quality tunes and enlist Graham Gouldman for the production duties. Gouldman had written hits for many of the British Invasion groups (Yardbirds, Herman's Hermits, Hollies) and had co-founded/produced the group 10CC, a band that wracked up several international hits in the 70's.
Graham's production work leaned heavily on vocal harmony, guitar overdubs and echo-ey reverberations of drums. Johnny's guitar and Dee Dee's bass still grind out the foundation on the songs, but the emphasis seems to be on bringing the 50's and 60's Rock elements of their songs to the forefront.
The material touches on some of the usual concerns of this band and rock-n-roll in general: Band/music industry concerns ("We Want the Airwaves", "This Business Is Killing Me" ), Mental health issues("You Sound Like You're Sick"), Boy-longs-for-girl ("Don't Go"), Boy-longs-for-girl-who-dies-in-a-tragic-car-accident ("7-11"), Boy-longs-for-girl-abducted-by-a-racist-organization ("The KKK Took my Baby Away"), Boy-detests-girl ("You Didn't Mean Anything To Me"), etc. Ramones lyrics usually exhibit a fine sense of humor, but most songs on this disc are even a bit funnier than usual, and the 'plot' of some songs follows AM radio hit traditions of the early 60's. Joey name checks his own band in "It's Not My Place....
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My family was on a road trip to New Mexico in early 1991. Somewhere along the way, we spent the night in a cheap motel. Not much on the tube in rural Kansas, but while flipping through the channels, I found Sha Na Na, just as special guests the Ramones began to play "Rock and Roll High School." I had never heard anything like it--I loved it, and as soon as I got back home I went to the local "Karma Records" affiliate and bought Pleasant Dreams. Music was never the same after that. From the "KKK Took my baby Away" to "Sitting in my Room" to "She's a Sensation" the albumn was just loaded with one funny, rocking, great song after another. "7-11" took on great meaning as we had one down the street that was frequently an object of much humor. It wasn't long before I had bought every Ramones albumn that was avalilable. Though I dont think it is their best album now (See--the Ramones, & Rocket To Russia), it inspired me to listen to all kinds of new music like the Sex Pistols, Cramps, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Stooges, Velvet Underground etc. This record was really the one that started it all. Gabba GAbba HEY!
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The Ramones' 1981 album "Pleasant Dreams" followed "End Of the Century," released the previous year. Produced by Phil Spector, that album was one of the punk pioneers' most curious releases and was later labelled by some of the band members themselves as being their worst album. "Pleasant Dreams" however takes much of the departures in sound that were found on "End Of the Century," and puts them back in tune so that they broaden the Ramones' limited sound, while still appreciating their punk essence.
'We Want the Airwaves' is a perfect example; it finds that Johnny Ramone has forgotten the three-chord buzzsaw guitar hooks that were so evident on their debut. The song remains one of his best guitar moments. The album carries on in suitable form with 'All's Quiet On the Eastern Front' and the grin-inducing but repetitve 'The KKK Took My Baby Away.' Joey Ramones' vocals are most flexible on 'It's Not My Place,' while 'You Didn't Mean Anything To Me' and 'This Business is Killing Me' are worthy additions to the band's lexicon.
As with most of the recent re-issues, "Pleasant Dreams" contains a slew of bonus tracks that are surely worth having, while not overbearing the album's original content, which is worth having even on its own. On the bleaker side, "Pleasant Dreams" was a reminder at the time that proved the acts that they had inspired (i.e., the punk bands that ripped them off) were now unrightfully overshadowing their punk forefathers.
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