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Rocket to Russia by Ramones

Rocket to Russia

by Ramones


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Barcode: 0081227932701
Format: Vinyl
Media: Mint (M)
Sleeve: Mint (M)

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“Rocket to Russia” stands as the third studio album by American punk rock band Ramones, released on 4 November 1977, through Sire Records. Notably, it marks the band’s final album to feature original drummer Tommy Ramone, who later shifted his focus to production.

The album’s genesis dates back to the summer of 1977, coinciding with the release of the single “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker.” This period marked the pinnacle of the punk rock genre, with many bands, including the Ramones, securing recording contracts. Recording commenced in August 1977, with Sire Records providing a substantial budget ranging from $25,000 to $30,000, primarily allocated towards production expenses.

John Gillespie directed the album’s cover art, while John Holmstrom and guitarist Johnny Ramone contributed to the illustrations. The back cover and inner sleeve artwork reflected a military theme, with humour infused into the lyrics of nearly all tracks. Musically, the album showcased a surf rock influence with minimal structuring.

Critically acclaimed, “Rocket to Russia” received praise for its matured production and sound quality. Notably, it was lauded for its variety of tempos and infectious hooks. Despite positive reception, commercial success fell short of expectations, with the album peaking at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart. Band members attributed this partly to the disruptive influence of the Sex Pistols, whose antics diverted attention from the Ramones’ music.

Nevertheless, “Rocket to Russia” has endured as a classic, ranking at number 106 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. Its impact on the punk rock landscape remains significant, solidifying the Ramones’ status as pioneers of the genre.

A1 Cretin Hop
A2 Rockaway Beach
A3 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
A4 Locket Love
A5 I Don't Care
A6 Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
A7 We're A Happy Family
B1 Teenage Lobotomy
B2 Do You Wanna Dance?
B3 I Wanna Be Well
B4 I Can't Give You Anything
B5 Ramona
B6 Surfin' Bird
B7 Why Is It Always This Way?
Catalogue No.: 81227932701
Barcode: 0081227932701
Genre: Rock
Style: Punk, Power Pop, Rock & Roll
Label: Sire
Released: 2018
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 180g

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