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· THE RAMONES – VERY RARE ORIGINAL, TRUE FIRST PRESSING OF THE FIRST, SELF-TITLED ALBUM (“RAMONES”) - ORIGINAL SIRE RECORDS 1976 STEREO LP SASD-7520
· ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
· ONE OF THE VERY FEW COPIES OF THIS ALBUM WE HAVE FOUND IN THE PAST 40 YEARS THAT ARE ACTUALLY NOT REISSUES - THIS IS THE VERY FIRST, ORIGINAL PRESSING (ALL REISSUES HAVE AN INSCRIPTION ON THE BACK COVER THAT READS: "This album was previously released as Sire Records LP SASD-7520" AND HAVE A DIFFERENT CATALOG NUMBER.
*** INSANELY RARE STILL SEALED GUARANTEED ORIGINAL TRUE FIRST PRESSING ***
· GUARANTEED ORIGINAL RED-FADES-TO-YELLOW SIRE LABEL , SUCH AS THE ONE SHOWN BELOW, FROM OUR PREVIOUS AUCTION
· WE GUARANTEE THAT THE RECORD LABEL YOU WILL FIND INSIDE WILL HAVE A RARE MISPRINT FOUND ONLY ON TRUE FIRST PRESSINGS OF THIS ALBUM: THE SONG 'BEAT ON THE BRAT' WAS MISTITLED AS 'BEAT IS ON THE BRAT'
· GUARANTEED TO INCLUDE RARE ORIGINAL, CUSTOM INNER SLEEVE, UNIQUE TO THIS PRESSING (REISSUES DELETE THE CUSTOM INNER SLEEVE AND REPLACE IT WITH A PLAIN, WHITE, GENERIC SLEEVE).
· THE THICKNESS OF THE VINYL, THE APPEARANCE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE COVER, LABEL’S LOGO AND OTHER PERIPHERAL ELEMENTS OF THE COVER, ARE ALL PERFECTLY CONSISTENT WITH THE ORIGINAL, FIRST PRESSING OF THIS TITLE.
· TWO “BREATHE” (AIR) HOLES NOTED ON THE SHRINK WRAP
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· ORIGINAL, THIN CARDBOARD COVER (NO THICK CARDBOARD COVERS WERE EVER PRODUCED FOR THIS TITLE)
· FAIRLY THICK VINYL PRESSING On the scale from 1 to 10 (1 being the least, and 10 being the most severe), we assess the thickness of the vinyl as 6.
(►PLEASE SEE THE IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
(Note: this is a REAL image of the ACTUAL item you are bidding on. This is NOT a "recycled" image from our previous auction. What you see is what you’ll get. GUARANTEED!)
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. The songs are imaginative reductions of early rock & roll, girl group pop, and surf rock. Not only is the music boiled down to its essentials, but the Ramones offer a twisted, comical take on pop culture with their lyrics, whether it's the horror schlock of "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement," the drug deals of "53rd and 3rd," the gleeful violence of "Beat on the Brat," or the maniacal stupidity of "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue." And the cover of Chris Montez's "Let's Dance" isn't a throwaway -- with its single-minded beat and lyrics, it encapsulates everything the group loves about pre-Beatles rock & roll. They don't alter the structure, or the intent, of the song, they simply make it louder and faster. And that's the key to all of the Ramones' music -- it's simple rock & roll, played simply, loud, and very, very fast. None of the songs clock in at any longer than two and half minutes, and most are considerably shorter. In comparison to some of the music the album inspired, The Ramones sounds a little tame -- it's a little too clean, and compared to their insanely fast live albums, it even sounds a little slow -- but there's no denying that it still sounds brilliantly fresh and intoxicatingly fun.
(EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY STEPHEN THOMAS ERLEWINE, ALL MUSIC GUIDE /ALLMUSIC.COM/)
For its extraordinary contribution to the modern music, superb production, craftsmanship, fine musicianship, revolutionary significance and influence it exerted on numerous generations of musicians, writers and general public, or for some other innate quality, this album was voted one of top-200 albums of all time in one of the largest poll of critics, music reviewers, professionals and producers ever organized: the poll, which was conducted by Paul Gambaccini, legendary BBC Radio A&R man, surveyed more than 50 top music professionals (including Roy Carr, Jonathan Cott, Robert Christgau, Cameron Crowe, Chet Flippo, Ben Fong-Torres, Charlie Gillett, Greil Marcus, Murray the K., Lenny Kaye , Bruce Morrow (a/k/a "Cousin Brucie"), Tim Rice (of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Evita" fame), Lisa Robinson, Robert Shelton (who wrote liner notes for Bob Dylan's first album), Ed Ward, Joel Whitburn, Pete Wingfield, etc.). For more details, see: "Critics Choice: Top-200 albums" compiled by Paul Gambaccini, Omnibus Press, Library of Congress Catalog No.7855565 (or ►click here for the complete album listing)
Finding a still sealed original PROMO copy of this Punk Milestone which literally got the Punk avalanche going?!?! Forget it – not even a HOPE!!! This may be the last one you will ever see.
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(IMPORTANT NOTE: unless otherwise noted, ALL records are graded visually, and NOT play-graded!; we grade records under the strong, diffuse room light or discrete sunlight)
(a) THE ALBUM IS STILL FACTORY SEALED AND IS BELIEVED TO BE PERFECTLY MINT. Please note: sealed items are assumed to be mint and are sold as-is, as we have no way of inspecting them. For our policy on still sealed records ►click here (PLEASE READ BEFORE PLACING A BID).
(b) The record is guaranteed to come in its original, custom, inner sleeve, which is UNIQUE to this album.
(c) The record is apparently pressed on a RELATIVELY thick, inflexible vinyl. This is NOT a thin, flimsy ('dynaflex' type), vinyl, but not the thickest, most rigid vinyl, either.