The RAMONES – ” Pleasant Dreams – New York Sessions ” Record Store Day 2023

Posted: April 23, 2023 in MUSIC

Original mixes by album producer Graham Gouldman and 3 additional songs from the sessions not included on the original album. Will feature alternative artwork found in the Warner Library. Yellow vinyl

Produced by 10cc’s Graham Gouldman, The Ramones’ sixth studio album, “Pleasant Dreams”, remains an unsung part of the NYC punks’ catalogue. Even polarising opinion within Ramones themselves, many of the album’s pop-punk highlights “She’s A Sensation”, “The KKK Took My Baby Away” and the angry “We Want The Airwaves” are right up there with the best Ramones songs. Pleasant Dreams makes a timely return on yellow vinyl, its status as one of the best Record Store Day 2023 releases secure, thanks to the inclusion of three extra tracks and alternate artwork from the vaults.

The Ramones’ “Pleasant Dreams” might not receive the accolades “Leave Home” or “Rocket to Russia”, but it is an interesting work in its own right. In 1981, Joey’s pop heart and Johnny’s hard-rock leanings converged to deliver one of the most sonically diverse works in the band’s catalogue. These rough and ready New York mixes with album producer Graham Gouldman yield raw versions of favorites such as “We Want The Airwaves” and “The KKK Took My Baby Away” as well as three songs not included in the original track listing, namely the Beach Boys-evoking “Touring” (which would later appear on 1992’s “Mondo Bizarro“). If you’re curious about how this record sounded before the 10cc guy glossed it up, make sure you pick this up.

Released On Sire Records

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