The Ramones are undoubtedly one of the most influential bands in rock history. More by chance, they laid the foundation for a sound that later became punk with all of its sub-genres. Drummer Thomas Erdelyi (Tommy Ramone) was the one who brought friends Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone, vocals), John Cummings (Johnny Ramone, guitar) and Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone, bass) together to form the group in 1974. She certainly couldn’t imagine that this would lead to a career spanning more than 20 years with over 2000 live shows. The band split in August 1996, but their spirit lives on in new generations of fans rediscovering their music, as well as an ongoing stream of old material releases. The fact that they released over a dozen albums wasn’t enough for the Ramones. Therefore, all band members took part in side projects during and after their careers and presented unknown artistic sides.
On this 3CD 42 songs (in the tradition of the early Ramones albums 14 tracks per disc) present some of the most important projects in which the band members have been involved. We do this by digging through the first band demos (1975) to the current recordings of Joey and Dee Dee; from the solo adventures of drummer Marc Bell (Marky Ramone, replacing founding drummer Tommy) to Christopher Joseph Ward’s (CJ Ramone) latest project. This material offers a great musical variety, which highlights the quality of the different projects and in the process discovers many nuggets of gold that can currently only be found in this collection and also provides a number of unreleased and unheard tracks.