|All Artists: Ramones|
Title: Pleasant Dreams
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Release Date: 3/8/1994
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Hardcore & Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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... more »
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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.
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The Ramones Take The Road To RUIN!
M. McKay | Downey, CA United States | 02/24/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Ramones 1981 release "Pleasant Dreams" was an O.K. album if you like it personally. I do, I always have. But upon viewing The Ramones history and catalog, it was with this album that the band began their long unraveling. Hindsight, of course, is 20/20 but it's also a BITCH! The legacy of the "Pleasant Dreams" album is shone upon even greater on the 2002 remastered/expanded reissue. Maybe it's best we DIDN'T KNOW that The Ramones were originally attempting to get back to their roots with this album, before that idea was scrapped and the Gouldman-gloss was applied! What I'm specifically referring to are the last four bonus tracks included on this disc, tracks 16-19, which ultimately show the band trying to "leave home" again or hop back on that "road to ruin." All four of the cuts are solid, classic Ramones (even as rough and demo like as the recordings sound). Combine this with the ghastly sight of the ORIGINAL idea for the album's front cover, included beneath the CD tray, and a Ramones fan will want to weep all the more! Was there a logical reason as to why that cover art was rejected? While "Pleasant Dreams" has some moments ("All's Quiet On The Eastern Front," "Don't Go," "It's Not My Place," and my personal favorite of the album "Sitting In My Room"), there definitely is a "what could have been" with this album but ultimately wasn't! The fact that the famous Joey/Johnny feud started right around this time makes it an even sadder tale. In my opinion, Johnny was right about The Ramones. The Ramones were a band with a "shtick" and they should have stuck to that "shtick." They were best when they were true to themselves and their image, no fan was expecting them to be like The Beatles and change their style with every record! The branching out heard on "Road To Ruin" and "End Of The Century" was fine because it ultimately didn't take away from the band being The Ramones, "Pleasant Dreams" went TOO FAR. And unfortunately, the band never recovered from this. R.I.P. Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee."
Another Great Ramones Album!
John W. Brubaker | Salem, IL USA | 01/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Another great one from the long career of the Ramones. I like all of the songs here with "We Want The Airwaves", "The KKK Took My Baby Away" and "711" being the stand-outs. Great remaster with bonus material. These guys will never get the recognition they sooooo deserved and that is a real tragedy. Sadly the three main links are now gone. R.I.P. Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee.You will rock on forever...."