Leave Home (LP)

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The Ramones self-titled debut was released in 1976 to glowing praise and acclaim from music critics, and the development of the punk rock scene in the US and UK. The band were hailed as the next big step in the development of rock music, and correctly predicted their debut would be a massive influence for musical acts to follow. Those that were hooked by their debut wouldnt have long to wait for the bands follow-up, which came a mere nine months after The Ramones was released.

Leave Home did not receive the massive critical acclaim that The Ramones debut album had, but it still received rave reviews from the publications of the day. Immediate attention was paid to the albums production values, which was more crisp and polished than their previous works, and put them yards ahead of their fellow punk contemporaries in terms of sound quality. The band themselves were significantly more comfortable and together in Leave Homes sound, with vocalist Joey Ramone tackling heavier melodies, guitarist Johnny Ramones guitar attack sharpening over the tracks, and the normally minimalist drummer Tommy Ramone adapting a slight swing to his beats.

The songs themselves were no slouch either; among them were eventual fan favorites like Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment, Pinhead, and Carbona Not Glue, which would later be removed from subsequent album releases due to a trademark complaint. Though the album doesnt maintain the same legendary status as the debut or their pinnacle Rocket To Russia, its agreed that Leave Home is an essential part of The Ramones discography, and not an album to be passed by.


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