Joey Ramone has risen from the dead. Joey's brother Mickey Leigh and his producer Ed Stasium have a gathered a small army of Joey's musical peers to resurrect a series of demos Joey recorded over the last half of his career. The list of contributors is as long as your arm; Joan Jett, Andy Shernoff (and Handsome Dick Manitoba) of the Dictators, Jean Beavoir (and Richie Stotts) of the The Plasmatics, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Denni Diken of The Smithereens, Steve Van Zandt of Springsteen's E-Street Band, Lenny Kaye of Patti Smith's group and in a touching move, exiled Ramone Richie plays on a good chunk of ...Ya Know. (Stream here)
The astonishing thing is how gracefully this Frankenstein monster moves. From the coutry-ish "Waiting for That Railroad" to the power-poppin' of "What Did I Do To Deserve You" to the the glam-rocking-ness of "Rock n' Roll is the Answer" to the rockabilly-tingeed "I Couldn't Sleep" this album is proof positive of the vastness of Joey's talents as song-writer and performer. Sure there's moments where you can hear the stitches threatening to pop (Stasium & co. used only the vocals from the demos and re-recorded everything else) but that doesn't change how much this album sounds..well...ya know...alive!
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