Hey Ho Let's Go! The Ramones Anthology The first four Ramones albums were unassailable genre-defining masterworks, but the 12 that followed were pretty damn spotty. Which is why Hey Go Let's Go!… The Ramones Reissues Rock
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Hey Ho Let's Go! The Ramones Anthology

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: The Ramones; Genres: Reissues, Rock

The first four Ramones albums were unassailable genre-defining masterworks, but the 12 that followed were pretty damn spotty. Which is why Hey Go Let's Go! The Ramones Anthology, a chronological two-CD retrospective, is so frustrating — the careerist competency of later songs like ''Something to Believe In'' feels hollow and false compared with the punky perfection of, say, ''53rd & 3rd.'' Still, the great early stuff on the first CD hits so straight, deep, and true, it'd be churlish to judge this well-intentioned collection too harshly. Since it all began with ''Blitzkrieg Bop,'' let's give it a B.

Originally posted Jul 23, 1999 Published in issue #495 Jul 23, 1999 Order article reprints