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Greatest Albums Of The 70s: 48-43

From The Ramones to Ace Frehley, our 70s countdown continues...

Our Greatest Albums Of The 70s, numbers 48 to 43.

48) ROCKET TO RUSSIA Ramones (Sire, 1977)

The Ramones were already on their third album as 1977 ended. But although their formula had given punk its blueprint, relentless road-honing and a bigger budget resulted in a career peak. Boasting a pronounced surf influence on tracks such as Cretin Hop, Rockaway Beach and their wonderfully crazed version of The Trashmen’s Surfin’ Bird, the Ramones still packed more excitement, warped innocence and pulverising power than any imitators, now enhanced by a punchier sound and greater variety – they even included a ballad with Here Today, Gone Tomorrow.

What they said at the time: “Rocket To Russia is the best American rock and roll of the year and possibly the funniest rock album ever made.” Rolling Stone


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