Ramones & Grateful Dead Featured On Multi-Disc Releases

The Ramones and the Grateful Dead will both be feted with multi-disc summer releases from Rhino.

Due Aug. 16, the box set “Weird Tales of the Ramones” will compile 85 tracks onto three discs of music and include the DVD debut of “Lifestyles of the Ramones.” Originally issued in 1990, the latter rounds up the band’s complete Sire music video collection, bolstered by six clips the Ramones made during their run on the MCA-affiliated Radioactive label.

Musically, “Weird Tales” pulls highlights from 1976’s “Blitzkrieg Bop” through 1996’s “R.A.M.O.N.E.S.,” including such classics as “I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Rockaway Beach,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School,” “Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio?” and “I Wanna Live.” Also featured are the band’s covers of the Searchers’ “Needles and Pins,” the Trashmen’s “Surfin’ Bird” and Love’s “7 And 7 Is.”

The box will also include a comic book featuring the work of 25 top graphic novel/comic artists, including Rick Altergott (“Doofus”), Sergio Aragones (Mad magazine), Bill Griffiths (“Zippy the Pinhead”), Xaime Hernandez (“Love and Rockets”) and John Holmstrom. In addition to Punk magazine, Holmstrom has to his credit illustrations on the back cover and throughout the liner notes of the Ramones’ 1977 album “Rocket To Russia” and the cover of the following year’s “Road to Ruin.”

Meanwhile, on July 12, Rhino will release the two-disc Grateful Dead concert set “Truckin’ up to Buffalo, July 4, 1989.” The soundtrack to the Monterey Video DVD of the same name features audio taken from the show’s 24-track analog master tapes and mastered in HDCD.

This version of the Dead — guitarist/singers Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, bassist/vocalist Phil Lesh and keyboardist/vocalist Brent Mydland — was enjoying resurgent popularity, still riding the wave of the 1987 single “Touch of Grey,” which reached No. 9 on Billboard’s Hot 100. This summer tour came in advance of “Built To Last,” which would be the band’s final studio album.

To accompany the music, the “Truckin'” package features rare photos of the band and liner notes written by Blair Jackson, publisher of the Dead fanzine “The Golden Road” and author of the biography “Garcia: An American Life.”

Source billboard.com.

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