Drafting in Phil Spector to produce the fifth Ramones album seemed like an odd move in 1980, even considering da brudders’ 60s pop obsessions. It was an expensive and unpleasant recording experience, but paid dividends. The stomping Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?, Rock 'n' Roll High School and the Ronettes’ cover Baby I Love You were as bombastic and commercial as the band ever got. More aggressive faire like the Dee Dee and Richard Hell-penned heroin anthem Chinese Rocks also excelled with the wall of sound approach. Not the first Ramones LP you might reach for, but a fine one nonetheless.
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6/10 Jack Customer review, 3rd February 2018
This could have been a contender on paper with a legendary band working with a legendary producer. Sorry to say, it didn't work out. The songs are catchy but End Of The Century lacks the subversive fun of what came before. Yes the Ramones obviously had fun in the studio and Phil Spector got some hip credibility but even though the idea of the album is fun, there is something lacking in it. After this the Ramones really never did release a solid album though there are some good songs scattered throughout.
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