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The Ramones were a punk rock band. The bands name might of have been chosen as a tribute to the Beatles as apparently Paul used the name Paul Ramone when the band were known as the Silver Beatles, and also used it as a surname to check into hotels to hide his identity when they were famous. This lead to the band all taking this name as their own and from there, becoming one of the most influential punk bands to date. The band have since split up with a career spanning several decades and all moved on to different projects. All except Joey Ramone who died in May 2001 aged just under 50 years old. This album was originally released in February 2002 and from there it evolved into a DVD-Audio release. Punk music has made quite a come back in the last year or two in the UK however a lot of the new punk material is pretty lame. Maybe it is time for punk to return to its roots?

Don't Worry About Me
The Album
I am not a hard punk fan however as always, I am prepared to try all music. This album opens with a cover of What a Wonderful World which was surprisingly good. It’s punk Jim, but not as we know it. The overall sound is not the hard thrashing guitars I was expecting at all, rather a seventies rock sound with a punk feel, which has evolved slightly, to end up actually sounding rather good. Most of the songs are quite short which lead you to no thinking you are getting good value for the money, but because they are short, they all sound fresh and interesting. Mr Punchy has severe pop undertones with its chorus being readily repeated and its, for want of a better word, punchy guitar chords. This follows through into the fourth track on the album, Maria Bartiromo which continues in similar vein as the previous track. The fifth track is where the heavier tracks start to creep in. Spirits in my House still to me at least has undertones of pop in there, albeit covered up by huge rhythm guitar, bass and drums.

Don't Worry About Me
The sound quality is above average on this album as you would expect from a recent recording. The cymbal crashes are vibrant and the bass is deep, using both ends of the frequency spectrum. It is one of the better surround mixes I have heard from a Silverline disc which was good as I have felt some of their 5.1 mixes have been lacking a little with the rears being used as echo only. This time a lot more sound comes from the surround speakers and it feels much more solid which can only be a good thing.

First up is the video for What a Wonderful World. This is of course, presented in stereo and in 4:3. It is mostly a video from a concert of Ramone and the band playing this track. Towards the end there are a few home video clips including Ramone playing on his N64 and playing a board game with some children. A three page biography of Joey Ramone follows this which focus’ on this album in particular and the more recent years of Joey and the band. The next item is a Tribute to Joey Ramone by Andy Shernoff. Shernoff was the bass player on Don’t Worry About Me. It is a touching read and might give you a small idea of who the man behind the music was. Five pages of notes from the producers on the recording of Don’t Worry About Me written by Daniel Rey. They portray Joey Ramone as a perfectionist in his work and show the amount of effort he obviously put into this record which I have to say, does show. The other extras are the standard fair from Silverline - What is DVD-Audio?, Speaker Setupand the Album Credits reprinted from the sleeve.

Don't Worry About Me
When you say “punk” to a lot of people, they recoil in terror. This album is not like that. The music is well written, as are the lyrics and it is musically adept. It is not a hard thrashy monster of an album and is quite refreshing in its style. I enjoyed it a lot and I think people who had a taste for soft rock from the seventies and eighties will find their palate for music might have evolved into a liking for Joey Ramone’s final album.