The Ramones – 2 ‘Rocket To Russia’ 2017 Acetate LPs From Producer Ed Stasium’s Archive
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Two one-sided LP acetates of the Ramones’ Rocket to Russia/2017 Remaster album, directly from the archive of legendary Ramones producer/engineer/associate Ed Stasium.
These acetates (Side 1 and Side 2) were used by Ed Stasium during the production process, and the cover of each disc has been signed by Stasium. Included is Stasium’s signed letter of authenticity noting the history of these discs, reading:
This letter is to authenticate a 2 disc Reference Acetate Set of the Ramones album ‘Rocket to Russia’ [Remaster 2017] from my personal collection. During my long associate with the Ramones, I worked on nine of their original albums, as engineer, mixer, producer, additional guitarist and backing vocalist. I have also engineered, remixed, and produced numerous demos, reissues and live albums for the band. This reference acetate was used during the album’s production, and I have signed the sleeve. Gabba Gabba Hey! [signed] Ed Stasium.
As noted in Wikipedia, On the first day of sessions, guitarist Johnny Ramone brought a copy of the Sex Pistols’ single “God Save the Queen” with him, remarking that their type of music “robbed” the band. He emphasized that the album’s sound engineer Ed Stasium needed to incorporate better production than that of the Sex Pistols, to which Stasium replied “no problem”. Johnny relates: “These guys ripped us off and I want to sound better than this.“ Though the album cites Tony Bongiovi and Tommy Ramone as the head producers, much of the album’s production was done by Stasium; Johnny went so far as to insist that Bongiovi was “not even there” during the band’s recording sessions.
Both acetates are in beautiful Mint condition, and of course, were cut directly from the master tapes, insuring their exceptional fidelity.
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