CJ RAMONE: Reconquista: CD/DVD

CJ returns with the first record under his own name (if you missed Bad Chopper then you need to correct that error pronto) and enlists some excellent players to assist with the album. Steve Soto (Adolescents) and Jose Medeles (The Breeders) are the core band. Guests galore drop in: Billy Zoom (X), Dan Root (One Hit Wonder), Frank Agnew (Adolescents, Social Distortion), Marcus Hollar (Street Dogs), and Jay Bentley (Bad Religion), to name a few. The DVD is a sweet primer for the record. The highlights include some of the guitarists shreddin’ through their guitar solos in the studio. “Three Angels” is a heartfelt tune about his bandmates that are now gone from this earth. “You’re the Only One” has almost a “Needles and Pins” feel. For the head on rockers—“King Kobra” and “Low on Ammo” are the coolest and will keep the kids rocking this summer. Useless trivia fact—CJ’s cover of “Waitin’ for the Man” came up as “Waitin’ for My Mom” on my computer. Ritchie Ramone better have his chops up if he wants to top this later this year.

 –koepenick (Pirates Press, piratespress.com)