INFORMATION OF JOEY RAMONE'S SOLO ALBUMS, SINGLE AND VIDEO NEWS


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Latest news updated: January 15, 2013.

YOU CAN FIND FROM THIS SITE LOT INFORMATION RELATED JOEY RAMONE'S SOLO ALBUMS AND OTHER RELEASES CONCERNING THEM:
1) Basic infos of the Don't Worry About Me album, special releases and versions of the album, interviews and comments by Mickey Leigh and Daniel Rey...
2) Infos of Joey Ramone's second album ...Ya Know?, release date May 15, 2012.
3) Infos of Joey Ramone's Christmas Spirit... In My House -EP.
4) Infos of Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) -single.
5) Infos of What A Wonderful World promo single and video.




JOEY RAMONE'S SOLO ALBUM DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME:

We fans were waiting for so many years Joey Ramone's solo album. All tracks for this Joey's Don't Worry About Me album were finished before he passed away. At all he recorded around 20 songs together with producer Daniel Rey. Don't Worry About Me was released on February 19, 2002. Some countries came later, like in Japan album was released in March 21, 2002 and in Brazil by Zomba Records on May 30, 2002. Also vinyl version is available.

Joey's brother Mickey Leigh informed me that he shooked hands with the staff of
Sanctuary records, making the decision official about releasing an album.
- Album contains 11 song and Don't Worry About Me is one of the song titles. It's one of my favorite songs on the album, and is right in the spirit of my brother liking to see people happy and having fun rather than being sad that he's not with us anymore. I wanted to use a title that was his own words rather than make something up myself or use other people's suggestions, told Mickey in 2002.

TRACKLISTING OF THE DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME:
1) What A Wonderful World (Robert Thiele and George David Weiss)
2) Stop Thinking About It (Joey Ramone and Andy Shernoff)
3) Mr. Punchy (Joey Ramone)
4) Maria Bartiromo (Joey Ramone)
5) Spirit In My House (Joey Ramone)
6) Venting (It's A Different World Today) (Joey Ramone)
7) Like A Drug I Never Did Before (Joey Ramone)
8) Searching For Something (Joey Ramone and Al Maddy)
9) I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up) (Joey Ramone)
10) 1969 (Dave Alexander, James Osterberg, Ron Asheton and Scott Asheton)
11) Don't Worry About Me (Joey Ramone)

Joey said before that he entered a New York studio in late march, 2000, to begin recording. Joey was also asked (February 2000) Marky playing drums for a few songs. Marky played some tracks. Other way the line-up contain also producer/ guitarist Daniel Rey and Dictators bassist Andy Shernoff. Drummer Frank Funaro from the Cracker has also played songs. The Misfits and Captain Sensible guest on other tracks, and Mickey adds a vocal part to the album-closing Don't Worry About Me..

Joey performed some new songs on his "A Pre-CMJ Showcase Party Blowout" -show at CBGB on October wed. 18, 2000.

ALBUM REVIEWS:
Read some album reviews here.

SOME CHART POSITIONS OF THE DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME ALBUM:
- USA: 1st week = 109, 2nd week = 192.
- Finland: 1st week = chart position 25.
(I browsed many charts (+10) and couldn't find other chart positions...)

DIFFERENT PRESSINGS:
There are some differences between some album pressings, like in one pressing font color in front and back sleeve is yellow. In normal editions font color is red.
After album was released and when you ordered it from www.ramonesworld.com, you received Joey's CD with it's release cover PLUS you got the Arturo Vega designed cover that was not used for free.
From MusicToday.com store was received Joey Ramone poster and a limited-edtition special CD booklet insert.

WHITE VINYL VERSION (2014)
Don't Worry About Me re-issued on a limited edition white vinyl (LP) on October 21, 2014. Buy this version of Don't Worry About Me here from Amazon.com .

SPECIAL 2CD RELEASE IN SPAIN:
There was released a special 2CD Joey Ramone release with a special cover in Spain in January, 2003. Release is named What A Wonderful Joey 1951-2001. This is limited to 3000 copies and include Joey's album Don't Worry About Me and Christmas Spirit... In My House -EP.

DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME DVD WITH EXTRAS
Now is re-released - on USA, November 19th, 2002 - Joey's album Don't Worry About Me was re-released in DVD Audio 5.1 Surround Sound format on USA, November 19th, 2002. It plays on all DVD players. There's extras like What a Wonderful World video, lyrics, Joey's bio, tribute to Joey by Andy Shernoff (The Dictators' bassist, also plays on Joey's album) and producer's notes on the recording of the album. This was informed on www.joeyramone.com, there's also link to the official press release (requires free Adobe Acrobat software): click here

RELEASE PARTY OF DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME AND DANIEL REY'S COMMENTS:
(Pic: Joey and Mickey with The Independents at Manitoba's bar in New York.)

Release party of the Joey's Don't Worry About Me -album was at CBGB February 19, 2002. It was a private party.
Daniel Rey told following at Rolling Stone -article by Colin Devenish:
"Joey was able to see the project almost all the way through to its conclusion. It wasn't mixed but all the recording was done. Ironically, right before he got sick was when he finished the last little bit, and then I mixed it after he passed. I'm sure he thought about [death], but he also didn't dwell on it, and I think he was just trying to be positive. It wasn't anything that he talked about. That's one reason why the vocals took long, because he wanted to sing when he felt good. I was basically on call for the last year or two. Whenever Joey was up to sing, I was there."

I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) did long interview with Daniel Rey at his studio in 2003. Daniel produced many Ramones albums, Joey's albums, Dee Dee's Zonked album etc. Interview is in my second book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone.
Here are few samples of interview:
Jari-Pekka: What are your special memories while recording Joey's solo album Don't Worry About Me?
Daniel Rey: "Joey had been talking about making a solo album for like ten years. So we were finally in there in the studio and Marky was set up behind the drums and we were actually recording the first songs. I could look overat Joey and he was smiling, he was very happy that he was finally doing it and it was really exciting for him. More exciting than it had been for the Ramones. Because you know this was something new, a challenge."

Jari-Pekka: How did and when did you and Joey decide the best time to record the vocals for his solo record?
Daniel Rey: "Whenever he felt like singing, he would come over to my house and sing. We recorded it all here in the house and he liked to work early in the daytime and I liked to work late at night. But it worked out well. He liked to just keep coming over to my house and sing a vocal over again and again and everytime that he sang something good, I would keep it you know, and eventually it was all very good. This was Joey's solo album, so he wanted it to be perfect and he didn.t have any pressure to finish it. There wasn.t any record company or manager telling him to finish it and we were doing it in our houses, so it didn't cost any money, Joey took his time and made sure everything was perfect."

He also tell stories behing Joey's songs and much more of Ramones and Dee Dee sessions and his history with the Ramones since 1976 in that special interview which you can find from my book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone.




SECOND JOEY RAMONE SOLO ALBUM...:

The highly anticipated second solo LP from Joey Ramone got published in May 22, 2012.
Album is named ...Ya Know?, after the way Joey used to end every sentence in his Queens drawl.

You can find extensively
information of ...Ya Know? album here.




JOEY RAMONE'S CHRISTMAS SPIRIT... IN MY HOUSE -EP:

Joey Ramone's Christmas Spirit... In My House -EP came out: December 10, 2002.

EP Contains songs:
1.Merry Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
2.Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
3.Spirit In My House
4.Don't Worry About Me
5.What A Wonderful World

So this was published first in 2002. But in Friday November 28, 2014, got published two Ramones specials in Record Store Day's Black Friday. Another was this Christmas Spirit... In My House, but it has three songs and format is 10' vinyl.



JOEY RAMONE'S MERRY CHRISTMAS (I DONT WANT TO FIGHT TONIGHT) -SINGLE

At last song Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) not appeared on the Don't Worry About Me album, but on a single, which features also a track I Couldn't Sleep At All. This single came out December 18th, 2001 on Sanctuary. The single is sold-out and they wont be pressing any more.

Mickey Leigh told following in 2001:
- Joey and I started recording Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) after we made the demo of the one used by the Ramones. Often, I helped Joey put his songs on tape as demos, so that he could then play them for the band. We put down the fast version of Merry Christmas... and then we tried a slower, steamier variation and Joey sang this beautiful, really romantic vocal. It's a little different than most Ramones songs, but it's Joey and it is a Christmas song, so we thought it's OK to be a bit sentimental. Completed about two weeks ago (end of August, 2001), I played guitar and bass, and some our old friends: Steve Jordan (from the David Letterman and Blues Brothers band) played drums and Tommy Mandell (Bryan Adams band) on keybords, mention Mickey.


WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD -PROMOSINGLE AND -VIDEO

Also Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) is included in promosingle, where maintrack is classic cover of Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful World. This was sent to radio outlets for airplay beginning in early January, 2002.

Mickey wrote for me - January 27th - of the video.
- Very recent news you are hearing first Jari-Pekka, we are planning to make a video very soon for "WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD". Using some of the footage of Joey performing the song taped at CBGB and Continental with Andy Shernoff of the Dictators and other home, road and backstage footage.
Mickey wrote more news of the video for me in March 27, 2002.
- Have been busy making the video for Wonderful World.. I filmed some scenes for it on Sunday with actor, Michael Pitt, from the movie "Headwig And The Angry Inch" and his girlfriend. We will edit this week and next. We will use that footage along with performance and home movie footage. It is going to be great. Should be ready in about 2 weeks.
Marky told that it contains lot material from his archives and he's really satisfied for video. Mickey said in April 10.
- Finished the video for What A Wonderful World last week. It came out great. I hope you like it... It's now on www.joeyramone.on in RealVideo format,
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