Joey Ramone’s unlikely record collection. Genesis? Yes? Herman’s Hermits!? Is up for sale

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Joey Ramone’s personal record collection, consisting of 97 records in their original album sleeves, could be yours. Well if you choose to bid for them, that it because they are going under the hammer on February 14th with a final bid date of February 21st.

The records apparently come with a letter signed by Joey’s brother Mickey attesting to the collection’s authenticity.

Which it really does need because there are few real oddities in the collection.

Sure all the records that you’d expect the man who was a prime mover in punk to own are present and correct – so there’s plenty of The Who, T. Rex, Cream, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop and The Doors.

But the collection also indicates that Ramone, who died in 2001 may have been a closet Prog Rock fan. For the man whose band pretty much never went beyond their four chords and two minutes approach to pop zoned out to the prog noodling of Yes’s Close To the Edge, Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s self-titled collection and Genesis’s early album Nursery Cryme.

There’s a great selection of 60s albums too most notably Herman’s Hermits and The Hollies – who are represented by best ofs, and more obscure acts like Gary Lewis and The Playboys and The Rationals.

Other slightly odd additions include Keith Moon’s solo album, a record of hymns from Pat Boone and the debut from French new waver Plastic Bertrand.

Here’s the full list

68/WRKO (30 Now Goldens) The Allman Brothers Band (At Fillmore East) Paul Anka (Vintage Years 1957–1961) The Beach Boys (20 Golden Greats) The Beau Brummels (The Original Hits) Pat Boone (Greatest Hymns) Jimmy Campbell (Half Baked) CAP-FM (What’s In-Store For You) Cheap Trick (One on One) Alice Cooper (Killer) Cream (Cream) Cream (Live Cream Volume II) The Dave Clark Five (American Tour) The De Franco Family Band (Heartbeat, It’s a Lovebeat) Donovan (Mellow Yellow) The Doors (The Doors) Dwight Twilley Band (Twilley Don’t Mind) Bob Dylan (Greatest Hits Vol. II) Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) Emitt Rhodes (Emitt Rhodes) John Entwistle (Smash Your Head Against the Wall) Eric Burdon & the Animals (The Twain Shall Meet) David Essex (All the Fun of the Fair) The First Class (The First Class) Flo and Eddie (Moving Targets) Four Rock ’n’ Roll Legends (Live in London) The Four Seasons (2nd Vault of Golden Hits) Marvin Gaye (Let’s Get It On) Genesis (Nursery Cryme) The Grass Roots (Where Were You When I Needed You) The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Are You Experienced) Herman’s Hermits (Best of, Volume II) The Hideouts (Best of) The Hollies (Hollies Live) The Hollywood Stars (The Hollywood Stars) The Human League (Dare) The Human League (Fascination!) Elton John (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road) Elton John (Tumbleweed Connection) The Kinks (Preservation Act 2) KISS (Dressed to Kill) Led Zeppelin (Houses of the Holy) Laura Lee (Women’s Love Rights) Gary Lewis and the Playboys (This Diamond Ring) Ray Manzarek (The Whole Thing Started with Rock & Roll Now It’s Out of Control) The Marvelettes (The Return of The Marvelettes) The McCoys (Human Ball) Mickey and Sylvia (Do It Again) Keith Moon (Two Sides of the Moon) Rick Nelson (In Concert) The Paupers (Magic People) Peter, Paul and Mary (10 Years Together) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Official Live ’Leg) Pezband (Pezband) Pink Fairies (Kings of Oblivion) Gene Pitney (The Gene Pitney Story) Plastic Bertrand (Ca Plane Pour Moi) Iggy Pop (Lust For Life) Pretty Things (The Vintage Years) Lloyd Price (His Big Hits) The Rascals (Once Upon a Dream) The Rascals (See) Raspberries (Raspberries) The Rationals (The Rationals) Lou Reed (Sally Can’t Dance) The Righteous Brothers (Greatest Hits) The Righteous Brothers (The History of The Righteous Brothers) The Searchers (Volume 2) Neil Sedaka (The ’50s & ’60s) The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (Next) Silverhead (16 and Savaged) Carly Simon (No Secrets) Slade (In Flame) Slade (Slade Alive!) Patti Smith Group (Easter) Sonny and Cher (The Two of Us) Billy Squier (Don’t Say No) Status Quo (Live) Cat Stevens (Teaser and the Firecat) Rod Stewart (Every Picture Tells a Story) Rod Stewart (Sing It Again Rod) Sweet (Give Us a Wink) T. Rex (Bolan Boogie) T. Rex (Light of Love) The Temptations (A Song For You) Toots & the Maytals (Funky Kingston) The Tubes (Young and Rich) Ike and Tina Turner (Workin’ Together) The Ventures (The Ventures Play Telstar and the Lonely Bull) Wet Willie (Drippin’ Wet) The Who (Odds & Sods) The Who (Portrait of the Who) Spanky Wilson (Specialty of the House) Yes (Close to the Edge) The Young Rascals (Collections) The Youngbloods (Ride the Wind) The Zombies (Early Days)