It's Alive (Ramones album)

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It's Alive
Live album by Ramones
Released April 1979
Recorded December 31, 1977 at The Rainbow Theatre, London
Genre Punk
Length 53:49
Label Sire
Producer Tommy Ramone
Ramones live album chronology
It's Alive
(1979)
Loco Live
(1991)

It's Alive is the first live album by the American punk band the Ramones. It was recorded at the Rainbow Theatre, London, on December 31, 1977, and released in April 1979. The title is a reference to the 1974 horror movie of the same name. The album was originally released as a 2-LP set and draws material from the Ramones' first three albums. Four concerts during the UK tour were recorded, but the New Year's Eve performance was chosen because ten rows of seats were thrown at the stage after the concert and it was considered the best of the performances at the venue. The concert was also filmed and later released in a truncated form on the DVD It's Alive 1974-1996.

The album was certified gold in Argentina in 1993.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]
Punknews.org 5/5 stars[4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
Record Collector 5/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[6]
Smash Hits 8/10[7]

In 2005, It's Alive was ranked number 279 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ramones, except where indicated. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rockaway Beach"     2:24
2. "Teenage Lobotomy"     1:55
3. "Blitzkrieg Bop"     2:05
4. "I Wanna Be Well"     2:23
5. "Glad to See You Go"     1:51
6. "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment"     1:37
7. "You're Gonna Kill That Girl"     2:28
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "I Don't Care"     1:41
9. "Sheena is a Punk Rocker"     2:16
10. "Havana Affair"     1:35
11. "Commando"     1:40
12. "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow"     2:55
13. "Surfin' Bird"   Al Frazier, Sonny Harris, Carl White, Turner Wilson 2:20
14. "Cretin Hop"     1:46
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
15. "Listen to My Heart"     1:36
16. "California Sun"   Henry Glover, Morris Levy 1:45
17. "I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You"     1:25
18. "Pinhead"     2:46
19. "Do You Wanna Dance?"   Bobby Freeman 1:39
20. "Chain Saw"     1:29
21. "Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World"     1:55
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Length
22. "Now I Wanna Be a Good Boy"     2:03
23. "Judy is a Punk"     1:14
24. "Suzy is a Headbanger"     1:53
25. "Let's Dance"   Jim Lee 2:03
26. "Oh, Oh, I Love Her So"     1:40
27. "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue"     1:18
28. "We're a Happy Family"     2:07

Personnel[edit]

Ramones[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Ed Stasium - engineer
  • T. Erdelyi, Ed Stasium - producers
  • Basing Street Studios Ltd. - mobile recording facilities
  • Greb Cobb, Frank Owen, Jo Yu, Ray Doyle - mobile crew
  • Ramona Janquito, Phil Shrago - studio crew
  • Monte Melnick - tour manager
  • Arturo Vega - lighting
  • Tasco - sound, lighting

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Ramones – Alive". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. 
  2. ^ It's Alive (Ramones album) at AllMusic
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Punknews.org review
  5. ^ a b Album reviews at CD Universe
  6. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  7. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (June 28 – July 11 1979): 25. 
  8. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 102. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.