It's Alive (Ramones album)

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It's Alive
Ramones - It's Alive cover.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedApril 1979
RecordedDecember 31, 1977
VenueThe Rainbow Theatre, London
GenrePunk rock
Length53:49
LabelSire
ProducerTommy Ramone Ed Stasium
Ramones live album chronology
It's Alive
(1979)
Loco Live
(1991)

It's Alive is the first live album by the American punk rock band the Ramones, titled after the 1974 horror film of the same name. It was recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London on December 31, 1977, and released in April 1979 as a 2-LP set. The album draws material from the band's first three studio albums, Ramones (1976), Leave Home (1977), and Rocket to Russia (1977). 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 album and concert is often referred to as the band at its live peak.[citation needed] The concert was also filmed and later released in a truncated form on the 2007 compilation DVD It's Alive 1974-1996.

The album was certified gold in Argentina in 1993.[1] It is the only live album by the band that does not feature the concert intro music "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" or the outro music "The Ecstasy of Gold," both of which are from Ennio Morricone's score to the film The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Q4/5 stars[3]
Record Collector5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[5]
Smash Hits8/10[6]
The Village VoiceA−[7]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[8]
Tom Hull – on the WebB+ ((3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention))[9]

Mark Deming of AllMusic, praised the album, saying that "With It's Alive, they went out in style -- it's not only the best Ramones live album, it's one of the best and most effective live albums in the rock canon, and every bit as essential as Ramones, Leave Home, or Rocket to Russia."[10] Paul Rigby of Record Collector, said that "With their high-tempo content, manic-speed live performances, basic image and a sense of family (everyone had the Ramone surname), they let the music stand for itself."When we say that this high energy, one-hour blitz squeezes in three albums’ worth of material, you get an idea how high-octane they really were."[11] In a retrospective review in 1995, Robert Christgau of The Village Voice remarked that the album was "Redundant when it was dropped on the punk-besotted U.K. in 1979, this concert is precious history now--seems so impossibly light and quick it makes you suspect they didn't fully sustain their live pace into their forties after all."[12] 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.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."Rockaway Beach"Dee Dee Ramone1977 ~ Rocket to Russia2:24
2."Teenage Lobotomy"Ramones1977 ~ Rocket to Russia1:55
3."Blitzkrieg Bop"Tommy Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone1976 ~ Ramones2:05
4."I Wanna Be Well"Joey Ramone1977 ~ Rocket to Russia2:23
5."Glad to See You Go"Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone1977 ~ Leave Home1:51
6."Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment"Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone1977 ~ Leave Home1:37
7."You're Gonna Kill That Girl"Joey Ramone1977 ~ Leave Home2:28
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
8."I Don't Care"Joey Ramone1977 ~ Rocket to Russia1:41
9."Sheena is a Punk Rocker"Joey Ramone1977 ~ Rocket to Russia2:16
10."Havana Affair"Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone1976 ~ Ramones1:35
11."Commando"Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone1977 ~ Leave Home1:40
12."Here Today, Gone Tomorrow"Joey Ramone1977 ~ Rocket to Russia2:55
13."Surfin' Bird"Al Frazier, Sonny Harris, Carl White, Turner Wilson1977 ~ Rocket to Russia2:20
14."Cretin Hop"Ramones1977 ~ Rocket to Russia1:46
Side three
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
15."Listen to My Heart"Dee Dee Ramone1976 ~ Ramones1:36
16."California Sun"Henry Glover1977 ~ Leave Home1:45
17."I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You"Dee Dee Ramone1976 ~ Ramones1:25
18."Pinhead"Ramones1977 ~ Leave Home2:46
19."Do You Wanna Dance?"Bobby Freeman1977 ~ Rocket to Russia1:39
20."Chain Saw"Joey Ramone1976 ~ Ramones1:29
21."Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World"Dee Dee Ramone1976 ~ Ramones1:55
Side four
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
22."Now I Wanna Be a Good Boy"Dee Dee Ramone1977 ~ Leave Home2:03
23."Judy Is a Punk"Joey Ramone1976 ~ Ramones1:14
24."Suzy Is a Headbanger"Ramones1977 ~ Leave Home1:53
25."Let's Dance"Jim Lee1976 ~ Ramones2:03
26."Oh, Oh, I Love Her So"Dee Dee Ramone1977 ~ Leave Home1:40
27."Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue"Dee Dee Ramone1976 ~ Ramones1:18
28."We're a Happy Family"Ramones1977 ~ Rocket to Russia2:07

Release History[edit]

It's Alive was first released on CD in the US in 1995. The album was reissued as a 4 CD/2 LP 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition on September 20, 2019, limited to 8,000 copies. The set includes all four concerts that were recorded during the Ramones' UK tour in December 1977 and is housed in a 12x12 hardcover book, with liner notes written by Steve Albini and Ed Stasium.[14]

Personnel[edit]

Ramones

Production

  • Ed Stasium - engineer
  • Tommy Ramone, 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

Album Design-Spencer Drate Art Director-John Gillespie Photography-Various Photographers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Ramones – Alive". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers.
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "It's Alive – Ramones". AllMusic. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "Ramones: It's Alive". Q (167): 120–21. August 2000.
  4. ^ Rigby, Paul (May 2009). "Ramones – It's Alive". Record Collector (362). Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Ramones". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 675–76. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  6. ^ Starr, Red (June 28 – July 11, 1979). "Albums". Smash Hits: 25.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 20, 1996). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  8. ^ C. Strong, Martin. Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Canongate. ISBN 1841955515.
  9. ^ Hull, Tom (October 12, 2020). "Music Week". Tom Hull – on the Web. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  10. ^ It's Alive - Ramones | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2020-06-03
  11. ^ "It's Alive - Record Collector Magazine". recordcollectormag.com. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  12. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: ramones". www.robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  13. ^ [...], 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.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  14. ^ https://www.rhino.com/article/ramones-its-alive-40th-anniversary-deluxe-edition-available-september-20-from-rhino