28 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Hey!” Joey Ramone yells. “We’re the Ramones. This one’s called ‘Rockaway Beach’!” New York’s phenomenal pop combo presented It’s Alive as the ultimate answer to the ’70s craze for double-live LPs. Recorded on New Year’s Eve 1977 before an adoring London crowd, it finds the punk godfathers offering 28 classics from their first three albums in less than 54 minutes. Often even fleeter than the studio renditions, these are an apotheosis of American rock and roll, equal to the Beach Boys’ great singles or maybe even those of Chuck Berry. Despite the double edges of many of their lyrics — the comic Cold War playlet of “Havana Affair,” the anti-“Desiderata” plea for sanity of “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment” — the Ramones’ major aural message was instruction for a return to fun. It continues to ring on this unstoppable set.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Hey!” Joey Ramone yells. “We’re the Ramones. This one’s called ‘Rockaway Beach’!” New York’s phenomenal pop combo presented It’s Alive as the ultimate answer to the ’70s craze for double-live LPs. Recorded on New Year’s Eve 1977 before an adoring London crowd, it finds the punk godfathers offering 28 classics from their first three albums in less than 54 minutes. Often even fleeter than the studio renditions, these are an apotheosis of American rock and roll, equal to the Beach Boys’ great singles or maybe even those of Chuck Berry. Despite the double edges of many of their lyrics — the comic Cold War playlet of “Havana Affair,” the anti-“Desiderata” plea for sanity of “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment” — the Ramones’ major aural message was instruction for a return to fun. It continues to ring on this unstoppable set.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
44 Ratings
44 Ratings
MotorCop505 ,

The Ramones at their best!

The Ramones were my favorite group growing up. Nothing could compare to seeing them play live.

Take it, Dee Dee." "1-2-3-4!"

FACD 50 1981 ,

I was there!!

I don't remember much of that New Year's Eve, so I'm thankful it was recorded. I worked for Warner Bros. and a few us pulled for a US release. Hard to believe now, but back then radio wouldn't touch 'em and Sire/Warners didn't know what to do with them. The US release didn't happen (until the mid 90's). The import vinyl sold well so it should've had a proper release here. At least they're getting the respect they deserve, too bad most of them are not alive to see it. Anyhow, get this, it's the closet you'll get to being there.

Atlmusicnerd8 ,

Best live album of all time

So you wanna know what rock n roll is eh? Put this on when you get off work and drive really fast to rockaway beach!!!

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