Music On Vinyl
RAMONES - It's Alive 2LP
Gatefold double LP.
Simply one of the greatest live albums ever.
The Ramones were busy for a good chunk of 1979 filming the movie "Rock N Roll High School," so to keep their space warm on record store racks the live album IT'S ALIVE was released in April of that year. The typically fiery performance on this 2LP set was recorded at the Rainbow Theater in London, England on New Year's Eve 1977.
According to Wikipedia, the band recorded 4 gigs during their brief British tour to consider for this album, and eventually chose to release this particular night's gig due to the fanatical crowd reaction, which included ten rows of seats being torn up by the audience and thrown around the venue.
For some odd reason IT'S ALIVE was not released in America in '79. Apparently the Powers that Be at their record label didn't think that a live Ramones album would sell, even though the late 1970s were the golden age of bands scoring big with live albums (Kiss' ALIVE, Cheap Trick's AT BUDOKAN, Rush's ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE. Hell, even FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE? Helll-ooooooo??). It finally got a belated U.S. release in 1996.
The London performance was also captured on film, and clips of it can be seen on the compilation DVD IT'S ALIVE 1974-1996 along with other live material from throughout the Ramones' history.