Title: Rockaway Beach/Teenage Lobotomy
Dee Dee: “1, 2…”
Joey interrupts: “Wait! We’re the Ramones, this one’s called Rockaway Beach!”
Dee Dee: “1, 2, 3, 4!” and the Ramones blast into a blistering rendition of the almighty ‘Rockaway Beach’.
This is the way this live record starts and Ramones don’t slow down for a second on the rest of the record. 28 classic punkrock anthems (all from the first three Ramones masterpiece albums) are played in less than 54 minutes.
Genre: Punk Rock
Album: It’s Alive* (Tracks 01&02)
Label: Sire Records
*~~~~~~~~Clocking in at just under 54 minutes, ‘It’s Alive’ by Ramones is jam-packed with classic Ramones material, 28 songs in total. The band recorded this set on New Year’s Eve in 1977 at the Rainbow Theater in London, in front of an ecstatic crowd.
The story goes that during their UK tour 4 concerts were recorded, but the New Year’s Eve performance was chosen for release as a live album because no less than 10 rows of seats were thrown at the stage after the concert and it was considered the best of the performances at the venue.
The quality is great, the intensity and energy amazing and it rocks extremely hard! Every song is faster and more agressive as the original. This is one of the few live records which really add something to the original recordings (along with Social Distortion's 'Live at the Roxy' and AC/DC's 'If You Want Blood’) and is not just a collection of greatest hits.
But still we get all the hits: “Blitzkrieg Bop”, “Rockaway Beach”, “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker”, “Judy Is A Punk”, “We’re A Happy Family”, “Cretin Hop”, “Havanna Affair" and all the covers released on the first three albums. Ofcourse some songs aren’t present “53rd & 3rd”, “Ramona” and “Locket Love” are in my opinion songs that should’ve been on ‘It’s Alive’ but you can’t have anything.
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.