The 40th-anniversary of the Ramones’ first live album, It’s Alive, will be marked on Sept. 20 with a remastered reissue of the album containing three previously unreleased concert recordings from the same tour. The set also comes with a book of new liner notes by Steve Albini and original album producer-engineer Ed Stasium. It’s available to pre-order here.
Originally recorded in London on New Year’s Eve 1977 and eventually released as a double album in 1979, It’s Alive delivered a blistering barrage of live takes on classic tracks from the band’s first three albums; Ramones (1976), Leave Home (1977), and Rocket to Russia (1977). The album takes its name from the 1974 horror film, It’s Alive and was the last release to feature all four original band members: Dee Dee Ramone, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone and Tommy Ramone.
You can watch footage of the whole concert where all 14 songs are fired off in a blistering 26 minutes at London's Rainbow Theatre, December 31st, 1977 below:
It’s Alive: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is available on limited edition vinyl here.
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