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.
It’s hard to believe, but I think I’ve found an album that’s almost as awful as the ELP triple live album!
I was never the biggest Ramones fan; I know about their legacy and influence and I do enjoy a few of their songs but they’d never really enticted me to explore a whole album of their simplistic 1-2-3-4 punk rock and after listening to this, I honestly don’t really feel I’ve missed out. Despite having 28 in 53 minutes and having no song longer than 3 minutes, it’s all very one-dimensional and the songs start to blur into one another, that halfway through listening to this I was checking my watch to see when it was going to end. I did give this several listens to see if I was missing anything but nothing connected with me and I got so distracted I ended up doing housework to keep me occupied.
It was quite a dull listening experience and not an album I’ll ever listen to again, and I wouldn’t recommend it either. 3/10