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Ramones: It's AliveIt's Alive (1979)

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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 the Ramones don't slow down for a second on the r.
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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 the 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.

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 (btw. "I Don't Have Anything" should've been on this too".

Still this is THE ultimate live registration of a Ramones show in their prime (please mail me if you've got better bootlegs) and it totally blows "Loco Live" away.


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HeresLookinAtYou (May 4, 2006)

I'm from Rockaway Beach

it rocks

Anonymous (December 23, 2005)

The recently released "NYC 78" is better. No overdubs in a studio, no fake crowd noise like on "It's Alive", and it has a harder sound. The only complaint is that the bastards edited out 'Judy is a punk' probably just to make it "different" to It's Alive.

Anonymous (November 28, 2005)

Like Phast Phreddie said back in '76 regarding the debut LP, "RAMONES" - "Anyone who hates this record is an asshole".

And all you assholes know who you are, so fucking beat it.

Anonymous (June 23, 2005)

The best live album ever!
Ramones are the first punk band and have influenced hundreds of bands in all the world.

Pink_Robots (July 26, 2003)

I dont know if anyone else noticed but some guy just said he has never heard of the Ramones. Who hasnt heard of the fucking Ramones.Hate em or Like em you still should have heard of them. What the hell are you doing on this freakin site if you cant even identify the band that started the whole scene. YOu will burn in hell for this.

Anonymous (June 22, 2003)

Yeah, I mean they should've conformed to the scene they created and gotten nice neat spikes... fucker.

Ramones bashers simply don't like punk...

Anonymous (April 20, 2003)

Horrible, horrible band.

I mean, Jesus, those haircuts..

501 (April 18, 2003)

What the hell? I need an education? obviously you do, they werent the first band to play with distortion and play uptempo, retard. They were the first 'punk' band to make it big. God youre retarded.

waste_elite (April 17, 2003)

the ramones first album was the first real punk album. there were tons of proto-punk bands out there that touched on what was to become punk, but that one record was the first to really nail it.


Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

why do people keep reviewing bands that no one has heard of? I bet this band sucks bad!

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

There would have been no Clash without the Ramones, idiot. Quit advertising your favorite washed up crappy band, Rancid...

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

The Ramones were an OK band but I would have to say The Clash was alot better and without the clash there wouldnt be the best band around. ~~RANCID~~!!!

-RaNcId PuNx

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

The Ramones totally rip off AFI!!

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

"They didnt start punk as most you would like to belive"

Then who the hell did? The New York Dolls and the Stooges were proto-punk. The Velvet Underground wasn't really punk... Who did? You obviously don't go to many shows...

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

501, you really need an education... First band to play uptempo and use distortion? The Ramones. Were they musicians? No. Could they play a tight set, with no pauses between songs? Yes. Are their songs excellent to this day? Of course. Ask any member of a punk band if they think the Ramones "suck a good amount of balls" and I don't think their response would be "yeah, I totally hate the people that created the genr of music I play!" God your taste in music is disgusting...

501 (April 15, 2003)

Everyone on this webpage quotes ' Blood Brothers are over-rated, FATA sucks... blah blah blah RAMONES ROCK ' im not a fan of either band, but the ramones are... how can you say the ramones are classic? They didnt start punk as most you would like to belive, they sucked balls fairly well, and my god wheres the talent you all speak of??? This band was horrible. The very first Pop Punk band if you want to say they were a first at something. Please, stop it with this band.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

the greatest band band. ever.

FAKESMILE (April 15, 2003)

Why don't you guys grow up and admit this was the most influencial band ever.
If they're the best ever is ofcourse something everyone should decide for themselves.

They're the best though...
Everyone who doesn't see that should be shot in the neck with a supersoaker...

FortyMinutesWest (April 14, 2003)

Why are you reading it? You can't tell me you never heard of them before this.

Anonymous (April 14, 2003)

"That's bullshit, greatly influential, yes. Greatest ever? Hell no."

What the hell are you reading a Ramones review for if you already made up your mind about this band? Fuckin idiot!

FortyMinutesWest (April 14, 2003)

That's bullshit, greatly influential, yes. Greatest ever? Hell no.

TheOneTrueBill (April 14, 2003)

the ramones are the greatest band of all time. nothing more, nothing less

FortyMinutesWest (April 14, 2003)

Oh no, an internet beatdown, what are you going to do, have me download a video clip of you throwing a punch and have me send you one back of me acting hurt?

Anonymous (April 14, 2003)

Yes. Yes you are.

Now please exit quietly before the beat down commences.

FortyMinutesWest (April 14, 2003)

Im the only person in the world who doesn't like this band.

FAKESMILE (April 14, 2003)

"Because AC/DC are a crappy hard rock/metal band that were never original or any good... How about that?"

Hah! You're trying too hard...
It's obvious..
You love AC/DC

Anonymous (April 13, 2003)

"Oh and why was that one dude pissed of about mentioning ACDC in a Ramones review?"

Because AC/DC are a crappy hard rock/metal band that were never original or any good... How about that?

Anonymous (April 12, 2003)

Great album...I dunno if you could call any of the Ramone's songs hits, since they never had a top 40 song in the US...Why the fuck does everyone hate loco live? That album is fuckin awesome. True Joey's voice may not be the same but it shows the alcohol grated chords of one of the greatest singers ever...Oh and why was that one dude pissed of about mentioning ACDC in a Ramones review?

TheOneTrueBill (April 12, 2003)

of the 5 live ramones albums i have, this is the best.

It's Alive
We're Outta Here
Live portion of "Leave Home" reissue
Smash You Live '85
Loco Live

Anonymous (April 12, 2003)

Well, you definitely got that right - this record is much better than Loco Live. Oddly enough, it was released in England in '79, but not in America cos the record company wanted a studio album instead...corporate bastards.

Anonymous (April 12, 2003)

The sound is about as strong as it gets for live albums...

Anonymous (April 11, 2003)


waste_elite (April 11, 2003)

i had this record for about a day and i let my friend borrow it and i never saw it again. bastard. the only thing i remember about this record was that the sound quality was really weak, that was kind of disappointing. i'll stick with the regular albums.

Anonymous (April 11, 2003)

I didn't give this a 10 because the review basically sucked and I can't believe he mentioned AC/DC in a review of a Ramones' album.

Anonymous (April 11, 2003)

fuck this no talent band.

Anonymous (April 11, 2003)

must-have. essential. classic. nuff said

Mr_Pink (April 11, 2003)


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