Ramones ‘It’s Alive 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition’ detailed

4 CD/2 Vinyl LP version of band’s classic live album features newly remastered sound and three unreleased concerts

The Ramones’ first live album celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a new version that’s been updated with remastered sound and expanded with with three unreleased concerts from the same tour. 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.

It’s Alive: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be available from Rhino on September 20th. Produced in a limited and numbered edition of 8,000 copies, the 4 CD/2 LP 180-gram vinyl set comes packaged in a 12×12 hardcover book. It’s accompanied by new liner notes written by legendary record producer and musician Steve Albini and Ed Stasium, who produced and engineered It’s Alive and remastered all of the music included in this collection. This will be the first time that It’s Alive has been released on vinyl in the U.S. In addition, the set will be available through digital and streaming services.

It’s Alive: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition features all four concerts that were professionally recorded during the Ramones’ U.K. tour in December 1977, three making their debut release: Top Rank, Birmingham (December 28, 1977); Victoria Hall, Stoke-On-Trent (December 29, 1977); Friars, Aylesbury (December 30, 1977); and The Rainbow Theatre, London (December 31, 1977). A previously unreleased version of “Blitzkrieg Bop” from the Top Rank show is available now digitally.

Taking its name from a 1974 horror film, It’s Alive was the last album to feature all four original band members: Dee Dee Ramone, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone and Tommy Ramone. All four concerts included in the new Deluxe Edition capture the band in peak form as they storm through dozens of songs from the group’s influential catalog.

Among the numerous highlights are electrifying live versions of “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue” and “I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You” from Ramones (1976), “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment,” “California Sun” and “Pinhead” from Leave Home (1977) and “Cretin Hop,” “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” and “Rockaway Beach” from Rocket to Russia (1977).

4 CD/2 LP

CD 1: The Rainbow Theatre, London, December 31, 1977

  1. Rockaway Beach
  2. Teenage Lobotomy
  3. Blitzkrieg Bop
  4. I Wanna Be Well
  5. Glad To See You Go
  6. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
  7. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl
  8. I Don’t Care
  9. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
  10. Havana Affair
  11. Commando
  12. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  13. Surfin’ Bird
  14. Cretin Hop
  15. Listen To My Heart
  16. California Sun
  17. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
  18. Pinhead
  19. Do You Wanna Dance
  20. Chainsaw
  21. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
  22. I Wanna Be A Good Boy
  23. Judy Is A Punk
  24. Suzy Is A Headbanger
  25. Let’s Dance
  26. Oh Oh I Love Her So
  27. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
  28. We’re A Happy Family

CD 2: Top Rank, Birmingham, Warwickshire, December 28, 1977 (Previously Unreleased)

  1. Rockaway Beach
  2. Teenage Lobotomy
  3. Blitzkrieg Bop
  4. I Wanna Be Well
  5. Glad To See You Go
  6. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
  7. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl
  8. I Don’t Care
  9. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
  10. I Can’t Give You Anything
  11. Commando
  12. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  13. Surfin’ Bird
  14. Cretin Hop
  15. Listen To My Heart
  16. California Sun
  17. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
  18. Pinhead
  19. Do You Wanna Dance
  20. Chainsaw
  21. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
  22. I Wanna Be A Good Boy
  23. Suzy Is A Headbanger
  24. Let’s Dance
  25. Oh Oh I Love Her So
  26. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
  27. We’re A Happy Family

CD 3: Victoria Hall, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, December 29, 1977 (Previously Unreleased)

  1. Rockaway Beach
  2. Teenage Lobotomy
  3. Blitzkrieg Bop
  4. I Wanna Be Well
  5. Glad To See You Go
  6. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
  7. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl
  8. I Don’t Care
  9. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
  10. I Can’t Give You Anything
  11. Commando
  12. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  13. Surfin’ Bird
  14. Cretin Hop
  15. Listen To My Heart
  16. California Sun
  17. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
  18. Pinhead
  19. Do You Wanna Dance
  20. Chainsaw
  21. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
  22. I Wanna Be A Good Boy
  23. Suzy Is A Headbanger
  24. Let’s Dance
  25. Oh Oh I Love Her So
  26. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
  27. We’re A Happy Family

CD 4: Friars, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, December 30, 1977 (Previously Unreleased)

  1. Rockaway Beach
  2. Teenage Lobotomy
  3. Blitzkrieg Bop
  4. I Wanna Be Well
  5. Glad To See You Go
  6. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
  7. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl
  8. I Don’t Care
  9. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
  10. Havana Affair
  11. Commando
  12. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  13. Surfin’ Bird
  14. Cretin Hop
  15. Listen To My Heart
  16. California Sun
  17. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
  18. Pinhead
  19. Do You Wanna Dance
  20. Chainsaw
  21. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
  22. I Wanna Be A Good Boy
  23. Suzy Is A Headbanger
  24. Let’s Dance
  25. Oh Oh I Love Her So
  26. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
  27. We’re A Happy Family

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