Album: It’s Alive!
The story of It’s Alive! is one of the weirder stories in the world of the Ramones. Recorded on New Years Eve, 1977, the final day of a year that changed rock ‘n’ roll forever, It’s Alive! is simultaneously one of the greatest live albums ever released and totally redundant.
For one thing, it came out in 1979, after Road to Ruin, but because it was recorded prior to that album, only featured songs from the first three — 28 out of the 42 songs from Ramones, Leave Home & Rocket to Russia — it was already a bit out time. Also, it didn’t come out in the U.S., where in 1979, punk rock was still a dirty word. In fact, it didn’t get an official release here until 1995 — after the way inferior Loco Live! — which is a sham of a mockery of a sham.