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Rhino’s ongoing series of deluxe box sets celebrating the Ramones’ legacy continues on September 20 with a fifth entry: the 40th anniversary 4CD/2LP edition of the band’s 1979 live album It’s Alive.  Recorded in London on New Year’s Eve 1977 and released in April 1979, It’s Alive featured blistering takes on songs from the band’s first three studio albums.  Only the Ramones could have fit 28 songs onto less than 54 minutes of vinyl.

Limited to 8,000 units, the It’s Alive Deluxe Edition is packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book featuring new liner notes by Steve Albini and original album producer-engineer Ed Stasium, who also remastered the music here.  It features all four concerts that were professionally recorded during the band’s U.K. tour of December 1977, three of which are making their first 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).  The latter was utilized for the original album release, which became the last album to feature all four original Ramones: Dee Dee, Joey, Johnny, and Tommy Ramone.   Highlights include all-time band favorites such as “Rockaway Beach,” “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue,” and “We’re a Happy Family” plus high-octane covers of “Do You Wanna Dance,” “Surfin’ Bird,” “California Sun,” and more.  The original album will be pressed on two 180-gram vinyl LPs for this release.

The Ramones’ first official live album, “IT’S ALIVE”, was recorded in various locations and eventually released as a double album in 1979. Taking its name from a 1974 horror film, the concert collection was the last album to feature all four original band members and delivered a blistering barrage of live takes on classic tracks from the group’s first three albums. Now available, a 4-CD/2-LP Deluxe Edition of the seminal set features remastered sound and three additional concerts from the same tour, all of them previously unreleased.

It’s Alive: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is available for pre-order from Sire/Rhino, arriving September 20th,