Yeterday, I bought two live Ramones albums.
First it was Greatest Hits Live (with "'Spiderman" and "Any Way You Want It" as bonus tracks) for $3.50, then the double CD version of Loco Live (paid for in trade). Partly, this is a sign of degenerative addiction, scavenging for a fix from more and more dubious sources and partly it's a re-assessment of the band's later days.
I won't deny that, like Bob Dylan, relentless touring did the band's reputation a lot of damage in the nineties. While Dylan disillusioned a lot of his fans by re-arranging songs on the fly, the Ramones lost a lot of fans by just playing ever faster.
Now I see a pride in Dylan's refusal to pander to the crowds and in the Ramones refusal to become just another boring rock band striving for validation. The Ramones and Dylan made the culture come to them and they didn't make it easy.
Of course, whatever your judgement of their nineties roadwork, Dylan, with the "Royal Albert Hall" Concert and the Ramones with It's Alive did put out two of the greatest concert albums in history.
So with that talk out of the way, let us turn to the Ramones of '76, ripping up the clubs of America and kicking off a revolution.This show, still the Tommy-Johnny-Dee Dee-Joey line-up, is an excellent oundboard recording - enjoy, fellow Pinheads!
May 12, 1976 (or May 21, 1976)
The Club, Cambridge, MA
01 - Blitzkrieg Bop
02 - I Remember You
03 - Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
04 - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
05 - 53rd & 3rd
06 - Havana Affair
07 - California Sun
08 - Judy Is a Punk
09 - I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
10 - Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
11 - Beat On The Brat
12 - Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
13 - Swallow My Pride
14 - Glad To See You Go
15 - Chain Saw
16 - Listen To My Heart
17 - Babysitter
18 - Oh Oh I Love Her So
19 - Commando
20 - Let's Dance
One, two, three, fourDo you wanna hear some more?
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