The Ramones – 4 Acetates for ‘It’s Alive’ LP, From Producer Ed Stasium’s Collection
Four single-sided LP acetates, comprising each side of the Ramones’ 1979 double live album It’s Alive [Remaster 2019], from the collection of legendary Ramones producer/engineer/associate Ed Stasium.
These acetates were used by Stasium during the production process, and the cover of each disc has been signed by Stasium. Included is Stasium’s signed letter of authenticity, noting the history of these discs, reading:
This letter is to authenticate 4 disc Reference Acetate Set of the Ramones album ‘It’s Alive’ [Remaster 2019] from my personal collection. During my long associate with the Ramones, I worked on nine of their original albums, as engineer, mixer, producer, additional guitarist and backing vocalist. I have also engineered, remixed, and produced numerous demos, reissues and live albums for the band. This reference acetate [set] was used during the album’s production, and I have signed the sleeve. Gabba Gabba Hey! [signed] Ed Stasium.
Ed Stasium co-produced It’s Alive with Tommy Ramone. As noted in Wikipedia, [the album] was recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London on December 31, 1977, and released in April 1979 as a 2-LP set. The album draws material from the band’s first three studio albums…Four concerts during the UK tour were recorded, but the New Year’s Eve performance was chosen because ten rows of seats were thrown at the stage after the concert and it was considered the best of the performances at the venue. The album and concert is often referred to as the band at its live peak.
All four acetates are in beautiful Mint condition, and of course, were cut directly from the master tapes, insuring their exceptional fidelity.
Queen guitarist Brian May told Record Collector Magazine ‘The acetate’s appeal is that it’s a snapshot in time. When you’re cutting an acetate, you’ve got as far as your mix, and you’re testing to see if you’ve got it right… Why have I always kept them? Well, of course, when you start off, you’re immensely excited and proud of what you’ve done, and you want to show your family and everyone…These are history, the minute they’re finished.’
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