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Alive [Live]

KissAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 23, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000001F96
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Deuce
2. Strutter
3. Got to Choose
4. Hotter Than Hell
5. Firehouse
6. Nothin' to Lose
7. C'mon and Love Me
8. Parasite
9. She
Disc: 2
1. Watchin' You
2. 100,000 Years
3. Black Diamond
4. Rock Bottom
5. Cold Gin
6. Rock and Roll All Nite
7. Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll

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KISS ALIVE! (2CD)

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars get your grandma outta here July 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I received this LP as my 9th birthday present when it had just come out, and recently bought a used copy of the remaster of it.

All the complaints about how artificially-enhanced this album is are spurious, as if 3/4 of the "live albums" in history aren't re-constructed and optimized for maximum effect in the post-production. Eddie Kramer did an amazing job, and his role was central in making this one of the ear-splatteringest, heaviest records of all time. I listened to the remaster in headphones on 11 and afterwards I had to lie down it was so head-crushingly loud.

The versions of the tunes on this make their studio counterparts sound like "Alvin and the Chipmunks Play Kiss". Every song just completely obliterates its corresponding appearance on the first 3 albums that preceded it, as if their studio records were just a run-through and the live one was meant to be "here's our songs played by Satan on steroids" by comparison.

What's telling is that there are no visuals, and despite this band's reliance on the poly-pyrotechnic stage show and all the criticism about how the theatrics were there to conceal the crappy music, the tunes stand up just fine. The truth is that without good tunes nobody would have cared that the drumkit was levitating or that the bass player was breathing fire. Someone said that in the '70s even the bad music was great, and the very worst twaddle on this album is like Vivaldi compared with the crap that passes for music today. Jessica Simpson couldn't write songs this good, even if she were to receive Brian Wilson's brain in a transplant... that's how hopeless things have gotten.

This record just roars and blows your head off from start to finish, every song just builds and builds the momentum... let's just say it's worth a Deuce, even if it does put yet more money into the misogynistic, greedy hands of Gene Simmons.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KISS at their best - alive on stage! April 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
THE BAND: Gene Simmons (bass), Paul Stanley (guitars), Ace Frehley (guitars), Peter Criss (drums & percussion).

THE DISC(S): (1975) Recorded during the '75 tour. 16 total songs on 2 discs clocking in at just under 79 minutes (35+ minutes on disc-1, 42+ minutes on disc-2). Classic album cover photo. Originally released on Casablanca Records in 1975; this remastered edition was released in 1997 on Mercury's label. Much improved sound in my book (deeper bass guitars and crisper highs). Included with the discs is a 10-page booklet with all original artwork and photos, song titles, writing credits and times. Underneath the disc on the inside cover, there's an informative 4 paragraph history of what the band was going through at the time.

COMMENTS: Start your KISS collection with "Alive!". Classic album - electrifying live show(s) captured. Classic songs. Even the lesser played tunes like "Parasite", "C'mon And Love Me", "Got to Choose", "Cold Gin" and one of my personal favorites "Watchin' You" sound brilliant. KISS' first 3 studio albums had a very raw sound and each suffered from extremely flat production. Seven songs from their debut made it this live album; five songs taken from "Hotter Than Hell"; and four songs taken from "Dressed To Kill". Along comes "Alive!" and these songs simply jump to life. Gene, Paul, Ace & Peter were on top of their game during these recordings. To me, KISS was never really known for their great muscial prowness... but, they were known for delivering a grandiose show - they were performers, they were entertainers. This live album established Ace Frehley as a guitar God (check out his blistering solo's on "Parasite", "Cold Gin" and "Let Me Go, Rock And Roll"). The sound production is great considering it was done in the mid 1970's.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Wanted The Best? This Is What Started It All... November 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Having released 3 poorly produced studio records and one step away from the poor house...Kiss went into the studio to enhance (overdub) some recently recorded live performances. Kiss's first three albums contained some of the best rocks songs ever written, unfortunately the albums failed to capture the energy Kiss was able to produce on stage. Kiss's entire existence was riding on the sales of a double vinyl "live" album..... The result? Kiss's best album and arguably one of the best rock records ever released. An album that vaulted Kiss into the Pantheon of hard rock music forever. The songs recorded on Kiss's first 3 studio albums pale by comparison to the power, punch and sonic impact to the versions recorded on "Alive!". "Deuce" & "Strutter" begin the assault and there is no let up whatsoever. The best of it all? Ace Frehley's guitar. There is not one song here without a memorable solo or classic riffage. I could go on, but take my word for it...I bought this album over 25 years ago on vinyl and it still holds up to repeated listenings today in 2003. I would give this album 100 stars if I could. With the remastering, these songs have never sounded better. ADD TO CART NOW! "Ace Frehly lead guitar!"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite recording of all-time. Period!

There aren't many bands that cause such a "love 'em or hate 'em" mentality as does Kiss. Suffice to say, I don't care about any reviews from people who hate the band anyway! And trust me...you are as transparent as a hooker at a nurse's convention. So..if you hate Kiss...we don't need your opinions. It isn't like we haven't dealt with people hating the band in the past!

So let's talk about this recording. Let's get to the heart of the complaints from others.

1) The album is full of overdubs - OMG really? Call the police! Thin Lizzy's "Live and Dangerous" (considered by many as one of the greatest live recordings of all-time) is full of overdubs. I don't hear anyone slamming that recording. I would much rather hear mistakes corrected then listen to a recording (many Led Zeppelin bootlegs come to mind) with horrible vocals and sloppy playing.
Also, who did the overdubs? KISS DID!! So it was them anyway.

2)They aren't musicians. I love this one. Then what are they? The Monkees? Hum..that was really Peter on drums...Ace on Lead...Gene on bass...and Paul on vocals and guitar. No wait...they were pretending to backing tracks recorded by studio cats. That would explain it!

Just because something is simple and direct doesn't mean it sucks or that they are bad musicians. I have heard dozens of Kiss tribute bands and almost done of them get it close to sounding correct. How can that be? Doesn't Kiss suck at their instruments? Hummm maybe it isn't as easy as you think and they might, just might..know what they are doing and can actually play?

3) The crowd was piped in and made louder then normal. Well this is the dumbest reason to hate this album I have ever heard.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
This is the album that introduced me to Kiss many many moons ago. This was the first album I bought with my own money
Published 18 hours ago by Larry C Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Want A Staycation and Avoid the Travel Hassles?!
Then pop a cold one, pop in this c.d., crank up the volume, open the windows, and have a rock 'n' roll party! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Yazum Apple
5.0 out of 5 stars Just woke up from a long awaited coma...very impressed.
I can't believed I slept on them for so many years. I heard about this group and even buying this cd due to their costumes make you want to try them out, but when I heard Black... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Grandison
5.0 out of 5 stars Alive-Kiss
It was brand new as advertised. Sounds great quick in getting it to me Highly recommend. will do business
with again
Published 3 months ago by robert j. pace
5.0 out of 5 stars Put it on the old Techniques turntable and it was great!
I am a big fan of KISS and I love the old albums. I was suprised to receive this album and find it in such good condition. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cdking
4.0 out of 5 stars The Original KISS
This is an amazing album, I have been a KISS fan for almost two decades. Although this album was truly pro formed and recorded live it still is great. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Blake Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Alive
This very well might be the best live album in all of rock n roll history and I am not a big fan of live albums. It rocks from start to finish and leaves you wanting more. Read more
Published 6 months ago by buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
This must be the 4th copy of KISS ALIVE that I have purchased in my life. The last CD that I had was in pretty bad shape, so I ordered a new copy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robb J. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars KISS Alive !
This is an essential recording for the Hard Rock music library. These musicians know rock music should be well-crafted and above all provide an enjoyable listening experience.
Published 8 months ago by PW
5.0 out of 5 stars Alive Rocks
If you like classic KISS then this album says it all, best live album ever! The vinyl recording is the best with the classic popping and so on but this works well.
Published 8 months ago by kevin l. clark
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