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on July 22, 2015
Sadly as revealed in present day interviews the Alive series is not actually Live, just studio patched clips polished up and presented as ALIVE. Pass. Not worth it if your wanting a true sounding live Kiss experience.
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on May 6, 2015
Never received! Love KISS!
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on January 17, 2009
The only portion of this album that is actually live is the drum track. Everything else, and I mean everything was redone in the studio after the fact. Listen to Gene singing harmonies against himself on "She" or Paul singing harmonies with himself on "Hotter than Hell" can't do those things live. It's not possible. (At least it wasn't back then)...Eddie Kramer and Bill Aucoin have both stated that the almost the entire album was rerecorded in the studio using a audience backing track. It sounds good, but to me it's still a farce. KISS could never play that good live back in the day.
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on December 15, 2005
It is both of these. If only we could hear the REAL master tapes of these performances could we then and only then really judge this as a 'live' album. This is really 1/2 live album and a 1/2 studio album. Many of the vocal tracks were re-recorded in the studio. Paul Stanley and Eddie Kramer are on record admitting and even defending these actions. Some of the bass and guitar tracks were re-recorded in the studio for this album. Much of the crowd noise was re-done for this 'live' album. What are we left with? A mirage. This album is a misrepresentation of a live album. It is dishonest and does not represent KISS live. How can it when most of what you hear was done in the studio? Don't say this is the 'greatest live album'. It is not the greatest for the simple fact that most of what you hear was not recorded at the show. This is album is a legend based on a lie. I give it 1 star because of the dishonesty and misrepresentation of what a REAL live show is.
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on November 12, 2002
Okay, here's what you probably don't know about this "historic" live album, it's a complete fake. This has been an inside joke in the recording industry for years because of the tricks involved with this worthless junk. Here's what happened. When the tapes of the concert were being played back, the guitar playing and singing were completely off-key. The only sound they were able to salvage was the drumming of Peter Criss. Everything else was re-recorded in a studio with crowd noise and clapping added later on. The reason the tapes were awful is completely understandable, Kiss is a visual spectacle to distract listeners from the fact they can not play. The result? 30 years of fame and glory. Only in America.
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on August 8, 2005
"Kiss: Studio Trickery!" is one of the most popular live albums of all time for some reason. To take it farther and introduce my opinion, Kiss is also one of the most popular bands of all time for seemingly NO reason. Their live sound is/was a sh*tburger, and not in a good way. Thanks to their out of tune trainwreck of a live show, this album became a first-class cut/paste job by necessity. Here's the kicker: after all this, it still sucks. This begs the following question: how did Kiss enter the glistening pantheon of the assorted Zeppelins and Floyds of the world while other run-of-the-mill late-70s hard rock bands (ie, Kiss's equals) have vanished into the mists of obscurity? Your guess is as good as mine.
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on July 17, 2000
Kiss was one of the big bands of the late 70s, but there was one thing Kiss could never do. Put out a album that's subject matter wasn't all about getting drunk and rock n rolling all night. Most of Kiss albums contain at least three good songs and the rest of the songs are fillers. Saddly on Alive! Kiss delivers reptitive versions of their "Klassic" songs. Lets get this straight Kiss was not a good band, they knew how to market the product and take advantage of teen anger by creating loud repetative songs. If you like flashy, loud repetative songs buy this, if you want really good live music look right to the Who. The one star is the least I could put so I would really give it no starts, but I had to give one.
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on September 12, 2004
Do you this this good rock music?


The band is techinally inept, poor vocals, plodding drums from Peter Criss, 1970's rawk guitar cliches courtesy of Ace Frehley,

Paul Stanley's preening Long Island pout, and the crass, cynical

stylings of Gene Simmons, who, if not genetically blessed with an abnormal tongue, would be wallowing obscurity where he belongs.

Even as a teenager, I realized this was nothing but smoke and mirrors. I saw Bon Scott era AC/DC open for them in the late

70's, and they mopped up the stage with these no talent New York bozos.

Spend your money on AC/DC "Powerage", or "Let There Be Rock".

You think this is good rock?

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on October 26, 2005
Anyone who thinks this is an awesome live album is actually kidding themselves, not to mention if you think Kiss is a good band. Alive was completely constructed in the studio, and audience noice was later pumped in, louder than it actually was at a real show in fact.
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on May 23, 2005
That pretty much sums up KISS.

This is considered their best album, i'm sorry, but that is just sad. These guys needed to put out a live album or they were gonna sink as a band because their studio albums sucked @$$, they had no technical skill with their instraments, they had to relie on face paint and pyrotechnics to draw the crowds into their shows. I like 70's hard rock alot, but KISS was nothing but a foolish show with four guys dressed up like effing retards breathing flames. With no ability to play, it was like going to a circus to see the clowns intead of a rock concert. This "live" album was completely overdubed as soon as the master tapes were parked in the studio parking lot, the only thing untouched was Peter Criss's drum work. They sucked so bad live that they need massive studio overdub to make this sound right. How can you call this live when nothing on here was recorded live?
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