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Alive II Live

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000001F98
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,913 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on December 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
KISS ALIVE II! Need I say more? I was 8 years old when I first saw and heard this album. Up until this time I was being raised on the likes of Ernest Tubb, John Denver, Waylon Jennings and such. Then one day I walked into my grandmothers house and heard my uncle listening to something extremely loud! I asked what it was and he showed me the album ALIVE II. That did it! Today it is by far the loudest recorded live album I have ever heard. KISS was way before their time. From the opening explosions of "Detroit Rock City" to the screaming chant of "we want kiss" following "Shout It Out Loud", this album is still rocking heavy almost 25 yrs later! Check out Ace Freyleys intro to "King Of The Nightime World", his guitar sounds like a screaming siren not to mention the rest of his blistering fingerwork! I have owned this recording on 8track, vinyl, cassette, and currently Cd. This is music worth listening to over and over and it still rates and sounds fresh with todays heavy new artist. If you have a chance to catch KISS live I promise you it will be a show that you never forget! If you don't see them live, this record is the next best thing. One listen to this and I think you will agree why KISS is called "The hottest band in the world!" Crank this one!
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That growling intro to this legendary, kick-a$$ CD says it all! This is probably the ultimate live rock-n-roll CD as far as I'm concerned. While it's questionable just how "live" this CD really is, there's no question that it just plain ROCKS! Not only does it contain live versions of most of the classic tunes from the Destroyer, Rock & Roll Over & Love Gun CDs, but it also features 5 great studio tracks that are only available on Alive II! I could go on forever about this CD, but you really have to hear it (& CRANK IT) to understand how awesome this collection is. If the music itself does grab you, check your pulse while you're thumbing through the color 18-page booklet that comes inside the case.
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KISS' eighth album Alive II was released in November of 1977 in time for the Christmas sale that year.
The album was recorded over three nights at the LA Forum in Los Angeles in August of 1977.
The songs that were live were pretty much most of the album (save "Hard Luck Woman" and "Tomorrow and Tonight" which were recorded in the studio with crowd noises and there were some edits on the live tracks and overdubs). They attempted those aforementioned songs live but didn't work during rehearsals. However, "Detroit Rock City", "King of the Night Time World" (the former are rumored from the KISS live shows in Japan from 1977), "Ladies Room", "Makin Love", "Love Gun", "Calling Dr Love", "Christine Sixteen", "Shock Me (with a slightly edited Ace Frehley guitar solo)", "I Stole Your Love", "Beth" (rumored to be from Japan 1977), "God of Thunder" (with edited Peter Criss drum solo), "I Want You" and "Shout it Out Loud" surpass their studio counterparts.
KISS felt that repeating songs from 1975's Alive! album would have been useless (though I do like later live versions from the 1977 tour of "Firehouse", "Black Diamond" and "Rock and Roll All Night") so the band decided to record five new tracks at a theater with a mobile truck without an audience. With Ace Frehley gone AWOL (he does play guitar and bass and sing on his composition, the killer rocker "Rocket Ride"), rhythm guitarist/singer Paul Stanley, bass player/singer Gene Simmons and drummer Peter Criss went and recorded four new tracks (with Bob Kulick doing lead guitar to mimic Ace's playing on the first of the three new tracks) which were Paul's rocker "All American Man" and two Gene rockers out of "Rockin in the USA" and "Larger Than Life". There's also a cover of Dave Clark Five's "Any Way You Want It" recorded as a five piece.
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I bought this newer copy of Alive II to replace my original cd version of which I lost disc 2. I really didn't expect anything more than a straight replacement but when I opened the case....wow! Just like when I opened the LP on my 10th birthday in 1977, I was surprised by a sheet of rub on tattoos! Not only did they include the tattoos, but they miniaturized the booklet that came with the original LP also! Too cool! The music didn't change much, but the extras did!
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The key to the rock kingdom is up for grabs .....as the mightly Zeppelin are faltering.

Led Zeppelin: Know one including themselves was aware at that time that this was Zeppelin's last US tour. What a shocker it was ! Zeppelin were attacked by everyone, especially the young kids (punks) in their UK homeland who are calling them dinosaurs and their music ... dinosaur stomp.
Zeppelin's reply - a lame, bloated, self-indulgent response where their some of their `77 live concerts come in at 4 hours !
Two of their songs No Quarter and the boring as hell Moby Dick, clock in on some nights at 80 minutes. To put it into perspective, these 2 boring numbers amount to a complete KISS concert. Zeppelin's live set list is a shocker .... Self indulgent numbers such as Ten Years Gone, In the Light and other lack lustre numbers. How can the world's greatest band have such poor judgement?

KISS release Alive II. What a breath of fresh air and not even the English punks can fault them.
Track 3 - Makin Love - of Alive II is faster and harder than any punk number. I don't know why, but to this day it is STILL my favourite live album.
Yes, many KISS fan will claim that Alive 1 is rawer, harder and it defines the KISS sound. Alive 1 is also ... dare I say it ... more amateurish. Yes, both Alive 1 and 2 had studio enhancements, but name me one live album that doesn't.
The opening number, Detroit Rock City and the closing Shout It Out Loud are masterstrokes by whomever put the Alive II set list together. Unfortunately, I don't understand why KISS did not play the set list live in that order as it really works.
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