Alive! (Remastered) Kiss
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- 3Got To Choose03:41
- 4Hotter Than Hell03:30
- 6Nothin' To Lose03:36
- 7C'mon And Love Me03:04
- 10Watchin' You03:50
- 11100,000 Years12:10
- 12Black Diamond05:52
- 13Rock Bottom03:47
- 14Cold Gin07:18
- 15Rock And Roll All Nite04:00
- 16Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll05:44
Info for Alive! (Remastered)
It was de rigeur in the 1970s for any self-respecting hard rock act to release a career-to-date live album, and 1975’s KISS ‘Alive!’ is a shining example, proving to be the band’s breakthrough hit, peaking at #9 on the US charts. Never a critic’s favourite and receiving something of a mauling when it was reviewed by Rolling Stone in 1976, it none the less spent two years on the US charts. The band’s fourth record since their 1973 debut, it successfully captured their (albeit) highly visual, theatrical stage show.
'We wanted to put out a souvenir, almost like when you go to the circus,' said KISS lead singer Paul Stanley. 'I really enjoy myself onstage, prancing around, shaking my ass, shaking my head, playing the guitar between my legs. I enjoy it as much as the audience. Basically, I am entertaining myself up there.' This double live album, recorded largely in Detroit (with some bonus material from Iowa, New Jersey and Ohio, plus a whole bunch of studio overdubs), was the breakthrough record for KISS, with exuberant versions of 'Strutter' and 'Rock & Roll All Nite,' plus a classic litany of alcohol choices in the intro to 'Cold Gin.' (Rollingstone.com)
Paul Stanley, vocals, rhythm guitar
Ace Frehley, lead guitar, vocals
Gene Simmons, vocals, bass
Peter Criss, drums, vocals
Recorded from May 16 - 23 July, 1975
Engineered by Corky Stasiak, Eddie Kramer
Produced, engineered and mixed by Eddie Kramer
Produced by Eddie Kramer, Kiss
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 159/500!
is an American rock band formed in New York City in December 1972. Easily identified by its members' trademark face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid and late-1970s on the basis of their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, and pyrotechnics. Kiss has been awarded 24 gold albums to date.The band has sold over 85 million albums to date.
The original lineup of Paul Stanley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Gene Simmons (vocals and bass guitar), Ace Frehley (lead guitar and vocals), and Peter Criss (drums, percussion and vocals) is the most successful and identifiable. With their makeup and costumes, they took on the personae of comic book-style characters: The Demon (Simmons), Starchild (Stanley), Spaceman (Frehley), and Catman (Criss). The band explains that the fans were the ones who ultimately chose their makeup designs. The 'Demon' makeup reflected Gene's cynicism and dark elements, as well as his love for comic books. Paul Stanley became the 'Starchild' due to his tendency to be referred to as the 'starry-eyed lover' and 'hopeless romantic.' Ace Frehley's 'Spaceman' makeup was a reflection of him wanting to go for a ride in a space ship and supposedly being from another planet. Peter Criss' 'Catman' makeup was in accordance with the belief that Peter had nine lives due to his rough childhood in Brooklyn. Due to creative differences, both Criss and Frehley were out of the group by 1982. The band's commercial fortunes had also waned considerably by that point.
In 1983, Kiss abandoned its makeup and enjoyed a commercial resurgence throughout the rest of the decade. Buoyed by a wave of Kiss nostalgia in the 1990s, the band announced a reunion of the original lineup (with makeup) in 1996. The resulting Kiss Alive/Worldwide/Lost Cities/Reunion Tour was the top-grossing act of 1996 and 1997. Criss and Frehley have since left Kiss again and have been replaced by Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, respectively. The band continues to perform with makeup, while Stanley and Simmons have remained the only two constant members.
KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time. Their career milestones are staggering. KISS holds honors as one of America’s top gold record champions, recording 36 albums over 32 years selling over 85 million albums worldwide.
Over thirty years of record-breaking tours around the globe include high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and most recently, the 2005 Rockin’ The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation, transcending age, race and creed. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the “Hottest Band in the World” is a striking testament to the band’s unbreakable bond with its fans.
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