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Alive II [Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Kiss Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Sep 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B000001EL9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Christine Sixteen 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Any Way You Want It 2:330.99  Buy MP3 


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Sounding less muffled than the original CD release, this version of Alive II is as complete a picture of Kiss in their heyday as one could hope for. "Love Gun", "Calling Dr Love" and so on, just loose enough to sound live, actually performed in full make-up surrounded by smoke bombs and American teenagers. That knowledge helps to smooth over the fact that Alive II is not one of those live albums that elevates favourite songs to a new level of spontaneity and excitement, or shows off the band operating as some telepathic improvisatory unit. There are a few extended codas--gross high-pitched guitar flip-outs impossible to listen to without picturing the spotlight, the platform boot on the monitor and the obscene fleshiness of the wiggling tongue, pink and organic amidst the lurid, sweaty greasepaint. But for the most part, it's just Kiss banging out hits like holy fools, kicking ass in front of people chewing bubblegum. Obviously, it rocks. --Taylor Parkes

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explosive sequel to the original live bonanza 20 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
In 1978, with a further three multi-platinum albums under their belts, KISS decided to take the next obvious step and record a sequel to their classic live album "Alive!".
Recorded in late '78 on the "Love Gun" tour, the bands explosive live set featured songs from "Destroyer", "Rock n' Roll Over" and "Love Gun". Starting with the crowd pleasing opening duo of "Detoit Rock City" and "King of the Nighttime World", you can almost taste the excitement of the crowd as the fireworks explode and the band strut through their best tunes."Love Gun" is a particular highlight, being a peak of frontman Paul Stanleys seemingly endless excitement with its famous drum beat and classic Ace Frehley solo. Gene Simmons "Calling Dr Love" is full of the bass demon's lascivious charm and charisma, and both Ace Frehley and Peter Criss get a chance to shine with "Shock Me" and "Hard Luck Woman" respectively, with both showing their unique onstage personalities.
The second disc kicks off with the explosive "I Stole your Love", and carries on with a series of the bands live favourites; Peter Crisses slushy crooner "Beth", the menacing Gene Simmons "signature" song "God of Thunder", Paul Stanleys dynamic "I Want You" and the utterly brilliant and anthemic "Shout it out Loud". The last five songs on the album were recorded in the studio after the tour dates had been recorded. There are no true classics like "Shout it out Loud" etc, but they are a good set of fun songs. Four of the songs do not feature Ace Frehley on lead guitar, but instead the likes of Bob Kulick. Of these songs, the best is the grand "Larger then Life".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Recorded when KISS were at there most confident in terms of songwriting and live performance, KISS alive 2 is someway ahead of the others in the live trilogy. Kiss have always been about synergy and the magic that explodes from this performance is evident from the opening anthem 'Detroit Rock City' to the chant-rock of 'Love Gun' and 'Shout it out loud'.
Brilliant vocals from Stanley twinnned with the pagesque guitar from Frehley, makes this one of the best live albums ever. Although my musical tastes have evolved and changed, Kiss Alive 2 remains one of my most played cd's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of Kiss' very best offerings 26 Jun 2003
By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
A bit longer than "Alive", "Kiss Alive II" contains fiery live renditions of the best songs from "Destroyer", "Rock And Roll Over" and "Love Gun", as well as a couple of older songs.
The sound is excellent (undoubtedly doctored in the studio), and if you're new to Kiss, this would be a very good place to start.
"Alive II" showcases Kiss' brand of hard-rocking metal with a pop sheen, full of big riffs and catchy hooks. There may not be too many genuine hard rock tunes here (most of the melodies are pure pop), but the crashing drums and heavy riffs makes it all sound like big-time heavy metal, and that's not too bad at all!
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons wrote some truly memorable hooks, and the best songs on this album are superbly catchy little gems. Listen to "Love Gun", "Detroit Rock City", "Ladies Room", "Calling Dr Love" and "Shout It Out Loud" and tell me that's not pop!
But we are also treated to some real heavy metal, courtesy of "Demon" Gene Simmons: "God Of Thunder" and the dirty fantasy of "Christine Sixteen" has Simmons' larger-than-life stage persona stamped all over them, and the big bass player with the flexible tounge and the big, larynx-shredding roar of a voice takes the lead vocal on both songs (as well as on "Calling Dr Love").
"God Of Thunder" actually became something of a signature song for the bass player, which is somewhat ironic since it was in fact penned by Paul Stanley.
Drummer Peter Criss performs his tender ballad "Beth", much to the delight of a very audible female part of the audience, and the album winds down with five studio recordings which originally took up the fourth side of the double LP-format.
There aren't any real classics among those five songs, except perhaps for Ace Frehley's smutty "Rocket Ride", but "Rockin' In The USA" is a fun, catchy little rock n' roll song, and one has to wonder why Kiss has never performed the grand "Larger Than Life" in concert.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KISS in their Prime 12 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
It is often said that sequels can never match the originals. And they are right, sequels don't measure up - in their minds -, in their little world where there is no such things as KISS sequels are usually rubbish. But for the rest of us it is different, for those who have this album understand that what happened before can always be done just as well if not better. Which of the first two Alive albums was better is quite frankly irrelevant. Both are such pioneering live albums and such brilliant records that all rock fans should own both.

Recorded in 1977 in LA, Alive II is blood and guts rock and roll from start to finish. The main standouts are Detroit Rock City, the ever brilliant Love Gun, Calling Dr Love, Shock Me, I Want You, I Stole your Love and God of Thunder but not one single song lets the side down. It is true that the vocals were touched up (the three Paul Stanley's singing the chorus to Love Gun is a bit of a giveaway!) but the album is superb none the less. The last five songs on the second disc are studio tracks recorded by the band to stretch out the album. Of these, Rocket Ride (the only one to feature Ace Frehley after he went awol during the recording) and a groovy cover of Any way you Want It are the best.

Alive II is one the greatest live albums ever recorded, and stands as a record of KISS at the height of their bombast and pomp. Think I give praise too easily? Listen and and hear why!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss alive
will write the same about all 3 alive albums, great live music from my favorite band, i have all 3 on the 1975-2000 box, but must have them separately also
Published 15 months ago by Torben Hultquist Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars strong live cd. and studio tracks that are good too.
This is traditional kiss , hard rock with lots of melody and good licks. this features mostly live tracks , from their monster tours of the period. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars Alive! Live! Amazing!
Here we go. I can simply put it as my favourite all time album, up until I finally got round to getting Alive! Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by Tanner
4.0 out of 5 stars Kiss Alive II
A few months ago I downloaded a free version of the First Kiss Alive album (1976 I think). It brought me back to my youth and I still remember my first Kiss concert in 1979 at the... Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2010 by Stouks
5.0 out of 5 stars You wanted the best and you got the best.
You wanted the best and you got the best. The hottest band in the WORLD, Kiss! And so it begins, the most exciting live album ever and with the best packaging to boot. Read more
Published on 10 May 2010 by Alister King
5.0 out of 5 stars ALIVE II
THIS IS SERIOUSLY GOOD LIVE MATERIAL. PROBABLY BETTER THAN ALIVE. EXCELLENT TRACKS AND PERFORMANCES. PAUL STANLEY AT HIS BEST. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2010 by Steven Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Troubled Lives Reflected in Troubling Lyrics
Prophetic are the possessively-inspired hard rock lyrics of KISS, but not without concern for their internal, personal well-being. Read more
Published on 14 May 2009 by Brockeim
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the 70's!!!!!!!!
magnificent! kiss complete mission impossible - emulate kiss alive.From start to finish this disc rocks,like alive the versions are much heavier and sound all the better,just... Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2008 by Mr Blackwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Close, but......
not quite as good as it's predecessor, Alive, this album captures Kiss at the height of their fame in the States in the 70's. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2001 by Mr. Dean R. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars A Devastating Rock N' Roll Accomplishment
KISS is unquestionably the best live band of all time (watch one concert for proof) and this was them at thier best. Read more
Published on 25 April 2000 by roderick.hall@telia.com
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