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Alive IV (2-CD Set) [Live]

Kiss/Melbourne Symp Audio CD
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Disc: 1
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Disc: 2
8. Black Diamond - Kiss w/The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
9. Great Expectations - Kiss w/The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
10. I Was Made For Lovin' You - Kiss w/The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
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In the Kiss universe, more is always, well, more. With this latest installment in the masked rock marauders' live franchise, they have gilded the already overweening lily even more by hiring the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony to accompany them on 10 tracks. Like those who have gone before them--from Deep Purple's coupling with the London Philharmonic Orchestra back in 1970 to Metallica's 1999 pairing with the San Francisco Symphony--Kiss's symphonic partners add a dimension and complexity hitherto absent from their hard-rock ethos. But that's not necessarily a good thing since Kiss are true American primitives, and their anthemic songs work best in their raw, unvarnished state. The addition of the orchestra muddies their trademark sound: at times Paul Stanley's bombastic in-your-face delivery is strangled by an aggressive army of strings, which also tend to totally subsume Gene Simmons's sturdy bass playing. The symphony musicians (who all performed in Kiss makeup) are best appreciated on a lumbering beast of a song like "God of Thunder," where they become an ominous presence adding menacing sound effects and a chilling dynamic as Simmons croaks out the lyrics, or on "Beth," the band's Top 10 ballad, which brandished strings in its original form. For those who aren't enamored of the pairing of black tie and black leather, Kiss has considerately included six unadorned tracks, as well as six never-before-performed-live acoustic versions of classic hits. --Jaan Uhelszki

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5.0 out of 5 stars wow wow March 12 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
alive divided in the acts.first kiss,second a quartet and at the end the kiss symphony wow what a good mix with that
and of course all the best hitsis on that one even Shandi
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! July 6 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've only recently begun to listen to KISS, but I must say this album blew me away. There's already great reviews posted, so I'll keep mine short. I highly recommend this disc to all KISS fans and rock fans alike, it's simply amazing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please Pay No Attention July 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
Please pay no attention to all of those other reviews that rate this at 3 stars or below. This album is well worth the money, and is a great addition to any KISS fan's collection. Yes, there are all th songs they have been touring with for three or four years, but who doesn't enjoy another version of your favorite song? The orchestra is a great addition to the bands already great talent.
Yeah is has been done before, so what, that means that no one else can do it? Bull. Hard rock bands playing with orchestras is really a great idea, and sounds teriffic. If you haven't hear Metallica's S&M, then go buy that wight now, with this.
I highly recommend this album for any true KISS fan out there. It's great to listen to, great to blast out of your car stereos louder than that damn rap crap. Go buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Klassikal KISS Oct. 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
While not the first band to perform all-acoustic (Tesla did that) and not the first rock band to be backed by a symphony orchestra (Moody Blues did that), KISS has proven once again that they are not afraid to take chances and to go beyond the misconception that they are a novelty act or a glam band. These guys have sold more records than any other artist with the exception of the Beatles (from whom they admit they got their sound from), Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Grateful Dead. Out of them, only the Stones are still actively recording and touring. The rest have settled for repackaged hits, when surely they could have done better.
KISS does do better here, taking the hint from Metallica's S&M album, and from their own "Unplugged" album, where they had a small orchestra back them on a few tracks.
Bottom line: You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best. While not always the first to do things, they do it in the most memorable way. Just when you think that you have nothing to look forward to except a "Last KISS", the boys in leather and greasepaint come back to surpirse even their most hardcore fans. After all, who'da thunk it that "Rock and Roll All Night" would have an orchestral backing?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars -- with one caveat. Aug. 31 2009
Format:Audio CD
Here I am at the end of my Kiss reviews! My goal was to listen to and review every Kiss album before the release of Sonic Boom, and I have done that. Pat on the back for me. I did every live album and every greatest hits.

Kiss Alive IV - Kiss Symphony is a fantastic album, and is certainly better than Alive IV - The Millenium Concert. You see, back in 2001 Alive IV was announced and then cancelled. I even had a pre-order for it back then, and its picture is included in the Kiss box set. It was eventually released as the Millenium Concert in the Alive Box.

This is better. Way way better.

Some will accuse Kiss of copying Metallica. Well, Metallica copied Deep Purple: See their album Concerto For Group and Orchestra. Red Rider, whom have a Kiss connection, did their own concert with orchestra in the 80's. This is nothing new. Nothing in rock is new anymore.

Ace Frehley's not here. He decided to bow out after Kiss' "farewell" tour and who can blame him? Where you stand on Kiss continuing without him is up to you and I will respect that if you respect my own point of view. Tommy Thayer performs admirably and very Ace-like in his place. Peter Criss is here, keeping time remarkably well with an orchestra behind him. I don't know if he played to a click track or just to conductor David Campbell. I am sure this was a challenge to him and kudos to him for doing so well.

Kiss split the show into three sections: Full on live Kiss, then a section of slow songs with a small string section, and then the full-blown Kiss with the symphony. Great move there, and it allows for more variety on the album.

Highlights for me included "Sure Know Something" which might be better than the original version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars KISS ALIVE IV June 10 2004
By Deimos
Format:Audio CD
this one is right up there with ALIVE I!!! KISS are alive masters and this is a fine example!
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Format:Audio CD
well when I saw this album it took me along time to figure out that I wanted it. I was a little skeptical because I didnt want kiss's hardest stuff getting messed up by a symphony. and I didnt want the album just having songs like forever and beth. so I didn't think it woud be that good. But i bought it and it was really good. On six songs thar are just good old kiss songs and then the melbourne ensemble came out and did softies like beth, forever and shandi. then the whole orchestra came out strong with detroit rock city and surged on with love gun,god of thunder ,black diamond shout it out loud, do you love me, I was made for loving you, rock n roll all night and some more songs and the symphony was rockin' it out with the kiss classics and it was cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Usual KISS Live Album!
There's been the excellent Alive I and II in the 70s with the classic material and Alive III in 1993 with material from different eras so what could Alive IV possibly offer? Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2010 by Tommy Sixx Morais
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Listen To Metallica When You Can Listen To This?????
Wow!!! This is just amazing!!! This is an awesome experiment for KISS and it was a successful one. This is way better than Metallica's lame attempt to combine with a symphony. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Kevin Guse
4.0 out of 5 stars HEY STANLEY!!!!!
It seems that you enjoy writing mindless 1-star reviews by the handfulls. Stop expressing your anger at the world and go see a psychiatrist. HEY EVERYBODY!!! Read more
Published on May 23 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special.....nothing special at all
I have been a KISS fan for 25 years and this concert could have been so much more than what it was. With the exception of 2 songs, Shandi and Great expectations, it was practically... Read more
Published on March 31 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing!
This album is really amazing. However, some music are missing, for example "We are one", "I love it loud", "I stole your love" and others. Read more
Published on March 20 2004 by Héder Mantovani
3.0 out of 5 stars If you want the music from the DVD, get this...
I got this before I got the DVD, and I got the DVD of Alive IV later. If you want to listen to the music from the show in your car, then this is worth the purchase. Read more
Published on March 16 2004 by Dave from Seattle
1.0 out of 5 stars Money-grubbing weasels...
The only (and I mean ONLY) reason to buy this disc is if you're a hard-core fan and absolutely *must* have the bonus track on it. Read more
Published on March 15 2004 by Dave from Seattle
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but nothing earth-shattering.
Let me start off by saying you can't make a new "Space Ace" just by putting on the Ace Frehley make-up; Ace IS "spacey! Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004 by "vanillaserpents"
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