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Symphony:Alive Iv [Live]

Kiss / Melbourne Symphony Audio CD
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For all their cock and poise, even the members of Kiss are not above mundane record company politics. Originally set for release in 1999, the latest installment of the band's lucrative live series sat on the shelf for four years after the end of its Psycho-Circus tour. No worries--as proven time and again, these songs age rather well. Witness the sleazy riffs of "Deuce," the vintage heavy-metal punch of "Black Diamond," and the still laughable-but-touching "Beth"--all as hugely enjoyable here as they are in previous incarnations. Recorded at Vancouver's Place Concert Bowl, the only things that mark this as a fairly recent set are the discernibly mellow voices and song tempos. Then again, who hasn't wanted to hear "Rock & Roll All Night" played as a ballad? --Aidin Vaziri

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2.0 out of 5 stars Two stars is being generous! Feb. 9 2004
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I've been a lifelong KISS fan. KISS now stinks. Musically they can play etc., but they are the ultimate sellout. Why did I waste my money? I am a KISS addict. I will always be one. My fandom is all based on the "glory days" though. That is, from the beginning through the 80's and select parts of the 90's. The reunion tour was so great and special to the fans. KISS should have gone out on a high note. Instead, they have become a joke. The "imposter" lineups (ie. Eric Singer as Peter and Tommy Thayer as Ace) were the last straw, along with the KISS Koffin. Enough already. That is so tasteless. I blame Gene, but Paul is still part of this circus as well. They were a band with an original look and sound. Now, nothing is original anymore. They can't even give us new costumes. Talk about not giving the fans anything new. I agree with everyone that says the orchestra doesn't fit these songs and it takes something away from the rock feel. It does. Go listen to Yngwie's album that was written for an orchestra (featuring electric guitar). That is good orchestral music combined with a rock element. Paul Stanley is trying so hard to convince the audience during the show this was recorded that this is valid. "Is this cool?" Honestly Paul, no.
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1.0 out of 5 stars what a dissapointment Jan. 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
As a truly hardcore KISS fan, I can honestly say that Alive IV was a poor attempt at cashing in on the Australian market that has been almost nonexistant since 1981, and a dissapoinment to fans that have been waiting for this album since it was supposed to be released 3 years ago! Shandi? What excuse is there for putting that song on the album? Simple, because it was a big hit in Australia in 1980. It's strange how badly KISS talked about albums like Dynasty, Unmasked, and THE Elder. All of a sudden, songs that were considered throw-aways 2 years ago are now worthy of releasing as live material.
I want to know what happened to the live tracks that were supposed to be on Alive IV. Why get an orchestra involved with your music if the drummer is sufering from Carpal tunnel syndrome and can barely keep a beat to save his ass. I mean, Peter Criss' version of FOREVER is horrible, and is a disgrace to the late Eric Carr. The vocals are half-ass, and I don't want to hear some guy pretending to be Ace.
I guess this is just the icing on the cake from years of watching my favorite band do whatever it takes to make the allmighty buck. Weather it be merchandise, or too many greatest hits packages to count, to lying to fans.
It may seem like I am bitter, but I assure you that I feel much better everytime I pop in the original Alive, or Alive II, or even Alive III. But this album, is a waste of time and money, and should have never been released.
I am still the biggest fan, but like most other fans, my wallet is getting light from too many half ass products being put out, instead of a few real jewels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No new songs Dec 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
Most Alive albums from KISS have at least one new song; however, this one has nothing but the old favorites, with a symphonic twist. The two CDs are divided into three acts taking place in Melbourne, Australia, with each act having a more classical flair than the first. This classic rock band now has a truly classic sound!
For the first act, KISS (minus Ace Frehley who is replaced here with Tommy Thayer) plays Deuce, Strutter, Let Me Go Rock and Roll, Lick It Up, Calling Dr. Love, and Psycho Circus. All of these are staples, but they really don't have the typical sound here. The album has not been "retouched" to cover up any vocal flaws as you can hear the years.
In the second act, the Melbourne Symphony Ensemble joins the band for Beth, Forever, Goin' Blind, Sure Know Something, and Shandi. Again, we can hear the years in their voices (especially with Peter Criss singing "Beth"), but the classical accompaniment does add a nice flair.
In the final act, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra joins the band for Detroit Rock City, King of the Night Time World, Do You Love Me, Shout It Out Loud, God of Thunder, Love Gun, Black Diamond, Great Expectations, I Was Made For Lovin' You, and Rock and Roll All Nite. On first listen, I was a little put off by the orchestra. It sounds in the proper place backing up songs from the Destroyer album, but the rest takes getting used to.
The crowd really gets into the performance, which keeps me hooked also. I have been a KISS fan for a long time, so I was compelled to get this collection. I don't think anyone but a true fan would appreciate this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another chapter in Kisstory has been written. Dec 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
2003's "Alive IV" isn't just another stale compilation of Kiss hits. Rather, it's a decent audio spectacle that overlays the group's pyrotechnic rock with the tunes of Australia's Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. At a time when heavy metal acts like Metallica and Dee Snider were exploring the symphonic realm, Kiss seized an opportunity to juxtapose their loud guitars with violins, horns, and woodwinds. This double-CD is perfect for anyone who has never been exposed to Kiss's 30-year legacy. Of course, with fresh, new versions of "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Lick it Up," "Psycho Circus," "Detroit Rock City," "I Was Made for Loving You," and others, this live album couldn't go wrong. A touch of humor was added to the project when everyone in the Orchestra (not to mention the Australian Children's Choir) bore the band's comic book face paint! This is sure to make Bob Ezrin proud!
The only major problem of "Alive IV" exists in its third act. I personally felt that the musical interaction between Kiss and the 62-piece Orchestra was too uneven. It's almost as if both musical styles were competing over who's louder or more prevalent in the microphone. The content of Act 3 isn't as balanced as in Acts 1 and 2. If I could give this album 3.5 stars, I would have. Still, this double-CD is quite decent, although it's not as powerful as "Alive!."
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow wow
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
Published 6 months ago by Paul chiasson
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 Skylar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars -- with one caveat.
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2009 by LeBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking!
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. Read more
Published on July 6 2005 by Mark Olaveson
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Pay No Attention
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. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by Adam Hedrick
5.0 out of 5 stars KISS ALIVE IV
this one is right up there with ALIVE I!!! KISS are alive masters and this is a fine example!
Published on June 10 2004 by Deimos
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
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