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.