Alive IV (2-CD Set) Live
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|4. LICK IT UP|
|5. CALLING DR. LOVE|
|6. PSYCHO CIRCUS|
|9. GOIN' BLIND|
|10. SURE KNOW SOMETHING|
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|1. DETROIT ROCK CITY|
|2. KING OF THE NIGHT TIME WORLD|
|3. DO YOU LOVE ME|
|4. GREAT EXPECTATIONS|
|5. SHOUT IT OUT LOUD|
|6. GOD OF THUNDER|
|7. LOVE GUN|
|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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 morePublished on Feb. 25 2010 by T. Skylar
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 morePublished on July 6 2005 by Olafchief
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 morePublished on July 17 2004 by Kevin Guse
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 morePublished on July 10 2004 by Adam Hedrick
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
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 morePublished on May 23 2004
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 morePublished on March 31 2004
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 morePublished on March 20 2004 by Héder Mantovani