Alive!

Label
Universal Music s.r.o.
Release date
30 Apr 2007
Running length
16 tracks
Running time
75:57

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Deuce 3:42 184,110
2 Strutter 3:11 263,576
3 Got To Choose 3:55 79,780
4 Hotter Than Hell 3:30 126,621
5 Firehouse 3:17 70,383
6 Nothin' To Lose 3:42 60,663
7 C'mon And Love Me (Live) 3:05 3,584
8 Parasite 3:38 52,912
9 She 6:56 64,847
1 Watchin' You (1975/Live) 3:55 191
2 100,000 Years 12:00 49,412
3 Black Diamond 6:01 113,040
4 Rock Bottom (1975/Live) 3:47 201
5 Cold Gin 5:25 83,031
6 Rock And Roll All Nite ("Alive" Version) 4:07 1,430
7 Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll (Live) 5:46 740

About this album

Alive! is Kiss’ fourth album and is considered their breakthrough, as well as a landmark for live albums. Released on September 10, 1975, the double-disc set contains live versions of selected tracks from their first three studio albums, Kiss, Hotter Than Hell, and Dressed to Kill.

Despite Kiss’ reputation as a live act, which emphasized theatrics (such as explosions, smoking guitar solos, fire breathing, and blood spitting), as much as it did the music, their notoriety did not translate to increased record sales. Kiss was essentially surviving on then-manager Bill Aucoin’s American Express card. Complicating matters was the fact that their label, Neil Bogart’s Casablanca Records, was having financial difficulties of its own stemming from a major misstep: the label had released a double album of Johnny Carson monologues earlier in the year. However, the album was a flop, and Casablanca Records had pressed millions of copies in anticipation. The band and Aucoin were nevertheless able to convince Bogart that a memento of a Kiss show would boost their album sales.

Years later, both guitarist Paul Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons recounted that in the weeks after the release, they saw a significant increase in concert attendance. In the documentary Kiss: X-treme Close Up, Stanley remembers that at one particular show in Dayton, Ohio, “the place was packed; I mean you couldn’t have gotten another person in with a shoehorn.”

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  • scarredsun

    Is that the reason this album is so low compared to the other Kiss albums? A tag issue????? wtf? THIS, by all rights, should be the #1 Kiss album on here. (2)

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    Is that the reason this album is so low compared to the other Kiss albums? A tag issue????? wtf? THIS, by all rights, should be the #1 Kiss album on here.

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • James_Hartley

    agreed

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • rok2slayr

    Such an amazing live album.

    15 Mar 2011 Reply
  • METALMASTIL

    _._ KISS = Rock & Roll Forever _._

    11 Feb 2011 Reply
  • kylede2011

    The list just goes on and on. Classic, classic, classic...

    21 Sep 2010 Reply
  • DavCnuk

    Only 7,147 listeners of multi-platinum and best live album ever ?? C´mon peoples!

    26 Feb 2010 Reply
  • SYL2Oh

    Définitivement une référence hard rock live !

    10 Feb 2010 Reply
  • KingHeff

    best live album ever

    18 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Meatwad555

    Good stuff.

    22 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Nazo64

    coolest album cover ever

    21 Aug 2009 Reply
  • ClaudioGurgel

    “Alive!” merecidamente transformou o Kiss na mega banda americana de rock dos anos setenta. Produzido e gravado por Eddie Kramer, “Alive!” está entre os principais álbuns ao vivo da história do rock. Imortalizando sucessos como “Rock n Roll All Nite”, “Deuce”, “Cold Gin” e muitos outros clássicos dos primeiros álbuns. Entre as tantas virtudes da banda que podem ser citadas, destaco a estrutura do concerto que está muito bem documentada. Quem nunca ficou imaginando o Gene Simmons cuspindo fogo em “Firehouse”, ou o solo de Peter Criss em “100,000 Years”? Este álbum não é para os ouvidos, e sim para os sentidos, um verdadeiro clássico do rock.

    31 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Janjacomo

    I mean, THIS is the best album in the rock 'n' roll history...

    15 Jan 2009 Reply
  • festerday

    maybe best Live album ever?!?

    30 May 2008 Reply

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