Peter was quick to point out that he had issues with the whole situation the band was facing at the time, notably Ace's replacement, even though it was Ace's decision not to participate in the recording of the other studio tracks.
Fortunately, when asked by Steve Stierwalt, Jr. On 'Alive II' they recorded a whole bunch of live shows and then you go into the studio and correct your mistakes. They'd also use Nanuette Mall Theatre to set up equipment to make big ambient sounds and so forth.
Everybody should remember, it's called show business" Oddly, this seems more like the sort of comment Gene would make. Eddie Kramer has commented on the construction of the second live album, which has been criticized as being rougher than the first live album: "There was some live stuff, it was cut in between. But look, quite frankly, who cares. If people enjoy it, it doesn't matter. It's only a live set, we made it sound as live as we could.
A lot of the difficulties was when they played and jumped around on the stage, nothing stayed in tune and nothing was played very accurately. It was all done for the sake of the show, so you have to be creative and make it sound good, sometimes you have to go and cut new tracks, sometimes you overdub, sometimes you use what was already on tape from the live show, fix it up, and make it sound better" Music Today.
It is clear that the majority of "Alive II" comes from the Los Angeles Forum recordings with the requisite studio clean-up work. Where "Beth" was long rumored to have been from one of the Tokyo shows recorded earlier in the year, a comparison of the two recordings indicates that this simply could not have been the case. The source of "I Want You," too, is not without some issues. Where the KISS "Box Set" included a version of the song allegedly recorded at sound check, both it and the original mixed version for the abandoned "Rock and Roll Party in Tokyo" album feature the same guitar flub right after Paul shouts "is" during the intro to the song.
That same "flub" is present low in the mix of the "Alive II" song. The "Rock and Roll Party in Tokyo" and "sound check" versions also have the same Ace guitar solo screw-up in the second solo section. This solo is cut from the "Alive II" version, along with Paul's audience interaction rap, though the edits cannot assuage the suggestion that "I Want You" on "Alive II" was sourced from the Japanese shows and mixed with the same audience as the rest of the album.
Furthermore, it would seem quite logical, from that point of view, that the "sound check" version on the "Box Set" is simply the recording without the audience over-dubs and erroneously attributed. Released on Oct. It attained 2x Platinum on Feb. Internal audits at Casablanca suggest that the album had shipped 1,, copies by December and 2,, by June If the s are a black hole, then the modern SoundScan era is represented with sales of , units between and March As had become standard Casablanca operating procedure, "Alive II" included several "premiums": An eight-page chronological color picture book including a very brief history of the band since its origins by Peggy Tomarkin.
Even better, for the younger fan, was the inclusion of a sheet of rub-on tattoos and of course the ever-present merchandising order form. The album was packaged in a gatefold cover which opens up to a picture of the band in full flow on the "Love Gun" set with plenty of pyro present.
The individual albums are housed in printed dust sleeves that feature the crowd going crazy in a storm of confetti on one side and a discography on the other. Between November 1 —10 the band rehearsed for the tour in Newburgh. It was planned in September that the band would film two songs for promotional purposes during the rehearsals, and film an Edwin Newman interview for a NBC documentary, "Land of Hype and Glory.
Unfortunately, the documentary was hardly complimentary towards the band and stressed "style over substance" and the gimmicks. Billboard's November 11 review had ironically shown a slight move away from the very positive tone of their previous release reviews: "The outrageous foursome demonstrates why it broke with its 'Alive!
Three sides 16 cuts are taken from the group's performances at the L. Forum in August. The fourth side five cuts is all-new studio material, of which only 'All American Man' captures the celebrative appeal and intensity of the preceding live cuts. The band's bass-dominant, three guitar battery is tight, explosive and occasionally tasty. It was certified platinum and became the band's first top 5 album on the Billboard The album was remastered in and again in It was their first album to feature a lead vocal performance from Ace Frehley , making it the first Kiss album to feature lead vocal performances from all four band members.
It was also the last studio album to feature Peter Criss on every song, as he was replaced by session drummer Anton Fig for all but one song on 's Dynasty. A cardboard "Love Gun" assembly required was included inside the album,  along with a Kiss merchandise order form.
The album cover was painted by fantasy artist Ken Kelly ,  who previously contributed the cover for 's Destroyer. Stanley has said that this song was influenced by Deep Purple 's " Burn ". The song was inspired by an event that took place during Kiss's Rock and Roll Over tour, when Ace Frehley suffered an electric shock. During the opening number, Frehley touched an ungrounded metal staircase railing.
He was knocked backward, and the concert was delayed for 30 minutes. The show was eventually completed, and Frehley lost feeling in his hand for the remainder of the concert. This was the first lead vocal that Frehley recorded. In his autobiography, he states that he originally intended for Simmons to sing the song, but the bassist encouraged Frehley to try it himself. Frehley recorded his lead vocal part while lying on the floor of the studio, because he liked the added pressure on his chest.
The song was written to try to recapture the feeling of " Rock and Roll All Nite ", but never reached the success of the aforementioned hit. Not to mention God Of Thunder is perhaps the only poor interpretation of the album. A final bone of contention goes to the fact that KISS completely ignore the songs from the previous phase in their career.
Still, none of this can keep Alive II from being a great live album, and a huge step up in relation to its predecessor. With better source material, more energetic performances, and less studio tampering, only a few flaws keep this record from being even more iconic. Black Sabbath Paranoid. Calpurnia Scout. Only Rivals Life Is Perfect. Godspeed You! Barfighter Barfighter 4. Oasis Definitely Maybe. Any Way You Want It. Shock Me Live Lyrics. All American Man Lyrics.
Rocket Ride Lyrics. Larger Than Life Lyrics. God of Thunder Live Lyrics. I Want You Live Lyrics. Beth Live Lyrics. Hard Luck Woman Live Lyrics. Christine Sixteen Live Lyrics. Love Live Lyrics. Love Gun Live Lyrics. Ladies Room Live Lyrics. Detroit Rock City Live Lyrics. Tomorrow and Tonight Live Lyrics.Due to its inclusion on the album the song would return to the band's live set for the "Alive II" tour. Rehearsals and recording were scheduled at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ Sept. 12–15, with the first day being reserved for set up of the Record Plant remote truck and band rehearsals in the afternoon.