Alive! was the album that catapulted Kiss from cult attraction to mega-superstars. It was their first Top Ten album, remaining on the charts for 110 weeks. Culled from shows in Detroit, New Jersey, Iowa, and Cleveland on the Dressed to Kill tour, the record features producer Eddie Kramer doing a masterful job of capturing the band's live performance on record…
Alive III is the third of the "Alive" series by KISS. The recording of Alive III took place over multiple dates (in Cleveland, Detroit and Indianapolis) during the band's 1992 tour in support of Revenge. It was the first live album the band had released since 1977's Alive II, and the first live recordings released since 1985's "Animalize Live Uncensored" concert film. The liner notes of "Alive III" include a family tree showing the various KISS lineups from 1973-1993, as well as bands that the then-current and former members of KISS were in. It was designed by the band's Japanese fan club.
Alive II is a 1977 live album from KISS. It is the group's eighth album and second live album. Recorded live at the L.A. Form in August '77, the album has three live sides and one side of new studio songs. On October 27, 1977, “KISS Alive II” was released, shipping Platinum following the then form of recent KISS albums. To this day the album remains one of the highest RIAA-recognized certified KISS albums, having been certified quadruple-platinum in February 1996.
Alive! is Kiss' first live 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, . The record was recorded from concerts in Detroit, Michigan; Wildwood, New Jersey; Cleveland, Ohio; and Davenport, Iowa.
There is no shortage of Kiss collections out there, but, as they used to say before Paul, Gene, Ace, and Peter took the stage, "You wanted the best and you got the best!". Spanning four discs, Alive! 1975-2000 makes a great time capsule for Kiss Army completists, packed with a quarter-century of pictures and band reminiscences. And then there's the music. Remastered and packaged together for the first time, the immortal hard-rock one-two punch of Alive! and Alive II together with 1993's makeup-free Alive III showcase the legendary band in their element: driving audiences wild with their thunderous riffs, bombastic ballads, and shameless showmanship. Previously unreleased, Alive: The Millennium Concert captures the reunited and remasked original lineup at the New Year's Eve 1999 stop on what appears to be a never-ending farewell tour. Kiss was never a band likely to be accused of understatement, and Alive! 1975-2000 is an appropriately exalted celebration of their excess and excellence.