For fans of KISS, 2006's KISS Alive! 1975-2000 might be cause for overkill. However, any true KISS fan knows that overkill is one thing that KISS knows how to do right so it should come as no surprise that this set was released.
Included in this bulky fold-out box is the first three of KISS' original live albums (two of which include bonus material) plus a fourth live recording (dubbed the Millenium Concert). If you're looking for the MTV Unplugged album that signaled the reunion of the original band members, you're out of look. That set still hasn't been included in any shape or form outside of the CD and KISSology Three DVD set released in 1996.
For the sake of brevity, I'll say that Alive! sounds better than ever in the remastered form included here, as does Alive II. Alive III also sounds excellent, though I don't believe it was remastered for this release.
Alive II comes with one bonus track, a rather stale radio edit of Rock And Roll All Nite. Alive III features a live bonus cut of Take It Off, which comes from the studio album, Revenge.
If you don't own any of KISS' first three live albums, this boxed set is a very convenient and easy-on-the-budget way to collect them all in one place. If you do own them, then the only real reason to purchase this set if for the fourth disc, The Millenium Concert, which was recorded on New Year's Eve, 1999, in Vancouver, B.C.
The Millenium Concert features all four original members of the band. It features fan favorites such as Shout It Out Loud, Love Gun, Black Diamond, Beth, Lick It Up, Rock And Roll All Nite, and Firehouse. In fact, all but three of the songs on this disc are available in their older live versions on the other discs in this boxed set. The three in question include one classic, Do You Love Me? (from the album Destroyer), and two songs off of the group's 1998 studio "reunion" album, Psycho Circus. The songs are the album's title track and the Ace Frehley-fronted Into The Void.
I gave this album five stars for the simple fact that it combines the group's first three live albums and their would-be fourth Alive! album in one convenient set (KISS Symphony: Alive IV is officially recognized as the group's fourth live album, despite being released after MTV Unplugged). I also gave it five stars due to the fact that Alive! is considered to be one of the greatest live recordings in music.
If you don't own any of KISS' material, this is an excellent place to start. Not only do you get to hear their legendary live performances, you also get to hear almost all of their greatest tracks. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys live music or wants to own a piece of music history. This set will not let you down.
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