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In The Begining........

  • May 20, 2000
Pros: This is Recorded History

Cons: OK, Parasite may not be one of the best

I remember buying this album the day it came out. I was trembling as I turned it over and saw the Cobo arena in all it's smoke filled glory. I can still remember sitting on the first tier of the arena waiting for the band to take the stage...Then the announcer came on and I heard the words that helped to change the history of Rock & Roll, "You wanted the best...you got it!!! The hottest band in the land KISS!!!!!

This album captures the grit that this band brought to the rock & roll arena. From the opening moments of "Deuce" to the end of the roller coaster ride with "Let Me Go, Rock and Roll" you just know that what you are listening to is something so original that words such as great or legendary, do not do it justice.

Every song on the two album set has it's own personality. That is the key for the really great songwriters of any type of music. This is not just a collection of songs...it is the musical score for the definitive rock and roll event of the seventies!!!!

I still can see the red fire truck lights flashing for the Hotter Than Hell/Firehouse medley. I still can remember the quiet that came over the crowd with the start of Black Diamond..and the roar when the tune cuts loose! Then there is the total rush when the band jumps into "Rock and Roll All Nite" No one who was at that concert will ever forget that moment in time. And to think that it was captured so that you can hear it too!!!

Do yourself a favor. Listen to this album and when you are done, put it on again...and again...and again. It is still one of the most powerful LIVE albums ever put out...I think that this is because it is the album that defines the roots of one of the greatest hard rock bands of all time.

I feel fortunate that I was able to witness one of the turning points in rock and roll history. Do you self a favor and listen to it!!! Again and again.


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Kiss: Paul Stanley (vocals, guitar); Gene Simmons (vocals, bass); Peter Criss (vocals, drums); Ace Frehley (guitar, background vocals). Includes liner notes by Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Robert V. Conte. Personnel: Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley (guitar); Peter Criss (drums). Liner Note Author: Robert V. Conte. Photographer: Fin Costello. Unknown Contributor Roles: Gene Simmons; Ace Frehley; Paul Stanley; Peter Criss. When Kiss released the double album ALIVE in 1975, the purpose was to capture the spark and energy of their electrifying live shows. Although the spectacular lighting, Gene Simmons' blood-spitting and Ace Frehley's smoke-emitting guitar went unseen, the thunderous power with which Kiss performed every night came across easily. Recorded during a 1975 tour, ALIVE may not have matched FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE in sales, but it put Kiss on the map in the eyes of the music-buying public. Songs such as "Deuce" and "Cold Gin" became staples for hard-core fans and "Rock and Roll...
Song List: Disc 1
1. Deuce
2. Strutter
3. Got to Choose
4. Hotter Than Hell
5. Firehouse
6. Nothin' to Lose
7. C'mon and Love Me
8. Parasite
9. She
Song List: Disc 2
1. Watchin' You
2. 100,000 Years
3. Black Diamond
4. Rock Bottom
5. Cold Gin
6. Rock and Roll All Nite
7. Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
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Label: Mercury
Artist: KISS
Release Date: July 15, 1997

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