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Kiss Symphony: Alive IV

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Overall best

    As far as their live albumns are concerned, this is the overall best! The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra makes the music fresh and "alive". Kiss opens alone (with their usual BANG), then later has a set with the MSO ensemble, and finally with the full MSO, thus "blowing the roof off"! Get the DVD also and you will receive and love the full Kiss experience! Awesome! Though guitarist Ace Frehley is replaced by Tommy Thayer (has helped Kiss for along time as a writer/studio musician), he does not miss a "lick"! (Ace is not missed). Non-Kiss fans need to see the DVD and will come to appreciate that Kiss makes great Rock music(NOT heavy metal)and will be in awe of the lights, sound, & pyrotechnics of the Kiss concert experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally, worth my money

    Sound engineering is top quality. Good to hear a few songs that have not been played to death. Lead guitar work seems weak, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    kiss symphony alive iv

    an exelent album its a credit to kiss for making such a master peace gs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't waste your time...

    True enough Kiss have sold out big time. Why they ever went in this direction is anyone's guess. If you want to see a rocker from the 70's who has stayed true to the very end check out the Alice Cooper catalouge. Gene and Paul only want your money...don't give in to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not just a party, but a celebration!

    Where KISS' 1975 _Alive!_ album was, to quote Paul Stanley, "a rock and roll party," the new _Alive 4_ is more a celebration. What does that mean? Well, in KISS terms, it means that everything is over-the-top, larger than life, and more than a little self-congratulatory. And, to be fair, KISS have plenty to congratulate themselves about. Gold records aplenty, fans around the world... but, I'll leave the statistics to Gene Simmons... he enjoys repeating them more than anyone! KISS can never turn back, and they can never again be just another band. Their days of cranking out album upon album are most likely over, and not because the demand isn't there. Undoubtedly, KISS could sustain themselves forever on the loyalty of their fans (Gene and Paul have had a direct path to my own wallet for decades now!) But KISS have reached a point where, not unlike Chuck Berry or The Beach Boys, they could tour forever playing the same 15-20 songs. And, sadly, the set lists have remained fairly stagnant since 1996, which is a bit hard to swallow if you are a die-hard fan who sees multiple shows on each tour. All that aside, KISS ALIVE IV is still a breath of fresh air, and a testament to how catchy these songs really are! Act 1 is comprised of 6 raw classics played by KISS alone. Peter is in fine form on the drums, and Tommy Thayer is a perfect addition on lead guitar. Act 2, my favorite of the 3, is a more subdued KISS with accoustic guitars and a small ensemble backing them up. Best of the lot: "Shandi," from the often-overlooked 1980 _Unmasked_ LP. Act 3 is as bombastic as one would expect, as KISS are joined by the full Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The only downside here is in the arrangements. I'm no expert here, but it seems a bit much when the strings are virtually echoing the guitar and bass lines. Things get more creative on the dark and foreboding "God of Thunder," and the never-before-played "Great Expectations." All in all, this 2-CD set is a joy. KISS deserve to celebrate what has been a long and prosperous career. The packaging is FANTASTIC, in the grand tradition of the original 1970's ALIVE albums (buy the deluxe edition, trust me!). Kudos to KISS for delivering a well-mixed, thoroughly-enjoyable piece of ear candy that fans will enjoy for years!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHEN???????

    I went to the Alive 4 concert in Vancouver and it was awesome, the sound was terrific and the boys were at the top of there game,I still don't know why it hasn't been released but it better be soon because this KISS fan is getting older just like they are everyday!!

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