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#158: Alive! by Kiss

7.29.2015

Alive! by Kiss (1975)

Favorite Tracks: "Strutter" and "Hotter Than Hell" and "Firehouse" and "C'mon and Love Me" and "Parasite" and "She" and "Watchin' You" and "100,000 Years" and "Black Diamond" and "Rock Bottom" and "Rock and Roll All Nite" and "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll"

Thoughts: Okay, let me start by saying that the album cover image is stellar, and I love it. I loved the cover on the other Kiss album we heard way back 2011: Destroyer. I think these are the only two Kiss albums on the list, so this is my last chance to get 'hooked' on this band. I mean, of course I like Kiss because they're a 70s rock band, but I'm still sort of waiting to love them like I now love Meat Loaf: wholly.

The album opened with "Deuce" but I found the second track "Strutter" more exciting. The next song I liked was "Hotter Than Hell"--made me want to sing and dance along, and "C'mon and Love Me" would be an epic number to karaoke. I wanted to listen to "She" more than once--Ace Frehley's guitar and Peter Criss' drums demanded my attention again and again. And the drum solo in "100,000 Years" took to an even more amazing level: totally insane. The best drum solo I can remember ever hearing.

But it wasn't until I heard "Cold Gin" that I decided I needed to own this album.

Is This Better Than Every Picture Tells A Story?: This is one of the best produced live albums I've heard on the list, and was a blast to listen to, but I probably won't want to hear it in my day-to-day life as much as I would EPTAS.

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