You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!!

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You Wanted the Best,
You Got the Best!!
Live album by Kiss
Released June 25, 1996
Recorded 1975–1996
Genre Hard rock
Length 59:16
Label Mercury
Producer Various
Kiss chronology
Kiss Unplugged
(1996)
You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!!
(1996)
Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
(1997)

You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! is a live hits album released by American hard rock band Kiss. The album was issued to coincide with the group's 1996–97 Alive/Worldwide Tour. All of the songs on the album are live versions. Most were taken from Alive! or Alive II but four recordings had been previously unreleased. The liner notes report the tracks are outtakes from Alive! and Alive II-era recordings, although there is some speculation to whether or not this is actually the case; in an interview with Latent Image magazine in 1998, Bruce Kulick stated that he had participated in some aspects of this album in the studio, although he did not comment on the extent of his involvement. The final track is an interview of the reunited group conducted by Jay Leno.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

The album received generally negative reviews. Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album one star out of five and said, "It's a rip-off album, pure and simple... There is simply no reason for this to exist... you may have wanted the best, but you didn't get it – you just got exploited."[1] Rolling Stone's 1996 review was also negative, calling it a "shameless reunion-promotion biscuit".[3] The 2004 album guide by the same magazine gave the album three stars out of five.[2]

Commercial success[edit]

The album was certified gold by the RIAA on May 21, 1997.[4]

Track listing[edit]

US version
No. Title Writer(s) Origin Length
1. "Room Service"   Paul Stanley Previously unreleased, recorded in Davenport, Iowa in 1975. Overdubs in Early-mid 1996. 3:38
2. "Two Timer"   Gene Simmons Previously unreleased, recorded in Detroit, Michigan in May 1975. Overdubs in Early-mid 1996. 3:15
3. "Let Me Know"   Stanley Previously unreleased, recorded in Detroit, Michigan in May 1975. Overdubs in Early-mid 1996. 3:38
4. "Rock Bottom"   Ace Frehley, Stanley Alive! 3:33
5. "Parasite"   Frehley Alive! 3:37
6. "Firehouse"   Stanley Alive! 4:00
7. "I Stole Your Love"   Stanley Alive II 3:32
8. "Calling Dr. Love"   Simmons Alive II 3:35
9. "Take Me"   Sean Delaney, Stanley Previously unreleased, recorded in Los Angeles, California in 1977. Overdubs in Early-mid 1996. 3:06
10. "Shout It Out Loud"   Bob Ezrin, Simmons, Stanley Alive II 3:14
11. "Beth"   Peter Criss, Ezrin, Stan Penridge Alive II 2:33
12. "Rock and Roll All Nite"   Simmons, Stanley Alive! 4:01
13. "Kiss Tells All"   Kiss, Jay Leno   17:34

The Japanese CD/ US vinyl release had another live track ("New York Groove"), featuring Eric Carr on drums rather than Peter Criss, which was also released as a promotional single at Blockbuster.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Nation Chart Position
1996 United States The Billboard 200 17[5]
Australia ARIA Album Chart 26[6]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b "Kiss: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ "You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best | Album Reviews | Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "American album certifications – Kiss – You Want It – The Best". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  5. ^ "Billboard album chart history-Kiss". Retrieved February 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "ARIA album chart history-Kiss". Retrieved February 13, 2009.