Alive II

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This article is about the Kiss album. For the Anthrax album, see Alive 2.
Alive II
Alive 2 cover.jpg
Live album by Kiss
Released November 29, 1977 [1]
Recorded April 2 - August 26–28, 1977 (live)
September 13–16, 1977 (studio)
Genre Hard rock
Length 71:26
Label Casablanca
Producer Eddie Kramer, Kiss
Kiss chronology
Love Gun
Alive II
Gene Simmons
Singles from Alive II
  1. "Shout It Out Loud"
    Released: November 29, 1977
  2. "Rocket Ride"
    Released: February 22, 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Metal Nightfall 5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork (7.0/10)[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[5]
TrueMetal (90/100)[6]
Vista Records 4/5 stars[7]

Alive II is the second live album (and eighth overall) by American hard rock band Kiss, released in 1977. The band had released three albums (Destroyer, Rock and Roll Over, and Love Gun) since the previous live outing, the seminal 1975 release Alive!, and the band drew upon the variety of new tracks, with Eddie Kramer producing.

Album information[edit]

The origins of Alive II go back to early 1977 when the band's manager Bill Aucoin suggested that Kramer record a live album during the evening show at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan on April 2, 1977. The plan was to release a live album to give Kiss some much deserved time off before recording the album that would become Love Gun later that fall. Kramer finished work on the album, but Casablanca Records and Kiss deemed it unusable, and the band forged ahead with their Love Gun sessions.

Most of the live tracks on Alive II were recorded during the band's August 26–28 shows at the Los Angeles Forum while on their Love Gun Tour. The 3 p.m. soundchecks at the August 26 and 27 shows were recorded, and later used on the album (i.e. "I Stole Your Love") with crowd noise being dubbed in later. "Beth" and "I Want You" were lifted from the aborted Japanese live album and used on the finished Alive II. As the band did not want to duplicate songs included on Alive!, the songs chosen for the three live sides of the album were all drawn from Kiss' three preceding studio albums: Destroyer, Rock and Roll Over and Love Gun.

On the original double album, the songs on side four (tracks 6-10 on the second CD) are studio tracks recorded September 13–16, 1977.[8] Although Ace Frehley was originally credited for lead guitar on the studio tracks, the remastered version released in 1997 confirmed what had been speculated by Kiss fans for years: Bob Kulick actually played lead guitar on three tracks ("All American Man", "Rockin' in the U.S.A." and "Larger Than Life"), not Frehley. Frehley's sole involvement for the studio songs was "Rocket Ride" (originally written for a solo album[9]), on which he sang lead vocals and played both guitar and bass guitar. Paul Stanley played all guitars on "Anyway You Want It", which was originally recorded by the Dave Clark Five in 1964.

Several early copies of the album's cover featured a rare misprint of three additional songs ("Take Me", "Hooligan" and "Do You Love Me?") with a slightly altered song order. None of these additional songs appeared on the LP. On the misprint, "Take Me" is after "Detroit Rock City," with "King of the Night Time World" appearing after "Ladies Room" on Side 1. Side two features "Hooligan" after "Shock Me", which is placed after "Hard Luck Woman". On Side 3, "Do You Love Me?" appears after "God of Thunder", with "Beth" sandwiched between "I Want You" and "Shout It Out Loud". "Hooligan" and "Take Me" were performed on the 1977 Love Gun tour, and "Do You Love Me?" was performed on the Japanese tour that same year, making their consideration for inclusion with the second live album possible.

Promotional items[edit]

The original vinyl issue of Alive II was a 2-LP set with a gatefold cover and picture inner sleeves. Continuing the Kiss tradition of including promotional items with their albums, Alive II was packaged with a full-color booklet titled "The Evolution of Kiss" and a set of temporary transfer tattoos in a cartoon style. The tattoos depicted the band logo, Kiss Army logo, band member heads, member signatures and symbols. The symbols were meant to represent the four personas of the group and included a skull and crossbones for Gene Simmons, a rose and star with eye for Stanley, a Saturn-like planet and block print-style "ACE" for Frehley, and a drum and cat's head for Peter Criss. The rose and "ACE" are copies of Stanley and Frehley's actual tattoos, respectively. A merchandise order form was also included with the album, listing an array of official Kiss merchandise as well as a chance to "enlist" in the Kiss Army. The inner sleeves depicted crazed Kiss fans in a confetti storm and the band's album discography to date.


Alive II was originally reissued as a double-CD set in what has now become known as a "fatboy" 2CD case. When the Kiss back catalog was remastered, it was housed in a slimline 2CD case and, in keeping with the rest of the reissue program, had the artwork restored. This included the set of tattoos. The booklet "The Evolution of Kiss"' and the picture inner sleeves were incorporated as part of the CD booklet. Alive II was re-released in 2006 as part of Kiss Alive! 1975-2000. It included "Rock and Roll All Nite" (single edit version) as a bonus track. The short running time of Alive II allowed for a single CD edition in the latest release.


Coming off of a period of extensive touring, Alive II received a huge fan response and critical acclaim, reaching the number 7 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The album has received praise from several critics. In a retrospective review, critic Greg Parto of Allmusic remarked that several tracks such as "Detroit Rock City", "Shock Me" and "Shout It Out Loud" featured an "adrenaline-charged" vibe.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Detroit Rock City" (Paul Stanley, Bob Ezrin) – 3:58
  2. "King of the Night Time World" (Stanley, Ezrin, Kim Fowley, Mark Anthony) – 3:06
    • Recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA August 25–28, 1977
  3. "Ladies Room" (Gene Simmons) – 3:11
    • Recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, August 25–28, 1977
  4. "Makin' Love" (Stanley, Sean Delaney) – 3:13
    • Recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, August 25–28, 1977
  5. "Love Gun" (Stanley) – 3:34
    • Recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, August 25–28, 1977

Side two[edit]

  1. "Calling Dr. Love" (Simmons) – 3:32
    • Recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, August 25–28, 1977
  2. "Christine Sixteen" (Simmons) – 2:45
    • Recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, August 25–28, 1977
  3. "Shock Me" (Ace Frehley) – 5:51
    • Recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, August 25–28, 1977
  4. "Hard Luck Woman" (Stanley) – 3:06
  5. "Tomorrow and Tonight" (Stanley) – 3:20
    • Recorded at the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ and Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY, September 1977

Side three[edit]

  1. "I Stole Your Love" (Stanley) – 3:36
    • Recorded at soundcheck, The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, August 25–26, 1977
  2. "Beth" (Peter Criss, Ezrin, Stan Penridge) – 2:24
    • Recorded at Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, April 2, 1977
  3. "God of Thunder" (Stanley) – 5:16
    • Recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA August 25–28, 1977
  4. "I Want You" (Stanley) – 4:14
    • Recorded at Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, April 2, 1977
  5. "Shout It Out Loud" (Stanley, Simmons, Ezrin) – 3:37
    • Recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, August 25–28, 1977

Side four[edit]

(New studio tracks)

  1. "All American Man" (Stanley, Delaney) – 3:13 (Lead vocals – Stanley)
  2. "Rockin' in the U.S.A." (Simmons) – 2:44 (Lead vocals – Simmons)
  3. "Larger Than Life" (Simmons) – 3:55 (Lead vocals – Simmons)
  4. "Rocket Ride" (Frehley, Delaney) – 4:07 (Lead vocals – Frehley)
  5. "Anyway You Want It" (Dave Clark) – 2:33 (Lead vocals – Stanley)
  • All new studio tracks were recorded at the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ and Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY, September 1977.


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Eddie Balandas – Introduction on "Detroit Rock City"
  • Bob Kulick – lead guitar on "All American Man", "Larger Than Life" and "Rockin' in the U.S.A"



Chart (1977) Peak
Weeks on
Australia 17
Canada 5
Japan 10
New Zealand 13
Sweden 28
UK 60
US Billboard Pop Albums[10] 7 33
Single Year Chart Peak
""Shout It Out Loud"" (Live) 1977 Canada

US Billboard[11]



"Rocket Ride" 1978 Canada

US Billboard[11]




Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ a b Prato, Greg. Alive II at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
  3. ^ Metal Nightfall review
  4. ^ Jason Josephes. "Pitchfork review". Pitchfork media. Archived from the original on 2003-02-19. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  5. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 2, 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  6. ^ (2004-03-14). "Recensione: Kiss, Alive II". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  7. ^ "VISTA RECORDS - KISS - ALIVE II (1977)". 2009-09-28. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  8. ^ Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 cd liner notes
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  10. ^ "Kiss Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
  11. ^ a b "AllMusic Billboard singles". Retrieved February 9, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Kiss – Alive II". Music Canada. 
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Kiss – Alive II". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH