Alive III

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Alive III
Alive III cover.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedMay 18, 1993 (1993-05-18)
RecordedNovember 27–29, 1992
VenueCleveland, Detroit, and Market Square Arena, Indianapolis
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
Length66:53
LabelMercury
ProducerKiss, Eddie Kramer
Kiss chronology
Revenge
(1992)
Alive III
(1993)
Kiss Unplugged
(1996)
Singles from Alive III
  1. "I Love It Loud"
    Released: May 8, 1993

Alive III is a live album released by the American hard rock band Kiss in 1993. It was certified gold in 1994. It is the third installment of the Alive series. The recording of Alive III took place over multiple dates (in Cleveland, Detroit and Indianapolis) during the band's 1992 tour in support of Revenge.

Album information[edit]

It was the first live album the band had released since 1977's Alive II, and the first live recordings released since 1984's Animalize Live Uncensored concert film. The recording of "I Was Made For Lovin' You" was actually recorded at one of the band's soundchecks, but had the crowd overdubbed in the song to make it appear as if it is "live," which led to speculation that many other songs on "Alive III" could be overdubbed, just as was done on the first two in the series.

The album is the only live Kiss album released during the group's non-makeup era, excluding Kiss Unplugged, released later in 1996. During the recording of Alive II, Kiss did not want to duplicate songs from Alive!, although some songs from Alive III are duplicate songs from their previous live albums. For example, "Rock and Roll All Nite" was performed on Alive! and again on Alive III, but was not featured on Alive II. It is also the first Kiss live album to feature a different lineup to the previous two, which featured the original lineup.

The liner notes of Alive III include a family tree showing the various Kiss lineups from 1973–1993, as well as bands that the then-current and former members of Kiss were in. It was designed by the band's Japanese fan club. Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, for whom Eric Singer drummed in 1986–87, is misnamed Tommy. The notes also mistakenly claim that "Watchin' You" is from Kiss, and "I Was Made for Lovin' You" from Dressed to Kill. The re-release of Alive III (as part of the Kiss Alive! 1975–2000 box set) contains an additional track, "Take It Off", matching the original international CD and US vinyl versions of the album.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Q3/5 stars[2]

Alive III was certified Gold by the RIAA on October 27, 1994.[3]

"Canny power pop given a merciless headbanging," decided Jeremy Clarke in Q.[4] Kerrang! magazine listed Alive III eleventh best album of 1993.[5]

Bruce Kulick's climactic version of "The Star Spangled Banner" was ranked seventh on the Ultimate Classic Rock list Top 10 National Anthem Guitar Solos, before Ace Frehley's version and after Joe Satriani's.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Creatures of the Night"Paul Stanley, Adam MitchellPaul Stanley4:40
2."Deuce"Gene SimmonsGene Simmons3:43
3."I Just Wanna"Stanley, Vinnie VincentStanley4:24
4."Unholy"Simmons, VincentSimmons3:27
5."Heaven's on Fire"Stanley, Desmond ChildStanley4:15
6."Watchin' You"SimmonsSimmons3:35
7."Domino"SimmonsSimmons3:47
8."I Was Made for Lovin' You"Stanley, Child, Vini PonciaStanley4:32
9."I Still Love You"Stanley, VincentStanley6:03
10."Rock and Roll All Nite"Stanley, SimmonsSimmons3:32
11."Lick It Up"Stanley, VincentStanley4:18
12."Forever"Stanley, Michael BoltonStanley3:53
13."Take It Off" (Bonus track)Stanley, Bob Ezrin, Kane RobertsStanley6:04
14."I Love It Loud"Simmons, VincentSimmons3:20
15."Detroit Rock City"Stanley, EzrinStanley5:30
16."God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II"Stanley, Simmons, Ezrin, Russ BallardStanley, Simmons5:22
17."The Star-Spangled Banner"Francis Scott Key(instrumental)2:40

"Take It Off" was a bonus track on the Japanese, European and South American CD releases and the US vinyl release. This version of the album would later be included in the Kiss Alive! 1975–2000 CD box set.

Personnel[edit]

with

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[14] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[3] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Releases[edit]

  • Mercury 314 514 777-2 (May 18, 1993): CD
  • Mercury 314 522 647-1 (May 18, 1993): vinyl
  • Universal Music (2014) B0020470-01: vinyl

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alive III at AllMusic
  2. ^ QJune 1993
  3. ^ a b "American album certifications – Kiss – Alive III". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  4. ^ Q, June 1993
  5. ^ "Kerrang!'s list of best albums of 1993". Archived from the original on May 26, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  6. ^ Top 10 National Anthem Guitar Solos. ultimateclassicrock.com. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  7. ^ Saulnier, Jason (14 March 2011). "Bruce Kulick Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Derek Sherinian discography". Derek Sherinian Official Website. Archived from the original on August 30, 2009. Retrieved October 16, 2009.
  9. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
  10. ^ "VG-lista chart history-Kiss albums database". Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  11. ^ "Sverigetopplistan chart history-Kiss albums database". Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  12. ^ "Billboard chart history-Kiss albums". Archived from the original on March 23, 2009. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
  13. ^ "Billboard chart history-Kiss singles". Retrieved February 12, 2009.
  14. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Kiss – Alive III". Music Canada.