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 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. It was certified gold in 1994.

Background[edit]

Alive III 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 an audience was overdubbed onto the song to make it appear "live", which led to speculation[by whom?] that many other songs on "Alive III" could be overdubbed, as was done on the first two albums 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. Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath (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
Allmusic[1]
Q[2]

Critical[edit]

"Canny power-pop gave a merciless headbanging", decided Jeremy Clarke in Q.[3] Kerrang! magazine listed Alive III as eleventh best album of 1993.[4]

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.[5]

Commercial[edit]

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

Kiss
Additional musician
Technical
  • Eddie Kramer – co-producer, mixing
  • Kiss – co-producers
  • David Hewitt – engineering consultant
  • Michael Bernard – post production editing
  • GGGarth – mixing
  • Brian Scheuble – mixing assistant
  • Brian Virtue – mixing assistant
  • Mike Douglass – mixing assistant
  • Peter Magdaleno – mixing assistant
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Margery Greenspan – art direction
  • Mitchell Kanner – design

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[20] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] 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. ^ Q, June 1993
  4. ^ "Kerrang!'s list of best albums of 1993". Archived from the original on May 26, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  5. ^ Top 10 National Anthem Guitar Solos. ultimateclassicrock.com. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "American album certifications – Kiss – Alive III". Recording Industry Association of America.
  7. ^ Saulnier, Jason (March 14, 2011). "Bruce Kulick Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  8. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Kiss – Alive III". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Kiss – Alive III" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 0970". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kiss – Alive III" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Kiss – Alive III" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  13. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005 (in Japanese). Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Kiss – Alive III". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Kiss – Alive III". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kiss – Alive III". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Kiss | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Kiss Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Billboard chart history-Kiss singles". Retrieved February 12, 2009.
  20. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Kiss – Alive III". Music Canada.

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