Kiss Symphony: Alive IV

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Symphony: Alive IV
Alive IV KISS.jpg
Live album by Kiss
Released July 22, 2003 (2-disc edition)
October 7, 2003 (single-disc edition)
Recorded February 28, 2003
Length 1:36:15
Label Kiss
Sanctuary
Kiss chronology
Psycho Circus
(1998)
Kiss Symphony: Alive IV
(2003)
Kiss Instant Live
(2004)
Single Disc Edition cover.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Symphony: Alive IV is a 2003 live album from the American rock band Kiss, performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO). The arrangements were made by David Campbell, who also conducted the MSO. It is the group's fourth album in the Alive series and first release under Kiss Records and Sanctuary Records.

Album information[edit]

The album featured three of the original members of Kiss (Peter Criss, Paul Stanley, and Gene Simmons). Ace Frehley once again left the band and the concert featured for the first time new member Tommy Thayer, dressed as the "Spaceman". This would be the last Kiss album to feature Peter Criss (who would leave the band officially in 2004 to be replaced by Eric Singer).

In 2000, Kiss was to release the original Alive IV (featuring the original re-united lineup), but due to label politics and contracts, it did not happen. Even with the artwork being revealed[3] and "Rock and Roll All Nite" (from Alive IV) being added to the Kiss Box Set, the album was shelved. The band then moved labels from Universal/Island to Sanctuary Music and they released Alive IV - Kiss Symphony. However the original Alive IV was released when the band released the box set of all past Alive albums entitled Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 in 2006. The album is not called Alive IV, but ALIVE: The Millennium Concert.

The members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra who accompanied Kiss during this performance wore Kiss makeup. At the same time they also wore tuxedos. 10,000 limited numbered copies were released on vinyl in the US. Unlike past Alive releases, the songs on the album appear in the order they were performed, with the concert split into three acts. In Act One, the members of Kiss performed six songs by themselves. In Act Two, Kiss performed an acoustic set with the Melbourne Symphony Ensemble for the next five songs. In Act Three, the band played with the full 60 piece orchestra on all tracks.

The live versions of "Rock and Roll All Nite", "God of Thunder" and "Lick It Up" were featured on the soundtrack for the video game Tony Hawk's Underground.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks recorded at Etihad Stadium (known at the time as Telstra Dome) in Melbourne, Australia, on February 28, 2003.

2-disc edition[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

Act One - Kiss
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Deuce"   Gene Simmons Simmons 4:14
2. "Strutter"   Paul Stanley, Simmons Stanley 3:22
3. "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll"   Stanley, Simmons Simmons 6:09
4. "Lick It Up"   Vinnie Vincent, Stanley Stanley 4:13
5. "Calling Dr. Love"   Simmons Simmons 3:30
6. "Psycho Circus"   Stanley, Curtis Cuomo Stanley 5:13
Act Two - Kiss with The Melbourne Symphony Ensemble
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
7. "Beth"   Peter Criss, Stan Penridge, Bob Ezrin Criss 3:41
8. "Forever"   Stanley, Michael Bolton Stanley 3:50
9. "Goin' Blind"   Simmons, Stephen Coronel Simmons 3:38
10. "Sure Know Something"   Stanley, Vini Poncia Stanley 4:20
11. "Shandi"   Stanley, Poncia Stanley 3:39

Disc 2[edit]

Act Three - Kiss with The Melbourne Symphony Ensemble
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
12. "Detroit Rock City"   Stanley, Ezrin Stanley 4:43
13. "King of the Night Time World"   Stanley, Ezrin, Kim Fowley, Mark Anthony Stanley 3:30
14. "Do You Love Me?"   Stanley, Ezrin, Fowley Stanley 4:10
15. "Shout It Out Loud"   Simmons, Stanley Simmons, Stanley 4:10
16. "God of Thunder"   Stanley Simmons 4:27
17. "Love Gun"   Stanley Stanley 4:26
18. "Black Diamond"   Stanley Criss, intro by Stanley 7:11
19. "Great Expectations" (featuring the Australian Children's Choir) Simmons, Ezrin Simmons 4:20
20. "I Was Made for Lovin' You"   Stanley, Desmond Child, Poncia Stanley 5:00
21. "Rock and Roll All Nite"   Simmons, Stanley Simmons 7:20

Single disc edition[edit]

Act One - Kiss
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Deuce"   Gene Simmons Simmons 4:14
2. "Lick It Up"   Vinnie Vincent, Stanley Stanley 4:13
3. "Calling Dr. Love"   Simmons Simmons 3:30
Act Two - Kiss with The Melbourne Symphony Ensemble
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
4. "Beth"   Peter Criss, Stan Penridge, Bob Ezrin Criss 3:41
5. "Goin' Blind"   Simmons, Stephen Coronel Simmons 3:38
6. "Shandi"   Stanley, Poncia Stanley 3:39
Act Three - Kiss with The Melbourne Symphony Ensemble
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
7. "Detroit Rock City"   Stanley, Ezrin Stanley 4:43
8. "King of the Night Time World"   Stanley, Ezrin, Kim Fowley, Mark Anthony Stanley 3:30
9. "Do You Love Me?"   Stanley, Ezrin, Fowley Stanley 4:10
10. "Shout It Out Loud"   Simmons, Stanley Simmons, Stanley 4:10
11. "God of Thunder"   Stanley Simmons 4:27
12. "Love Gun"   Stanley Stanley 4:26
13. "Black Diamond"   Stanley Criss, intro by Stanley 7:11
14. "Great Expectations" (featuring the Australian Children's Choir) Simmons, Ezrin Simmons 4:20
15. "Rock and Roll All Nite"   Simmons, Stanley Simmons 7:20
16. "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" (Bonus track) Joey Ramone Simmons, Stanley 3:35

Personnel[edit]

with

Charts[edit]

Album - ARIA (Australia)

Year Chart Position
2003 Australian ARIA Aalbum Chart 14[4]

Album - Billboard 200 (United States)

Year Chart Position
2003 Billboard 200 18[5]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[6] Gold 50,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kiss Symphony: Alive IV at AllMusic
  2. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  3. ^ "Alive4Japan". Kiss Asylum. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "ARIA chart history-Kiss albums database". Retrieved February 12, 2009. 
  5. ^ "The Billboard 200-Symphony: Alive IV". Archived from the original on July 1, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Kiss – Symphony: Alive IV". Music Canada.