Produced by Eddie Kramer and KISS. Tracks A1-C5 recorded live at The Forum, Inglewood (Los Angeles), CA, August 26 - 28, 1977; and Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, April 1977. Tracks D1-D5, recorded at Capital Theatre, Passaic, NJ, and Electric Lady Studios, New York City, NY, September 1977. Engineered by Eddie Kramer and Corky Stasiak. Mixed by Eddie Kramer and Neil Dorfsman at Electric Lady Studios, New York City, NY. Bob Kulick plays lead guitars on D1-D3. Includes booklet, "The Evolution Of KISS" and a set of tattoos. The 1997 "Remaster" liner notes finally mentioned Bob Kulick's involvement in the recording of the studio side of the album. There exists a version of the album which includes "Take Me", "Do You Love Me", and "Hooligan" on the track-listing of the back cover. This was once extremely rare, but has been found in greater numbers than previously thought though it still remains a desirable collector's item. In addition to the US version, some 1980 Mexican copies also have a similar misprint. New Zealand has a version that uses "Dynasty" style center-rings...
All American Man - Bob Kulick on lead guitar
Rockin' In The USA - Bob Kulick on lead guitar
Larger Than Life - Bob Kulick on lead guitar
Rocket Ride - Ace Frehley on bass
Any Way You Want It - Paul Stanley on lead guitar
** The KISS box set details that Rick Derringer played on "Larger Than Life." However, Rick's official discography omits this alleged contribution, while including his later work with the band ("Exciter"). Some also question the drummer...
Chart Peak (USA): #7 (1/7/78) with 33 weeks on charts. Other countries: CAN #5; SWE #28; UK #60.
First Charting (30 weeks):
Second Charting (3 weeks):
"Alive II" was certified gold and platinum by the RIAA on 11/28/77. It attained double platinum certification on 2/26/96 and has sold over 304,000 (3/12) copies since the SoundScan era commenced in 1991. The album was certified gold and platinum by the CRIA (Canada) for sales of 100,000 copies on 2/1/78. The album was certified gold by the ARIA (Australia) for sales of 20,000 copies in June 1978.
For some diehard fan it verges on the criminal that no song from the studio side of this album, particularly "Rocket Ride," was performed live in electric format until "All American Man" debut on July 20, 2007. All of the "Alive II" studio tracks were at least partially attempted on numerous occasions during the Konvention tour in 1995. None really made it to completion at the time.
The United States version of the rear cover song credit misprint. This issue was probably not a "promo," as long believed, as copies have been reported first-hand as being found in "cut-out" bins at the time...
The Mexican version of the rear cover song credit misprint. Interestingly, this version is identified as a PolyGram release due to the "LPR" call letters
in the top right of the cover - the original release of the album was via Gamma Records, so it is unknown whether the original issue had the same misprint or the sort of quantities of albums this affected...
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