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Alive II is the second live album from the American hard rock band KISS, released in 1977. As Alive! did for the first three studio albums, Alive II featured live recordings of songs from Destroyer, Rock And Roll Over, and Love Gun. However, unlike Alive!, this album only devoted three-fourths of its double-album disc space to live recordings while one-fourth of it went to five new studio recordings.

Tracklist:

Side One
  1. "Detroit Rock City"
  2. "King Of The Night Time World"
  3. "Ladies Room"
  4. "Makin' Love"
  5. "Love Gun"
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Side Two

  1. "Calling Dr. Love"
  2. "Christine Sixteen"
  3. "Shock Me"
  4. "Hard Luck Woman"
  5. "Tomorrow And Tonight"

Side Three

  1. "I Stole Your Love"
  2. "Beth"
  3. "God Of Thunder"
  4. "I Want You"
  5. "Shout It Out Loud"

Side Four

  1. "All-American Man"
  2. "Rockin' In The U.S.A."
  3. "Larger Than Life"
  4. "Rocket Ride"
  5. "Any Way You Want It"

Principal Members

  • Paul Stanley – vocals, rhythm guitar (all guitars on "Any Way You Want It")
  • Ace Frehley – lead guitar, vocals (Lead, rhythm, & bass guitars and vocals on "Rocket Ride")
  • Gene Simmons – vocals, bass guitar (rhythm guitar on "Larger Than Life")
  • Peter Criss – drums, vocals

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Featuring the hottest tropes in the world:

  • Badass Boast: At the beginning of Side One: "You wanted the best, and you got the best! The hottest band in the world...KISS!"
  • Based on a Great Big Lie: As with the Alive! album, controversy eventually arose over how much of the live recordings were actually live performances and which ones were just sound-check recordings with the audience reactions dubbed in.
  • Cover Song: "Any Way You Want It", originally by the Dave Clark Five.
  • Double Entendre: "Rocket Ride" is full of these.
  • Face on the Cover: All four members of KISS near the bottom as KISS ALIVE II fills nearly the entire cover space.
  • Heavy Meta: "Rockin' In The U.S.A."
  • Intercourse with You: "Rocket Ride".
  • Live Album: The second one from the band.
  • Record Producer: Eddie Kramer, KISS.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Ace does the lead vocals on "Rocket Ride".
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