[Mercury Remasters Series]
Alive is a tough act to follow, and just sticking a "II" at the end of
the same title doesn't insure a perfect successor to the throne. Alas,
when you put out a concert album that features your biggest hit ("Beth")
being mangled by a laryngitical cokehead, it's tough to grab the brass
ring. No, not that everything on here is weak -- far from it. The first
few songs ("Detroit Rock City" and "Ladies Room", to name a couple)
capture Kiss at their best, and "Shout It Out Loud" is a perfect
singalong finale. And the studio tracks tacked on the end? Well, a lot
of people consider "Rocket Ride" one of the best Kiss songs. (I'm not
one of those.) But the straight- faced, blatent Led Zeppelin ripoff
"Larger Than Life" is pretty cool.
This just didn't grab me as hard as Alive did. Not a bad album, but
definitely not essential.