The Alive! box set that we mentioned a while ago, to contain KISS’ first three Alive albums (as released on Universal labels, whereas the latest Alive IV/Symphony album came out via Sanctuary Records), turns out to be not just that! Apparantly, it’ll be a 4 disc box set, scheduled for November. Believe it or not, the fourth disc is expected to be the never released, original Alive IV album (cover art pictured) that was once advertised back in 2000 and recorded when the band was still with Universal Music.
Recorded on New Year’s Eve 1999/2000 at Vancouver’s BC Place Concert Bowl in Canada, the original Alive IV was set for a March 28th, 2000 release. However, it quickly got pushed back to April 18th before it got shelved indefinately. Around that time, PAUL STANLEY stated in an online chat: “Alive IV will be out at some point. We missed our deadline and we’re still in midst of it.”
The tracklisting back then was supposed to be: ‘Psycho Circus’, ‘Shout It Out Loud’, ‘Deuce’, ‘Heaven’s On Fire’, ‘Into The Void’, ‘Firehouse’, ‘Do You Love Me’, ‘Let Me Go Rock ‘N’ Roll’, ‘I Love It Loud’, ‘Lick It Up’, ’100,000 Years’, ‘Love Gun’,'Black Diamond’, ‘Beth’ and ‘Rock And Roll All Nite’ (with the Japanese edition to also include the bonus tracks ’2000 Man’, ‘God Of Thunder’ and ‘Detroit Rock City’).
In other Universal Music news, the band’s former label will release yet another KISS compilation album. Titled Millennium Collection – 20th Century Masters Vol. 3, the album is set for an October 10. The release and obviously the sequel to Volumes 1 and 2. The tracklisting is as follows: ‘God Gave Rock ’N’ Roll To You II’, ‘Unholy’, ‘Domino’ – Live, ‘Hate’, ‘Childhood’s End’, ‘I Will Be There’, ‘Comin’ Home’ – Live Unplugged, ‘Got To Choose’ – Live Unplugged, ‘Psycho Circus’, ‘Into The Void’, ‘I Pledge Allegiance To The State Of Rock And Roll’, ‘Nothing Can Keep Me From You’.
Obviously it’s nice to finally see the “original” Alive IV released but now you have to buy the first 3 all over again. I’d just prefer a separate release. As far as the new Millenium collection…..I’ll buy it but it’s a label cash grab. At least ‘Got To Choose’ from Unplugged is being released domestically, it was the Japanese bonus track. Also, you don’t need to buy the Detroit Rock City Soundtrack for ‘Nothing Can Keep Me From You’. Of course, if you bought the KISS box set a few years ago, these were included.
Can’t blame Gene & Paul, Universal owns the back catalog and can release what they want. I’m sure the guys won’t refuse any checks that come their way but I do hope they have some creative input.