Offered for sale is a fully complete original Japanese pressing of Alive II by Kiss, including all inserts and the original obi.
This is the first issue that features an obi that describes the bonus items included inside.
About this copy: This copy of Alive II is an original 1977 pressing on the Casablanca label.
The cover is VG+, with wear at the edges and corners. The obi is M-.
The inserts include a lyric insert, two custom inner sleeves, an “Evolution of Kiss” photo booklet, and a sheet of water-slide tattoos that is nearly always missing. The booklet and lyric insert are VG++, with slight foxing. The inner sleeves and tattoo sheet are M-.
The two discs are M- with a few spindle marks on the labels. Clean discs that have had a fair amount of play but have been well cared for.
This copy also includes a poster from Music Life magazine. This is not the rare poster that was given away in stores with the purchase of the album.
A nice copy of an album that rarely turns up complete, as the tattoo sheet is nearly always missing.
Background: Released in 1977, Alive II was the second live album by Kiss.
The Album reached #7 on the U.S. charts and has sold more than two million copies.
For Kiss’ breakthrough 1975 release Alive!, the band had a total of three studio albums from which to select their in-concert repertoire. By mid-1977, Kiss had released another three studio recordings (Destroyer, Rock and Roll Over, and Love Gun), and with a new Kiss album needed for the holiday season, a second live album, Alive II, was assembled. Three sides were recorded live in concert at the Los Angeles Forum (with a few tracks recorded in Japan), while the fourth side featured five new studio recordings. Like its predecessor, there’s been quite a lot of speculation concerning extensive overdubbing (the proof being that you can often hear several Paul Stanley voices singing backup simultaneously!), but Alive II shows that Kiss was still an exciting live band despite all the hype.
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