Symphony: Alive IV is a 2003 live album from the American rock band Kiss, performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO). The arrangements were made by David Campbell, who also conducted the MSO. It is the group's fourth album in the Alive series and first release under Kiss Records and Sanctuary Records. Unlike the first three albums in the Alive series, Alive IV is a symphonic metal album.
Kiss - Symphony Alive IV (2003). Songs in album Kiss - Symphony Alive IV (2003).
This is a live cd that was recorded on February 28th, 2003, in Melbourne, Australia, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The concert consists of three acts. Act One is the only act without the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Kiss Symphony: Alive IV (2003) by Kiss. Labels: Sanctuary Records. Genres: Hard Rock Members: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Peter Criss.
Kiss got to experience it during a one-off show with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Alive IV is the document. The band is continuing the makeup revival that started in 1996, but Ace Frehley has moved on, taking his oddball tunes and loose attitude with him. In a move that fans might see as sacrilege, former Black 'n' Blue guitarist Tommy Thayer has assumed the role of the Spaceman, and the Melbourne show was his debut. It's just one of the disappointments on an album dragged down by a muddy mix and under-rehearsed interaction of band and orchestra.
In the 42 years since the release of the first Kiss album, there have been 19 more studio albums, numerous live albums and compilations, and – most ambitious of all – four solo albums from the original band members, released on the same date: September 18, 1978. Much of the classic Kiss material dates from the 70s, but in the following decade – without Frehley and Criss, and more importantly, without the make-up – Kiss rode the glam-metal wave they had done so much to inspire. This album eventually snuck out a year later as a kind of ‘official bootleg’ deal. 27. Kiss Symphony: Alive IV (2003). Alive! and Alive II were era-defining classics. Alive III was great, too. But with Kiss Symphony: Alive IV, they were milking that thing dry.