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Kiss' Top 10 Albums Ranked

The absolute cream of the Kiss crop

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'Alive II' (1977)
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9. 'Alive II' (1977)

This album was released just two years after Alive!, by which time Kiss, despite heavy touring, had managed to squeeze out another trio of studio efforts. As a result, Alive II, again a double-disc set, basically reproduces the blockbuster formula of its predecessor, but with an entirely new batch of songs (making it perhaps the last time, if we pretend that the album represents one discrete show, that the band didn't play "Rock and Roll All Nite"). Furthermore, in ignoring anything recorded pre-Alive!, Kiss also demonstrated just how much good stuff — "Detroit Rock City," "King of the Night Time World," "Shock Me," "Love Gun," "Shout It Out Loud" — they had cut in a ridiculously short span of time. And while Alive II's fourth side which consists of a few studio-recorded originals and a cover, feels completely unnecessary, it does hold one deep-cut nugget in the Frehley-penned "Rocket Ride," which speeds along on a ratty, heavily-phased guitar riff and is topped with a characteristically woozy Ace vocal. 

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