speaking of post concert doctoring....
The initial producer targeted for the project, Ronnie Dean, declined the invitation that Eddie Kramer ultimately accepted. Kramer, in fact, passed up the opportunity to do Boston's debut album to work on Alive! Unfortunately, much of the live material recorded for the album was deemed useless, and the album had to be redone top to bottom in the studio. Kramer himself admits, "The first live album was all overdubbed at Electric Lady. Only the drums were kept from the original live recordings; virtually everything else was replaced." JR Smalling continues, "I recall specifically that the explosion at the very top of the show did not record well live. I remember Eddie hunting for a sample of an explosion and dubbing it over the live explosion." Using the ample time between the scattered gigs at the end of the Dressed to Kill tour, Kiss did the overdubs for Alive! at Electric Lady Studios. Most of the work was completed by Aug. 7, 1975.
taken from KISS Alive Forever
(The complete touring history)
no wonder the actual 'live show tapes' never come across quite as polished
Still dig Alive!, regardless the 'doctored' feel though.