Jul 01

Kiss – Carnival Of Souls: The Final Sessions (1997/2014) 
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Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions is the 17th studio album by KISS. It was released in 1997 and produced by Toby Wright, Gene Simmons, and Paul Stanley. The album was well-received and peaked at #27 on the US Billboard Pop Albums chart.

Before Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley reunited with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, they recorded Carnival of Souls with guitarist Bruce Kulick and drummer Eric Singer, intending to release the record either in late 1995 or early 1996. Once the reunion took off, Carnival of Souls was shelved and Kulick and Singer were unceremoniously given their walking papers, the final chapter of their history erased from public record. Unsurprisingly, the unreleased album became a hot bootleg in collector’s circles, paving the way for its official release in the fall of 1997. ~~AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 Hate 4:37
2 Rain 4:46
3 Master & Slave 4:57
4 Childhood’s End 4:21
5 I Will Be There 3:49
6 Jungle 6:49
7 In My Head 4:00
8 It Never Goes Away 5:52
9 Seduction Of The Innocent 5:16
10 I Confess 5:23
11 In The Mirror 4:26
12 I Walk Alone 6:08

Personnel:
Paul Stanley – rhythm guitar, vocals
Gene Simmons – bass guitar, vocals
Bruce Kulick – lead guitar, bass guitar on “Rain”, “I Will Be There”, “Jungle”, “It Never Goes Away”, “In the Mirror”, and “I Walk Alone”, lead vocals on “I Walk Alone”[4]Eric Singer – drums, percussion, backing vocals

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Jul 01

Kiss – Alive III (1993/2014)
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Alive III is a live album by KISS released in 1993, featuring performances recordd during the band’s 1992 tour in support of their album Revenge. Alive III was certified gold in 1994 and was the first live album the band had released since 1977’s Alive II.

Judged against Kiss’ previous Alive! albums, Alive III doesn’t hold up particularly well. Instead of relying on raw energy and ridiculous but dynamic showmanship, the band plays like the professionals they are, performing a competent set that never catches fire. However, if Alive III is judged against Kiss’ late-’80s and early-’90s records, it holds up very well. By cutting away the filler that plagued their studio records, the band is left with a consistently entertaining batch of songs served up with style. It might not be as exciting as the first two Alive albums, but Alive III provides more thrills than most of the group’s records of the previous decade. ~~AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1. Creatures Of The Night 04:41
2. Deuce 03:43
3. I Just Wanna 04:22
4. Unholy 03:43
5. Heaven’s On Fire 04:02
6. Watchin’ You 03:37
7. Domino 03:49
8. I Was Made For Lovin’ You 04:30
9. I Still Love You 05:58
10. Rock And Roll All Nite 03:43
11. Lick It Up 04:24
12. Forever 04:16
13. Take It Off 05:40
14. I Love It Loud 03:50
15. Detroit Rock City 05:04
16. God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II 05:22
17. Star Spangled Banner 02:18

Personnel:
Paul Stanley – rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Gene Simmons – bass guitar, lead vocals
Bruce Kulick – lead guitar, backing vocals
Eric Singer – drums, backing vocals
with
Derek Sherinian – keyboards, backing vocals

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Jul 01

Kiss – Revenge (1992/2014)
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Revenge is Kiss’ sixteenth studio album and the first record released by the group after the death of drummer Eric Carr. The record was dedicated to the late band member who was replaced by drummer Eric Singer. Revenge is one of their most popular later albums, it peaked at number 6 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, 10 in the UK and 5 in Australia. The record produced singles “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll to You II”, “Unholy” and “Domino”.

Despite coming off a monster ballad with Hot in the Shade’s Michael Bolton-penned “Forever,” Kiss was plagued by financial instability due to Simmons and Stanley’s extravagance; worse, drummer Eric Carr succumbed to cancer in November 1991. But even with the grunge movement in full effect, Kiss was luckily recognized as a major influence on everyone from Trent Reznor to Lenny Kravitz — their ’70s legacy intact despite the band’s often dubious choices in the ’80s. And even though they, too, were on the brink of commercial extinction, being savvy businessmen first and foremost, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley fully understood the lay of the land. Not only did they need to make a definitive record, they needed to completely re-invent themselves, visually and sonically. The first step was to secure hard rock veteran Eric Singer to fill Carr’s shoes; next, the band rekindled its relationship with producer Bob Ezrin. Again, never ones to ignore lucrative business opportunities, Simmons and Stanley swallowed their pride and rejoined forces with former bandmate Vinnie Vincent. Together, they co-wrote Revenge’s three centerpieces — “Unholy,” “I Just Wanna,” and “Heart of Chrome.” Bringing Vincent back to the Kiss fold ultimately proves to be the album’s coup de grâce. Some of the cuts are excellent, delivered with conviction and panache, but for all the hype, the album is also tainted with filler. On the up tip, Ezrin’s mongo-enormous production galvanizes the Kiss sound, making it fresh again. The band’s promotional efforts would help propel the album’s first-week sales sky high, culminating with a Top Ten Billboard chart entry, but indifference once again plagued the ensuing arena tour. ~~AllMusic Review by John Franck

Tracklist:
1 Unholy 03:44
2 Take It Off 04:51
3 Tough Love 03:44
4 Spit 03:33
5 God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II 05:20
6 Domino 04:01
7 Heart Of Chrome 04:03
8 Thou Shalt Not 04:00
9 Every Time I Look At You 04:40
10 Paralyzed 04:15
11 I Just Wanna 04:08
12 Carr Jam 1981 02:44

Recorded February 1991-March 1992 at Rumbo Recorders, Track Records, Cornerstone Recorders, Ocean Way Recording, The Enterprise Studios and A&M Studios in CA; and Acme Recording Studios in New York, NY.

Personnel:
Paul Stanley – rhythm guitar, vocals
Gene Simmons – bass guitar, vocals
Eric Carr – backing vocals (“God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll to You II”), drums (“Carr Jam 1981”, old demo recording)
Bruce Kulick – lead guitar, backing vocals, bass guitar
Eric Singer – drums, backing vocals

Additional Personnel:
Dick Wagner – guitar
Kevin Valentine – drums
Tommy Thayer, Jesse Damon – backing vocals

Production:
Producer: Bob Ezrin
Recording engineers: Chris Steinmetz, Niko Bolas, George Tutko, Pete Magdaleno (assistant), Dick Keneshiro (assistant), Bart Stevens (assistant), Andy Udoff (assistant), Julie Last (assistant), Richard Hasal (assistant)
Mixing engineers: Mick Guzauski and Rall Rogut

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Jul 01

Kiss – Smashes, Thrashes & Hits (1988/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:07 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Rock
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Smashes, Thrashes & Hits is Kiss’ third greatest hits album, including two previously unreleased tracks and titles from Love Gun, Destroyer, Creatures of the Night, Kiss, Lick It Up, Animalize,Rock and Roll Over, Asylum, Dynasty and Dressed to Kill. The album peaked at number 21 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1988. Many of the songs that had been recorded with the original line-up were altered in some way, Eric Carr re-recorded the title “Beth” which had been sung by drummer Peter Criss, making it the first record featuring Carr on lead vocals.

Smashes, Thrashes & Hits is a compilation of Kiss’s greatest hits from their ’80s career. Since there weren’t enough chart-toppers from that period to fill an entire album, however, ’70s classics from their more theatrical days are also included, such as “Love Gun,” “Shout It Out Loud,” and “Rock and Roll All Nite.” (Peter Criss’ power ballad, “Beth,” is also featured on the album, but is a re-recorded version with then-drummer Eric Carr on vocals.) This combination of classic power rock and pop-metal is what makes the record entertaining, and the album’s two new tracks, “Let’s Put the X in Sex” and “(You Make Me) Rock Hard,” continue to display Kiss’ interesting melodies. Although necessary only to the avid Kiss fan, Smashes, Thrashes & Hits is an acceptable compilation and is another good introduction to the band. ~~AllMusic Review by Barry Weber

Tracklist:
1. Let’s Put The X In Sex 03:49
2. (You Make Me) Rock Hard 03:28
3. Love Gun 03:30
4. Detroit Rock City 03:48
5. I Love It Loud 03:43
6. Deuce 03:22
7. Lick It Up 03:56
8. Heaven’s On Fire 03:20
9. Calling Dr. Love 03:36
10. Strutter 03:21
11. Beth 02:48
12. Tears Are Falling 03:54
13. I Was Made For Lovin’ You 04:30
14. Rock And Roll All Nite 02:56
15. Shout It Out Loud 03:06

Personnel:
Paul Stanley – vocals, guitar
Ace Frehley – guitar, vocals
Bruce Kulick – guitar, vocals
Vinnie Vincent – guitar
Mark St. John – guitar
Gene Simmons – bass, vocals
Eric Carr – drums, vocals
Peter Criss – drums, backing vocals

Production:
Producers: Neil Bogart, Bob Ezrin, Michael James Jackson, Kenny Kerner, Eddie Kramer, Vini Poncia, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Richie Wise
Recording engineers: Ben Kape and Dave Wittman

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Jul 01

Kiss – Asylum (1985/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:21 minutes | 869 MB | Genre: Rock
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Recorded June-July 1985 at Electric Lady Studios and Right Track Studios in New York, NY.

Asylum is the American hard rock band’s thirteenth studio album originally released in 1985. The record was the first to feature lead guitarist Bruce Kulick who officially replaced KISS’ previous guitarist Mark St. John in 1984. Asylum produced single “Tears Are Falling” which made it to number 20 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock chart and number 51 on the Hot 100. The album made it to number 12 on the UK Albums chart and 20 on the US Billboard Pop Albums chart in 1985.

Sonically, Kiss retained their revitalized roar throughout Asylum, turning in a tough but supple performance that would have been more impressive if the songs were stronger. ~~AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 King Of The Mountain 04:19
2 Any Way You Slice It 04:03
3 Who Wants To Be Lonely 04:02
4 Trial By Fire 03:44
5 I’m Alive 03:51
6 Love’s A Deadly Weapon 03:32
7 Tears Are Falling 03:55
8 Secretly Cruel 03:52
9 Radar For Love 04:00
10 Uh! All Night 04:03

Personnel:
Paul Stanley – rhythm guitar, vocals, bass guitar
Gene Simmons – bass guitar, vocals
Eric Carr – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Bruce Kulick – lead guitar, backing vocals

Additional personnel:
Jean Beauvoir – bass guitar and backing vocals (on “Who Wants To Be Lonely” and “Uh! All Night”)
Allan Schwartzberg – drum overdubs

Production:
Producers: Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons

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Jul 01

Kiss – Animalize (1984/2014)
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Recorded May-July 1984 at Right Track Studios in New York, NY.

Animalize is the American hard rock group’s 12th studio album. The record includes singles “Heaven’s on Fire” and “Thrills in the Night”. This was the only album that featured lead guitarist Mark St. John, who replaced Vinnie Vincent in 1984. Animalize was the second album, of the group’s later period, where the Kiss members appeared “unmasked”.

Animalize was more successful than the previous Lick It Up, but that’s only because its predecessor had accomplished the job of restoring the band’s reputation among adolescents. While it followed the same pattern as Lick It Up, most of the songs were second-rate, with the noticeable exception of the smoldering “Heaven’s on Fire.” ~~AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 I’ve Had Enough (Into The Fire) 03:52
2 Heaven’s On Fire 03:21
3 Burn Bitch Burn 04:43
4 Get All You Can Take 03:44
5 Lonely Is The Hunter 04:31
6 Under The Gun 04:02
7 Thrills In The Night 04:21
8 While The City Sleeps 03:41
9 Murder In High-Heels 03:52

Personnel:
Paul Stanley – rhythm guitar, bass guitar, lead vocals
Gene Simmons – bass guitar, lead vocals
Eric Carr – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Mark St. John – lead guitar

Additional Personnel:
Bruce Kulick – lead guitar
Jean Beauvoir – bass guitar
Allan Schwartzberg – drum overdubs

Production:
Producer: Paul Stanley

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Jul 01

Kiss – Lick It Up (1983/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:32 minutes | 924 MB | Genre: Rock
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Lick It Up is the hard rock band’s eleventh studio album. The 1983 record was the first to feature new lead guitarist Vinnie Vincent who replaced Ace Frehley in 1982 during Kiss’ 10th Anniversary Tour. Lick It Up produced singles “Lick It Up” which the group continues to perform live today, and “All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose”. The group went out ‘unmasked’ while promoting the album, leaving behind their trademark face paint, which hadn’t been done since the band’s early days.

Due to the underachievement of their exceptional 1982 comeback album, Creatures of the Night, Kiss knew the time was right to drop the makeup, so in September 1983 the band shocked their fans by unmasking on MTV. Their first non-makeup album, Lick It Up, followed soon after and successfully re-established the band among the heavy metal masses worldwide. Kiss also reconnected with their stateside fans — Lick It Up was the band’s first record to achieve gold status since 1980’s Kiss Unmasked. The album’s success was spurred by MTV’s repeated airing of the imaginative video for the album’s strong title track, and songs such as “Exciter,” “Not for the Innocent,” “A Million to One,” and the rap-rocker “All Hell’s Breaking Loose” confirmed that the band was back on the right track. Vinnie Vincent again proved to be a worthy replacement to original guitarist Ace Frehley but would unfortunately leave the band after the completion of the Lick It Up worldwide tour (eventually resurfacing with the Vinnie Vincent Invasion in the late ’80s). Lick It Up is undoubtedly Kiss’ best non-makeup album. ~~AllMusic Review by Greg Prato

Tracklist:
1 Exciter 4:10
2 Not For The Innocent 4:22
3 Lick It Up 3:56
4 Young And Wasted 4:05
5 Gimme More 3:43
6 All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose 4:34
7 A Million To One 4:17
8 Fits Like A Glove 4:04
9 Dance All Over You Face 4:16
10 And On The 8th Day 4:02

Personnel:
Paul Stanley – rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Gene Simmons – bass guitar, lead vocals
Eric Carr – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Vinne Vincent – lead guitar, backing vocals

Additional Personnel:
Rick Derringer – lead guitar

Production:
Producers: Michael James Jackson, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley

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Jul 01

Kiss – Music from ‘The Elder’ (1981/2014)
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Their ninth studio album, Music from “The Elder” was an epic concept album by KISS that featured orchestral elements. Considered to be one of their weakest efforts, the album sold poorly and the band did not tour in support of it. The album was also the last to feature Ace Frehley until the band’s 1996 Reunion Tour.

By the end of 1980, Kiss knew that their next album had to be a strong one, a glorious return to hard rock à la their classic Destroyer. New drummer Eric Carr had refueled the band’s desire to rock, and the quartet began working on a straight-ahead rock album in early 1981. Midway through, the band felt that they were rewriting past songs, and the sessions were aborted. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley then came up with the idea of recording a concept album, based on a mythical original story by Simmons. Destroyer producer Bob Ezrin was back and encouraged the band’s concept album idea (against both Ace Frehley’s and Carr’s wishes). Simmons and Stanley had high hopes for Music from “The Elder” (such as a movie, an elaborate tour, a follow-up record, etc.), but it completely bombed upon release. The reason? The music is totally uncharacteristic of Kiss — it resembles heavy prog rock for the most part. Some of the songs could have been classics if the pompous and/or hard-to-decipher lyrics were replaced, such as “The Oath,” “Only You,” “I,” and “Just a Boy.” Only two tracks resemble the Kiss of old (Frehley’s “Dark Light” and the instrumental “Escape from the Island”), while the rest is downright embarrassing (“Odyssey,” “A World Without Heroes,” “Under the Rose”). Music from “The Elder” was the final straw for Frehley, who would leave the band in 1982. ~~AllMusic Review by Greg Prato

Tracklist:
1. Fanfare 01:22
2. Just A Boy 02:26
3. Odyssey 05:40
4. Only You 04:17
5. Under The Rose 04:51
6. Dark Light 04:19
7. A World Without Heroes 02:41
8. The Oath 04:32
9. Mr. Blackwell 04:51
10. Escape From The Island 02:51
11. I 05:03

Personnel:
Paul Stanley – rhythm guitar, vocals, lead guitar on “A World Without Heroes” and “The Oath”
Ace Frehley – lead guitar, vocals, bass guitar on “Dark Light”, rhythm guitar on “The Oath”
Gene Simmons – bass guitar, vocals, rhythm guitar on “Only You” and “I”
Eric Carr – drums, percussion, backing vocals, acoustic guitar on “Under the Rose”

With
Bob Ezrin – producer, keyboards, bass guitar on “The Oath” and “Escape from the Island”
Allan Schwartzberg – drums on “Odyssey” and “I”, additional overdubs
The American Symphony Orchestra
St. Robert’s Choir

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Jul 01

Kiss – Unmasked (1980/2014)
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Unmasked is the eighth studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released in 1980. It was the last studio album to feature the original lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss until the band reunited in 1996. Criss actually had no involvement with the recording of the album; Anton Fig (uncredited) played all the drums on the album.

Although Unmasked was certified gold shortly after its release in the U.S., it quickly fell off the charts. Deciding factors included the band’s failure to mount a stateside tour, the fact that the majority of the compositions on Unmasked were easily forgettable, and longtime fans’ weariness with Kiss’ attempts to branch out into other musical styles. Vini Poncia was on board as producer again, and again he replaces the raw, heavy rock of earlier Kiss releases with pop gloss. Several tracks are indeed strong, and would have benefited greatly by a more direct sound, such as “Is That You?”, “Talk to Me”, “Two Sides of the Coin”, “Naked City”, and the single, “Shandi”. But there’s more filler on Unmasked than the average Kiss release – “What Makes the World Go ‘Round”, “Tomorrow”, and “She’s So European” are tedious and predictable, both compositionally and sonically. Again, session drummer Anton Fig fills in for Peter Criss, who would officially split from the band soon after the album’s release (eventually replaced by Eric Carr). Although the band’s popularity dwindled in their homeland, they embarked on a massively successful European and Australian tour, where Unmasked was a huge hit, until year’s end.

Tracklist:
01 – Is That You?
02 – Shandi
03 – Talk To Me
04 – Naked City
05 – What Makes The World Go Round
06 – Tomorrow
07 – Two Sides Of The Coin
08 – She’s So European
09 – Easy As It Seems
10 – Torpedo Girl
11 – You’re All That I Want

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Jul 01

Kiss – Double Platinum (1978/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time –1:09:35 minutes | 1,54 GB | Genre: Rock
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Double Platinum was the American rock group’s first greatest hits album originally released in 1978. The album featured remixed titles from previous Kiss records, many differing from the original recordings and in some cases the tracks were re-recorded entirely. The single from the album “Strutter ’78” was a re-recorded version of their original title “Strutter” with a slight disco beat.

Double Platinum is a double-album, 20-track collection that gathers all of Kiss’ biggest hits (“Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Beth,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Calling Dr. Love,” “Love Gun”), but what makes it an essential retrospective and introduction is that it doesn’t overlook key album tracks and concert favorites like “Cold Gin,” “Deuce,” “Black Diamond,” and “She.” If “Strutter” was represented by the original version, instead of a pointless 1978 remake — which was recorded only to entice collectors into buying an album of music they already owned — Double Platinum would have been a definitive collection, but as it stands, it’s simply a very, very good overview. ~~AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1. Strutter ’78 03:42
2. Do You Love Me 03:34
3. Hard Luck Woman 03:25
4. Calling Dr. Love 03:18
5. Let Me Go, Rock ‘N Roll 02:17
7. God Of Thunder 04:15
8. Firehouse 03:19
9. Hotter Than Hell 03:31
10. I Want You 03:07
11. Deuce 03:03
12. 100,000 Years 03:23
13. Detroit Rock City 03:36
14. Rock Bottom 00:53
15. She 04:34
16. Rock And Roll All Nite 02:49
17. Beth 02:46
18. Makin’ Love 03:14
19. C’mon And Love Me 02:56
20. Cold Gin 04:22
21. Black Diamond 04:15

Personnel:
Paul Stanley – rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Gene Simmons – bass guitar, lead vocals
Ace Frehley – lead guitar, backing vocals
Peter Criss – drums, lead vocals

Production:
Producers: Jimmy Ienner, Kiss, Sean Delaney, Kenny Kerner, Richie Wise, Neil Bogart, Eddie Kramer and Bob Ezrin

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