“Killers” by KISS

Artist: KISS
Title: “Killers”
Label: Mercury/Universal
Release Date: 6/25/1996
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

The lackluster reception to the bands “Music From The Elder” release of 1981 was not good for the band who was still reeling from the less than promising response they received for “Unmasked” and resultant of this another Greatest Hits album was released. The recording would be the second of such issues from the group and feature a number of the same songs that we found on “Double Platinum”. The crucial difference would be the inclusion of four new songs which had a little bit more of the bands original Hard Rock sound to them as opposed to the type of material we found on “Elder”, “Unmasked” and “Dynasty”. The album was never released in the US domestically and if you were a KISS fan back during the time of its release finding this on vinyl was like hitting the jackpot. I remember when I first found my copy, as I was out wandering Greenwich Village after dinner with a girlfriend who was also a music nut. We started hitting record store after record store and there it was staring me in the face at one of those shops.

The release would be a German copy, as the bands signature “S” was different. There was no internet yet and since no one else I knew had a copy the four new songs were a complete mystery to me. The new songs were half good and half only ok in my opinion, but back then I just loved having new material from the band to enjoy. “I’m A Legend Tonight” was a powerhouse opening for the release and had a solid chorus to it. It wasn’t as heavy as something one would find on “Love Gun”, but something about the tune made me feel it would have worked well on “Destroyer”. “Down On Your Knees” struck me as a secondary or side B track yet it had some moments. My favorite of the new tracks was left with “Nowhere To Run” as it was quite the dramatic tune and had a number of different feels and flows to it. Starting heavy and then slowing down a bit until it reached a pounding chorus. The last new track on the album was “Partners In Crime” and this one never did it for me but it’s a decent Paul track. Stanley actually sang all of the new numbers while Gene only did backup. The only photo of the group is on the cover and the guys are all sporting their “Elder” costumes. Ace Frehley is pictured but in reality he was not truly a collaborator on the album and would soon leave the band.

As was noted earlier, the other songs are existing band hits and with the exception of the tracks that came from “Dynasty”, “Music From The Elder” and ‘Unmasked”, all of the rest had been a part of “Double Platinum”. If you can find this CD as a cheap import its worth owning as a KISS collector and there was a booklet in my Japanese copy that provides lyrics to all of the songs as opposed to just the new ones. Sadly, there are not any additional photos to enjoy.

Track Listing:
1. I’m A Legend Tonight
2. Down On Your Knees
3. Cold Gin
4. Love Gun
5. Shout It Out Loud
6. Escape From The Island
7. Sure Know Something
8. Nowhere To Run
9. Partners In Crime
10. Detroit Rock City
11. God Of Thunder
12. I Was Made For Lovin’ You
13. Shandi
14. Rock & Roll All Nite (live)

Official Web site: www.kissonline.com

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