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“Succession” – A Tribute to KISS “Dynasty” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Succession” – A Tribute to KISS “Dynasty”
Label: KISS Fan Tributes
Release Date: 7/9/2009
Genre: Rock
Rating: 2.5/5

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the “Dynasty” album by KISS, the people over at KISS Fan Tributes have released the album “Succession”, which is a CD that delivers a number of artists own interpretations of the now classic recording by those masked men from New York City. Before I delve into this any further the reader must be made aware of my being a KISS “purist” and how I hold many of their tunes as gospel and with this in mind will be a very critical judge on how others choose to deliver their material. To be honest, I have been brutal about how Paul or Ace do some of these songs in concert as solo acts and have maintained a harsh view when I felt that the end did not justify the original means. Here does nothing. The album presents the recording sequentially as we heard the original “Dynasty” and begins with the albums biggest track, the signature “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” as done by The Wildflowers. Fronted by a female lead, this has a truer Disco vibe than the original had and even offers up some trance-like techno feel. It’s ok and offers you the aspect of how the song might have been done with a female singer. “2000 Man” was too slow and droning for my taste but it might appeal to the Stoner Rock fan. While the groove of “Sure Know Something” was pretty close to the original, the vocals of Tim McPhate were not up to snuff for the number and made me feel that perhaps he should have given a different tune a go. “Dirty Livin’” was the first track to really impress me for it was the most on target musically and vocally – nice work from the Coal Bin Bros. Shawn Fox delivers a growling Sleaze Punk version of “Charisma” which is not all that bad and came off as my second favorite on the disc.
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