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Congratulations to KISS on being America’s #1 Gold Record Award Winning Group Of All Time

Hey there readers, I wanted to take a couple of minutes out of your day to share a cool piece of press news that I received yesterday at the PiercingMetal Command HQ. It came from those fine folks at Universal Music who we have worked with a great deal over the years and they maintain the KISS catalog which is right up our alley with the band being one of our most favorite things. According to the announcement, KISS has achieved the status of being the #1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of All Time. I’ll let you read the full statement below and then I will surely come back to raise a glass of wine, coffee, beer (depending on your time zone and preference). Here we go.

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The Press Release:
KISS – AMERICA’S #1 GOLD RECORD AWARD WINNING GROUP OF ALL TIME: KISS (Rock And Roll Hall of Fame), now celebrating its 40th anniversary, has earned more Gold Album Record Awards than any American band in the history of The Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA’s) Gold & Platinum Awards certifications. In the last 41 years, KISS has earned 30 Gold albums (26 KISS albums + 4 Solo Albums that were all released simultaneously — a feat never before achieved by any band.) KISS has 14 Platinum albums, with three albums being multi-Platinum.

“Congratulations to KISS – the new Gold standard for albums by American bands,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, RIAA. “What an extraordinary achievement for an enduring band. Forty years later and the band is still rocking. Congratulations to KISS on their Gold album milestone and continued success.”

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Happy 40th Anniversary to KISS!!!! (1/30/1973-1/30/2013)

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the first gig of the legendary KISS; Yep, on this day back in January of 1973, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley performed together under this name for a mere handful of people at a place known as the Popcorn Club. This venue would later be renamed to The Coventry which is very familiar to those who know their KISStory. The band wore garish makeup and each of them was a character of their own design with The Demon, The Starchild, The Cat and the Space Ace and it was a shock to the Rock and Roll system of the time when they all appeared together in this manner.
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“Discoveries” by KISS

Artist: KISS
Title: “Discoveries”
Label: Island/Mercury Records
Release Date: 7/8/2008
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 3/5

In 2011 I reviewed a KISS “Best Of” compilation called “45: The Complete Collection” and while it was a nice grouping of tunes it was by no means “complete”. It was available as a digital only release which was great for the new generation of music fans who are glued to their iPods or Droid devices and keep connected to their music that way. With that being the case I never expected to find this collection broken up into three separate products now entitled “Favorites”, “Classics” and “Discoveries”. I took my original text about the complete release and expanded upon it lightly for the sake of this review.

This third and final grouping of tracks from the original larger release is actually very interesting to see placed all together based on the fact that so many of the tunes have videos for them. Unless I am mistaken, fourteen of the fifteen inclusions all had videos. That is pretty awesome to find being the case. Tune wise we get two selections from the now unmasked men with “Lick It Up” and three from “Asylum”. There’s two from “Crazy Nights” which is now an album that brings a smile even if it didn’t at the initial time of release and the “hit” from the “Smashes, Thrashes, Hits” compilation that the boys released in the late 80’s. We touch both “Revenge” and “Psycho Circus” with two tracks apiece and I think that the second track from each could have been swapped for something else in my humble opinion. Another interesting aspect of this is the fact that the band had been unmasked during almost all of the tunes until when they give us “Psycho Circus”. By the time that song was historically done, the original members had reunited and once again donned their famous face paint. Of course since then a lot more has changed. Such is life in Rock and Roll.
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“45 The Complete Collection” by KISS

Artist: KISS
Title: “45 Complete Collection”
Label: Mercury Records/Universal Music
Release Date: 6/10/2008
Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Rating: 4.25.5

If you are trying to convince someone about your appreciation of the band KISS and they are not a fan of the physical CD medium and instead are one of those online only purveyors, then “45 – The Complete Collection” is an amazing thing to help you in this mission. The “45 Collection” should be clarified before going any further as not an actual complete collection of the bands work but instead forty five solid tracks that span the bands career from its beginning in 1973 to around 1998 when the original members had reunited and released “Psycho Circus”. In looking at the presented tracks I think this is a damn fine place to start. I’ll briefly speak about each “segment” of tunes and please pardon my breaking it up into the term CD, since these are MP3 downloads only but would be on contiguous discs had this been released in the physical. The first group of tunes are the earliest winners and while I have not a single issue with a track felt that fine tunes like “Let Me Know” or “Coming Home” would have been nice inclusions or surprises to someone discovering the band. Especially when it comes to the first segmentation of tunes. The first segment actually has six full tunes from the band’s debut which makes me wonder if it was just a better idea to purchase the full album. Let’s talk about the other sections for a moment and see what they are about in terms of the hits.
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“Icon” (2CD) by KISS

Artist: KISS
Title: “Icon” (2CD Edition)
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 8/31/2010
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 3/5

Before I begin this review I would like to get a couple of things off my chest which I present to you readers in my open letter to those fine folks at Universal Music.

“Dear Universal Marketing Powers That Be; On behalf of all KISS fans that have the “Simmons Implant” in their brains in terms of it creating a MUST BUY impulse to purchase anything with the bands branding on it, I am asking you to please, please, please stop issuing “Greatest Hits” packages”. Thanks very much, an ardent fan. PS: Feel free to re-release the remastered catalog provided you add bonus tracks to each of them”
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