“Favorites” by KISS

Artist: KISS
Title: “Favorites”
Label: Island/Mercury Records
Release Date: 6/10/2008
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 3.75/5

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.

In looking at the presented tracks I think this is a damn fine place to start for a new KISS fan. The first group of tunes are the earliest winners and while I have not a single issue with any tracks, felt that fine tunes like “Let Me Know” or “Coming Home” would have been nice inclusions or surprises to someone discovering the band. This release takes the listener on an all too short journey across their first four albums and six full tunes are from the band’s debut “KISS” which makes me wonder if it was just a better idea to purchase the full album instead of dealing with a compilation. There are also five tunes from the seminal “Destroyer” release but as a fan who can find no real overall fault in the bands early material, I am going to say that this is nice for a teaser taste.

If you already own “45: The Complete Collection” there is no reason to purchase this release. However, if you only want a handful of KISS tunes for your music player then this is perfect for you. The KISS completist now has several digital releases to investigate in order to have the absolute best physical and digital collections. I do think that a digital only release should be a little cheaper since there is no production costs involved either. Shop wisely.

Track Listing:
1. Strutter
2. Nothin’ To Lose
3. Firehouse
4. Deuce
5. Got To Choose
6. Hotter Than Hell
7. Rock Bottom
8. C’mon and Love Me
9. Black Diamond
10. Cold Gin
11. Rock and Roll All Nite
12. Detroit Rock City
13. God Of Thunder
14. Shout It Out Loud
15. Beth

Official Website: www.kissonline.com

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