“KISS” (remaster) by KISS

Artist: KISS
Title: “KISS” (remaster)
Label: Mercury/Universal
Release Date: 7/17/1997
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 8/10

Originally released in 1973, this is the album that gave the world the one and only KISS. Formed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley after their brief stint as Wicked Lester, the pair from Queens recruited Ace Frehley and Peter Criss and set in motion events that would change the music world forever. As far as the songs on this album are concerned most of the tunes are revered. Many of the KISS mainstays come from this release such as “Strutter”, “Firehouse” and “Cold Gin” and their appeal in the concert world is continued today. The classic opener “Deuce” is also present and surprised me that it was not the first track on the album. Its drive and power surely set the stage for how KISS does things. Quirky favorites exist in “Kissin’ Time” and “Love Theme From KISS”, but over the years their appeal is mostly on the nostalgic side. Technically speaking, “100,000 Years” is one of the best songs on the album, as it brings a real live feel to the record while “Black Diamond” is truly the perfect closer. The track also features Peter Criss on vocals. His raspy tone is an interesting compliment to the styles of Gene and Paul. This is an album that is a must-have for anyone who has an interest in the beginnings of one of rock’s most influential groups. Recommended for the curious fan as well, since despite its release year, it still sounds fresh and exciting today.

The KISS remasters are excellent in their overall sound quality but do not offer any additional or unreleased songs outside of what was on the original album. The original artwork is replicated and features the interesting graphics that often made up a KISS Album. If the artwork was limited, this is of course reflected as well. Music History fans will appreciate the included historical liner notes on the CD’s inner section. Each release has information that is topical to the album and the bands history.

Track Listing:
1. Strutter
2. Nothin’ To Lose
3. Firehouse
4. Cold Gin
5. Let Me Know
6. Kissin’ Time
7. Deuce
8. Love Theme From KISS
9. 100,000 Years
10. Black Diamond

Official Web site: www.KISSonline.com

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