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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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