Label: Island/Mercury Records
Release Date: 6/10/2008
Genre: Hard Rock
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.
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