Title: “KISSology Vol. 2”
Label: VH1 Classics
Release Date: 8/14/2007
Genre: Hard Rock
“You Wanted The Best And You Got The Best, The Hottest Boxed Set In The World — KISSology Volume 2!!!!” Yes indeed fellow KISS fans – our favorite band has returned with the second installment of unreleased footage from deep inside their historic vaults and believe me there are some real gems on this one. “KISSology 2” picks up right where its predecessor left off and covers the years spanning 1978-1991 so that means there is a fair amount of Eric Carr footage to enjoy on top of all the other goodies that they decided to share with us this time around. Given the amount of actual songs that are featured across the three DVD’s in the set, I have opted to instead line out the included main features and then discuss the contents as a whole. There are quite a bit of treats presented on the release and for the most part KISS fans already know about many of these segments existence. Let’s face it – the tape traders and bootleggers were once rampant at music conventions of the past and as result much of this footage was available for years until they cracked down on it something fierce. I have to admit that it’s really nice to see this stuff released officially and restored and cleaned up for maximum viewing/audio pleasure. Let’s go over some of the highlights now shall we?
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Label: VH1 Classics
Release Date: 10/31/2006
Genre: Hard Rock
Thank the Gods Of Rock & Roll because it is finally here! Yes, the legions of the KISS Army and the rest of the world finally have a boxed set collection of early KISS concerts in their entirety along with dozens of rare television appearances and promotional spots. “KISSology” Volume 1 is the first in a series of such DVD releases and in my opinion this is off to a flying start as it features concerts such as Winterland (1975), Cobo Hall, Detroit (1976), as well as Budokan Japan and Houston, TX (1977). Any KISS fan will admit this is the kind of footage that we have been screaming for the band to release for many years. Until now only some select clips were offered as teasers on releases such as “Exposed” and “KISS My A**”. The concerts for the most part are incredible in terms of quality based on their age and in most cases the sound is very clear as well. It’s much better than any bootleg that you would find from these same shows if you had seen them around and it is surely better than the old video tapes that were made when some of this stuff was first broadcast (if you were one of those people lucky enough to have the means to tape things back then). The two DVD’s run about six hours in length and they give you a 20 page photo loaded booklet along with a “backstage pass” from the Spring Tour which makes this one cool addition to your music video library. While the concerts are a great way to enjoy KISS, you are also able to witness the bands rise from their beginnings as we see them as early as 1974 as guests on the Mike Douglas show. Gene’s interview and Mike’s shocked guests are priceless (especially Ms. Fields who wonders aloud if under Gene’s makeup is a nice Jewish boy). There is also a short but interesting documentary from when the band visited Cadillac Michigan in 1975 and literally took over the town for a couple of days. KISS received the key to the city that day and went down in history as a result. We get The Paul Lynde Halloween special but it only includes one of the three numbers performed on the show. Perhaps they will make the follow up unless the footage was lost. It’s fun stuff to see and if you had been a fan for a long time this will take you back while if you are someone who only has a small idea of them then this will be an education.
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