I’ve been in a major KISS mood this weekend. Lately, I listen to KISS shuffled on my Dell DJ but I also took the time to listen to some albums. Here’s the list in order:
Rock And Roll Over (1976) – My favorite KISS album of all-time, also my first at age five (1977). Favorite songs: ‘Mr. Speed’, ‘Baby Driver’, ‘Ladies’ Room’, ‘Love’em And Leave’em’. I get sick of ‘Calling Dr. Love’ so I usually skip it.
Creatures Of The Night (1982) – My second favorite KISS platter. This is one heavy album, a good slice of early ’80s Metal. Favorite tracks: ‘Keep Me Comin’, ‘Creatures Of The Night’, ‘Saint & Sinner’, ‘War Machine’. I have always said that KISS should have recorded this kind of album in ’81 instead of THE ELDER, they might have regained their popularity with the makeup on.
Unmasked (1980) – I know it’s light and Pop/Disco oriented but there are catchy tunes on this record. I like the songs Ace Frehley sings lead the best: ‘Torpedo Girl’, ‘Talk To Me’, ‘Two Sides Of The Coin’. I also dig ‘Shandi’, it’s Pop but it’s good. ‘Naked City’ blows!
Paul Stanley (1978) – In my opinion, the second best solo album (Ace is first) and the most KISS-like. Favorites: ‘Move On’, ‘Tonight You Belong To Me’, ‘Goodbye’, and ‘Love In Chains’. Paul came up with a solid record but it was too safe, it sounded just like a KISS album and took few chances.
Gene Simmons (1978) – I had to listen to this to see if it’s aged better. I listened to it a couple weeks back also and it’s still an OK record. The nice thing is that Gene had balls and took chances, he broke from the KISS mold. Favorites: ‘Radioactive’, ‘See You Tonite’, ‘Burning Up With Fever’. Worst song is ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’…..why?
Peter Criss (1978) – I figured I was on a roll so I might as well keep going with the solos. Peter’s album is different but good. Another member that broke from the KISS mold and took chances, I can respect that. Favorites: ‘You Matter To Me’, ‘Hooked On Rock’n Roll’, ‘Kiss The Girl Goodbye’. I like Peter’s voice a lot, this album ages well if your in the mood for something different.
(I didn’t bother to play the Ace Frehley (1978) solo album because that’s the solo platter I reach for the most.)
Carnival Of Souls: The Final Sessions (1997) – This is the closest thing to new music we’ve had from the band. I had the bootleg for this way before it was officially released and I was really looking forward to an official release, I’m glad they put it out. Favorite songs: ‘Childhood’s End’, ‘Rain’, ‘Master & Slave’, ‘Jungle’, and ‘Seduction Of The Innocent’.
KISS (1974) – I went to the end with CARNIVAL OF SOULS, so I went to the beginning. I’ve seen every song on this album live except for ‘Love Theme from KISS’, ‘Let Me Know’, and ‘Kissin’ Time’. Favorites: All of them, except ‘Kissin’ Time’.