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Criss, Peter - 1982 Let Me Rock You
This album is a marked improvement over Criss' poor 1978 self titled effort and 1980's dull 'Out Of Control', showing more urgency in hard rock and AOR areas.

Kiss - 1974 Hotter Than Hell
Much has been said of this album and for me it's superior to the debut because there's a harder edge evident. he album is full of Kiss standards and lesser known tracks, but somehow remains somewhat obscure when considering Kiss' more classic albums.

Kiss - 1974 Kiss
IMO, US hard rock starts getting its own identity with Kiss. Blues and rock and roll were born in America, hard rock in Great Britain, Kiss took the english influence, 'Americanized' it, and brought it back to their country...

Kiss - 1975 Alive!
'Alive!' paved the way for live releases like 'Frampton Comes Alive!', 'Foghat Live', 'Double Live Gonzo!', 'Live At Budokan' and many more. It's a landmark for live albums and Kiss' most indisputable musical legacy.

Kiss - 1975 Dressed To Kill
With all but two songs under three minutes this is a short, concise rock and roll masterpiece from the band.

Kiss - 1976 Destroyer
When sitting down to write this review, my absolute lack of enthusiasm for 'Destroyer' almost hindered even getting this far. Widely controversial among Kiss fans to this day, the circumstances surrounding the album have been discussed and analyzed to the point of overkill. 'Destroyer' is an important album regardless, and belongs here with their other masses of reviewed albums..

Kiss - 1976 Rock And Roll Over
The album was the tonic Kiss fans were hoping for and the album went platinum quickly, leading into 1977 nicely where they would achieve their biggest success.

Kiss - 1977 Alive II
Like its predecessor 'Alive!', this record served the purpose of translating the Kiss live experience to vinyl and leaving a huge impression on teenagers across the globe.

Kiss - 1977 Love Gun
'Love Gun' followed close on the heels of the 'Rock And Roll Over' album and the group's first tour of Japan a month before recording commenced.. the end result was rather patchy though..

Kiss - 1979 Dynasty
To be honest the album as a whole is uneven stylistically, even with a few classics on board. It just proved Kiss were unraveling, having hit their peak and slowly descending.

Kiss - 1980 Unmasked
'Unmasked', along with 'Asylum', is perhaps Kiss' most forgotten album.

Kiss - 1981 The Elder
In 1981 Kiss took the step of producing, well what shall we call it, a concept album? A movie soundtrack to a film that was never was? I wonder even if they got as far as commissioning a screenplay before the next fashion took hold. Whatever it was..

Kiss - 1982 Creatures Of The Night
This is quite possibly the only perfect Kiss album, with each track as good as the next.

Kiss - 1983 Lick It Up
A landmark album of sorts for the masked wonders of rock n roll! It's the album which saw the band unmasked for the first time. By this stage of their career, it was time for Kiss to launch something new to keep their 80's era fresh, otherwise they were in danger of being lost in new territory such as MTV.

Kiss - 1984 Animalize
Kiss continued with the heavier direction they had assumed in 1982, but there was an easing of more melodic numbers amongst the more frantic fare. The album was a chart success, top twenty on both sides of the Atlantic, further evidence of Kiss' rightful decision to shed the makeup.

Kiss - 1985 Asylum
Often dismissed in the Kiss canon of works, 'Asylum' appeared during a prolific period for the band following the removal of their makeup in 1983, despite shuffles in the guitar dept.

Kiss - 1987 Crazy Nights
Kiss are often dismissed as just another metal/hard rock band, but in truth there's plenty of AOR and melodic rock to enjoy from 1978 onwards, including this album..

Kiss - 1989 Hot In The Shade
'Hot In The Shade' was an attempt at the hard rock market that was saturating the charts and airwaves during the late 80's but somehow lacked the melody of 'Unmasked' or 'Crazy Nights'; while the heaviness of 'Creatures Of The Night', 'Lick It Up' and 'Animalize' was absent.

Kiss - 1992 Revenge
'Revenge' is frequently hailed as Kiss' best unmasked-era album. To me, that award goes to 'Lick It Up'. Although a vast improvement over the lame 'Hot In The Shade', this is on par with Kiss' 80's output, no more.

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Kiss - 1997 Carnival Of Souls - The Final Sessions
This album review was a struggle from start to finish, lack of inspiration, desperation, plain boredom but the odd moment of enlightenment.

Kiss - 2009 Sonic Boom
For no frills, basic good time hard rock, this is one of the best displays of the decade.

Kiss - 2012 Monster
I suppose we should be grateful for new Kiss material some 40 plus years into their career, but after listening repeatedly to 'Monster' I keep asking myself is this really any good?

Kiss - 2016 The Definitive Examination of Music from The Elder Kiss' cult-classic concept album (Book)
This book is a truly exhaustive examination of an album that barely scratched Billboard's top 100 on release.

Stanley, Paul - 1978 Paul Stanley
All released on the same day (Sept 18th, 1978), all four members of Kiss released solo albums. This is Paul Stanley's..

The Essential Series - 2017 Power Pop (Volume 1), by Explorer
This particular list is all about my personal favourites of what I consider to be Power Pop, so in no particular order, Let's Shake Some Action!!

The Essential Series - 2017 US Hard Rock (Volume 1) by Dtabachn
The early days of American Hard Rock produced some classic LP's. Here's ten of the best as cherry-picked by Dave Tabachnik. And it's only Volume 1, with more to come..