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Japanese-only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) paper sleeve pressing of this classic album from the Glam Hard Rockers, originally released in 1974. SHM-CDs can be played on any audio player and delivers unbelievably high-quality sound. You won't believe it's the same CD! Universal. 2008.
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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Although the first KISS album is a classic, it suffered from bad production, making the songs sound weak and thin. This second outing from the "Painted Ones" sounds much heavier and has a wall of sound production that gives this album an "edge" that some KISS albums lack. Suprisingly, this album is often overlooked considering that some of the most bonafide KISS KLASSIKS are here. "Let Me Go, Rock N Roll" is a heavy Rockabilly number that has remained a staple of KISS live shows to this day. Likewise, "Parasite", "Watchin' You", and "Hotter Than Hell" are true gems that most KISS fans can easily start singing at the mere mention of their names. This is easily my favorite of the classic KISS albums and it sounds best when listining to it at top volume with headphones at 3:00 am.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J.J. Juicy Eyes on October 28, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The beginning....... In 1974 KISS released their first 3 albums in 12 months. Hotter Than Hell was the 2nd one. They were new on the scene, touring constantly, trying to find their sound and creating a live following. HTH documents this scenario perfectly.

The sound on the album can only be described as bass driven and muddy. The guitar solos are Ace's most unique and the songwriting is basic, cavemanish, rushed, unpolished, raw & simple.

All of the things mentioned above ended up being perfect ingredients for an incredible album. A snapshot of the time when a beast was learning how to walk and hunt and kill.

Seems to me that for KISS the songs that they come up with fast and record live in the studio seem to be their best. If you overthink it or beat it to death, the initial urgency/passion of the song fades away. Hotter Than Hell is one of a kind. No other KISS album is like it. If you were to clean it up or try to make it sound better you would destroy it.

All 4 band members put their stamp on this one. Strange ways is so unique that it is the highlight of this album. The guitar solo cannot be duplicated. Frehley channels the spirits of tortured souls through his Les Paul and the Marshall Amplifier can barely keep them contained from entering our dimension. When I played Strange Ways in the car my wife thought the cassette was dragging.....she hated it.....naturally I loved it and informed her that it was actually a CD and that it just has that slow, sludgy, heaviness. The only thing that has ever come close to the solo is Randy Bachman (BTO) guitar solo in "Second Hand" 2:05-end of song.

This album came out when KISS was hungry.....and it shows!!!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Potocki on October 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Many point to this album as not being one of Kiss' better efforts, or that it was a career "misstep"; in a way, I agree with the first, but I definitely don't agree with the second. Yes, this is not one of their better efforts, but it certainly doesn't suck by any means; the "sophomore jinx" didn't apply here as Kiss returned with a vengeance not quite 8 months after their classic debut was released.

During this period, Kiss were still trying to find their sound and establish their identity (or rather, conceal their identity!); they were touring at a near-constant pace and also facing a lot of pressure from their record label and management to deliver a "hit" album. So considering that this was rehearsed and recorded very quickly on their rare days off from touring (and not to mention that this was their 2nd album released in the same year), it's a consistent and rewarding album.

I absorbed "Hotter Than Hell" pretty heavily back in the day, but I've recently began re-absorbing it and have developed an even greater appreciation for it 30 years later. I agree with the many people who have said that the sound quality and production on this album are substandard and primitive, but perhaps that was the point of it all; a majority of the basic tracks were recorded live in the studio, and the liner notes on the CD state that with this album, Kiss succeeded in achieving the "untamed" sound they had been searching for.

Musically, the one member of Kiss who shines on this album is Ace Frehley; he began to make his presence known and stepped up to the plate to deliver some of his best guitar solos as well as some of his best and heaviest songs. "Strange Ways" is a prime example...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on May 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
THE BAND: Gene Simmons (Gene Klein), Paul Stanley (Stanley Eisen), Ace Frehley (Paul Frehley), Peter Criss (Peter Crisscoula).

THE DISC: Released 10/22/74. Recorded at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, CA. 10 songs clocking in at approximately 33 minutes. Hints of Japanese culture on the cover in conjunction with the band's kabuki style make up. Originally released on Casablanca Records in 1974; this remastered edition was released in 1997 on Mercury's label. Slightly improved sound in my book (deeper bass guitars and crisper highs)... but that's not saying much - the production on this album (and their first release) are downright horrible. Liner notes are slim - a 2 page fold out with song titles, writing credits and times. Underneath the disc on the inside cover, there's an informative 5 paragraph history of what the band was going through at the time.

COMMENTS: No radio hits here, however "Alive" (1975) featured 5 killer songs from "Hotter Than Hell"... the title track, "Parasite", "Let Me Go, Rock and Roll", "Watchin' You", and "Got To Choose". The deeper album cuts were very good as well - like "Goin' Blind", "Mainline" and "All The Way". In my opinion, the song writing here is/was top notch for Kiss. However, Kiss proved ultimately, that their live show was without question, far superior to their vinyl release(s). Great songs; flat production; a sign of greater things to come.
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