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Hotter Than Hell [LP] [Dolby]

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  • Vinyl (April 1, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Dolby
  • Label: UMe
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated KISS album. September 23, 1999
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Spirits of tortured souls revealed in guitar solo 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 30 Years Later, It Still Rocks Hard! 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of their better early efforts March 10, 2006
By Riley
Format:Audio CD
Don't laugh. This is a very good album and it stayed in constant rotation on my turntable when it first came out.

It's a rock guitar dream come true. Just listen to Strange Ways and tell me Ace can't play some fantastic guitar. This was in the days when they were struggling to make a name for themselves. Not the greatest sound quality. Still this is one for a true fan of the band and anyone who loves 70's hard rock guitar.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss' Second Album Is Near Perfect! January 16, 2006
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After the poor reception and slow sales of Kiss' first album, the record company ordered them to return to the studio just a few months after the first album was released to create another album. The result was one of the best albums of their career, even though the production is a bit shoddy.

1. Got To Choose-5/5. Excellent Paul song that wasn't performed much after the Alive album. The lyrics are really cool and the vocals are excellent. Very heavy song.
2. Parasite-5/5. Another song written by Ace and sung by Gene. This has a classic heavy metal riff with great lyrics and plenty of attitude.
3. Goin' Blind-5/5. Great song by Gene with excellent music and vocals. The lyrics aren't great but they aren't terrible either. The most appealing thing about this song is the music. It is very unique.
4. Hotter Than Hell-5/5. This song is where the bad production shows up more than on any other. The song itself is great. Very heavy riff, great lyrics and vocals by Paul. One of their best.
5. Let Me Go, Rock and Roll-5/5. Very upbeat, fast tempo song written by Paul and Gene and sung by Gene. The lyrics are very rock and roll type lyrics. The chorus is very catchy. A great song.
6. All the Way-4/5. Another heavy song by Gene. The vocals are great, the music is cool, but the chorus is lacking a bit, making this a 4 instead of a 5. Still great, though.
7. Watchin' You-5/5. One of my personal favorite Kiss songs. The lyrics and vocals are really cool and the riff is awesome. Heavy metal at its best.
8. Mainline-4/5. Written by Paul and sung by Peter, this is a great song, but is very different for Kiss. It doesn't have the heavy riffs that most Kiss songs have and the chorus has a more rock and less metal feel to it.
9. Comin' Home-4/5.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars HTH - Simply put its a solid rock album
HTH is an album that has a lot of highs and some lows. I became a KISS fan in 1977 so I've had plenty of time to think about this album. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent! Received quickly and as advertised. Thank you very much!
Published 16 days ago by KIP DUSAIR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This 2014 vinyl release sounds amazing!!
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth M. Mullet
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by gary ritter
1.0 out of 5 stars KISS ARMY
All KISS' early recordings are great. I bought my first album in 1976, it was Kiss Destoyer, after that I went KISS CRAZY! As did the rest of the world. Read more
Published 3 months ago by steve shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Hotter Than Hell
This album to me is the best of Kiss' first 3 (later reissues as the Originals). It really represents the early 70's and the early kiss sound like no other Kiss album. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Schlitze
So KISS is celebrating 40 years of recording and it seems to be in big style! I just got my Hotter than Hell 2014 vinyl, and mixed feelings are present... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ShanghaiSally02
4.0 out of 5 stars My opinion about this album.
My review, song by song.

1. Got To Choose - 4/5 Pretty good opener.
2. Parasite - 4/5 I really like this one quite a bit.
3. Goin' Blind - 4/5 Good song. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nick DeGeorge
5.0 out of 5 stars KISS RULES!!!!!
HOTTER THAN HELL is one of the best KISS albums...It's still from the early KISS, before they become bubblegum and toys....PURE RAW METAL ROCK STUFF!!!! Read more
Published 8 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars This is KISS at their Best ! Take it from a professional drummer and a...
5 out of 5 stars !!! Take my word for it !

This a perfect album. Strange Ways is a stand out - if you like heavy metal - this is a slow, ripping heavy song, which Ace... Read more
Published 8 months ago by John Stephanski
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