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KISS Gene Simmons [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Gene Simmons, KissAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001ELD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All Sides Of The Demon Explored! August 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This underrated classic has drawn heavy criticism from so-called "fans" because it refuses to bend to one musical style.To say that Gene didn't take his solo project seriously is stupid; it gave him a chance to show a hitherto unseen musical side. Many of the tracks were old ones that wouldn't have suited the heavy metal stomp of Kiss.This is the my favourite of the solo albums.Ace's reveals a talent to be reckoned with; Paul's is good,but predictable; and Peter's . . .let's just say he tried,and leave it at that. Give GENE SIMMONS a listen again . . .you might be happily surprised.
RADIOACTIVE - A chilling laugh starts off the show in fine style. After an intro of puesdo-operatics, the real song emerges; a piano-led rocker with great harmony vocals. Love the 'bubbling' sound effects!
BURNING UP WITH FEVER - We kick off this little tune of with a couple of 'rushed' acoustic guitar(and a comment of "Lovely" from Gene!). What follows is a number in the syle of ALIVE II's 'Larger Than Life', guitar funk complete with female backup on the chorus and Donna Summer's vocals near the end of the track.
SEE YOU TONITE - Mr Simmons has always expressed an admiration for the Beatles, and when he couldn't get Paul MacCartney to contribute to this album, he got not only a soundalike,but a lookalike to take his place! Two members of the hit Broadway show
Beatlemania contribute backup vocals on a few of the tracks. This soft number was brought out for Kiss' MTV UNPLUGGED show to great effect!
TUNNEL OF LOVE - Could have been a castoff from either 'Rock'n'Roll Over' or 'Love Gun'. Good crunchy guitar riffs and female backup on the chorus.
TRUE CONFESSIONS - I don't know how Gene got Helen Reddy for backup vocals on this song; it's a nice touch.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shows Gene's creative side April 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In 1978, at the height of KISS's popularity, rather than release a new studio album, all four members simultaneously released a solo album. Although critics have often called this nothing more than a gimmick, there is no denying the quality of these recordings. All four albums are well written and crafted. All four members of KISS really put their heart and soul into this project and made a solo album that really reflects their personality. KISS was like a stew, made up of four separate ingredients. The KISS solo albums of 1978 really let you see each member and what it is exactly they brought into KISS.

The Gene Simmons album is probably the most musically surprising and diverse of the four. By looking at the album cover, of Gene with the demon makeup, with blood dripping down the mouth, you might expect to hear a no-holds-bar heavy metal album. But if that what you are looking for, you'd be better off listening to the Ace Frehley album. The Gene Simmons album is really a grab-bag of styles and makes for a very interesting listen. Despite the eclectic nature of the album, everything works and it's a great collection of songs, except for the unwise inclusion of "When you wish Upon a Star."

This album is surprisingly mid-paced. The rockers on this album, "Radioactive," "Burning Up With Fever," "Tunnel of Love," "True Confessions" "Living In Sin," are all somewhat tepid, but still interesting. There is also a surprising amount of a Beatles influence on the Gene Simmons album. "See You Tonight," "Always Near You/Nowhere to Hide," "Man of 1,000 Faces," and "Mr. Make Believe" sees Simmons either playing homage to the Beatles (like in See You Tonight) or at least has an element of the Fab Four. "See You in Your Dreams" is really the album's only fast-and-heavy rocker.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool!!! August 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
GENE SIMMONS(1978). Gene Simmons' first solo album.

By the time it was 1978,Gene Simmons had already become one of the most famous men in America. Simmons,along with his fellow bandmates Paul Stanley,Ace Frehley,or Peter Criss had all made KISS the #1 most popular band in America(according to what several Gallup Polls said)--the only problem was that Ace Frehley and Peter Criss had started befriending drugs and alcohol,and after several problems in the band,on September 18,1978,Gene Simmons,Paul Stanley,Ace Frehley,and Peter Criss all released their self-titled solo records,which they had released to take some time off from each other to do their own material. How did The Demon's solo record turn out? Read on for my review of this:

This album,while it wasn't anywhere close to being Paul Stanley's solo album or Ace Frehley's solo album,was still really good. Gene Simmons had certainly developed an ego around the time when he had began writing material for this record and when he had started recording it,and it does kind of show here...but in this instance,that is a good thing. When Gene Simmons was recording this album,he brought in several people like Cher(his girlfriend at the time),Joe Perry,Donna Summer,etc. to help him out with this album,and all of the people who worked on this album with Gene all did a great job at helping make this a good record--they gave more substance to it. The opening track here is RADIOACTIVE,which is a really strong,catchy,and impressive way to open an album--Gene's vocals on this track and Joe Perry's guitar work here both sound really good,and the song,which is about a girl who is maybe a little bit crazy,is just hillarious,fun,and funny from top to bottom--it's a shame that this song was never a hit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Needed it to replace my vinyl, as I listened ...
Needed it to replace my vinyl, as I listened to this as a kid all the time. A must-have for any KISS fan.
Published 6 days ago by Chris Rottkamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by bryan evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
awesome
Published 2 months ago by valentin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect item.
Published 3 months ago by leonard diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars #1 and Four stars
the leader of the KISS Solo albums, and my 2nd personal favorite....Gene Simmons really rocks on this album....a lot of nice Pop tunes,..... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joshua W
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great but it wasn't as bad as detractors claim
Best songs on here are Radioactive, Living In Sin, a remake of Kiss' See You In My Dreams Tonight (wonder why he re made it instead of just doing a new track, also there's a Beatle... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars hi
in regular plastic so ill use itas a wall piece bought a lot of record hangers and ill enjoy looking at it
Published 8 months ago by adamthecollector
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on!
Great band What else can I say? This is a great purchase a one of a kind cd from a unique band, this is more than awesome.
Published 13 months ago by PABG, Somewhere in the world
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect.
Bought this about a year ago but I recall it came early and my boyfriend loved it as a gift. I was wonderful, and plays beautifully highly recremended.
Published 22 months ago by Krista Petzold
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Solo Album Out of The Group
What amazes me most is how The Elder gets so much love and praise from the KISS fan base but this album doesn't. Read more
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