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KISS Gene Simmons Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (September 16, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001ELD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brent Evans on 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 By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman on April 18, 2005
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on December 12, 2010
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I'm not a fan of Kiss because their music feels like nothing more than generic commerical rock to me, but Gene Simmons solo effort released in 1978 is a pretty decent album. It's also a bit more diverse than a Kiss record. However it's definitely lacking in truly great songwriting and guitar solos, which immediately separates it from Ace Frehley's solo album released the same year.

"Mister Make Believe" is a pretty good pop song. It's extremely mellow, and not something you'd normally hear on a Kiss album so this might explain why I like it. It's not quite a ballad though. Probably my favorite song here. "Burning Up With Fever" is a nice mid-tempo track with a nice chorus. That's about the biggest compliment I can GIVE it though- it's just really nice. It's not particularly *great*. Nothing really interesting about the guitar playing despite the guest appearances either. In fact what sounds like good guitar playing is completely buried in the mix so you can't really hear it anyway. Bummer.

Perhaps one of the more underrated tracks is the semi-beautiful "Always Near You/Nowhere to Hide". The verse melody is really sung in a great, compassionate kind of way, and despite its simplicity, it triggers a positive reaction out of me. The gospel female chorus and hand claps at the end are a nice touch. "Tunnel of Love" is a bit *too* simple and reminiscent of a mindless rocker for my tastes, but it's alright I suppose. Just lower your expectations dramatically, haha. The females during the chorus are fruity and pointless too.

"True Confessions" is a typical mid-tempo song with predictable lyrics about "temperatures rising". I get tired of these kind of lyrics in rock songs. It definitely gets boring after a while.
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