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Of the old tracks, this is one of the few greatest hits packages that does not focus on the first album. Usually KISS greatest hits compilations will have Deuce, Firehouse, Strutter, and maybe Black Diamond. Killers only offers Cold Gin. The other tracks are from Destroyer (Shout It Out Loud, Detroit Rock City, God of Thunder, thankfully, NO Beth), Love Gun (title track), Dynasty (Sure Know Something, I Was Made for Loving You), and a live version of Rock & Roll All Night.Read more ›
The newer songs are decent enough and the CD itself is rare enough that it merits purchasing as a collector's item. KISS doesn't re-invent the wheel with the new songs, but they've written enough great stuff to sustain a fan base for decades and decades so they more than earn their keep.
Nobody likes EVERY song by their favorite band, do they?
Kiss' future was very much in doubt during this time, after both Peter Criss and more recently, Ace Frehley departed the band. The lead guitar spot was still vacant as Kiss had not found a replacement for Frehley yet, so they enlisted Bob Kulick to fill in as a "ghost" guitarist until they eventually brought Vinnie Vincent into the fold during the recording of "Creatures Of The Night".
Basically, "Killers" is a "best of" album featuring songs from the classic period from the 1st album through "Unmasked", as well as four unreleased tracks that Kiss recorded as demos in 1981 for their next album. Bob Ezrin was tagged to produce, and after hearing these demos, he promptly discarded them and suggested they record a concept album instead. From this came "The Elder", a move that would have negative repercussions on the band.
The four unreleased tracks ("Partners In Crime", "Nowhere To Run", "Down On Your Knees" and "I'm A Legend Tonight") are decent, but are not quite on a par with the Kiss of old; however, they were a definite step in the right direction which saw Kiss finally getting back to their hard rock roots. I like the extended, remixed version of "I Was Made For Loving You" on the Japanese version of "Killers", and also the "Alive!" version of "Rock And Roll All Nite".Read more ›
While KISS is well known for giving their fans plenty of freebies (such as stickers, tattoos, and a punch-out "Love Gun"), Killers came with nothing new or free with the exception of four tracks. The album was originally only released outside of the United States, and in true KISS fashion, there were multiple versions of it available for the buying public. There was the original European version, a Japanese version featuring two extra tracks, an Australian version with two extra tracks, and a German version known primarily for having two backwards "zz" letters instead of the traditional stylized "ss" on KISS' logo due to the fact that the "ss" in the band's traditional logo resembles the old Nazi "SS" insignia.
I have the German version of the album on compact disc. The cover features the altered KISS logo and a photo of the band from their Music From The Elder album shoot. It also features bright pink and blue graphics.
Musically, the album focuses primarily on tunes from Destroyer and Dynasty with nods to KISS and a live version of Rock And Roll All Nite. The four new tracks have heavy power pop influences and would have fit comfortably on Unmasked. The new songs are I'm A Legend Tonight, Down On Your Knees, Nowhere To Run, and Partners In Crime. To be very honest, none of these tracks are worth buying the album for.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it. Some rehashed material but good new tunes. Love to finally have it on CDPublished 5 months ago by Scott Macalino
Excellent CD!!!! When it came it was in Excellent Condition!!!Published 6 months ago by James M. Mayhew
One of the million hits packages from kiss, but I guess they needed this one the crap elder album, but it only gets worse from here. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Deimos