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Killers [Import]

KissAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 3, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000005RY7
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm A Legend Tonight
2. Down On Your Knees
3. Cold Gin
4. Love Gun
5. Shout It Out Loud
6. Sure Know Something
7. Nowhere To Run
8. Partners In Crime
9. Detroit Rock City
10. God Of Thunder
11. I Was Made For Loving You
12. Rock & Roll All Night (Live Version)

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1982 hits comp featuring 12 of their best up to that point,including 'Shout It Loud', 'Detroit Rock City', 'God OfThunder', 'I Was Made For Lovin' You' and 'Rock And Roll AllNite' (Live). A Mercury release.

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "smiling like a bandit" July 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Back in the day, Killers was one of the prizes of a KISS fan's record collection. It was a greatest hits album that was released in 1982 after Music From the Elder and before Creatures of the Night. It was released only in Europe, Australia, and Japan. The Killers released in Germany has the backward Zs instead of the lightning bolts in the KISS logo. The lightning bolts resembled the Nazi SS (Stormtroopers) insignia which is banned in Germany. It is an official great hits album (like Double Platinum) that is listed in KISS' official discography. Way back when I considered it among KISS' other albums and the most rare because it was not released in the United States. What makes Killers so desirable is that it offers four tracks not available on any other KISS album (I'm not sure if they were released on any recent box sets). There is some differences in information in the reviews here about the origin of these previously unreleased tracks. My Kisstory book states that the songs were made in a quick recording session especially for Killers. The period between The Elder and Creatures of the Night was a challenging time for KISS. The Elder (although brilliant) was not received well by critics or fans. Ace was disgruntled and did not write or play on the new Killers tracks.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For collectors only but surprisingly satisfying June 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Collectors and even the casual KISS fans probably already have all the tracks here except for the new ones. So those songs are the reason to buy or not buy this CD. I had this album on cassette for many years and was rather happy with it. Of the previously-released KISS songs on it, the selection is as decent a hits compilation as any other I would have chosen for myself. The new songs range from okay to pretty good (my fave being "Nowhere To Run") and make interesting additions to a collector's KISS catalog. If any of those songs had been released on a 1978-1983 era KISS album they would have sounded fine mixed in with the rest of the batch. But because they are singled out as "newly recorded tracks" some reticent fans will deride them for not having that "classic KISS" sound. Whatever. I buy KISS records because I like KISS and I don't moan and whine about the ones that don't strike my fancy as much as other songs might.

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?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not A Bad Compilation October 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Killers" was released in mid-1982 in between the dismal concept album "(Music From) The Elder" and the strong comeback "Creatures Of The Night", which would be released later that same year; the album was released only in Europe and Japan, and was only available in the U.S. as an import.

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".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A "Killer" Greatest Hits Package February 29, 2012
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3 I've always felt that in order to rate a greatest hits package properly, you have to look at the overall offering of tracks (these are, after all, supposed to be "great") and any extras that the album comes with (whether it be new songs, liner notes, or some type of freebie). Killers came out in an era when CDs were still out of reach for mainstream music lovers and the LP and cassette tape ruled.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars four unreleased songs worth it for any kiss fan!
four unreleased songs worth it for any kiss fan!
Published 1 month ago by Mike Gonzales
5.0 out of 5 stars great. remaster on the sound quality
great. remaster on the sound quality. the album if you don t know are classic with four new track that represent the good direction for they upcoming album creatures. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Y. H Ruiz
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not their best but not their worst
Published 2 months ago by Sheldon D. Markin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
No problems at all. Thank you
Published 5 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars A killer CD!
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
3.0 out of 5 stars For the collectors.
I was excited to find this on cassette back in the late 1980's with the German-specific logo on the cover. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Joseph Eversole
5.0 out of 5 stars Feedback!!
Just got it today!!-9/4/13!! I love it!! Excellent!! Fantastic!! Great work!! I love Amazon & all it offers!! I will do all my shopping here!! A++++++++ :o)
Published 13 months ago by Thomas E Shelton
3.0 out of 5 stars kiss - killers
only for kiss fans. except the 4 new songs as a novelty, which are not in any KISS album, no surprises. Read more
Published 20 months ago by marcelo
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best KISS compilations ever
I have always dreamt of possessing this unique compilation and my dreams have just come true. In brief, it is exceptional for a few reasons. Read more
Published on August 16, 2012 by Peter68
5.0 out of 5 stars KISS KILLERS
This is an awesome CD. One of those that you just HAVE to have. A lot of their hits and some others thrown in with it. Awesome!
Published on August 6, 2011 by Ralphie
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