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This year marks the 40th Anniversary of rock and roll giants KISS and in true KISS fashion, the band plan to make 2014 the biggest and loudest, non-stop rock and roll party of the century.

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  • Audio CD (May 27, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: UMe
  • ASIN: B00J2PQXQY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,521 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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KISS 40 YEARS - BEST OF ( 2CD )

Customer Reviews

Best compilation yet of this band.
Ron Boyd
I like have all these song in one album, it's easier than trying to mix one myself.
Timothy
Some guy in satin white slacks is playing bass, that's not Gene.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H on June 30, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I gave an extra star to hopefully send a message. More unreleased demos more stars, one unreleased demo one extra star. In other words IT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Too many cases of re-re-re-releasing the same material to make a buck. There's nothing wrong with putting out some compilations but there's a limit. Kiss is still an active band & rivaling inactive artists like Hendrix when it comes to putting out already released material in new packaging. Take a note from how other bands like Motorhead are treating their fans, with more respect.

It would be nice if you guys would let Tommy & Eric play in their own style too btw. If I want to hear Ace I'll listen to Ace. Maybe that's too much to ask for? I'm sure those two have more to offer than just imitating the original members.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cavacini VINE VOICE on May 27, 2014
Format: Audio CD
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of KISS` debut album: KISS. The band is celebrating the occasion in myriad ways, one of which is by releasing the 40-track compilation KISS 40. This set includes one track from every major album release (i.e., studio, Alive and compilations), as well as three live selections from the 2000-era and an unreleased demo from 1977.

I love that this collection has 40 tracks and that there's one from each album. This great concept is one many hardcore KISS fans would like to see the band apply to its live setlist (i.e., a 20-song set with one track from each of the band's 20 studio albums).

The audio quality of the tracks is superb. While I don't believe anything has been newly remastered, all of the tracks are crisp and clear.

While there's only one unreleased studio track on the album, I'm glad the 2000-era live tracks are on here. Three of them are from soundboard recordings during tours with the current lineup (i.e., Rock The Nation, Alive 35 and Sonic Boom Over Europe). We've all heard the studio recordings of these songs a million times, so having commercially unreleased live versions helps freshen them up.

My only gripe with KISS 40 is some of the songs included on the album are questionable. Is "Down On Your Knees" really the best song off Killers? Of course not. Many fans, including myself, would argue that "Nowhere To Run" blows it away. How about "Hold Me, Touch Me" from Paul's solo album? It's a great song but should it be on here instead of "Tonight You Belong To Me"? And why is Paul's demo of "God Of Thunder" on here instead of the iconic version by Gene? Also, because KISS 40 adheres to the one-track-per-album rule, certain KISS classics aren't included, such as "Calling Dr.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By </>< on July 4, 2014
Format: Audio CD
so this makes what, the 20th "Best of" by Kiss, same stuff over and over and over. I say take a chance and throw in some very under appreciated gems like Gene's killer "Charisma" throw in some more Ace, throw in some more Peter. Throw in "Tonight you belong to me" Throw in "Living in sin" or "True confessions" by Gene, throw in "I'm gonna love you" by Peter. I mean come on! Its the same song list on ALL "Best of's" over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bowman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 27, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Now if memory serves...my teens arrived around the same year KISS hit the radio waves - another "sign of the apocalypse" to my parents - KISS ALIVE!...old enough to drive - cruisin with friends in my '68 Mustang - Boones Farm or Annie Green Springs - shooting pool & blasting LP's - "Beth" was to KISS what "Good Riddance" is to Green Day - damn, they left "Black Diamond" off of this CD? - favorite KISS B-side...definitely "Strange Ways" - I'm in my 50's, can't remember Jack, but know all "Destroyer" tracks word 4 word - "Beth" was to KISS what "Winds of Change" was to the Scorpions - hey, don't I already have most of these tunes? - definitely first stage Alzheimer - damn, they left "Black Diamond" off of this CD? Track List:

CD - 1

8. Reputation (Demo) - Previously Unreleased
16. I Was Made For Lovin' You (Single Edit)

CD - 2

4. Forever (Remix)
9. Jungle (Radio Edit)
13. Duece (Live 2004) - Unreleased Commercially
16. Cold Gin (Live 2009) - Unreleased Commercially
17. Crazy Crazy Nights (Live 2010) - Unreleased Commercially
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim S. Martin on October 16, 2014
Format: Audio CD
First off I want to state that I'm a HUGE KISS fan. They've been my favorite band since I first started to listen to music at around 13 years old. But this compilation (and there are so many with KISS), leaves much to be desired. But never the less I, as probably many true KISS fans had to have it as part of my collection. One notable song was Paul's version of God of Thunder. Nothing like the version we've come to know and love. Come on...Paul the God of Thunder? Gene owns that title.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Karam on July 2, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Hardcore fans will need this for the inclusion of the unreleased demo "Reputation" and some live tracks from recent tours. Casual fans would be better off buying the single disc "The Very Best Of KISS" or "KISS Gold." This compilation includes things like the demo version of "God Of Thunder" with Paul Stanley on vocals in place of the album version that features Gene Simmons on lead vocals. Decent overview of their career, but not as comprehensive as it should be for newer fans.
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The label puts together these packages. Not the band.
Apr 7, 2014 by Brent Walter |  See all 48 posts
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Don't forget the rare import "In Your Face" by Ace. When "Psycho Circus" came out in 1998, I ordered the 3-d VCR tape of it from Amazon. The package included: the VCR tape, a pair of 3-d glasses, and a CD. The VCR tape had two 3-d videos on it. The CD had 2 songs on it -... Read More
Apr 30, 2014 by Jonathan S. Corathers |  See all 30 posts
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It's pretty much their own label at this point. Paul and Gene call the shots. This is the LP they will be pushing out this year with Leppard. Nothing more than that. Another Greatest Tracks type of CD, no big deal. It could be the last KISS release we will ever see, it's just like Double Platinum... Read More
May 11, 2014 by Kurt |  See all 3 posts
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If you do not have at least five albums with most of these songs on them, you jumped off the KISS money train a long time ago, and good for you. I will not and could not support this "incarnation" of the band any longer. They are nothing more than a glorified tribute band at this point.... Read More
May 25, 2014 by TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer |  See all 5 posts
Kiss "40" CD booklet/liner notes - what's in it?
The booklet is nice and shiny and pics of most of the members through 40 years.
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