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Kiss 40

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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.

To celebrate their incredible 40-year recording career and their upcoming, long-overdue induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the celebration will kick off on March 31, 2014 with the first batch ... Read more in Amazon's Kiss Store

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  • Audio CD (May 27, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: UMe
  • ASIN: B00J2PQXQY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's gotten insulting to long time fans. June 30, 2014
By Mr. H
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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 the 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars However I like the way this was put together July 2, 2014
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Yes, KISS have put out many "greatest hits" packages in the past. However I like the way this was put together. Many of the cuts from the KISS collection are quite different from each other-not songs typically associated with what some non-fans would label "just another heavy metal band." Beautiful, CD insert of pictures and artifacts from the bands' 40 years makes me want to wait and get this in vinyl too if it ever comes out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars KISS Fan Forever July 12, 2014
By Jen
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I bought this for my husband and he of course is a die hard KISS fan. He collects all KISS memorbilla so this is another piece to his collection. He loves the fact that he received not only the album but the digital downloads with it too. It has all their hit songs and some from their alive album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars but I don't buy greatest hits CDs from them July 21, 2014
By Hodge
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I basically got this because I'm a long time fan and thought this particular CD (and free audio download) was representative of a milestone in their career. 40 years of KISS music is all here from every era of the band. Obviously, these are songs I usually hear ( 'cause I'm a die-hard). No surprises., but I don't buy greatest hits CDs from them, only studio albums. But, I felt that if there was ever a time for one, this was it! Great songs (a lot seem out dated, but still fun)! What an accomplishment for these guys! I've gotten 40 years (and counting) of entertainment from the greatest band in the world. I couldn't be happier!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars IT'S THE KISS RAIDIOHHH!!!!!!!!!! June 11, 2014
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Sure, this CD is for the casual Kiss fan, (or, the drooling Kissies). Nothing new here, despite the rhetoric that states the live "rare" tracks and the one demo that sees the light.
Ok, I got this while on vacation, with no other access to a Kiss CD. So then, I will take this opportunity to go track by track; for this could have just as easily been titled the Kiss Singles collection: besides the aforementioned "rarities," this contains every first single off of their successive releases, with one 3rd single which was their biggest single.
1). "Nothin' to Lose." This song is pretty off the wall. I'm sure radio didn't know quite what to make of it. Uhhh....Black Sabbath meets Jerry Lee Lewis? What's with that guy leering in the chorus. This song is so weird, but it works in a kind of Black Oak Arkansas synergy. You know, live, it's a barnstormer.
2). "Let Me Go, Rock'n'Roll." Oh man, this song is so ingenious. A big band swing thing...I mean check that riff Ace does right before the 'let me go!' refrain. That sounds like a killer jazz horn lick. (Ace should almost get a writing credit). Of course, the sound quality stinks so radio just ran and hid from this.
3.). "C'mon and Love Me." Oh my, a bona fide, smack-dadda-do-da, hit song. Yabba dabba do. THIS is how you write for the radio. It has it all: drama: there's the intrigue of the pre chorus, that killer bass hook in there...it has that suspension of disbelief that Buddy Holly refined. Then it drops into that chorus, very dramatic, sensual, sexual. The lead guitar work here, done by Paul, is perfect.
4). "Rock and Roll All Nite." This is one of their best songs, we've just heard it too much. This one kills me, I mean what? how?
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5.0 out of 5 stars KISS ARMY 40 Years
First off great compilation album. It has one song from every album even more and it has unheard music I love it loud. The God of Thunder Demo will freak you out though.
Published 9 days ago by Benjamin Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Compilation
Best compilation yet of this band. I decided to buy this set as it is the year they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Ron Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars KISS
Great album, a mix of everything!
Published 9 days ago by Kyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, this album rocks!
I like the concept of picking a song from each album. Many songs have appeared on multiple albums, so there's a really good chance a lot of your favorites are here. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Bob Dahlstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is GREAT! It contains all my favorites from as long ...
This CD is GREAT! It contains all my favorites from as long as I have followed this group.
Published 12 days ago by Brian H. Nettifee
5.0 out of 5 stars ... this as a gift and the recipient was very pleased, there are...
I purchased this as a gift and the recipient was very pleased, there are several tracks that both well known and some you may not have heard in a while. Read more
Published 18 days ago by renee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT!!!!! A MASTERPIECE!!!
Published 19 days ago by Gino Cambria
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Always a KISS fan
Great! Always a KISS fan!
Published 27 days ago by Anthony Ornelas
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Is this a joke?
The label puts together these packages. Not the band.
Apr 7, 2014 by Brent Walter |  See all 47 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 29 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 M Boyd |  See all 3 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.
Jun 6, 2014 by Metal B. Thyname |  See all 3 posts
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I do wish that they would put more unreleased songs out. they have plenty of them that I got on bootlegs. mistake, rumble, love bites, aint none of your business, smoke, rock and rolls Royce, you do get a few here though.
May 3, 2014 by Michael Dobey |  See all 2 posts
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