The list author says: ""When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true..." - Disney Song 1940
Kiss will always be my favorite rock and roll group. I've often said that countless artists and songs have moved me but Kiss was the only one that made being in a rock and roll band seem like the funnest job one could ever imagine. They exude the fact that life is good, not bad. That rock and roll is FUN! That writing your own songs is fun. That life is magic. That life is celebration!
We can celebrate and dream for the short time we are here or we can be gloomy and serious. I thank Kiss for inspiring me to always embrace the former. And life is indeed blessed. Kiss is a rock and roll "Disneyland" to me and always will be."
"I can recall holding this album for the first time as a kid and just staring at it. Wow. Gene's picture, in particular, is my all-time favorite of his. The funnest live album ever made, in my eyes. I will always think of it with a wide-eyed smile and of Kiss at their most untouchable."
"Kiss' 1977 smash album, LOVE GUN, captures them in peak stride. It is their most seamless record in my eyes and flows perfectly. A combination of lust-infused bubblegum and fun snappy guitar hooks, it really reflected Kiss as "America's most popular rock and roll band". It was their quickest chart-climber to date and captures that moment where everything was gold. Make that platinum!"
"One of the ironies with Kiss is how much I always come back to the MUSIC. It is here on Paul's 1978 solo album that I'm always allured by just how intimate his songwriting can be when the "lights are lower". A song like HOLD ME, TOUCH ME is a heartfelt and, to many, an unseen side of him. My other favorites are TONIGHT, YOU BELONG TO ME, TAKE ME AWAY (TOGETHER AS ONE), and GOODBYE."
"The simultaneous release of "The Kiss Albums" on September 18, 1978 was a marketing move unprecedented for any group up to that time. Gene's album also showcased a sweeter side of his writing that might have surprised many. My favorites are SEE YOU TONITE, MR. MAKE BELIEVE, the comical LIVING IN SIN and Gene's tear-filled cover of his all-time favorite song - WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR."
"As might be expected, Ace Frehley's album plays as the most rockin' of the four solo records. I find it has a seamless kick to it that really makes the running order flow especially well. My personal favorites have always been SPEEDIN' BACK TO MY BABY, SNOWBLIND, WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND?, NEW YORK GROOVE and WIPED-OUT. Ahh....such fun memories with these albums..."
"I not only find Peter's album decent, I flat out love it! Again, for me it just highlights the unseen dimensions of Kiss that many don't even realize they have! While not EVERY song is written by Peter, I enjoy the entire album. My top favorite is KISS THE GIRL GOODBYE (very beautiful), followed by YOU MATTER TO ME and I'M GONNA LOVE YOU."
"The second of Kiss' all-american studio releases during the bicentennial year, ROCK AND ROLL OVER is a colorful Kiss classic. My favorite is the bittersweet HARD LUCK WOMAN, written by Paul Stanley as a follow-up to the smash hit "Beth". It is in my Top 5 Kiss songs of all-time and is so good it brings tears to my eyes. It's followed closely by MAKIN' LOVE, TAKE ME and I WANT YOU."
"I adore UNMASKED! I enjoy its "gleaming-pop" production. Like all Kiss albums, I simply find it fun and have fond real-time memories of it that summer of 1980. The unique comic book cover is fitting and wonderfully tongue in cheek. And some of my most beloved unsung Kiss songs are here. My favorites are Paul's gorgeous SHANDI, TOMORROW, SHE'S SO EUROPEAN and WHAT MAKES THE WORLD GO 'ROUND."
"Perhaps the album that best amplifies Kiss' cartoon-superhero persona. It will rightfully endure as the album with BETH on it as well as being the record that really secured Kiss as a permanent commercial success. My faves include KING OF THE NIGHTTIME WORLD, DO YOU LOVE ME and Gene's tongue in cheek, yet grand, flirtation to the gorgeous women now filling the front row seats - GREAT EXPECTATIONS."
"Like UNMASKED a year later, I love DYNASTY. In fact, arguably my favorite Kiss song ever is on this one, Paul's SURE KNOW SOMETHING. Words can't express how much I love that one. Other favorites are MAGIC TOUCH and the hugely successful disco-flavored hit I WAS MADE FOR LOVIN' YOU. I also love the rainbow-colored inner sleeve and poster too! :)"
"1978 would truly be a magical year for Kiss. While there might be a few personal favorite tracks I would've interchanged, I have nothing but fond memories of this shiny hits collection. The embossed gatefold profiles of each member are among my favorite designs on any Kiss album. A truly unique package design! I'm also one who enjoys the re-recording of STRUTTER '78. Just for the record. :)"
"In addition to the humorous cover, I'd say this is my favorite of the first THREE Kiss albums. Several all-time favorites are here. My #1 is Paul's tongue in cheek and rollicking opener ROOM SERVICE. And songs like LOVE HER ALL I CAN and SHE stand as other feel-good gems within Kiss' early rock and roll scrapbook. Oh yes, a song called ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE is on here as well... :)"
"Following the album above this, Kiss was still searching for the release that would commercially convey the dazzle and excitement of their sold-out live shows. With the release of this double live record, everything would change. Probably Kiss' most signature song performance, in my eyes, is on here - LET ME GO, ROCK 'N ROLL. And I've always loved the hand-written "Notes" from each member."
"With a newly settled upon name that said it all - simple, hot, naughty, desired - four young guys from New York City unveiled their own rock and roll dream upon the world. In February of 1974 it hit record stores everywhere. Here it is - this is Kiss! Share in the fun or feel free to laugh but the dream is for real. After all, anytime is a Kissin' Time. That February, the dream was now..."
"A truly unique album cover. You may not even get to the music! Production-wise, this album is distinct from the others. My favorite here is LET ME GO ROCK 'N ROLL. Also the title track, GOT TO CHOOSE and COMIN' HOME. I think in terms of the CD Remasters, this CASE is a favorite. I love the bright yellow essay behind the tray against the red disc. Very colorful and vivid!"
"This 1996 unplugged performance is a pure delight. Ironically, I think it captures a lot of what makes Kiss endure - the hook-driven melodies and harmonies underneath the fireworks, if you will. Certain tracks like COMIN' HOME and Gene's GOIN' BLIND are really quite sweet here and I prefer them to the album versions. Paul's EVERYTIME I LOOK AT YOU is a particular favorite as well."