The second installment of the Kissology series - Kissology Vol 2 1978-1991- follows in the the incredible success of the #1 Kissology Vol 1 1974-1977 - now 5 X Platinum! Vol 2 continues where Vol 1 leaves off - with KISS on route to becoming one of the biggest concert draws in the world. This second volume contains brilliantly restored concert footage, television appearances - all chronicling KISS_Emeteoric rise to world domination. Vol 2 features the band's now legendary ''Unmasking'' on MTV, line up changes, and for the first time on - the previously never before seen European theatrical version of their 1978 film ''Kiss In Attack Of The Phantom!'' Complete with scenes not seen by U.S. audiences (in the NBC-TV version) as well as more original KISS music.
KISS have always had an approach to their fans that on the one hand could be seen as ridiculously crass and on the other as truly generous. And this release, with its three expertly mastered and crammed DVDs--issued with three separate bonus discs--could easily support either view. The second installment in KISS's Kissology
DVD series will sort out the casual fans from the true members of the KISS Army. The material included here, after all, begins in 1978, when the band released four separate solo albums at once and their massive popularity began to wane. It continues on through the controversial makeup-free period and ends in '91, as KISS struggled to cope with the ascendancy of grunge over the hair metal style they'd experienced a second boom with. The concert films are pretty great, but the full-length Tom Snyder Tomorrow
show appearance is flat-out brilliant, as is their live performance on the short-lived sketch comedy show Fridays. And the highlight of the set has to be the "European theatrical version" of their made-for-TV film KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park
. All those who've suffered through poorly degenerated video bootlegs will glory at this wonderfully restored piece of rock and roll camp. --Mike McGonigal