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Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved

3.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Deuce
  2. She
  3. Christine Sixteen
  4. Rock & Roll All Night
  5. Calling Dr. Love
  6. Goin' Blind
  7. Strutter
  8. Plaster Caster
  9. Detroit Rock City
  10. Black Diamond


Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (June 21, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001E4C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This set is a great example of how Kiss has changed the face and sound of music in the last 25 years. Who would have thaought that a country singer(Garth Brooks), a soul singer (Lenny Kravitz), an alternitive group (Nine inch Nails), and a Metal artist (Anthraz) would be on one album! The "unplugged" "Rock & roll all Night" by Toad the wet Sprocket is excellent. This collection is a must for every Kiss fan.
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Before the Box set, before the reunion tour...there was not much for the starving hardcore kiss fan to chew on besides their old classic tunes over and over...and we listened over and over. Then came KISS MY ASS! A fresh spin on some classic tunes! THIS Album ROCKED! I was skeptical about Garth Brookes; (but he did an awsome cover of Hard luck Woman!) Anthrax! The mighty Boss tones! The Gin Blossoms! Lenny Kravitz(covering Duece! Awsome)and even Toad the wet sprocket with a different spin on Rock and Roll all Nite! The track that floored me the most was the last one: a classical ochestral version of Black Diamond that was outstanding...incredible! Even if you are NOT a Kiss fan like I am; chances are you will enjoy this album on some level! Its a fun album any way you slice it!
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I've had this album for a while, but hadn't listened to it much. Now it's in my car and I'm developing stronger opinions about it.

First of all... I don't think there's another album where I disagree with so many Amazon reviews.

Second of all... some explanation of my grading. I believe that if you're going to do a cover, you have to bring something to the party to make it an interesting version and in some way better than the original. Note for note copies are worthless. Did you ever hear Poison's cover of Loggins and Messina's "Your Mama Don't Dance"? This to me is the worst cover of all time. They do nothing new, except smooth over any actual articulation of the lyrics, and they don't even bring the high heat. Frankly, if you can't rock harder than Kenny Loggins, then for God's sake, DO NOT COVER HIS SONGS! Please. This is not a high bar. Bottom line... three stars on my scale means "worth listening to" and five means "You just have to hear this."

Now for this album....

1. Deuce - Lenny Kravitz (Four stars)

The crutch to avoid on this song is depending on the percussive effect of the main riff. That is what makes this song unforgettable and distinctly KISS. Lenny not only doesn't lean on it, he omits it entirely. Instead, he puts in his thing: Those self-harmonizing two-line vocals. Keep the critical steady hard drumbeats and add the harmonica solo, and you have a song that enriches the canon. Good job.

2. Hard Luck Woman - Garth Brooks (One star)

I can't believe other people like this cover. By my criteria, it absolutely bites. Garth's version adds nothing.
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The only thing that can possibly be said negatively about this album is that this could have been twice as long, had some of the record companies forgot about competition for a moment in the realization of shared wealth.

Let's face it, even KISS fans will tell you that this is a very wealthy band. Similarly, record labels all want a piece of the royalties pie. Unfortunatley, as good a salesman as Gene Simmons is, apparently, he was unable to convince several competing record labels to loan out their talent to pay tribute to one of the greatest rock bands in history.

It's alright, though, Gene and Paul paid their respects to the other talent by having a special section in the liner notes called "MIA", which listed every other artist who wanted to participate in this project, but was unable to. It has been rumored that Stone Temple Pilots performed a concert in the famous KISS makeup as a protest against them not being allowed by their record label to take part in this project. Speaking of MIA, Gene and Paul also included a note on the back inside cover of the CD to Ace and Peter, and a very special note to their late drummer, Eric Carr.

Now, it has always been said that if you want to do something right, you have to do it yourself, and Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley know this better than anyone. Since the start of the band, they have always personally approved every single use of the band's name for every project, something that is far too often left in the hands of someone else these days. With that logic, Gene and Paul decided that if they were going to have a tribute album, they were going to do it themselves.
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Class Kiss Regrooved is yet another tribute album where it appears as if the artists tried to duplicate the originals note for note in deference to the artists. Yes, it's the same strategy used in the Encomium tribute of Led Zeppelin.
Of the play-it-safe songs, Garth Brooks's rendition of "Hard Luck Woman" and the Gin Blossoms' "Christine Sixteen" score the best. Garth doesn't try to consciously imitate Peter Criss's voice so that's in his favour. And I usually don't care for Garth (!) As for "Christine Sixteen," it begins by guitar instead of the piano that the original studio did on Love Gun.
As for the others in that vein, the results are mostly disappointing. Stevie Wonder's harmonica is wasted in Lenny Kravitz's rendition of "Deuce." What is the point? "Goin' Blind" by Dinosaur Jr. has more fuzz guitar but otherwise, same as the original. Extreme slows the tempo on "Strutter" and as a result spoils a classic song. Hearing The Lemonheads "Plaster Caster," I'm tempted to believe Evan Dando's backing band is actually KISS incognito. And given Anthrax's hard thrash reputation, I expected something more out of "She". As it is, it's note-for-note, done in the same tempo, down to the final guitar solo at the end. How disappointing.
OK, now for those not done note-for-note. "Rock And Roll All Nite" is done by Toad The Wet Sprocket, which should serve as a warning that this is slowed way down in their lazy alternative tempo. OK, a different approach, but it doesn't work.
Shandi's Addiction, an ad hoc group put together by Tool/Perfect Circle's Maynard Keen on vocals, with help from Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, does a weird choppy version of "Calling Doctor Love." This isn't too bad a rendition--it's different in a good way.
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