Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this cd for track 2. I'm a big GB fan and this was the only way I could get this song. Haven't heard the rest of it tho.Published on November 4, 2013 by Juan M. Silva Jr
Being a fan of KISS since 1974 I was hesitant to even listen to this disc. But once I did I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of music, and I must say that this is one heck... Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Jeffrey A. Harrell
i started to be a fan of this group by 1995, and i started to collect the cd's of this band, but unafortunately, this cd never was released where i live, so i sought in amazon, and... Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by carlos fernando
did not expect the quality of the cd to be this good. I was a bit skeptical at first but was proven wrong.Published on April 22, 2013 by Mayra
Yoshiki's classical version of Black Diamond alone is worth the price of the CD. The other songs are good, but Yoshiki is a MASTER COMPOSER and Black Diamond is a beautiful... Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Joey
I love KISS and remember when this came out. People forget that KISS was barely in the spotlight at this time; they were just another weak, faceless hard rock band throughout the... Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by Dirty Dutch
Assuming we are all Kiss fans, this will be better the more bands you like. Kravitz seems a good fit for "Duece". Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by H3@+h