Kissology, Vol. 1: 1974-1977
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This DVD dispels the myth that Kiss were ever posers. They indeed were always great musicians and they were the inspiration for many metal bands rocking your world today (rumor has it that while backstage at a 70s Kiss show Eddie Van Halen's signature guitar tapping was inspired while seeing Ace Frehley do it). And Kiss so happen to have put on one of the most theatrical shows in rock and roll history.
And that history is captured on this 2-disk DVD, albeit mostly with terrible video quality.
Man, did I ever enjoy being able to see the original line-up of Kiss perform on these disks. The thing is that the awesome performances on these disks are mostly footage from 1974 - 1977 live shows, so the quality is early 70s video...and that ain't good. Often times in the live performances there are major reminders that the video is dated: horizontal lines across the picture, complete picture blackouts and just plain old low quality video.
On the other hand, the audio on the first two disks is a completely different story. The audio wizards cleaned up the sound on Disks 1 & 2 and they've offered it with a terrific 5.1 Dolby mix.
After enjoying what was more of a front row seat experience with the quality HD video and surround sound on the awesome, 5-star Rock the Nation 2004 DVD by Kiss, the live performances in the Kissology set were reduced to mere DVD viewings. However, it was great to reminisce and watch as Gene, Paul, Ace & Peter went through their classics of the era.Read more ›
I've been collecting KISS video for over 25 years, and I have gone through many different versions and varying quality copies of the footage on this set, and here is my take:
2/17/94 Long Beach: Old 8mm slient footage of the song "Acrobat". Quality is about the same as the footage that has been in bootleg trading circles for the last few years. This is only a portion of the source tape. The silent footage has had an audio track from 4/17/74 Memphis dubbed in.
4/29/74 Mike Douglas Show: Outstanding quality of the Gene Simmons interview and "Firehouse", probably culled from the shows' master reels. My question is why was some of the interview portion cut out? Only 1 minute folks. They could have kept the "kissing contest" in.
1/31/75 San Francisco: Outstanding quality of the entire show (minus the ending which does not exist). The copies that have been circulating in bootleg trading trading circles are generally excellent, and they have some slow-motion video spliced over the damaged parts of the tape. This release looks untouched (and thats a good thing!), with a few warts left in. Superb audio. Only complaint is that the first 30 seconds of the video are cut out. We don't miss any music, but why not just let the reel go from the beginning?
4/1/75 Midnight Special: Great performances of "She" and "Black Diamond", but the quality could be better. I've seen cleaner copies on bootleg.Read more ›
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This great as history but it stops halfway though but if it works that's goodPublished 26 days ago by Dave Childress
was so stoked to add this out of print volume to my collection. Im 53, been a kiss fan since 73. great dvd set.Published 1 month ago by Timothy A. Grant
Early on they adopted shticks to attract an audience (makeup, theatrics, etc.) .... but this video demonstrates that when KISS was formed. .... they didn't really need to. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andrew P. Kluka
I bought this as a gift for a die-hard Kiss fan and he absolutely loves it and has watched it over and over quite a few times already! LOL. Read morePublished 10 months ago by DottieNJ