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Psycho Circus [Enhanced, Import]

KissAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 4, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • ASIN: B00000AFDW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Psycho Circus
2. Within
3. I Pledge Allegiance To The State Of Rock & Roll
4. Into The Void
5. We Are One
6. You Wanted The Best
7. Raise Your Glasses
8. I Finally Found My Way
9. Dreamin'
10. Journey Of 1,000 Years
11. CD-ROM Data

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Talk about the roar of the greasepaint: On this first studio effort together since Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley welcomed back once-exiled mates Peter Criss and Ace Frehley with open talons (was it really almost 20 years? How the pterodactyl flies), the unkillable beast called Kiss reels off a few potent additions to its undeniably, er, prodigious body of work. Still stubbornly plodding through the musical tar pits of their classic-rock youth--a little Beatles harmony here, a little Alice Cooper guitar noise there--the dressed-to-ill foursome makes the clock roll back (if not completely unwind) with the fist-waving "I Pledge Allegiance to the State of Rock & Roll" and the if-Green-Day-can-do-it-why-not-us acoustic surprise, "We Are One." Better even than the album is the in-booklet merchandise ad, which hawks Kisstory II in all its "440-page, 9-pound" glory, for a mere $158.95. Like they say: size does matter. --Billy Altman

Product Description

This enhanced CD is the original 1998 Mercury release. Catalog 314 558 992-2. The picture disc comes with the original lenticular case and inside tray. There are a few light marks on the back of the CD.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 90% Excellent! September 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When KISS put their war-paint back on and welcomed Ace Frehley and Peter Criss home from years as solo artists I originally thought, 'they are going to do a reunion tour, a fourth live album, and then a farewell tour.' But when Psycho Circus came out I was amazed that a group that had been together for almost thirty years could write such dynamic, powerful, and just plain fun songs! The opening (title) track, sung and co-written by Paul Stanley, nicely surmises the idea of the album, bizarre and sometimes dark, but always enjoyable 'You're in the Psycho Circus -and I say welcome to the show!' Then Gene Simmons comes screeching to the microphone on "Within." That, and Paul Stanley's "Dreamin'" have a much heavier and darker feel to them; the angry introspection so common on the "Revenge," or "Carnival of Souls" albums is back in full force, blending nicely with such anthems as "I Pledge Allegiance to the State of Rock and Roll." KISS proves here that they can still rock with a vengeance. On what is arguably the best song on the album "Raise your Glasses," I felt myself inspired from the energetic guitar solo nicely complimented by motivational lyrics and the rolling thunder of Peter Criss' drum intro. "You Wanted the Best," is an interesting way of showcasing the vocal talents of all four band members, each singing the lead on different parts of the song. Ace Frehley only contributed to the writing of one song on the album, "Into the Void," but it is classic space-man. He does a good job on vocals but really shines with the guitar solo, it is both technically complex and enjoyable to listen to. Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not Quite A Classic April 19, 2000
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PSYCHO CIRCUS has been much maligned by both crtics and fans. It has also been praised by both; believe it or not both ROLLING STONE and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY gave the album good reviews (I guess hell must really have frozen over!). The truth is that this is a solid Hard Rock album with a couple of great songs. Album opener "Psycho Circus" easily qualifies as a KISS classic. Both catchy and powerful, it is the perfect updating of their 70's style. "Within" is a dark, dynamic song from GENE who attempts to put a 90's spin on "God Of Thunder," with fairly successful results. "I Pledge Allegiance..." is one of those "good, but not as good as it should have been" songs. You hear some good ideas, and it is fairly catchy, but Paul's choice of working with co-writer Holly Knight sabotages any chance the song had of being a classic. Ace Frehley makes his one songwriting contribution with "Into The Void," easily one of the best songs he has co-written in 20 years, and one of the 3 new KISS classics on the album. "We Are One," is a good pop tune, with a very nice sentiment, but should not have been included on an album already overloaded with "pop" songs. "You Wanted The Best," on the other hand, is the third of the new KISS classics on the album. With a grinding riff over a "Ballroom Blitz," or "Kickstart My Heart" type drum part, it sounds the most like KISS from the 70's out of all the songs on PSYCHO CIRCUS. Paul Stanley makes one of his best "Pop-Metal" contributions ever with "Raise Your Glasses," one of the most infectiously catchy songs of the last 10 years, not just from KISS, but from anyone. Read more ›
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good record--so why did it fail? July 19, 2001
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Psycho Circus is a good rock record. In fact, there are some songs that stand out as being pure KISS and pure rock. Most notably, "We Are One," "Raise Your Glasses," "Journey of 1000 Years," "Into the Void," and the title track stand out as the best. Peter Criss' ballad (not written by him) is pretty forgettable, and Gene's "You Wanted the Best" is just silly and inappropriate.
With that said, this album sold poorly-considering this was the first album since 1979's Dynasty that featured the original KISS lineup. It's a good record but why did it fail?
The answer is simple.
Mercury Records did no promotion for this album, there was barely any radio or television promotion (I never remember seeing a single commercial for such a monumental album on TV.) Plus, they released only two singles-the title track and the embarrassing "You Wanted the Best." The video for "Psycho Circus" was also a bit undesirable and MTV refused to air it because it just wasn't that good. "We Are One" should have been the second single-it's a great song with a catchy chorus. Gene sings about being one with the fans-very personal and emotional-seeing his own face staring back at him from the crowd.
Plus, Gene and Paul have huge egos. They are almost allowed at this point but since this was the first album from the original guys, it's a shame that Peter and Ace were only given one song each. Ace is the best song writer KISS has ever had and his contribution to this album, "Into the Void" is one of the best. Gene has always commented that since Peter doesn't play an instrument besides drums, it's hard for him to write good songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Album, not their best.
It was an alright album. A couple of songs I liked on it but some of them sounded like they tried to get another Rock N Roll All Nite and Shout it Out Loud. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kyle Collier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Einfach eine super LP von KISS!
Published 19 days ago by Walter Hammer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome!
Published 1 month ago by Jenkis
5.0 out of 5 stars FInally on Vinyl!
Being a KISS fan, I always wanyed to have this album on vinyl.
I even sent a questions to KISS back in 2012, whether they will ever release this reunion album on vinyl. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nelwin Aldriansyah
5.0 out of 5 stars The amplifiers start to hum... the carnival has just begun!!!!
Yes, the carnival has just begun! This is one of the KISS albums that deserves more credit than it has gotten. Read more
Published 2 months ago by wew1992
1.0 out of 5 stars Kiss Kontrived.
I really enjoy the new improved LP cover over the failed attempt of the original issue on CD back in the day. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kurt
2.0 out of 5 stars Made Me Yearn for Some More Music from The Elder...
This album pained me. As much grief as KISS has gotten over the years for The Elder, and Unmasked, both of those albums absolutely blow Circus out of the water. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Daryl Broussard
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Amplifiers Start To Hum...."
With a slow churning build-up that segues into drums and Paul Stanley screaming out, "Yeahhhh," Psycho Circus supposedly heralded the return of KISS in all of its original... Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. Fontenot
4.0 out of 5 stars Psycho circus
the title song is a high energy masterpiece you will listen to over and over and one of the best songs KISS have ever made. The rest of the album is average.
Published 5 months ago by Real Kool Dood
5.0 out of 5 stars KISS Psycho Circus Import
Bought this specifically to get the Japanese bonus track sung by Ace Frehley called "In Your Face".. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert L. Hicks Jr.
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