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Smashes Thrashes & Hits

KissAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: November 14, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001FPE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,264 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compact KISS time capsule for Gen X-ers. August 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Of the three new songs "Let's Put The X" is another hot song by the foursome, with Bruce Kulick's guitars echoing Ace's. The woman in the song is another teaser in the same vein as the vixens in Animalize's "Murder In High Heels" and Asylum's "Secretly Cruel." As another line in the song says, "You're begging for an eyeful but you only get a peak." Tipper Gore would definitely "love" this song. "You Make Me Rock Hard" is okay, but more refined and smooth. Both lack the loud, sometimes overdone production Crazy Nights, but it's harder than anything on Hot In The Shade, their next studio album.
Eric Carr sings solo for the first time and he does not ruin "Beth," listed here as the Carr vocal version. His voice is considerably smoother than Peter Criss's rough but lovely vocals. Fans will have considerable debate on whether Eric Carr ruined a great song or did proper tribute to it. I like both versions, so that puts me on the fence as I find myself on many occasions.
This is the second official greatest hits compilation after Double Platinum, which comprised everything from KISS to Love Gun. S,T&H is pared down in term of representative hits, one or two key tracks from nearly each album. Here's a breakdown:
KISS "Deuce", "Strutter"
Dressed to Kill "Rock And Roll All Nite"
Destroyer "Detroit Rock City", "Shout It Out Loud"
Rock And Roll Over "Calling Dr. Love"
Love Gun "Love Gun"
Dynasty "I Was Made For Lovin' You"
Creatures/Night "I Love It Loud"
Lick It Up "Lick It Up"
Animalize "Heaven's On Fire"
Asylum "Tears Are Falling"
As one can see, tracks from albums considered lesser, such as Hotter Than Hell, Unmasked, and The Elder, as well as the solo albums, have been omitted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hits and Misses! March 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
In between CRAZY NIGHTS and HOT IN THE SHADE, someone in the Kiss camp must've had the bright idea to put out another greatest hits package.The good part of this package is that they include hits made after 1979,like:I LOVE IT LOUD and TEARS ARE FALLING.The new tracks,LET'S PUT THE X IN SEX and ROCK HARD,point the way to a new harder edge, minus keyboards.However,getting Eric to redo Peter's vocals on BETH was insulting to both men. Also,why tamper with the classic tracks by remixing and cutting?Maybe Paul and Gene wanted to say "This Kiss is the real Kiss.Everything we ever did before could've been done a lot better with this lineup".If this was the case,both men were misinformed.All in all,this is a hit and miss affair.If you want a good greatest hits package,go and get DOUBLE PLATINUM or GREATEST KISS.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I have been a big Kiss fan from the beginning and after all these years, i am still waiting for a decent "hits" package.What i want to know is, who keeps getting the bright idea to remix a good deal of the songs? Was it the band? Some stupid record executive? Sure, some of the early tunes don't stand up to todays recording standards but so what! Those are the versions we all know and love."Detroit Rock City" and the E.C. version of "Beth" just don't cut it.When i hear them, frankly, i feel ripped-off.Now don't get me wrong....I am all for remastering....Add a little high end, a nice big bottom end, get rid of some of the analog tape noise, but "leave the actual songs alone!" Don't change the guitar solos, don't add extra voices or special effects (For instance, "Calling Dr. Love" on "Double Platinum"), and by all means, "don't chop up a song from what may have been five minutes and reduce it down to three!" Here is my sugestion....Take "double platinum", "Smashes, Thrashes And Hits" and "Greatest Kiss" off the they never who own them will have collectors items.Celebrate the year 2000 with a brand-new deluxe 4 disc set that spans the best of the entire career from "kiss" all the way up to "Psycho-Circus".Leave all the songs in their original versions and charge $59.99 for it.Better yet, if anyone from the Kiss camp reads this, fly me out to Los Angeles and i will put together the track lists for this massive project myself....No Joke! What a better way to ensure a top-notch high-quality product.For the fans, by a fan.I can see it now......
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Greastest hits albums shouldn't have new/unreleased material on them. It should be considered a crime, since all the band is essentially doing is taking money from their fans to basically re-purchase many songs that they already own.
No one in rock 'n' roll is better at doing such things as Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Here on 'Smashes' (at least their 3rd G.H. package at this point) they prove this, 'cause in this package are two new songs, as well as the inclusion of "Beth" featuring drummer Eric Carr on lead vocals.
Included as well are the typical hits "Rock and roll all night", "I was made for lovin' you", & "Shout it out loud", as well as some not so hits, but good songs anyways such as "I love it loud" and "Strutter".
I think that "Let's put the X in sex" (one of the new songs featured on the album) is one of Paul Stanley's best songs of the 80's, even though it sounds a bit dated now, and the lyrical topic isn't the most sophisticated, the song has a great opening hook, a great chorus, and some awsome licks being played by guitarist Bruce Kulick.
I personally love Eric Carr's version of "Beth". Even though it's disappointing that this was Carr's first lead vocal on a KISS album, and it was done in such a way that it positioned Eric as the 'replacement' drummer, his vocals are very heart felt, as well as pleasant to hear and unique, he didn't just try to re-do the original, he did it with his own style, which adds another dimension to the song.
All in all fans are basically forced to purchase this album, but as far as anyone curious about KISS, purchase 'Double Platinum' or 'Greatest KISS'. Even though neither album feature songs during the 80's or later, these would probably be the best ones to get.
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