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Unmasked [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

KissAudio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 7, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001ELN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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67 of 82 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars KISS exposed March 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It's a funny thing this record...

Unmasked as you all know was sensationally received in Australia and taken for what it is - superior pop/rock with occassional apologies to disco. The problem for the following that KISS had built to this point was that they were sold an image and loved it. The new concession to a younger, more pop focused audience outraged the fans of the earlier albums. The truth is, this album stands up well in their catalogue but you first have to be willing to accept a few home truths. KISS are a marketing machine and have never generated truly challenging, breathtaking rock. They are a lot of fun, but cannot be compared to, for example Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Steely Dan etc. Those guys are musicians. Now seriously guys, watch 'Spinal Tap' and then try and take seriously songs like 'Love Gun', 'Great Expectations', 'I Stole your Love' etc. They're heaps of fun, but they're silly. We all just dug the image of a bunch of Kabuki theatre personas, cranking out something approximating hard rock. So 'Unmasked' - what is it? It's an enjoyable pop album. Shandi is a great rock ballad; 'Is that you?' has some real bite, 'Naked City' is atmospheric and Ace's tracks work so well because he has the tongue planted firmly in cheek - this is a band to enjoy, not to put on a musical pedistal. And this album is not boring, it's heaps of fun, full of pleasant catchy pop - it just exposed a band that was always there for the fantasy, for the audience - the musical approach was always just part of the formula - and the old fans found that reality hard to cope with.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best KISS album September 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
WHAT? Did he say that? Yes. I have been a KISS fan all my life.... all eras. I love metal... but, I also love pop, rock and other things. To me, Unmasked... the album where they first took off their masks to reveal their real makeup... lol... is sonic perfection. The production is top notch, the songs are great. Gene Simmons even contributes very solid songs and singing for a change (not that he wasnt good on Dynasty as well, but lets face it, he is the KING of c-sides, songs not even good enough to be B-sides). The album is a pleasure to listen to start to finish and really is quite the eye openner compared to what most people expect of KISS. If you like things like Foreigner, Loverboy, Pat Benatar, The Cars, and Rick Springfield... this is KISS in a style that fits more with that group than with any of the metal bands they are usually associated with. Fans who like only the heavy stuff probably should avoid this album. But, if you like melodic rock and great songs... this album will not disappoint. Yeah, Peter Criss isnt on this album... so instead, you get truly OUTSTANDING drumming from Anton Fig (David Letterman's drummer for many years) and no Peter Criss song to ensure that there is something worse than the worst Gene song on the album. Pauls songs on this are top notch... Aces are catchy and humorous... Genes are nearly as solid as Paul's... and no Peter song. GREAT! Its just a shame that KISS was so constantly overlooked and blacklisted in the radio world... many of these songs should have been top 40 smashes and really fit well with the pop-rock songs of that era.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Keep it in perspective. August 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
(My review scale: 1- Bad, 2- Average, 3- Good, 4- Very Good, 5- Excellent/Classic)

1980's Unmasked was difficult for the KISS Army to swallow back twenty-five years ago. In 2005, people need to get a little perspective and for god's sake, LET IT GO!

Unmasked is not KISS' best album by a longshot, but it contains some pretty catchy tunes and beats the hell out of a lot of the junk that is coming out these days. Very 70's sounding, Unmasked was recorded, as other reviews have pointed out, during a period where Peter Criss was pretty much out of the band, and Ace really only participated when he felt like coming in. Still, Ace's songs are really the strongest on the album. "Talk To Me" "Torpedo Girl" "Two Sides of the Coin" all are very catchy in that "Ace" sort of way. Simple, relaxed vocals, and kind of odd lyrics. That was always the charm of Ace's tunes. Paul has a few of his light hearted rockers in "Is That You?" and "Tomorrow" which are good. And he lays out one of his finer ballads in "Shandi". Really the bad moments on Unmasked are from Gene. "She's So European" has a grooving bassline and beat, but his other songs on the album are all pretty forgetable.

What people tend to forget about this album is that in 1980, KISS was nowhere nearly as popular as they were in 1977, and they were trying new things. While this was treason to members of the Army in 1980, really, in 2005 it's time to just listen to the album and enjoy some pretty good pop-rock tunes.

I feel no shame in saying this is a good album and you could do worse....mainly by buying 90% of the garbage being put out today.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The weakest link July 8, 2006
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KISS ended the 70s on a high note with their disco-pop tinged "Dynasty," (1979) which contained the massive hit "I was Made for Lovin' you." By the end of their first decade KISS were one of the world's biggest bands, with millions of loyal followers. And in addition to their mostly adolescent male following, the mainstream public were buying KISS albums and going to shows as well. KISS concerts were now family friendly and KISS were no longer feared or dangerous. But while KISS hit a homerun with "Dynasty," and reached the pinnacle of their commercial fortunes, the cracks in the foundation were beginning to show. As KISS entered the new decade they hit a crossroads as to what KISS meant and for whom were KISS playing?

While "Dynasty" was a smash, the KISS ARMY was growing disenchanted with the band's overtly commercial direction. "Dynasty," for all the criticism it received, was fairly successful at balancing commercial pop with hard rock, the follow-up album, however, "Unmasked" (1980) titled the scale in the direction of the former.

Simply put, with "Unmasked," KISS didn't make an album that their loyal fans wanted to hear, and they probably didn't make an album that they themselves wanted to make. With "Unmasked," KISS made an album that they thought the general, record buying public would want to hear.

While other KISS albums have embraced trends (pop-metal in the 80s, grunge with "Carnival of Souls" (1995)) KISS has usually written memorable songs that rock. It is not the case however, with "Unmasked."

While "I was Made for Lovin' you" was an obvious attempt to jump on the flavor-of-the-month bandwagon, the song was so incredibly infectious with such a great hook, it worked.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars $35.00? No way
I'm not paying $35.00 for a record I could pick up at a used store for $1.99 or less. It never ceases to amaze me what money grubbers Paul and Gene are.
Published 16 days ago by A. Strong
4.0 out of 5 stars Kiss
I bought it for my 3 yr. old grandson he love Kiss becauce his dad is a Kiss fan.
He loves it. It arrived it perfect condition. Thank you
Published 1 month ago by Mary E. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars No Complaints.
Excellent CD. I am a huge Ace Frehley fan and he definitely contributes on this with several songs. The disc has been remastered and sounds fantastic.
Published 2 months ago by Chris Deibel
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on!
Great band What else can I say? This is a great purchase a one of a kind cd from a unique band, this is more than awesome.
Published 7 months ago by PABG, Somewhere in the world
1.0 out of 5 stars Kiss music without balls
Let me start by saying I am a long time die hard Kiss fan, and I own all of their albums on lp,and cd. I even have The Orginals 1 and 2. As well as every demo they ever did. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kiss Army
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
If you aren't already a KISS fan, this isn't the cd I would recomend starting with but still some great stuff! A little softer sound for them. Read more
Published 12 months ago by DeVe
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average
I like this album. It's no destroyer but it's a good album. Their albums after this were no good but this one is a keeper.
Published 14 months ago by Music Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Anton Fig should have been their drummer
Torpedo girl - Anton Fig on the drums, tearing it up! I was so surprised when I heard about this record to put it in and actually enjoy it, but I did. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dan-o
4.0 out of 5 stars A VERY misunderstood album from a real rock ledgend
I must admit, when I first heard this back in 1980, I was a little disappointed, But over the last 13 years, it has really grown on me. Read more
Published 15 months ago by William S. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
i cannot give less than 5 stars on any cd album from kiss,i grow up with the guys.there are the best band in the entire world.
Published 20 months ago by Dave Rapoport
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