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Unmasked [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 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: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001ELN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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72 of 87 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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34 of 41 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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9 of 11 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Unmasked, though similar sounding to Dynasty, blows it out of the water. The disco/pop sound is still there but the songs are infinitely better. Without a Peter Criss song to be found, that instantly boosts my liking of the album. Ace really shines on Unmasked as he takes the mike on 3 songs: Talk To Me, Two Sides of The Coin, and Torpedo Girl. These are all great songs that unfortunately have not been given due credit in my opinion though the inclusion of Two Sides of The Coin on Greatest KISS was a pleasant surprise. Shandi, though very catchy, is nothing more than a sped-up version of Beth, but Tomorrow, Is That You?, Easy As It Seems, Naked City, and What Makes The World Go 'Round fall into the category of forgotten songs that were overlooked during an otherwise bad time for KISS. You're All That I Want and She's So European are the token throw-away tracks on an otherwise excellent album. Though Unmasked is by no means a classic KISS album, it is nowhere near as bad as anyone seems to think it is. The comic strip album cover is also one of KISS' best and most original (and heavily criticized). I think that fans needed KISS to drop the pop and get back to some rock tunes at this point however the band didn't see it until it was almost too late. With their next outing, KISS planned on returning to their roots: a kickin' hard rock album. But......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
impresionante!!!!!!!!!!
Published 22 days ago by alejandro campoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great cd
Published 28 days ago by Patricia Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!!!
Published 1 month ago by Michael Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!!!
Published 1 month ago by Michael Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Time is a funny thing...
It's true. I understand that a lot of folks don't like this record...but have always wondered...do they not like it because other people didn't like it? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark S. Sundermeier
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific LP
My 2nd favorite of the KISS studio albums.....favorite songs are "Shandi' & 'Tomorrow'.......one that really rocks and one any fan should definitely own.
Published 3 months ago by Joshua W
4.0 out of 5 stars cd review
this was one of those records that is kind of hard to listen to because it is to discoey . but it is still kiss .
Published 3 months ago by Eugene Opal Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars KISS' Best Pop/Rock Album !
Not typical KISS......but what is typical KISS ? Typical KISS is that we Fans never knows how the next Studioalbum sounds ! And UNMASKED is a great example for that point ! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andy Kiss
4.0 out of 5 stars Unmasked = Underrated.
KISS enter the '80s on "Unmasked" and it was generally overlooked by fans. I've noticed that there's a lot of people that hate it but it has a good number of people that... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joeywoodburn
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 6 months ago by A. Strong
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