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Product Details

  • 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 (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,593 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Unmasked is an album for Kiss fans only.
the big yin
There are some good songs (Easy As It Seems, Is That You?, Naked City), most are just ok and some are downright bad.
Mike Murphy
Fans who buy this album anticipating just another KISS album are in for a shock.
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73 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Benz on 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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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By J. Walsh on 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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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman on July 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1998
Format: Audio CD
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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