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Unplugged Live


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  • Audio CD (March 12, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001EIA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Comin' Home
2. Plaster Caster
3. Goin' Blind
4. Do You Love Me
5. Domino
6. Sure Know Something
7. A World Without Heroes
8. Rock Bottom
9. See You Tonight
10. I Still Love You
11. Every Time I Look At You
12. 2,000 Man
13. Beth
14. Nothin' To Lose
15. Rock And Roll All Nite

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The highlight of this MTV gig is the cover of the Stones' "2,000 Man," which Kiss covered on Dynasty. Though the four original members play together on only two tunes ("2,000 Man" and the first real acoustic guitar version of their hit "Beth"), the two tracks ("Rock and Roll All Nite" and "Nothin' to Lose") on which they're joined by current members--drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Bruce Kulick--are also magical. The rest of the album, featuring only the current lineup, has some great moments when Kiss's songwriting prowess really shines through. Songs like "Comin' Home," "Sure Know Something," "See You Tonight," and "Goin' Blind" sound amazing in the acoustic format. However, things get a little miserable when they pull out two overwrought ballads, "I Still Love You" and "Every Time I Look at You," toward the end of the 15-song CD. --Adem Tepedelen

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I guess it was inevitable; KISS (like seemingly every other group who has ever recorded an album) HAD to do an Unplugged special on MTV. Most of the Unplugged shows are run-of-the-mill at best, but KISS really did something special. Not only did they bring back Ace Frehley and Peter Criss as a surprise to play on stage (which they hadn't done together since 1980), put KISS played some obscure songs from the "vaults", some of which they had never even played live. This is what made Nirvana's outing so good! To me, this is what should happen on these Unplugged specials; have a few surprises and play some of the rare stuff or rework the hits--don't just play the same song the same bloody way (did you hear that Mariah Carey)! KISS' musicianship really shines here. The intimate, acoustic setting allows the instrumentation and vocals to take center stage, rather than the theatrics. KISS is a tight band, especially the rhythm section of Eric and Gene. Bruce and Ace (and even Paul) tear up the acoustic guitars, especially on 2,000 Man, Rock Bottom, Domino and Plaster Caster. Paul still has the pipes as he shows us on I Still Love You. Gene's rasp has gotten worse over the last few years but it is giving his voice a distinctive sound; sure, he can't hit the high notes anymore but Domino has a real sleaziness to it due to Gene's voice. Yet at the same time, Gene can still make those quieter songs like A World Without Heroes and See You Tonight sound great. And this version of Goin' Blind damn near beats the original! I've always felt that Gene could succeed as a singer rather than the growling demon who rips out songs like Calling Dr. Love and the like. It was nice to see such rarities as Comin' Home, See You Tonight, and Rock Bottom come out here.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Luis C. Diaz on December 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Looking at this album today and comparing it to all the Kiss related releases since this one, one comes to the conclusion that this is the best record from the reunion so far (Even if the original band only plays in two tracks). Even as Kiss cover some very old and obscure tracks from their early days (Plaster Caster, Going Blind, etc.) they are done in a very refreshing way. Specially, the playing from all band members is outstanding as the unplugged setting makes you more aware of their playing capabilities, specially those of Eric Singer (Drums) and Bruce Kulick (Lead Guitar). As for the original band reunion what really makes this record worth buying is that you can hear the band HAVE FUN! . Which is something that was lacking on the original lineup last recordings. Also, one should check out the video version of this concert just to see the amazing attendance reaction to the music... If you want to get a taste of what Kiss live is on their best "You got Nothing to Loose" with this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By deepbluereview on June 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In the early 1990's MTV did for television what the King Biscuit Flower Hour did for radio many years prior. The formula was simple-- feature an hour's performance by a popular band, unplugged and follow it up with a release of the same material a short while later. Like the Flower Hour before it, the unplugged series was a huge hit. In 1996, Kiss took the stage and blew everyone away. Armed with Ovation and Ibanez acoustic/electrics, they surpassed everyone's expectation and produced tones equivalent to their standard electric fare. This is a really good performance that should not be missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "starchildsgirl" on August 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is the CD to have! My all time favorite. I have every album KISS ever produced, and am now in the middle of replacing every one with CD's. This is a "have to have" for any fan of music period. KISS shows off their true musical talents, every member past and present. Gene and Paul are in their PRIME! Both physically and in the appearance :) Eric and Bruce simply rock with Paul and Gene. Eric Singer is very crisp with his drumming. So is Bruce with his Solo's. But when Peter and Ace take the stage, the fans go NUTS! This is a HUGE moment in KISStory! I am a KISS fan of 27 yrs and KISS unplugged is the best CD to date!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on July 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
During the 1990's, it seemed every band was releasing an MTV Unplugged album. So Kiss, savvy businessmen that they were, decided to release their version with a unique twist. Kiss Unplugged included the reunion of the original lineup of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss. This album would lead to the cash cow that became the return of the original Kiss in full makeup that were worldwide superstars from 1974-1979.
However, what this album should be best known is for the recorded proof of Simmons and Stanley's underrated songwriting abilities and the strong musicianship of the 1995 or "new" version of Kiss that included guitarist Bruce Kulick and drummer Eric Singer. Like Eric Clapton and Neil Young's albums from the MTV Unplugged series, Kiss' version is largely comprised of lesser known album tracks or "deep cuts", several of which the band hadn't performed in many years. The excellent tracks "Comin' Home" and "Goin' Blind" are salvaged from the great but muddy sounding Hotter Than Hell album and show how innovative Simmons' playing was in the early years. "See You Tonight" from Simmons' solo album is a true surprise and blows the original away. Stanley's voice is in fine form throughout, especially on the ballads "I Still Love You" and "Every Time I Look At You." Eric Singer's drumming is very strong here, throwing in quick fills on many of the tracks but never overplaying. Bruce Kulick's playing on the album is also great, particularly on the hard rocker "Domino", the somber "A World Without Heroes", and the aforementioned "Goin' Blind.
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