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Smashes Thrashes & Hits

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 14, 1988)
  • Original Release Date: November 14, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001FPE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on 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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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 market....like they never exsisted....fans 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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Apparently this is their best-selling greatest hits collection. I've owned the vinyl record since the day it was released and even found the used cassette singles for the "new" original songs one here. When Amazon was offering the cd and mp3s for $5, I couldn't resist. Actually, I've missed listening to the these songs.

The remixes of the 70s classics are well done, with Love Gun & Calling Dr. Love being highlights. The remix of the drum sound on Rock & Roll All Night (flat thud instead of slight echo) and I Love It Loud (absence of thundering drum sound from Creatures album) used to bother me but not anymore. Maybe the mix was ahead of its time because it sounds fine on the mp3 and was probably chosen in 1989 for the quickly emerging cd market.

The two 'new' songs present the end of an era for KISS. From 1983's Lick It Up to this album, they were continuously reclaiming their popularity. By 1990's Hot in the Shade, every band paled in comparison to Guns & Roses and Metallica. This is one of the last Best of albums by KISS that offered something special. You Wanted the Best is a later one but it's somewhat oddball with assorted live tracks. Fans who want a band-approved collection of their 70s hits might want to check out 1978's Double Platinum album.
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Let's get through this, track by track. 1.) "Let's Put the X in Sex" is one of those super cheesy songs that's difficult to admit liking. Yeah, it's kinda catchy, but has anyone in the band ever considered a hint of subtlety?? Yikes. 2.) "You Make Me Rock Hard" is a pretty hard rockin' tune, not bad for a regular studio album but not quite what I'd consider a worthy addition to a greatest hits disc--maybe a "decent hits" disc. . . ."Love's like a glove and it fits just right." Hmm, need I say more?! 3.) "Love Gun" is a classic rock masterpiece--Ace Frehley sure shows he can move his hand up and down that guitar on this one. Great harmonies, great guitars, great catchy refrain, great track. 4.) "Detroit Rock City" is quite possibly Kiss' best song. If you're a fan of this one, try catching the Mighty Mighty Bosstones' cover of this song on the "Kiss My A**" tribute album. 5.) "I Love it Loud" is one of those songs where Gene Simmons' deep, growly vocals work well. This is his song; when you tire of hearing Paul Stanley wail away, this is the track you might fire up. 6.) "Deuce" ain't bad. It's one of those Kiss songs you expect to see on a greatest hits disc, even though it's not one of my favorites. On a scale of one to three, this track is worth a deuce. Sorry, had to say it! 7.) "Lick it Up" showcases Vinnie Vincent's guitar skills; it's a rocker that's a little more upbeat and, dare I say it, happy and frolicky than most of Kiss' songs. "Don't wanna wait till you know me better, let's just be glad for the time together/Life's such a treat and it's time you tast it, There ain't a reason on earth to waste it . . .Lick it up." Hmm, what exactly is being licked here anyway? Regardless, it's a great tune; one of their best. 8.) "Heaven's On Fire" is a track I usually skip.Read more ›
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