180 Gram Vinyl Record
Kiss is celebrating their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a reissue series featuring their career-spanning discography on vinyl in March 2014, including their 1998 effort Psycho Circus on the format for the very first time.
Among the titles returning to record store shelves are the band's self-titled debut and sophomore Hotter Than Hell albums (both from 1974) as well as their double-live 1975 breakthrough album Alive! - which was already reissued back in 2008. Also arriving are 1976's Destroyer, 1979's Dynasty, 1980's Unmasked, 1983'sLick it Up, 1984's Animalize and 1992's Revenge.
"With guitarist Ace Frehley all but gone, as he had been for a few years, the handling of the guitars on Creatures Of The Night fell to a multitude of guest guitarists, a practice which was well known to the band. Among the musicians who lent a hand were Bob Kulick (obviously), Rick Derringer and one Vincent Cusano, who would soon become KISS's second permanent guitarist, under the name Vinnie Vincent. More significant among the guest names were those of Bryan Adams - yes, that Bryan Adams - and Jim Vallance, who helped co-write a couple of tracks.
"But what was the final result of this mishmash of guest spots and confusion? Well, surprisingly, a very good album.
"When trying to fit Creatures within the group's discography, one had probably better place it next to Love Gun. In fact, that's probably the Kiss album with which it shares the most similarities, from the overall sound to the near lack of bad tracks, to the low number of actual standouts. However, the murky production and heavy, edgy guitar sound also throw back to Hotter Than Hell, while some of the poppier bits wouldn't have been out of place on Unmasked. However, most importantly, this album opens up a new sonic possibility for Kiss, treading very close to American heavy metal trends of the period." — Sputnikmusic.com
|1. Creatures Of The Night|
|2. Saint And Sinner|
|3. Keep Me Comin’|
|4. Rock And Roll Hell|
|1. I Love It Loud|
|2. I Still Love You|
|4. War Machine|