KISS Gold: Greatest Hits (2-CD+DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 3
- Released: October 5, 2004
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Island / Mercury
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 2.Nothin' To Lose
- 5.Black Diamond
- 6.Got To Choose
- 8.Hotter Than Hell
- 9.C'mon And Love Me
- 11.Anything For My Baby
- 12.Rock Bottom
- 13.Cold Gin
- 14.Rock And Roll All Nite
- 15.Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll
- 16.Detroit Rock City
- 17.King Of The Night Time World
- 18.Shout It Out Loud
- 20.Do You Love Me
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.I Want You
- 2.Calling Dr. Love
- 3.Hard Luck Woman
- 4.I Stole Your Love
- 5.Love Gun
- 6.Christine Sixteen
- 7.Shock Me
- 8.Makin' Love
- 9.God Of Thunder
- 10.Tonight You Belong To Me
- 11.New York Groove
- 13.Don't You Let Me Down
- 14.I Was Made For Lovin' You
- 15.Sure Know Something
- 17.Talk To Me
- 18.A World Without Heroes
- 19.Nowhere To Run
- 20.I'm A Legend Tonight
Personnel: Gene Simmons (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, bass guitar); Ace Frehley (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar); Paul Stanley (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Stan Penridge, Joe Perry , Bob Seger (vocals, guitar); Eric Troyer (vocals, piano); Peter Criss (vocals, drums, percussion); Eric Carr (vocals, drums); Vini Poncia (vocals); Bob Kulick (guitar, acoustic guitar); Art Munson, Elliott Randall, Steve Lacy (guitar); Bob Ezrin (piano, electric piano); Bill Cuomo (keyboards, synthesizer); Holly Knight (keyboards); Neil Jason, Steve Buslowe (bass guitar); Anton Fig, Richie Fontana, Allan Schwartzberg (drums); Lenny Castro, Sean Delaney (percussion); Larry Kelly (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Larry Kelly.
Audio Mixers: Mike "Clay" Stone ; Jay Messina; Paul Stanley.
Liner Note Author: Scott Schinder.
Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY (10/1973-??/1983); Ace In The Hole Studios (10/1973-??/1983); Australia (10/1973-??/1983); Bell Sound Studios, New York, NY (10/1973-??/1983); Blue Rock Studios, New York, NY (10/1973-??/1983); Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, CA (10/1973-??/1983); Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI (10/1973-??/1983); Detroit, MI (10/1973-??/1983); Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY (10/1973-??/1983); Ezrin Farms, King, Ontario, Canada (10/1973-??/1983); Houston (10/1973-??/1983); L.A. Forum, Los Angeles, CA (10/1973-??/1983); Nanuet Star Theatre, Nanuet, NY (10/1973-??/1983); Plaza Sound, New York, NY (10/1973-??/1983); Record Plant Studios, New York, NY (10/1973-??/1983); Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (10/1973-??/1983); San Francisco, CA (10/1973-??/1983); Sound Labs, Inc (10/1973-??/1983); Sounds Interchange Ltd., Toronto, Canada (10/1973-??/1983); Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA (10/1973-??/1983); The Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA (10/1973-??/1983); The Manor, Oxfordshire, England (10/1973-??/1983); The Mansion, Sharon, CT (10/1973-??/1983); The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA (10/1973-??/1983); Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA (10/1973-??/1983).
Director: Claude Borenzweig.
Photographers: Elizabeth Annas; Neal Preston; Bob Gruen; Andrew Kent; Howard Marks Advertising; Fin Costello; Barry Levine; Neil Zlozower.
Besides arguing over which B+ or A- tracks are missing ("Why did they include "'Talk to Me'" instead of "'Charisma'"?") the only thing bad you can say about the two-disc Gold is that its cover art is too much in the style of Universal's Millennium Collection series. The near-perfect track listing deserves a better face than this generic, part-of-a-series artwork, but chuck that and the short, hyperbole-filled essay and you're left with make-up era as good as it gets. Think of a big hit and it's here -- in its live version if that's what's called for -- while the filler is so well chosen you just know the compilers have a Kiss Army membership patch somewhere in their dresser drawers. Laid out chronologically, Gold snaps up three or four key tracks from each golden-age album, gives the mighty Destroyer a little extra attention, gets more picky from Dynasty on, and breezes through the solo albums with only one song each from the four of them (which is being really kind to Peter Criss). You get to follow the band from their gutsy beginnings to their bombastic, arena rock-middle while getting a taste of the later iffy years and stopping short of when they became just another band. There are too many highlights too mention and the track listing and credits give all the necessary information (including proper Ace and Peter-less group membership for Unmasked's and the Elder's tracks -- a first!). They've even gone as far as to grab the two good tracks off the totally jive Killers compilation and include a picture from the final make-up photo shoot with a weary looking Ace. After so much mishandling since the millennium turned, Kiss is finally done right by Gold. What Double Platinum was to time of LPs, Gold is to the age of CDs. [Buyers who really want to get their Kiss on should consider this release's multimedia brother, Gold: 1974-1982 - Sound+Vision, which adds a DVD including the original Exposed full-length video and some live footage.] ~ David Jeffries
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