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Carnival Of Souls [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (26 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B00JKOI180
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,355 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hate
2. Rain
3. Master & Slave
4. Childhood's End
5. I Will Be There
6. Jungle
7. In My Head
8. It Never Goes Away
9. Seduction Of The Innocent
10. I Confess
11. In The Mirror
12. I Walk Alone

Product Description

'Continuing the successful Back to Black series, Universal Music are proud to make available the KISS studio albums as limited edition vinyl releases. Presented with their individual classic artwork and on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, these releases are an excellent addition to the ever growing vinyl resurgence.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andi on 24 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard it I thought:'Man, now they are trying to be a grunge band', and that I'll never like the album. But as with many of the best albums, you listen to it again anyway. And again and again...until it clicks and you can't imagine anymore that you didn't like it in the first place.
It starts with little things. I walk alone is sung by Bruce. Very catchy, very nice. And then comes the middle part and a verse is sung by Gene and Paul together and that's when it clicks because that is what they are good at and that's what they didn't do for years.
Hell, this review is getting too long...let's come to the point.

The whole album is very heavy but at the same time very relaxed. It has got quite a dark atmosphere. It's not Let's-Have-Fun-Rock and Roll.
I never wanted to listen to a band that recreates what they did before.
Is it not nicer to listen to a band that always tries to go a step further? If I wanted 70s Kiss I listened to 70s Kiss. I'd never needed a reunion. I was disappointed that I would never hear the next step of this great and very creative line-up.
This album was the next step after REVENGE and the reunion was a step back. History shows that this is correct because the creative progress of Kiss, the Band, came to a halt with Psycho Circus.
This album has got the greatest moments when you're high on weed. Put some headphones on and put it as loud as it gets.
The dry sound, the passionate voice of Stanley, the driving drums of Eric and the always amazing guitar work of Bruce will blow you away.
Did I leave Simmons out? Oh well, he did a great job, but not as a songwriter this time. There are some weak moments on this record. Just cut them out, there are 12 long tracks on it. :-)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. E. Hall on 30 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
Carnival of Souls is strange to say the least. It is like a look at what might have been had the reunion never happened. Recorded at some point in the mid 1990s but not released until 1997, it came out to a changed world. The original four members of KISS reunited in 1996 and the old makeup came back. What was expected to be a moderately successful tour turned into a global explosion, with KISS conquering the world once again. The band were left with drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Bruce Kulick in limbo and an album left unreleased, an album which fit with KISS circa 94-95, but not classic KISS born again. It is KISS' bravest record since (Music from) the Elder in 1981 and as with that album, is good and bad in equal measures.

First off, it contains some great (if very unKISSlike) songs like Master and Slave, Childhood's End, Jungle, I Will be There and I Walk Alone. The music is very grunge like, with no elements of partying, sex and rock 'n' roll. Gene chooses to take his anger out on religion (or rather organised religion judging people) on songs like Seduction of the Innocent while Paul pays homage to his son on I Will be There and Bruce Kulick appears on lead vocals for the first (and it seems last) time with the wonderful I Walk Alone. Overall, the album is so unlike KISS. It is so moody and dark, with lyrics that mean something and heavy on bad attitude. There are weaker moments but the main reason why I don't go crazy for the album is that it is just not what I would usually buy, (apart from the fact that it's KISS), and yet I find myself returning to it more than I would expect.

Ultimately the album was a dismal failure commercially. No singles, no videos, no publicity, no surprise!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
probably the hardest album in the kiss catalog to review,this is the antithisis of everything kiss should stand for partying/sex and rock shouldnt like it but it is good,only creatures can come close to the heaviness and as i've mentioned before kulick and singer really hit their groove now,sadly this was released as an after thought as the reunion of 4 unhappy men was making millions,kulick really stands out on this record some stunning sabbath type riffs and cool solos,love childhoods end/hate and i will be there,would have been interesting to see what tracks would have made the live show,in retrospect this is the elder part 2 an overlooked album which offers the listener much,makes you think,demands you listen,sometimes you'll like it, other times you wont,its a challenge not something you say often about a kiss album
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. S. Marlay on 9 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
This almost not released record is often unfairly lambasted. It is true that Kiss had almost run out of puff on more than one occasion (1985 with `Asylum', 1989 with `Hot in the Shade'), but `Carnival of Souls' is a different kettle of fish. It could not be further from the Kiss of the 70s or indeed the Kiss of the 80s. It sounds muddy, it is heavy and dirgey. The subject matter is almost nihilistic at times (`Hate', `Jungle' - both excellent) and the vocals have a 90s drawl to them. If 1992's heavy, dark and dirty `Revenge' lacked a sense of fun, `Carnival of Souls' was close to miserable in comparison.

Recorded somewhere around 1995, the frivolousness with which Kiss were equated was most definitely `out'. It was a time when the sounds of grunge, indie rock and grunge metal were the approach that gave a band cred. `Carnival of Souls' was coproduced by Toby Wright who was aligned with the likes of Alice in Chains, Slayer and Queensryche. So Kiss' intentions on this effort are pretty easy to read. Measured against those benchmarks, `Carnival of Souls' could easily be dismissed as a wanna-be effort. But measured against other Kiss albums, it is a far more intriguing creature.

This album is the band's greatest departure and contains some of their most interesting and unusual songwriting. They also go back to Kiss basics by backing one another on vocals and relinquishing the last dozen years of screeching in favour of their lower registers. Bruce Kulick even sings the final track (`I Walk Alone').
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