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  • Audio CD (21 Nov. 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000001F46
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. E. Hall on 25 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Dynasty is a curious and somehow fitting name for this album. A Dynasty implies a long line of succession, but usually by the time people start using it it means the end is near. So it was with KISS in 1979 when the album was released. The band had lost their way. The four guys from New York (well, one of Haifa) who set out to create the 'heavy metal Beatles' were now marketing figures and comic book stars. They had a new set of costumes that looked straight out of Walt Disney. And then they went Disco...

The album's opener, I Was Made for Lovin' You is catchy and well written if a little basic. It was the band's biggest hit single but is never thought of as one of their best songs. Nonetheless it opens the album strongly before Frehley's rather weak cover of 2,000 man lets things down a little (although it would sound brilliant when performed Unplugged years later). Sure Know Something is slick, well produced and superb, perhaps the best song on the album but like many others in KISS fine collection, ignored for years live. Dirty Livin' was the only song on the album to feature original drummer Peter Criss (the rest of the tracks featured session musician Anton Figg) and is classic Catman. It's groovy and funky, although too hampered by over laboured production. Gene's offerings to the album were not his best. Both Charisma and X-Ray Eyes were good songs, but Deuce and Calling Dr. Love they were not, lacking bite and menace to go with the character. Ace picks up where his solo albums leaves off with Hard Times and Save you Love the forgotten gems on the record, although clearly they needed someone like Eddie Kramer or Bob Ezrin rather than Vini Poncia at the soundboard to make them sparkle.

Overall there were many fine points to this album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
An evocative composition of post disco New York Rock, 'Dynasty' displays the fusion of four natural born Rock idols. The make up and its accompanying mystique inspires audacious, arrogant pop hooks, but it is just how much of a litmus test of this sparkling era 'Dynasty' is that makes it a Kiss classic. 9 songs in which the camp glory of Studio 54, the sleazy muscle of 70s New York, and the crunching thunder of pre- ironic stadium rock are all synthesised with the earnestness and aplomb only prime time Kiss could attain. Paul Stanley at his most sensuous, Ace Frehley with three off key punkathons, Gene Simmons provides some bilious charm, and Peter Criss evokes gangster vibes a la Rocky Balboa or Robert De Niro. America's last, magical gasp of the 70s.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommo 18/7 © on 13 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Dynasty...The panning this got was a joke!!!....Many people claimed it was " Disjointed". The only thing that was disjointed was Peter Criss, who was going through excess problems at the time of recording, so they subsequently removed him from the sessions and got Ace Frehley's old pal, Anton Fig in on the skins, who gave a stellar performance.

This is loaded with KISS greats, sure " I Was Made For Loving You" is a disco flirtation, but it remains a powerful anthem today. Ace's cover of the Stones " 2000 Man" is incredible, as are his epics " Hard Times" & " Save Your Love". Gene's " X-Ray Eyes" & " Charisma" are up there with his best, as is Paul's " Magic Touch" & the classic " Sure Know Somethin'". Even Peter's autobiographical sole contribution " Dirty Livin'" holds up on here....

If this is " Disjointed" then it was a crying shame that some of the lame, late 80's/90's output wasn't a bit more " Disjointed" eh???.....

Brilliant: AAAAAA++++++
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Although this was the end of an era until the much wanted reunion this is still an album which gives me much pleasure,this was the first kiss record i heard, i didnt realise it was not a true reflection of the bands sound,imagine the shock i got when putting kiss alive 2(the first i bought) for the first time ha ha,still once you get over the poppy lifeless production which hinders dynasty you can marvel at the quality of the songs,although everyone has heard i was made for lovin you,its probably one of the weaker tracks here magic touch and sure know something are stunning pop tracks and should have been huge,x ray eyes and charisma are follow on's from the god of thunders previous over the top contributions,dr love/larger than life ,god of thunder etc,Ace chips in with hard times(one of his best - ever) and peter's dirty livin is my fav track on the album,a grown up version of Hooligan,its really a pity that egos were out of control and the Dynasty tour featured only 2 tracks from this album and a selection from the solo's,surely all of the aforementioned tracks should have been played,especially,hard times/dirty livin/x ray eyes and of course its criminal that magic touch and sure know something missed out also,hard to believe they prefered a weak disco track iwmfly and a cover 2000 man to promote the album in concert,who was advising these boys at this point!!!! things would never be the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Milly on 23 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
Don't dismiss this album by listening to the old cliche about this just being a disco album. Make up your own mind. Do yourself a favour and buy this. The production is a bit weird but entertaining at the same time. As for the tracks, there's quality stuff on this 1979 classic: Sure Know Something, Hard Times, Magic Touch. There might only be 2 songs from Gene but they are quality Gene tunes all the same: Charisma and
X-ray Eyes rock! One of my top 5 Kiss albums.
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