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You Wanted the Best You Got
You Wanted the Best You Got
Price: £8.19

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another marketing ploy, 25 April 2004
So... another KISS compilation. Yep, I guess that makes for number 4,031.Kidding aside though, this was pure economics on the part of KISS andtheir record company. Re-release a few classic live tracks just in timefor the Reunion tour. Smart move.
There's nothing bad to be said about the actual sonic content on thisalbum (the "interview" part, KISS tells all, excluded). The songs fromAlive! and Alive II kick ass just like they did back in the days and theremastering is pretty good. It's the new tracks that make this packageinteresting. 4 new live tracks culled form the band's extensive collectionof recorded live shows. The playing on these tracks sound really good andthe band is suprisingly tight. But hearing Rock and roll all nite again...no thanks. If this had been a 4-song EP and I'd happily give it 6 stars,but as it is now it's just another way of making us buy the same songsagain, and again, and again, and...
That said, for the not-quite KISS fan this is highly recommended. There'sa good blend of the band's mid-70's classics here and the live setting wasalways KISS' best. So if you're not sure whether to buy Alive! or AliveII, give this album a try. You won't regret it.


Theatre Of Pain
Theatre Of Pain
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glam without real content, 4 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Theatre Of Pain (Audio CD)
This was the only Crue remaster that I hesitated to buy. I didn't remember much about the album so I figured that must have meant that I didn't listen to it much back in the (vinyl) days. I was mistaken. Every song brought back smiles of recognition (or a cringe) and memories of one sort or another. But it's not a very good album. Nikki himself said in The Dirt that this album was their worst and I tend to agree. The songs aren't really there for the most part. Home Sweet Home saved this album. No ifs, ands, or buts.
This is also the weakest of the remasters. The extra material is bottom-of-the-barrell stuff. Sure, the demo to Home Sweet Home was nice but it isn't that far removed from the studio one. And the rest is just the "same old situation".
On the plus side this is easily the best packaging in the Crue catalogue. I don't know why but I've always loved the cover art and the fairly narrow fade through reds and purples in the background is very nicely used for the booklet inside cover and the inlay.
If you were a fan back then you'll need this album (Smokin' in the Boys Room still sends a shiver down my spine) because of all the memories. Casual Crue fans need not apply, go out and buy the remaster of Too Fast for Love instead.


Rock and Roll All Nite: The Stories Behind Every "Kiss" Song
Rock and Roll All Nite: The Stories Behind Every "Kiss" Song
by Paul Elliott
Edition: Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total crap... not worth the money, 4 Jan. 2004
This book is touted as "the stories behind the songs". And what does that mean? It means that some lame-brain with nothing better to do has written half-assed descriptions of each song in the KISS catalogue and invited some uninteresting KISS fans to say moronic stuff about the songs for "extra spice". The inaccuracies in this book border on the comical and the comments on the songs are not even worth the paper this book was printed on.
There are a few decent pics but they are often plagued by horrendous captions or downright false information. One pic of the line-up with Eric Singer claims that the pic is with Peter Criss. (The "plus" for that pic is that it shows Ace at his most haggard yet. Downright scary even.) Another pic of the band in the Dressed to Kill live outfits claims that the pic was taken in 1978.
This is the worst book about KISS I have yet to lay eyes on (and I have A LOT). Stay well clear of this.


Girls, Girls, Girls
Girls, Girls, Girls

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not their best... but a good remaster, 4 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Girls, Girls, Girls (Audio CD)
This was the album that made me decide to go see Motley when they came to my town. Unfortunately Nikki OD'd before they could get here but I got my money back (and got to see them for the Dr. Feelgood tour instead). As far as Motley albums go this isn't their best. The songs have an almost boogie-like quality to them, which isn't really bad, and it's rougher that Theatre of Pain was, but it's no match for the great albums: Too Fast for Love or Shout at the Devil.
The bonus material is OK. Except for the unreleased track Rodeo which is a pretty good ballad the only really interesting thing is the live track from Moscow. The rough instrumental mixes add little. The sound of the remaster is also OK, nothing revolutionary. It's a little crisper but Mars' guitar sound was muddy back then and it's still is.
Bottom line, Crue fans will want it (I know I don't regret this purchase at all) and if you're looking for the remastered Crue then go for these versions, the Crucial Crue line wasn't quite as good (neither in sound nor in bonus material).


"Kiss": The Early Years
"Kiss": The Early Years
by Gene Simmons
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great pics but no real substance, 28 Nov. 2003
If you're looking for some cool pics (some I had never seen before which was a very nice surprise) then this is the book for you. The ones from the very earliest parts of KISS' carreer are great, they look like a different band. Especially when they get put in weird circumstances. As for text, there's little here to capture the imagination. Gene and Paul reminisce a bit about the "good old days" and although they remember a lot (or fake it) it's not the commentary that is the value of this book.
KISS has always been a supremely image-oriented band (even when they tried to make us believe they were not in the early 90's) and the photo and video has always been a huge part of their marketing and success. That's why you, as a KISS fan, need this book.


Passion And Warfare
Passion And Warfare
Price: £4.23

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the greatest guitar album ever, 25 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Passion And Warfare (Audio CD)
Vai squeezes so much into this album. His technique is stunning but it's the emotion of a song like For the love of God that sets him miles apart from the other "shredders" of the late 80's/early 90's. This is musicianship and composition skills of the highest caliber from start to finish.


The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
by Neil Strauss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy sh*t!!!, 25 Nov. 2003
This is about as good as it gets in rock biography. This truly is the dirt. So much craziness and warped mental states in one book is almost too much. But then again, too much (of everything) seems to have been the one unifying motto of the Crue. Every fan of rock music should own this book. If you don't, buy it now!!


Live...In the Raw
Live...In the Raw
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £35.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good "live" album, 25 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Live...In the Raw (Audio CD)
There has been some talk of this album being extensively "touched up". It sounds a bit too clean to be a "real" live recording but then again, true live recordings almost never enter the marketplace except as bootlegs.
This is a good collection of songs and the production is great. The extra material not on the original release is good too. But once again the packaging disappoints. The printing on the CD states "Live... in the rain" and once again there's a picture that looks like it was poorly scanned from some magazine.


The Last Command
The Last Command
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Price: £14.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More polished... originally, 25 Nov. 2003
This review is from: The Last Command (Audio CD)
The second album from WASP was a bit perplexing at first. The songs were there but there was a lot of "new" elements to the band (and I'm not just talking about adding Steve behind the drums). Blackie stretched out a little on this album and it's a much more mature album than the first.
The addition of A LOT of extra material is very welcome. I had most of this as various B-sides and whatnot but it's good to have it all collected in one place. There are some negatives here though. The packaging hasn't been given proper attention. The original back cover (the one used now is from the Wild child gatefold single) looks like a bad scan and one track is misnamed. (I forget which one but we get a great love rendition of Sleeping in the fire instead so I'm still pretty happy).


Smashes,Thrashes & Hits
Smashes,Thrashes & Hits
Price: £7.66

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The usual suspects, 25 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Smashes,Thrashes & Hits (Audio CD)
Another KISS "greatest hites" type package. I wasn't that impressed when it appeard in 1988 and I'm not impressed now. The two new tracks are lame to say the least and having Eric Carr re-record the vocals to Beth was tragic. Other than that it's pretty much the same collection of songs that KISS have thrown at their fans with alarming regularity over their career. The UK/European version added Reason to live to the package to present a kind of updated feel. Didn't work.
The songs as a whole are good songs (most of them taken from the remixes off the Double platinum album it seems) and that's what makes this album OK. The collection as such is boring and not really worth it. Buy one of the live albums instead.


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