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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dynasty Crumbles...
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...
Published on 25 Jun 2006 by Mr. A. E. Hall

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3.0 out of 5 stars KISS go disco on seventh studio album
By 1979, Disco was causing a big boom in American music. Confident of a cash-in on this new type of music, KISS (or more specifically Paul Stanley, whose solo album had hinted at this new direction) decided to "do Disco."
Opener "I was made for Loving you" is the most famous example of KISSes new direction, a soulful disco-beat song with breathy vocals and a...
Published on 4 Mar 2004 by jamesfranklin22


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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dynasty Crumbles..., 25 Jun 2006
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Mr. A. E. Hall "brother_of_sadako" (Liverpool, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dynasty (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. It had a great hit single, some well written songs played well. But as with this album and its successor, it was held back by very over polished production that stripped away some of the hard edge to KISS. Dynasty is still a good record though, although it is sad as it contains many flaws that would prove to be the beginning of the end for KISS as they were. They went off the rails over the next few years and by the time they had woken up they had two new memebers, a new sound and a very different new look!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Majestic, melodic, hilarious, 12 April 2002
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars sweet, 8 July 2012
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sean paul mccann "mccanns23" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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a maligned effort at the time and since some would say but there are some very favourable reviews here and i can add to that. This is a brilliant album filled with pomp, charisma , flair. The four members all throw their vocals in to a glorious range of tracks. There are some sublime cuts here, dont be a mug, get this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe The Hype...This Is Classic Kiss, 13 Oct 2009
This review is from: Dynasty (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Charismatic!, 23 April 2009
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Milly (Edinburgh, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars die nasty you might say, 26 Dec 2008
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Mr Blackwell (scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dynasty (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss go 'Disco', 7 Jun 2005
This review is from: Dynasty (Audio CD)
I can still remember the review in 'Sounds' newspaper...Way before the days of Kerrang and all those other new-comers...
"Kiss go Disco".....Now me being a huge fan [age with-held] but remember seeing them in the 70's with the full American stage show....flames/trapeze...never seen a show like it since. Anyway, YES When i first heard "I was made for loving you" It did sound 'Disco'.But it was still Kiss and its still an album that i play today and im one of the lucky few to have seen 'that' FULL show.............Its one of,if not THE best Kiss album
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4.0 out of 5 stars It all went downwards after this, 18 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Dynasty (Audio CD)
Last 'great' album from classic-KISS. Some catchy songs, and no album 'fillers'. This came on the back of the so-so solo albums, so Simmons and Criss needed to raise their game, no such worries for Stanley and Frehley who includes a wonderful cover of the Rolling Stones 2000 Man.
I'd like to have heard Eddie Kramer produce this, as Vini Poncia is a pop producer. However, as KISS had become a band for teens, its hardly suprising that the band wanted to retain that 'bubblegum' pop sound.
The album cover is appalling given the chins of Frehley and Criss are cropped and top of Stanley and Simmons heads are also cropped. The free poster included with the vinyl sales in 1979 would have been a better album cover.
As said, their last decent album. Even Peter Criss's Dirty Livin' was a 'return to form'
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4.0 out of 5 stars slick kiss., 1 Aug 2012
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Michael Dobey (colorado springs) - See all my reviews
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YOu get a slicker more polished kiss on this one. But it still has that traditional kiss hard rock edge, evn if some songs are poppy, for at ;east most of the songs. MOst kiss fans do enjoy this one for it's fun songs and hits like 'I was made for loving you'. But others wanted a more straightforward hard rock direction like the song 'charisma'. However kiss's next release was straight pop and it almost destroyed them. They are a hard rock band who can do pop after all , but to only do pop alone is something the fans were not ready for. At this point though, dynasty was a solid selling kiss cd. Unfortunately the old story of substance abuse was taking down members of this band and that's a sad thing. Still the cd is a product of it's age and remains very enjoyable to listen to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glossed up, popped up Kiss, 30 Jun 2011
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B. S. Marlay (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
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After the four simultaneously released solo albums, Kiss regrouped in 1979 for their next full band album. However, the teaming with Vincent Poncia as producer, who had provided the same service for the likes of MOR acts Melissa Manchester, Lynda Carter (TV's Wonder Woman) and Ringo Starr, did not make a lot of sense. It consequently took them in a softer, slicker and more commercial direction. Though, in co-writing with Paul Stanley and Peter Criss, he did manage to give this recording a greater sense of cohesion in terms of a band sound than had been evident on their post-`Destroyer' albums.

The glossy softer approach, including the rock disco opening track, `I Was Made for Lovin' You', more than slightly dipped the band's toes out of heavy rock and into a sort of adult pop. It is easy to see that a heavier approach would have resulted in the entire second half of the album sounding quite classically like the Kiss of old. At the same time, though the sound is a little unsatisfying from the point of view of Kiss being a hard rock band, all the songs are uncharacteristically well crafted. And this makes it quite a strong set in the end.

Stanley again shows himself the best writer and singer with `I Was Made for Lovin' You', `Sure Know Something' and `Magic Touch' all being consummately infesctious. `Magic Touch', in particular, would not have been out of place on his solo album (with heavier production.). But Simmons, Frehley and Criss are not far behind him at all this time. Peter Criss' `Dirty Livin' is the greatest departure on the record, but still a fine song. Frehley's `Save All Your Love' and, particularly, `Hard Times' - both of which he sings (along with an over-rated cover of the Rolling Stones' `2000 Man'), are strong. And Gene Simmons is in surprisingly good form with `Charisma' and `X-Ray Eyes' - though, in truth, they are the weakest songs of the set.

`Dynasty' may have made Kiss more accessible to a mass audience, but it also spelled the splintering of the original band line-up and a muddled approach throughout the rest of their recording career.
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