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  • Audio CD (24 Sept. 2012)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: UMC/UMC
  • ASIN: B008GBEZ10
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,239 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

Although they’re still with us, INXS really ended in 1997 with singer Michael Hutchence’s demise in a Sydney hotel room. In death, just as he did in life, Hutchence still dominates the otherwise unchanged sextet.

What a seemingly mismatched bunch they were: five glorified pub rockers and Hutchence, arguably the most sexually-charged Renaissance man pop music has produced. Even in the 1980s when major labels indulged bands like well-meaning but hopeless parents, five albums without making a breakthrough was pushing it, even though INXS had conquered their native Australia. Then, for reasons far from clear, at their sixth attempt, despite initial label apathy, Kick turned INXS into global stars.

Hindsight makes things clearer. Everything gelled like it hadn’t before and would never do again. Hutchence’s backers stopped plodding and started sprinting and soaring on the finger-clicking Mystify, the jagged near-funk of Guns in the Sky and the irresistible sweep of the title track.

Hutchence too was at the peak of his game. He oozed sex with such enthusiasm that when he whispers “every single one of us, the devil inside” on Devil Inside, he sounds almost possessed. And that priapism underpinned every musical move Kick made. By some magical aligning of the planets, Hutchence had shed the cod-Jaggerisms which had so stymied him and his band. And on Need You Tonight, he almost sounded vulnerable. Almost.

This 25th anniversary edition adds two extra discs, a DVD and some luxurious packaging. The DVD’s promo videos and live versions tell you all you need to know about Hutchence, but the CDs give Kick extra depth. As ever, demo versions are demo versions for a very good reason (i.e. not meant to be heard any more than two-wheeled cars are meant to be driven), but there’s only three here and, similarly, there’s only three superfluous live versions. The extended, original-era mixes and B sides show a band delighting in extending themselves, particularly on the aptly titled Kick Ass remix of Guns in the Sky.

They may not have been important or especially influential, but for a moment, INXS were peerless. This is that moment.

--Andy Fyfe

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A review for the 4 disc Super Deluxe set...

It goes without saying that Kick is a 5 star album. All killer no filler and it still sounds incredible 25 years on. But it's not so much about what's in this Super Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition of Kick, it's what's missing. Here was an opportunity to gather everything "Kick" related in one box and I'm afraid it can only be called a major disappointment.

It comes as a 10" x 10" slipcase. Inside is an 80 page hard back book with relevant pictures and the story of the album. It's not bad, has a couple of pics I've not seen before and it's a very quick read but, THE most unbelievable thing that's missing from the book are the song lyrics. The four discs are housed in slots inside a gatefold card sleeve which can sometimes be bad for scratching discs. My cds were all ok but the dvd has marks on it already (it arrived in this condition). There's also a HUGE replica poster for the release of the "Mystify" single, folded up into squares to fit inside the 10" slipcase. All those creases make it unsuitable for framing so you can't do anything with it except look at it once, fold it up again and put it away. And a sheet of newly designed stickers with the song titles on them. Why??? (obviously Universal think that Inxs fans are still teenagers). Now onto the music.

Disc one, the album itself is nicely mastered for the new millennium and as Kick was remastered and re-released in 2011, I'm guessing that the album tracks are as released in 2011. All good so far.

Disc two rounds up all the demos, out-takes and live cuts from the previous "
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Now I am reviewing the Deluxe Edition which has 2 CDs. Firstly the main CD is sounding amazing and top quality which in itself is worth buying this. Secondly the booklet could be better it really just looks like a normal CD booklet but is ok.
Now what makes this special is the 2nd CD. Its starts with an fantastic soul version of Never Tear us Apart and includes amazing versions of Mystify and other favourites plus a few B sides.
If this is the quality of outtakes and new versions that they recorded then INXS needs to release an Anthology from their career. It sounded brilliant while driving around today.
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This is a great album without question. However, I wanted to comment on the sound quality of this remaster. The remaster has had a strange EQ applied to it - sounds like a lift to both the bass and treble akin to activating the loudness buttons on old stereo amps. Some tracks sound OK but others sound slightly odd; artificial if you like. Where it has suffered without question is dynamic range as the remaster engineer has regrettably succumbed to the horrible trend of compressing the recording (aka loudness wars). I also have the original CD from back in the 80's and running both through the Foobar2000 'dynamic range meter' plugin shows the original has a very good overall dynamic range value of DR14 and the new 25 version just DR8 (the higher the number the less compression). What a shame.
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Excellent album.....but missing a few tracks\remixes/videos too...not to mention lyrics...also not impressed the way the discs are laid out....would get scratched in no time from playing so often......5 stars for album...but for extra content 3....
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A replacement vinyl copy and cd upate for me again.good to hear it again in full after all these years.
Some really good rock/pop tunes on this and easy to see why this gave INXS their uk and worldwide breakthrough.Need you tonight,New sensation-a bit bland but ok i suppose.pop radio fodder on a day to day basis.
Mistyfied and Never tear us apart;things improve somewhat
good sound quality and packaging and sleeve notes are impresive.Tthe excpected second disc of out-takes and extra's is interesting also.
A good re-release on the whole, for the better than average pop/rock antipedeon performers.
ps:Kick is overated by Listen like thieves standard (their under rated and often overlooked predeccesor).
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This is an absolute must have for any INXS fan! i absolutely love it and find it hard to fault. although the poster isn't actually a picture of the band which i would have preferred, the CDs and DVDs are brilliant and i highly recommend this!!!
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Arrived today well chuffed👍🏻got this on vinyl, had to get it on cd absolute brilliant album love it 🍺😎came well packaged thank you Amazon 👍🏻
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I remember this album the first time around so this was a real blast from the past. Don't forget to play it loud!!
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