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on 25 June 2006
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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on 12 April 2002
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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on 8 July 2012
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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on 13 October 2009
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 December 2008
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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on 19 June 2015
Reconvening after the disastrous solo albums, Kiss had inner turmoil, with Peter Criss off his trolley and Frehley assuming more power as he was writing a lot at this stage. Disco was still huge, although passed its peak so Kiss chased the fashion (As they would until the reunion of the original band in 1996). Dynasty was a soft rock record, with a disco sheen, however it did contain some great songs. I Was Made For Loving You has its detractors but it's an effective pop song with a thumping bass line and a piercing Ace Frehley solo. 2000 Man is a fairly run of the mill but enjoyable cover of an obscure Stones song. Sure Know Something is pure pop, but infectious all the same. Dirty Livin' is one of Peter Criss' best Kiss songs. A funky, New York feel to the song, with a good street lyric by Criss. The album then becomes a little ordinary, with Simmons contributions disappointing (X Ray Eyes, Charisma), and Stanley's cluttered Magic Touch. Frehley's Save Your Love has some impressive guitar work, but is not much of a song.
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on 23 April 2009
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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on 11 July 2016
A must for kiss fans all around the globe . I've had this cd for years now and it is still one of my favourites. Some really good tracks on it and some really excellent guitar solos from ace aswell as some songs by ace too shame they never played them live . Like save your love or hard times . Or xray eyes ,charisma ,magic touch . Would of been excellent had they of done a tour of the actual dynasty album aswell as some old songs mixed in . However it is still a good album
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on 8 June 2015
DISCO ROCK ? THE VILLAGE PEOPLE IN MAKE UP ? KISS DISCO ? CALL IT WHAT YOU LIKE BUT IT'S GOOD EVEN THOUGH IT WAS THE START OF THE DOWNWARD SLOPE FOR THESE 3 KISSTERS . I SAY THREE BECAUSE PETER HAD GONE OUT OF THE STUDIO AND HIS DRUM STOOL WAS FILLED BY ANTON FIGG . PETER CONTRIBUTED TO THE SONG DIRTY LIVING AND THAT'S ALL . YOU CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE WITH THE DRUMMING ON THIS . PETER WAS / IS A HARTY FARTY DRUMMER & ANTON BURIED HIM . OVER ALL THIS IS PRETTY GOOD FOR ROCK MEETS DISCO
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on 18 October 2013
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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