RE: Kiss...
Posted by: Don ()
Date: October 09, 2000 09:37AM

Hi Alex,

Kiss have been my favorite band since back in the '70s when I was in the 4th grade. Their best album, which is the benchmark by which all of their other albums are judged by many folks, is "Destroyer." After getting that one, I would pick up "Alive!." It contains quite a few of the best tracks from their first three albums ("Kiss," "Dressed to Kill," and "Hotter Than Hell," all of which are GREAT!). I'd also get "Alive II," which contains many of the best tracks from their next three albums ("Destroyer," "Love Gun," and "Rock & Roll Over," again, all of which are GREAT!). I'm not usually one for live albums, but these are both phenomenal. Their "MTV Unplugged" album is good as well. If you like their more AOR/pop material (like the stuff on "Crazy Nights"), I'd recommend "Dynasty" and "Unmasked." Both are filled with radio-friendly pop/rock tunes. If you like heavier stuff like "Revenge," then try "Creatures of the Night."

In order of my personal preferences, here's what I'd recommend:

"Destroyer" (my all-time fave album, period)
"Alive!" and "Alive II" (to give you an idea of what their first 6 albums are like)
"Dynasty" and/or "Unmasked" (so you get an idea of what their pop stuff is like)
"Creatures of the Night" (assuming you like their heavy stuff)
"MTV Unplugged" (contains stripped-down versions of material spanning a good chunk of their career, and serves as proof positive of how good these guys are at crafting songs. I know they get slammed a lot, and their albums do almost always contain at least some filler, but they have also written some fantastic rawk 'n roll!)

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