Sunday, April 04, 2010

Four Kisses Are Better Than One

Happy Easter!

Since the Holy Week break got me cloistered over the weekend, methinks a creative catch-up is in order; hence, it's befitting to feature four.. count them, FOUR albums of the day, courtesy of Kiss.

Four times the fun broke forth back in September, 1978.
Solo albums from Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.
Only a band at the height of their nadir would have the brusque audacity to
flex their non-collective chops, as well as their well-placed dictative powers on Casablanca, to kowtow to simultaneous releases.

It's four sides of Kiss that the world had not yet heard.
Gene Simmons' guest artist-laden solo included cameos from Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Bob Seger, even Cher, to name a few, with a diverse mix of Rock, Pop and what-have-you. Paul Stanley's schmaltzy "Hold Me, Touch Me (Think Of Me When We're Apart)" was designated hit single of his solo set, while Ace Frehley's cover of the 1975 hit "New York Groove" by UK's Hello gave the Kiss spaceman equal limelight and airplay time. Only drummer Peter Criss' diversified release differed exponentially from the rest, favoring a more R&B-ish approach.

Four KISS-es are definitely better than one.


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