by sonictheplumber USER (115 Reviews)
May 11th, 2007 | 15 replies

Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

1980's Unmasked was a terrible flop. It barely got gold status. 1981 saw Music From The Elder, which was an even worse flop. After your last few albums have been flops, what do you do? You release a greatest hits album with four atrocious new songs.

I was seven, and I was just getting into KISS. After hearing songs like "Rock 'n' Roll All Nite" and "God Of Thunder", I just knew that the four masked musicians were the greatest rockers to ever walk the Earth. They simply amazed my young little eyes at the time. I asked my father what a good KISS album was, and he simply replied with "Alive II." So, the next Saturday, I went out with my grandparents to Media Play, and saw Alive II. I was going to buy it, but my grandparents said that it was too expensive. It was twenty dollars, and of course my fifty-something year-old grandparents weren't about to shuffle out that much money for a KISS CD, even though they had enough.

So what did I do? I looked at the next album, which was Killers, and my elderly grand-folks shuffled out those nine dollars for it. The album began with "I'm A Legend Tonight", a terrible song, one that I even hated back when I was seven. This song is atrocious. It has a bad disco-ish song feel to it, with no redeeming qualities at all. "Down On Your Knees" has a heavier feel, but it too is another throw-away track with a somewhat similar sound to the opening song.

What I was treated next with was "Cold Gin", a hard-rocking track with Ace Frehley on the vocals. This is one of the best tracks on the album, and I was surprised that it made it on the album. There were so many other hits for KISS. Anyway, this is a pretty good song. The lyrics are about something that Ace does best: Drink. The guitar has a rough sound, but it fits with the song. "Love Gun" is next, and it is one of the band's heavier songs, like I said in my review of the album of the same name. For my description of this song, you could just look in that review. For those of you too lazy to do so, I will say that this is also one of the album's highlights. The lyrics are mildly stupid, but the overall sound of the song is top notch.

"Shout It Out Loud" is also one of the greatest songs on the album. It's a remix of the original, and of course the original is better, but this is very good. The lyrics are about partying of course, and this track has Paul Stanley on vocals, providing his showman-like sound. The guitar is actually pretty good by KISS standards, especially the solo, even though it is insanely short. The streak of very good songs is ended with 1979's Dynasty's "Sure Know Something". This is a poor song, and it's an insanely pathetic attempt at disco, but it just turns out to be a badly done rock song.

What do we have next after that poor effort? More lame material. "Nowhere To Run" sounds very similar to the opening track, and it's just as bad. "Partners In Crime" is the last and the best of the four newly recorded tracks, but even then, it's still very, very, very mediocre. The catchiness saves it.

"Detroit Rock City" and "God of Thunder", two Destroyer cuts, are next, and these are great songs. The guitar solo in Detroit Rock City is actually pretty impressive, with an F-Zero sound to it. "God of Thunder" is much better live than on studio, but it still manages to be a very good song, with a dark and heavy feel to it that every KISS fan loves.

"I Was Made For Lovin' You" is another track from the disco album Dynasty, and it's a good song. It's even sort of funny, because it's just so stupid. You have to love it though. Stupid lyrics throughout, and this may turn most people off, but it adds to the stupidity and funniness of the track. The whole song is disco-ish, and it's insanely catchy. Even the guitars manage to have a disco sound. KISS made this song for money, and they got a ton of money, but hey, I like this song.

The poor compilation ends with a live of version of you-know-what. This is a great way to close the album. It's got catchy guitar, it's got catchy lyrics, and it's the band's signature song. If you haven't guessed it by now, you're a retard. Rock 'n' Roll All Nite! At least this album ends on a high note.

So there you go. Another poor compilation album. Seven songs are good, and there are twelve songs. Seven songs is not a good greatest hits album, especially for KISS. I suppose that couldn't have put too much on this, because just a few years earlier they had released Double Platinum, a double-disc compilation with every KISS song you need pretty much.

The atrocious newly recorded songs could have been thrown out and replaced with maybe a few lesser-known KISS gems from Rock N Roll Over, which is one of the band's best albums. Even though this was my first KISS CD, this is a very bad album. The tracklist appeals to you at first, but once you listen, you finally understand that this album sucks.

+ A few decent tracks
+ Instrumentation is impressive sometimes

- Sure Know Something
- The four newly recorded tracks
- Everything else



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May 12th 2007


Dont make excuses!

Im sure this album does suck.

Fire Away
May 12th 2007


judging by the cover art i would never have thought this was even an official release haha

May 12th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

Actually thats Gene on vocals on Cold Gin. Ace at the time wasn't comfortable enough as a vocalist to sing his own songs, so he asked Gene to sing it.

April 20th 2008


Music From "The Elder" is just so much more horrid than anything, so is Unmasked. the 4 atrocious songs are a relif from those albums sadly.

April 20th 2008


Apparently, the first time Ace did vocals for Kiss, no one was allowed to look at him because he was so embarrassed.

May 14th 2008


Indeed. This album is very bad.

January 3rd 2010


Can anyone say "Title Steal? Totally copying Iron Maiden's iconic album.

March 5th 2012


agreed sux

January 12th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

Nowhere to Run rules

June 22nd 2013


rip dethtrasher

October 7th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

I rather listen to the elder than those newer songs they may be more kiss like but sound's very half assed if not kind of poorly.Of course theirs the older material put on top of it to make up the difference to hear something a little better of the least LOL.

February 17th 2014


Album Rating: 3.5

actually out of the four new tracks the best one is nowhere to run which rules

July 26th 2014


posd cos im getting into kiss rn. im in my ironic post douchebag phase.

July 26th 2014



Digging: Tricot - Makkuro

January 3rd 2016


Album Rating: 3.5

nowhere to run fuckin rules as well as im a legend

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