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CD Reviews
Alive
Review by Gary Hill
Without question, Kiss’ biggest claim to fame, especially in the early days, was their live show.

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Alive III
Review by Gary Hill
This is the third live album by Kiss, but I bet you figured that out from the title.

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Creatures of the Night
Review by Gary Hill
I remember when this disc came out I was purely blown away by it. Kiss had never rocked this hard and the album was extremely strong.
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Music From The Elder
Review by Gary Hill
When it was recorded in 1981, this album was to have been a masterwork of epic proportions. A concept album with serious prog leanings, early preview copies of the album received poor reviews.
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Psycho Circus
Review by Gary Hill
The first studio album from the reunited classic Kiss lineup, Psycho Circus is a respectable and entertaining release that seems to strive to combine the older Kiss sound with newer leanings.
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Rock and Roll Over
Review by Gary Hill
I reviewed the song “Calling Dr. Love” on the review of the Kiss Klassics disc of Sonic Boom, so, for the sake of consistency, I’ll adapt that review for use here.

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Sonic Boom
Review by Gary Hill
Sonic Boom is the latest album from Kiss.
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Symphony:Alive IV
Review by Patrick Hennen
This is the fourth installment of the Kiss Alive series. The first Alive, which was recorded in Detroit Michigan takes us back to 1975.
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DVD Reviews
Kiss - Kiss Loves You DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Let me say first off, I’ve got this listed under Kiss, but in a real sense it isn’t a Kiss release. It’s just that this is such a cool DVD that we need to cover it and since MSJ is organized (at least the archives) by musician name, that’s where this belongs.


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Kiss - Kiss Rocks Vegas DVD
Review by Gary Hill
A couple years ago, Kiss did a very special stint in Las Vegas. This DVD/CD set captures that.


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Kiss - Kissology – The Ultimate Kiss Collection Vol. 1 1974-1977 DVD
Review by Greg Olma
Kiss was the band that got me into music on a serious level.  From the first time I laid eyes on the Kiss Alive! record cover, I was hooked and I couldn’t get enough of the visuals.  

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Kiss - Kissology – The Ultimate Kiss Collection Vol. 2 1978-1991 DVD
Review by Greg Olma
Kiss has had a few different eras so this second volume focuses on a part of their career that was successful but not quite the heights achieved back in their heyday. 

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Kiss - The Lost 1976 Concert DVD
Review by Greg Olma
Kiss have released so many concert videos that you have to be a true aficionado of the group to really get a handle on what you may have and what is a new.

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Kiss - The Second Coming DVD
Review by Greg Olma

I have been a Kiss fan since 1975, but at the time I was too young to go to concerts to see the band.  Instead, I had to enjoy the group through pictures and the occasional TV appearance.


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Kiss - The Vintage DVD
Review by Greg Olma
There have been a whole host of Kiss DVDs out on the market not including the “official” releases from the band. 

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Concert Reviews
Kiss - Live in Chicago, IL, November, 2009
Review by Travis Jensen
If you are between the ages of 8 and 80 and from the planet Earth, then you are well aware of the band Kiss.
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Kiss - Live In Rockford, IL, 2000
Review by Gary Hill
This tour is being billed as the "Farewell Tour". Consider this reviewer a bit skeptical about whether or not the band will actually retire. However, they really are putting their all into the performance this time out.
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Book Reviews
Kiss - Nothin’ To Lose: The Making Of Kiss (1972-1975) written by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ken Sharp
Review by Greg Olma
There have been many books released about the band Kiss.

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KKB
Review by G. W. Hill

Interview with Bruce Kulick of KKB from 2015


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Various Artists - 108 Rock Star Guitars written by Lisa S. Johnson
Review by G. W. Hill

This is the quintessential coffee table book. That’s particularly true for those who love guitars.


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Various Artists - Band Versus Brand DVD
Review by Gary Hill

This documentary is fascinating. More importantly, it's also entertaining.


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Black 'N Blue - Benefit for Annette Holmes in Portland, Oregon June 2018
Review by Larry Toering
Pete Holmes of Black ‘N Blue has been through it all, including stints with artists like Michael Schenker and Ian Gillan, and now drumming for Ratt since this benefit (for his wife Annette who has cancer and is now in remission).
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Doro - Calling the Wild
Review by Gary Hill
In the 1980’s Doro Pesch fronted the German metal band Warlock. That band is no more, but Doro has kept her career and love of metal alive through the years. This new disc is her first release in the US in many years, but she has continued releasing albums in Europe the entire time.
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Warrior - Featuring Vinnie Vincent / Jimmy Waldo / Gary Shea / Hirsh Gardner
Review by Gary Hill

This album has never been released before. The story behind its creation is unusual. 


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Graham Bonnet - Flying...Not Falling 1991-1999
Review by Gary Hill
This new three-disc set from Graham Bonnet is pretty darned good. I've included it under metal because two of the three discs here fit there.
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KKB - Got to Get Back
Review by G. W. Hill

The name of this group is a combination of the last initial of each member of the group.


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Pretty Boy Floyd - Kiss of Death: A Tribute to Kiss
Review by G. W. Hill

I’ve always heard of this band, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard them before. To me, they look and sound quite a bit like vintage Motley Crue.


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Union - Live in Chicago- April, 2000
Review by Gary Hill
Union delivered a scorching set to the enthusiastic crowd at Chicago's House Of Blues. The band came out and showed that they were a band that really can deliver live what they promise in the studio.
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Paul Stanley - Live To Win
Review by Greg Olma
If you are a male and a Kiss fan, I think I can say with some degree of confidence that your favorite member of Kiss was either Gene or Ace. Gene blew fire and spit blood which made all of us think he was super cool. Ace was cool just because he seemed the most rock ‘n’ roll.
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Peter Criss - Makeup to Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss written by Peter Criss
Review by Greg Olma

Let me start off by saying that I have been a Kiss fan since hearing Alive in 1975. 


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Various Artists - Metal Evolution DVD
Review by Greg Olma
This DVD set was originally aired on VH-1 as a serie,s but I’m glad they put it out for purchase because I doubt this will ever be replayed.  

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Various Artists - Mullets Rock Too
Review by Gary Hill
It's a safe bet you've heard every song on this disc – although you might not have heard the Ace Frehley track as performed by him. That doesn't mean this set isn't enjoyable.
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Various Artists - Pure Fire - The Ultimate Kiss Tribute
Review by Gary Hill

This is a reissue of an older Kiss tribute album. It was originally called "Spin the Bottle," and I remember seeing it around that first time out.


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Various Artists - Spacewalk – A Salute to Ace Frehley
Review by G. W. Hill

I’ve always appreciated Ace Frehley’s work.


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Union - The Blue Room
Review by Brian Angotti
The Blue Room, the follow up album from Union, is an exceptional piece of work. This album shows the growth and maturity in the band, both musically and lyrically.
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Various Artists - Thriller - A Metal Tribute to Michael Jackson
Review by G. W. Hill

I know the title says this is a “metal” tribute, but I question whether the person who gave it that title knows what “heavy metal” is.


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Various Artists - Underrated Rock Book: The 200 Most Overlooked Albums 1970-2015 written by Jim Santora, Jr.
Review by Gary Hill

The premise is simple: list 200 albums that are under-appreciated. When Jim Santora started the project he set some ground rules. 


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Warrior - Warrior II
Review by Gary Hill

There are a couple points that need to be made clear right off the bat here. First off, this isn't precisely heavy metal.


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Various Artists - We Wish You a Metal Christmas And a Headbanging New Year (2010 Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of a CD I’ve already reviewed – with a few extra cuts.
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Various Artists - We Wish You a Metal Xmas...and a Headbanging New Year
Review by Gary Hill

So many times discs like this are really uneven. Well, that’s not the case here.


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