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Album Review

After the avalanche of unimportant Kiss compilations released in the year 2008, the four-CD Ikons is an October surprise. The liner notes argue that Kiss are second only to the Beatles when it comes to four pieces with "immediately recognizable" members, so the worthwhile concept here is one disc each, no matter how lopsided that seems. The problem comes from how Kiss mirror the Beatles' formula of two dynamic frontmen, an eccentric third, plus a pleasant enough fourth, so it shouldn't be a surprise this set takes a dive in the final rounds. Gene gets to shine first with "The Demon" disc, a collection of Simmons' obsessions including sex that's barely legal ("Ladies Room," "Christine Sixteen"), the phantasmagorical ("God of Thunder," "Larger Than Life"), and, of course, Gene himself ("Charisma"). What's missing here is Gene's love of the sentimental ("A World Without Heroes" or his version of "When You Wish Upon a Star" for instance) or any representation of his over-reaching, conceptual side (this disc should be filled with tracks from The Elder but there are none). The choice of "All American Man" over the much more suitable "Shandi" is the big goof on Paul's disc but "The Star Child" (and that really should be "The Lover") is otherwise treated well with "Detroit Rock City" and "I Was Made for Lovin' You" as bookends, while the great "100,000 Years" sits in the middle. There's a subset of Kiss fans who will go ape for the almost perfect (where's "Ozone"?) "Space Ace" disc which reaches into the reunion years for the great choice of "Into the Void" from the Psycho Circus album. Another surprise, The Elder's "Dark Light" is chosen and while it's average filler, the amazing songwriting credits list Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Lou Reed, plus Late Night with David Letterman drummer Anton Fig. After "Beth," "Black Diamond," and "Hard Luck Woman," the tracks on Peter's disc will be unfamiliar to most, but it is a good representation of how Criss could deliver an exciting imitation of a Faces-era Rod Stewart with nothing but a croaky voice and mediocre material. So who needs this set? Not anyone upset by Kiss' constant repackaging. True fans have all of this material and could arrange it any way they want, but Ikons saves them the trouble of generating their own member specific playlists, which in all likelihood, would only be slightly better.

Customer Reviews

What a collection. Their best yet.

KISS have never done amazing business with compilations, with many crazy crazy ommisions of them. Ikons rectifies this with a disc on each member and the input they made. This proves that KISS were one of the greatest hard rock band of the 70's.

Disc 1 belongs to Gene Simmons (The Demon). He made a lot of heavy rock stuff with God Of Thunder, Deuce, Calling Doctor Love, and the best KISS song, concert-closer "Rock And Roll All Nite". There's also "Radioactive", the only good song on his desultry solo album.

Disc 2 is my favourite. Paul Stanley (Star Child) wrote the most songs for the band and here we get the best of him: "Detroit Rock City", "Love Gun", "Strutter" and my dad's favourite KISS song "I Was Made For Lovin' You." From his solo album there is "Wouldn't You Like To Know Me" which is my favourite track off it (though Paul did make my favourite of the solo albums.)

Disc 3 features Ace Frehley (Space Ace), who was possibly the most underrated member of the band. 5 songs come from his amazing solo album and he also brings us some classics such as "Shock Me" and their version of "2000 Man."

Disc 4 is possibly the weakest disc, but features lots of classics from Peter Criss (The Catman.) You get is 3 big singles he sung ("Hard Luck Woman", "Beth" and "Black Diamond"), some good album tracks and 4 tracks of his solo album.

So, in conclusion, this is the essential KISS collection. Pick it up along with "KISS: The Millenium Collection 2 and 3", which give you the best tracks from the 80's and 90's respectivly. It's a Gene Simmons fest!

Worth it just for Ace's disk

This is an amazing collection of songs anyone who likes rock needs to own this

Biography

Formed: 1973 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Rooted in the campy theatrics of Alice Cooper and the sleazy hard rock of glam rockers the New York Dolls, Kiss became a favorite of American teenagers in the '70s. Most kids were infatuated with the look of Kiss, not their music. Decked out in outrageously flamboyant costumes and makeup, the band fashioned a captivating stage show featuring dry ice, smoke bombs, elaborate lighting, blood spitting, and fire breathing that captured the imaginations of thousands of kids. But Kiss' music shouldn't be...
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