One of the more rocking songs and one of my favorites from the album. Label: Casablanca - 6302 302 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Australia • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock, Pop Rock Kiss - Unmasked (Vinyl) | Discogs Explore A song by Kiss from album Unmasked Answers. And two song in you are starting to think this is a Paul Solo album. Editions are signed and numbered in white pencil. The band filmed a promotional video for "Shandi" with Criss. After the album was done, the band needed a drummer. Do not translate text that appears unreliable or low-quality. September 2020 Purchases – Vinyl & CD & More, Kiss – ‘Unmasked’ (1980) – Album Review (The Kiss Review Series), Wicked Lester and the Progeny Demo Sessions (Bootleg), Kiss – “Flaming Youth” 45 Promo Single – Bonus Edition (1976), Kiss – Special Kiss Album For Their Summer Tour (1976), Kiss – Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978) Movie, Kiss – “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” (1979) – 12″ & 7″ Singles (Bonus Edition), Kiss – ‘Accept No Imitations’ (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ASYLUM TOUR), Kiss – Look Wot You Dun to Me (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (CRAZY NIGHTS TOUR), Kiss – The Summer of Satan: The Devils Ride Out! And I want the cover to be a cartoon that ends with 'They stink.' 70 in Germany. Rated #1311 in the best albums of 1980. Love how he blew Peter Criss shit for using co-writers, and then hooks up with Desmond Child, Diane Warren, Poncia, and several others over the course of the ’80s. Paul is doing the solo, but that is not the problem. It isn’t as good as the rest, but still not terrible. I actually enjoy this album and will pull it out to spin on occasion. It definitely isn’t their worst album, but it isn’t their best either. 11 tracks (39:31). Now, I love Gene, but this song is So Awful. In the band's authorized biography, the drummer revealed that he was the last one left in the band's dressing room after filming and broke down crying. However, the band settled on Paul Charles Caravello, but you know him better as Eric Carr. It is time to talk about the music. "Unmasked was like the tail end of a comet," reflected Stanley, "and I don't mean Frehley's.". The band would play a concert at the Palladium Theatre in New York City to officially introduce Carr as Criss' permanent replacement in the band. They go straight in to “Shandi” which was a massive hit in Australia going to #5, but in the U.S. didn’t even break the Top 40 charts. However, it wasn’t toned down too much and it sounds like a Kiss song…thanks to Ace. Okay, okay, enough already. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Once again, I went back and reread what I wrote about this album. I looked at it a lot, but it wasn’t Love Gun or Destroyer. Change ). When the song starts you immediately can tell, this doesn’t sound like Kiss. That is the thing with Kiss, there is so much stuff that people like different things about them. '", Although Unmasked marked a major musical departure for the band, it still reached #35 on the US Billboard chart and was certified gold by the RIAA on July 30, 1980.. ( Log Out / It is tame and so pop almost to a point of pure cheese. Is he still not fully accepted from the Army? Paul Stanley Kiss Album Covers Rock Album Covers Gene Simmons Lp Vinyl Vinyl Records Kiss Records Vinyl Art Los Rolling Stones. The song is about New York City (which a lot of their songs are about). By the end of they Dynasty Tour, the Kiss Empire was eroding quickly. It was the last studio album to feature the original lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and … Paul solo, yes…Kiss, no. The guitar sound doesn’t start off sounding like Ace until it kicks in to the main riff. Unmasked, an Album by KISS. It is classic sounding Ace. Kiss’ popularity was badly waning in the US but in Australia it was Kissmania. It is too poppy and doesn’t fit his demon persona. Nirvana released their gloriously dishevelled version of the track in 1990 on the Hard To Believe: A Kiss Covers Album just as they completed work on Nevermind – … When 1980 rolls around, the band have to make a new album and this would become the first album without all four members of the band. At times a continuation of the Dynasty album but the second album in a row where Ace brought the goods to the table. The first two albums I actually got are Dynasty and Unmasked. Unmasked (1980) by Kiss. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. There is no punch or darkness which I like for Gene. The song was never released as a single in the U.S., but it was around the world and did so-so. A testament to the separation of the band, a weak effort, and the album that, had the band searched for a ROCK producer, could have been much better and one to compete with the likes of Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Queen, or Motley Crue at that time. Meanwhile, in Europe and Oceania, Kiss maintained its popularity; Unmasked topped the charts in Norway and New Zealand, and reached the top 5 in Australia, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. I’ve come to realise that after decades of Kiss fandom. “I like going too far… it is fun!” The album kicks off with the song “Is That You?” which was written by Gerard McMahon and not a singe Kiss member. Its an album I enjoy but in the KISS scheme of things, it’s pretty low down the rankings. As a little something extra for the Kiss Review Series, I am also going to review one outside project for every member of the band (yes, even Mark St. John) and next week we have our first. Awesome. The band decided to take a break from the U.S. because the album was more successful in other countries, and Kiss played in Australia, England, New Zealand, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, and Italy. At least Dynasty still sounded like Kiss with only a couple exceptions. NBLP 7225; Vinyl LP). Ok, I’ll stop then because maybe that is too far. In the installment below he talks about Love Gun, Alive II, Dynasty, Unmasked, and Music From The Elder. At this point, I still thought Ace could do no wrong. I’m intrigued that you don’t like the album cover. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Ace had two of the best songs on the album and helped keep a little rock credibility for the band despite the rest of the pop songs on the album. Thankfully, it is time for Ace Frehley and we get the song “Talk to Me”. Kitts, Jeff: 'Back in black (and white)', "American album certifications – Kiss – Unmasked", Recording Industry Association of America, "Search – RPM – Library and Archives Canada", "Canadian album certifications – Kiss – Unmasked", "New Zealand album certifications – Kiss – Unmasked", The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss, The Best of Kiss, Volume 2: The Millennium Collection, The Best of Kiss, Volume 3: The Millennium Collection, Hard to Believe: A Kiss Covers Compilation, Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to Kiss, Spin the Bottle: An All-Star Tribute to Kiss, Gods of Thunder: A Norwegian Tribute to Kiss, Lick It Up – A Millennium Tribute to Kiss, Scooby-Doo! The album came out on May 20, 1980 and only hit #35 on the Billboard charts in the US and Kiss were no longer the Kings of the U.S. market. Bottom line: "Unmasked" is a confused album. 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