20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
The majority of Kiss hits collections to surface since the late '90s and boy, have there been a truckload of them have focused primarily on the group's makeup years, which is understandable since that's when the dudes smeared the grease paint back on. But for the most part, their unmasked years have been glossed over on subsequent hits collections or included in small quantities. 2004's 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss, Vol. 2 is the first Kiss collection ever to primarily focus on their non-makeup era, covering the years 1982 through 1990. While this certainly wasn't Kiss' finest era -- neither commercially with Gene Simmons and Paul ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
The majority of Kiss hits collections to surface since the late '90s and boy, have there been a truckload of them have focused primarily on the group's makeup years, which is understandable since that's when the dudes smeared the grease paint back on. But for the most part, their unmasked years have been glossed over on subsequent hits collections or included in small quantities. 2004's 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss, Vol. 2 is the first Kiss collection ever to primarily focus on their non-makeup era, covering the years 1982 through 1990. While this certainly wasn't Kiss' finest era -- neither commercially with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley the only original members left by this point, Kiss saw their fan base dwindle considerably since their '70s heyday nor musically the group seemed to follow rather than lead the heavy metal pack -- there are a few hard rockin' gems included here. Opening things up with one of their heaviest compositions ever, the title track from Creatures of the Night the band's last release with makeup, the early portion of the collection fares the best, as exemplified by such further strong rockers as the anthemic "I Love It Loud," "Lick It Up," and "Heaven's on Fire." Then...there's a bit of a road bump. As the '80s wore on, Kiss became more and more pop-metal-oriented by merely trying to replicate the chart toppers of the day Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, etc., as evidenced by such lackluster tracks as "Uh! All Night," "Crazy Crazy Nights," and "Reason to Live." If you're a newcomer to Kiss looking for solid, career-encompassing best of sets, such other titles as Double Platinum and The Very Best of Kiss are better bets. But if it's an overview of strictly the non-makeup era, then 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss, Vol. 2 is the collection for you.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2004
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • UPC: 602498624302
  • Catalog Number: 000259402
  • Sales rank: 42,608

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kiss Primary Artist
Paul Stanley Group Member
Vinnie Vincent Group Member
Eric Carr Group Member
Bruce Kulick Group Member
Mark Saint John Group Member
Technical Credits
Michael Bolton Composer
Gene Simmons Composer
Paul Stanley Composer, Producer
Vinnie Vincent Composer
Desmond Child Composer
Holly Knight Composer
Jean Beauvoir Composer
Eric Carr Composer
Vinnie Cusano Composer
Michael James Jackson Producer
Adam Mitchell Composer
Ron Nevison Producer, Engineer
Suha Gur Mastering
Jeff Kitts Liner Notes
Ryan Null Photo Courtesy
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