Ikons

Ikons

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by Kiss
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2008
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0602517823051
catalogNumber:
001189802
Rank:
33217

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. God Of Thunder
  2. Almost Human
  3. Calling Dr. Love
  4. Ladies Room
  5. Christine Sixteen
  6. Deuce
  7. Rock And Roll All Nite
  8. Cold Gin
  9. Parasite
  10. Larger Than Life
  11. Love 'Em And Leave 'Em
  12. Plaster Caster
  13. Radioactive
  14. Charisma

Disc 2

  1. Detroit Rock City
  2. Love Gun
  3. Take Me
  4. Strutter
  5. C'mon And Love Me
  6. Hotter Than Hell
  7. 100,000 Years
  8. Rock Bottom
  9. Do You Love Me
  10. All American Man
  11. Mr. Speed
  12. I Stole Your Love
  13. Wouldn't You Like To Know Me
  14. I Was Made For Lovin' You

Disc 3

  1. New York Groove
  2. Shock Me
  3. 2000 Man
  4. Rocket Ride
  5. Snow Blind
  6. Speedin' Back To My Baby
  7. Talk To Me
  8. What's On Your Mind
  9. Rip It Out
  10. Save Your Love
  11. Hard Times
  12. Two Sides Of The Coin
  13. Dark Light
  14. Into The Void

Disc 4

  1. Hard Luck Woman
  2. Baby Driver
  3. Hooligan
  4. Beth
  5. I Can't Stop The Rain
  6. Black Diamond
  7. Mainline
  8. Don't You Let Me Down
  9. Dirty Livin'
  10. Getaway
  11. Strange Ways
  12. That's The Kind Sugar Papa Likes
  13. Easy Thing
  14. I Finally Found My Way

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kiss   Primary Artist
Peter Criss   Drums,Background Vocals
Ace Frehley   Guitar
Gene Simmons   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Paul Stanley   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Peter Criss   Producer
Ace Frehley   Producer,Audio Production
Gene Simmons   Audio Production
Paul Stanley   Audio Production
Sean Delaney   Producer
David Brown   Engineer
Brian Christian   Engineer
Warren Dewey   Engineer
Bob Ezrin   Producer,Audio Production
Bruce Fairbairn   Producer
Kenny Kerner   Producer,Audio Production
Eddie Kramer   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jay Messina   Engineer
Vini Poncia   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Corky Stasiak   Engineer
Richie Wise   Producer,Audio Production
Dave Wittman   Engineer
Neil Bogart   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Rob Freeman   Engineer
Jeff Suhs   Liner Notes
Kevin Doyle   Engineer

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