Dynasty marked the first time that the original four members of Kiss didn't all appear together for the entire album -- session drummer Anton Fig subbed for Peter Criss due to the latter's erratic behavior and injuries sustained in a serious car crash. And even though it was a platinum-plus smash, Dynasty marked the beginning of Kiss' unfocused period, which would ultimately end in a nosedive of the band's popularity, as well as Criss and Ace Frehley leaving the band by 1982. In latter-day interviews, the band admitted that they started to listen to outsiders about what direction the music should go around the time of Dynasty. And since small children were a large part of Kiss' audience by 1979 (due to merchandising and the God-awful TV movie Kiss Meets the Phantom), the band began backing away from heavy metal and embracing pop. Included is their hit disco experiment, "I Was Made for Loving You" (which was no better or worse than any other rock-meets-disco experiment of the late '70s), as well as "Sure Know Something," a melodic pop
ocker that should have also been a smash. Many other tracks would have been better if they weren't so glossed up (due to producer Vini Poncia), such as "Charisma," "Magic Touch," "Hard Times," and a great reworked cover of the Rolling Stones obscurity "2,000 Man." Not a horrible album (that distinction would go to 1981's Music from The Elder), but certainly not on par with such classics as Hotter Than Hell, Destroyer, or Love Gun.
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Performance CreditsKiss Primary Artist
Peter Criss Drums,Band
Ace Frehley Guitar,Vocals,Band
Gene Simmons Bass,Band
Paul Stanley Guitar,Band
Technical CreditsJon Mathias Engineer
Jay Messina Engineer
Vini Poncia Producer
Jim Galante Engineer
Mitchell Kanner Redesign
Robert V. Conte Liner Notes,Catalog Reissue Supervisor
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amazing from start to finish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I still remember when ''Dynasty'' was released in 1979. All of us Kiss fans were like 6 year olds at Christmas! Then, it hit! The first time I heard ''I was made for lovin' you'' I almost had a stroke! What happened to the heavy metal mayhem masters! Well, now, some 22 years later, I must say that I really appreciate what a fine album ''Dynasty'' is! ''I was made'' is a killer song. Call it disco, call it what you like, it's a catchy tune. And who can say anything about Ace's redention of ''2,000 Man''? ''Sure know something'' is a great tune too. ''Charisma'' is very slick, as is ''Magic Touch''. ''X-Ray eyes'', ''Dirty Livin''', & ''Hard Times'' are a little lame, but ''Save Your Love'' is a great ending. I think that perhaps the defining moment for Kiss occured on this album, as we saw Ace go from guitarist to vocalist, & Kiss was never the same. It almost seems that Kiss lost their guitar player, as Ace became more & more focused on singing, & less & less focused on playing guitar. This was sad, because without Ace, Kiss was a good band, but not a GREAT band! I think he truly was the glue that held it all together. I saw Kiss on the Dynasty tour, & they looked unsettled, & I could tell Ace had his eyes on solo projects. But, Ace as solo was the same way. Ace without Kiss was good, but not GREAT. Nevertheless, ''Dynasty'' is a good album, & you should treat yourself to it.