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Released: 1976 Casablanca

Every song on this album is an absolute gem. This album is Kiss at their peak of creative and compositional ability. It also helped that it was produced by Bob Ezrin, who had worked with Alice Cooper and the later mega-platinum album-Pink Floyd's The Wall. It starts with "Detroit Rock City" and then crashes into "King of the Night Time World". Then we have the Dark "God of Thunder" and the very orchestral "Great Expectations". Side two was no slouch either. "Flaming Youth", Shout it out Loud", and "Do You Love Me?" all contribute fabulously to create the ultimate Kiss experience. Oh, by the way, this is the album that yielded Kiss its first hit single "Beth". Kiss has a number of compilation CD's out. Double Platinum (1978) covers a wide range of material and is my favorite Kiss compilation album. My favorite non-compilation albums from Kiss would be: Dressed to Kill (1975), Hotter Than Hell (1974) and Kiss (1974). They had another hit in 1979 from the Dynasty album called "I was Made for Loving You". That's when they began their decline. They released a couple of duds but came back with an excellent but temporary rebound with the Creatures of the Night album (1982). That album yielded the title track and one excellent Gene Simmons tune-"I Love it Loud". A multitude of personnel changes chased off some of their fans but helped at least to deliver a variety of material. Most fans prefer the works created by the original members though. Kiss had some hit songs later but, quite frankly, I feel that they never measured up to the quality of the previously mentioned songs or albums.

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