Kiss – ‘Creatures of the Night’ (1985 – Reissue) – Album Review (The Kiss Review Series)

You saw the title to this and you are probably saying to yourself, “John, you’ve already reviewed ‘Creatures of the Night’. Have you lost your rocker?” And the answer to that question is YES! I have reviewed ‘Creatures’ and I am off my rocker. The thing is, the band re-released the album in 1985 for some strange reason. The new line-up of Kiss with Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Carr and Bruce Kulick was riding high. The fans loved the line-up, the last album was successful, the tour went off well, so all was good in the Kiss world. Someone, somewhere in the Kiss camp thought, “Hey, we should re-release the album ‘Creatures of the Night’ because why not.” I have no idea the rational or reasoning behind this at all as it makes no sense.

If you are going to re-release it, why not put a brand new cover on the album with the band without make-up. Check! Why not stick a picture of Gene’s Ass on it in tight-fitting leather pants. Check! Here’s the thing. The picture of the band without make-up has Bruce Kulick on it and if you aren’t aware, he didn’t play on the album. I guess that isn’t a problem because the original picture on the album had Ace Frehley, and if you read my review earlier, you know he didn’t play a note on the album either. So in the end, I guess it doesn’t matter whose picture is on the cover. And here’s the other thing, it was never fun looking at the back cover because there was a giant ass staring you in the face. You felt a little grossed out looking at that….thing!!

This particular release isn’t exactly like the previous album. They did make a few changes to it. First and most noticeable is they changed the track listing a little. They swapped “Saint and Sinner” which was the #2 song on the original release with “Killer” which was at #8. Now “Killer” was #2 and “Saint and Sinner” was #8. I will be honest with you and I think that was a killer move as I do like this track list order a little better than before. So far so good.

The next thing they did was re-mix the song “Creatures of the Night”. When you listen to it, you will notice a few things. Paul’s vocals have extra reverb and an extra delay to it. The guitar sound was turned up a lot in the mix while the drums were lowered and had a higher pitch as opposed to the heavy thumping on the original. Also, the drum parts at the beginning of the song were shortened a little. Overall, no that much difference. in the song.

The rest of the album isn’t listed as Re-mixed, but I believe it has been touched up a little. The drums throughout aren’t as solid as ‘Creatures’ was. It is toned down a little. Paul’s vocals might be higher and the guitar is turned up as well just like in the track above. It sounds like they touched it all up to give it that more current 80’s Kiss sound and a sound of most music at the time. Now don’t take my word on this, my ears could be fooling me. This is only what I hear and I’m old. These changes, if there really are any, aren’t a bad thing, more of a preference of what you would like. Me, I will take the original 1982 ‘Creatures of the Night’ Release any day of the week.

And there you have it. Like I said, I’ve already reviewed these songs in detail a few weeks back, so this is a short post highlighting the re-release of the album with the new cover and the remixed song “Creatures of the Night”. Technically, no other changes were made (I only think they touched up the rest of the album).

As a bonus for the Kiss Review Series, I am going to review the very first project former members of Kiss do after they have left Kiss. We did Peter Criss’ first solo album and now it is time for Vinnie Vincent’s first album after Kiss. I will tell you this won’t work for all members of Kiss, but the majority will be covered. And actually, the next three reviews are going to be by former members of Kiss…okay, not true. One is going to be by a current member of Kiss because they are still in Kiss and haven’t had a first album after Kiss yet. So, I am picking something related to Kiss and where they first worked together. But first…Vinnie.

Next Up: Vinnie Vincent Invasion – ‘Vinnie Vincent Invasion’ (1986)

Check out the rest of the series if you have time!!

The Kiss Review Series:

  1. Wicked Lester and the Progeny Demo Sessions (Bootleg)
  2. Kiss – Kiss (1974)
  3. Kiss – Hotter Than Hell (1974)
  4. Kiss – Dressed to Kill (1975)
  5. Kiss – Alive! (1975)
  6. Kiss – Destroyer (1976)
  7. Kiss – “Flaming Youth” 45 Promo Single – Bonus Edition (1976)
  8. Kiss – Special Kiss Album For Their Summer Tour (1976)
  9. Kiss – The Originals (1976)
  10. Kiss – Rock & Roll Over (1976)
  11. Kiss – Love Gun (1977)
  12. Kiss – Alive II (1977)
  13. Kiss – Double Platinum (1978)
  14. Kiss – Paul Stanley (1978)
  15. Kiss – Gene Simmons (1978)
  16. Kiss – Peter Criss (1978)
  17. Kiss – Ace Frehley (1978)
  18. Kiss – Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park Movie (1978)
  19. Kiss – Dynasty (1979)
  20. Kiss – “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” (1979) – 12″ & 7″ Singles (Bonus Edition)
  21. Kiss – Unmasked (1980)
  22. Peter Criss – Out of Control (1980)
  23. Kiss – Music From The Elder (1981)
  24. Kiss – Killers (1982)
  25. Kiss – Creatures of the Night (1982)
  26. Kiss – Lick It Up (1983)
  27. Kiss – Animalize (1984)
  28. Wendy O. Williams – WOW (1984) (Bonus Edition)
  29. Kiss – Animalize Live Uncensored (1985)
  30. Kiss – Asylum (1985)
  31. Kiss – “Tears Are Falling” 7″ Single (Bonus Edition) (1985)
  32. Kiss – Creatures of the Night (1985 Re-Issue)
  33. Vinnie Vincent Invasion – Vinnie Vincent Invasion (1986)
  34. Black N’ Blue – Nasty Nasty (1986)
  35. Ace Frehley – Frehley’s Comet (1987)
  36. Kiss – Exposed VHS (1987)
  37. Kiss – Crazy Nights (1987)

The Bootleg Series:

  1. Kiss – ‘Accept No Imitations’ (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ASYLUM TOUR)
  2. Kiss – Look Wot You Dun to Me (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (CRAZY NIGHTS TOUR)
  3. Kiss – The Summer of Satan: The Devils Ride Out! (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (DESTROYER TOUR)
  4. Kiss – Return to Capital Center (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (DYNASTY TOUR)
  5. Kiss – With Fire & Thunder (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (HOTTER THAN HELL TOUR)
  6. Kiss – Northhampton PA March 19th, 1975 (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (DRESSED TO KILL TOUR)
  7. Kiss – The Hottest Show On Earth (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (THE HOTTEST SHOW ON EARTH TOUR 2010)
  8. Kiss – All the Way to the Ball Room (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (Australian Tour 1995)
  9. Kiss – Kiss of Thunder (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (The Rising Sun Tour 2006)
  10. Kiss – Agora Ballroom 1974: The Cleveland Broadcast plus Bonus Cuts (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (THE KISS TOUR)
  11. Kiss – Hotter Than Hell: Radio Broadcast 1976 (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ROCK & ROLL OVER TOUR)
  12. Kiss – The Tickler (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (LICK IT UP TOUR 1983)
  13. Kiss – Barbarize (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ANIMALIZE WORLD TOUR 1984 – North American Tour)
  14. Kiss – They Only Come Out At Night (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ANIMALIZE WORLD TOUR 1984 – EUROPEAN TOUR)
  15. Wicked Lester and the Progeny Demo Sessions (Bootleg)

Kiss – The Box Set:

Gene Simmons – The Vault:

59 thoughts on “Kiss – ‘Creatures of the Night’ (1985 – Reissue) – Album Review (The Kiss Review Series)

    1. It was an odd release. Still not sure why they would do it and change the freakin’ cover to someone that wasn’t even in the band. At least Ace was still in the band on the original cover even though he didn’t play on the album. Bizarre.

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  1. Worst back cover ever. lol. Never knew they swapped out two songs and never know about the remix either as I had zero interest in this reissue. First one is the best one but I guess KISS felt this album 3 years earlier did not get a fair shake and I get that.
    Great writeup Dude!

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  2. KISS is like an unstoppable machine. Re-release an album? Sure. Make an ass of the back cover? Sure. Whatever they do, it seems like a giant boulder rolling down a hill. And there’s so much of it!

    * small notes from the editor of the I’m Fun At Parties Department: I love the opening where you’ve “lost your rocker.” Like, not just lost your mind and are off your rocker, you’ve lost the whole damn rocker! Fun wordplay! Also, At the end of the paragraph underneath that back cover shite photie, you say “So far so goo.” I would assume that’s “good,” but with KISS one can never be completely sure.

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    1. On the rocker part, I am not sure what I was going for with that, but I was going for some sort of word play. On the goo it was a typo and now shows good. Thanks for that. It is so hard to proof your own work.

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