Kiss Kompendium – The First Complete Collection

I was out vinyl digging with my two daughters and we stopped by an Antique Mall as the girls love to look at all the old antiques. I don’t argue as there are numerous booths with vinyls that I can check out and heck, you never know what else you are going to find.  The girls didn’t find anything, but I certainly did…and it wasn’t vinyl.

It was this 3″ thick book called ‘Kiss Kompendium: the First Complete Collection’.  I knew instantly what it was when I saw it…okay, I think my daughter saw it first and told me “look dad, a Kiss book”.  Yes, a Kiss book.  One I had been looking to find for quite some time and Wow!! There it was.  I immediately grabbed and carried it around the store until I could pay for it.  And let me tell you, that was a mistake.  By the time we walked up and down the rest of the aisles, my arms were jelly.  This book is not light in the very least.

What is the book you ask.  It is the complete collection of Kiss Comic Books.  Now, I don’t own a single comic book and don’t really care for them all that much. Nothing I don’t like about them other than I collect music, not comic books.  But I also collect Kiss and this fits that bill nicely.

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The Original vs. The Cover – “Stop Your Sobbing”

This month’s The Original Vs. The Cover is tackling another Kink’s song.  I must be a glutton for punishment because the last time I did a Kink’s song, I was blasted by the Kink’s fans for not picking the Kink’s song.  Their fans are rabid, no doubt!!  Will I make the same mistake again…we will see shortly!

This month’s song is the Kink’s deep cut classic called “Stop Your Sobbing”.  The song is off the band’s 1964 debut album simple called “Kinks”. There are two stories about the song and it’s origin, but both similar.  The first is that Ray Davies’ girlfriend was so upset that they were becoming famous that she broke down in tears as she was worried she would lose him.  The second is that  Ray broke up with his girlfriend and she was so upset, she started crying and it pissed him off.  Either way, she lost him!!  I am sure those rabid Kinks fans will let me know the right story.

The Pretenders covered the song for their own debut album, ‘The Pretenders’, and had some decent success with it hitting the Top 40 in the UK, but only the Top 100 in the US.  The coolest thing to come out of the song was that singer, Chrissie Hynde got to meet Ray Davies as a result of them singing the song.  A budding relationship started between the two which actually led to a child.  I would say they both got a lot out of it.

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My Sunday Song – “Take Me With You” by Whitesnake

For My Sunday Song #205, we are going after the opening track to the 1978 debut album, ‘Trouble’, with the song “Take Me With You”.  The song was written by David Coverdale and then guitarist, Micky Moody.  It opens the album with a bang and gives you a taste of what the new Coverdale project has to offer.  The album had moderate success reaching #50 in the UK, but at this point in time had no US presence.  That would change in the next decade.

Lyrically the song has a lot to be desired.  Back in the early days of Whitesnake, they had a notorious reputation of having overly sexualized lyrics that became known as “cock rock” and this is pretty good example of that. With lyrics like “Gonna spread her pretty legs so I can see, Sweet lip honey be the death of me” and “Sorry little girl, If you can’t stay, Your red light mama gonna show the way” and you get the gist of what I’m saying.  And you throw in a lot of sexual moaning at the end of the song by David and it is “cock rock” no doubt!!  David is unapologetic about it and rightfully so, this is who they are and no one is going to make them change.

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You Pick It – Which Album to Review in August?

You, my reader, are going to pick an album for me to review each month.  It is really simple…first, I will give you 5 albums to choose from and second, you will tell me which one of those you would like to see reviewed on the site.  See…simple!

There are a few simple rules I have put in to place in my selections.  They are…

  • One has to be a new release (within the last month)
  • One has to be one I have never heard before (new releases don’t count for this one)
  • One has to be from a genre I don’t normally listen to at all or very often
  • And the last two are choices from my collection that I haven’t reviewed before

What are the 5 albums you ask?  Funny you should ask because I have those right here…note: I tried to throw in some non-obvious choices to make things a little more interesting.

61i8CnZDXXL._SX522_  New Release – Michael Grant & The Assassins – ‘Always the Villain’

R-8952644-1517645977-4432.jpeg  Never Heard Before – Frank Zappa  – ‘Hot Rats’ 

2013Eminem_themarshallmatherslp600G050813-1  Not My Normal Genre – Eminem – ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’

PatTravers-CrashAndBurn  From My Collection – Pat Travers Band – ‘Crash and Burn’

220px-DYDY  From My Collection – Damn Yankees – ‘Damn Yankees’

Let me know which one you would like to see and sometime in August, I will post a review of the album that gets the most votes.  You have one week to decide and from there I will start listening to the album and do a review.

Thanks for participating!!

Friday New Releases – July 17, 2020

Happy Friday!  It is about time it got here, I need this weekend!  We have a handful of releases this week and some I am actually interested in hearing and I will highlight those in Blue as usual.  We have a variety of styles this week to choose from so hopefully there will be something for you. Let me know what you want to hear and what release I might have missed as it does happen.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  • 71-GfFCjBzL._SS500_  Bush – The Kingdom – (Zuma Rock / BMG):  Gavin Rossdale and the boys are back.  Bush is hit or miss for me, but they’ve hit enough that I try out their releases and I will this one.  Here’s hoping for some solid rock this time around.

  • 71IgljhNZAL._SX522_  Pretenders – Hate for Sale – (Chrissie Hynde / BMG):  Chrissie Hynde and boys are back (that phrase sounds familiar…oh yeah…see Bush above).  I have always loved her voice and the punk/new wave style. She is a legend and that is why she will get a spin.

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Kiss – Special Kiss Album For Their Summer Tour (1976) – Bonus Edition (The Kiss Review Series)

Welcome back to the Kiss Review Series.  Today we are doing another bonus edition.  As I am going through the band’s releases, I am going to throw in different items from my collection that aren’t part of the band’s normal album releases.  Singles, promos or whatever I can come up with.

Since we just talked ‘Destroyer’ in the last album review, these last two posts are specifically related to that album.  The first was the 45 Single of the song “Flaming Youth”.  This one is a Special Promo promoting their Tour in support of ‘Destroyer’. Now, I am cheating here again as I wrote a review on this years ago, so I am redoing it here so it is now a part of the Kiss Review Series.  I hope you like it.

In the further adventures of my box full of vinyl, there was yet another Kiss collectible included that I cherish deeply.  It was a 33 1/3 Vinyl Single in support of their tour for the 1976 Destroyer Tour.  I believe the album was released to radio stations for promo and not available for resale.  I actually know it was not available for resale because it says it on the Label of the album.

The album jacket actually says “Not For Resale”, but has been removed from my cover…very strange. The person that removed it was very careful and didn’t cut fully through the front cover…see below.

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Whitesnake – The Albums Ranked Worst to First

Starting back on August 1st, 2019, we started the David Coverdale Series of reviews.  It was a long process and after 36 reviews, we are capping off the series with not one, but two album rankings.  The first one, this one, is going to cover only the Whitesnake albums.  The second one, next week, will cover ALL albums that David Coverdale has done.  The list are only studio albums.  No E.P.’s, no live albums and no greatest hits.

Whitesnake started back in 1978 and was a result of David going solo after his stint in Deep Purple and he realized he enjoyed the band aspect and Whitesnake was born after 2 solo albums.  The name was taken from the title of David’s first solo album and now David is the only original member.  Hell, it was really his band anyway.  One of the few bands it doesn’t matter who is in it as long as David is singing.  If you want to read the reviews of each album, check out the list at the bottom of the post and click away and go explore each album in more depth.  Thanks

The really cool thing I discovered when I went back to compile my list is that no album saw a score of less than a 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars.  How many bands can say that.  Probably not a lot.  Enough chit chat, now let’s get started…

THE WORST – ‘THE PURPLE ALBUM” (2015):

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Kiss – “Flaming Youth” – The 45 Single (1976) – Bonus Edition (The Kiss Review Series)

Welcome back to the Kiss Review Series.  Today we are doing a little bonus edition.  As I am going through the band’s releases, I am going to throw in different items from my collection that aren’t part of the band’s normal album releases.  Singles, promos or whatever I can come up with.

Since we just talked ‘Destroyer’ in the last review, these next two posts are specifically related to that album.  The first is this 45 Single of the song “Flaming Youth”.  Now, I am cheating here as I wrote a review on this years ago, so I am re-doing it here so it is now a part of the Kiss Review Series.  I hope you like it.

I had this big box of vinyl that I found in my attic that started my new vinyl obsession about 4 years ago.  This is another 45″ Single in that big box of vinyl and it is from the Kiss album ‘Destroyer’.  The song was “Flaming Youth” and it was only a promotional single and not intended for resale.  How we ended up with it or where we got it, I am not sure.

The B-Side of the single is also “Flaming Youth” which I find interesting because the true B-Side of the Single released for the album was “God of Thunder”.  Both sides of the disc say Side A. Maybe I have a nice collectors piece…if so, I wish it was in better shape.

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YOU PICKED IT! – Max Webster – ‘Universal Juveniles’ – Album Review

Alright…You Picked It! And here it is. The one you picked was Max Webster – ‘Universal Juveniles’.  The votes were as follows:

  1. Max Webster – 5 votes
  2. Vandenberg was close behind with 4 votes
  3. Robert Palmer – 3 votes
  4. TLC – 2 votes
  5. David Lee Roth had 2 sort of votes. They both thought it sucked ass and it would be great for me to write a bad review, but they both preferred Max.

Thanks to all for participating.  The August choices will be up on Saturday!

MAX WEBSTER – ‘UNIVERSAL JUVENILES’

I obtained this record when my brother-in-law, Jimmy, let me have his collection as it was just sitting in storage.  The prize of that collection was definitely all the Rush albums.  This album was also in there and I will be honest with you, I had no idea who Max Webster was.  Well, first it isn’t a person, it is a band name with no one named Max Webster in the band. Yeah, I had no idea.

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My Sunday Song – “Trouble is Your Middle Name” by Whitesnake

For My Sunday Song #204, we are going after one of Whitesnake’s newest songs and hits of the ‘Flesh & Blood’ album called “Trouble Is Your Middle Name”.  The song was the second single off the album and when I heard it, it was the first time in years I had been excited about a Whitesnake song or album.

The song is about a girl.  What Whitesnake song isn’t in some way, shape or form. This is about being drawn in to a relationship where you know you shouldn’t, but you so want to despite all the bad that goes with it.  The attraction and desire are too much to not give it a try, yet since the girl is so much trouble, you know it isn’t going to end well.  And it doesn’t.  Not much to it really, but man the song just grabs you.

It grabs you because the music is some of the best the band has done in years.  David wrote this one with the great Joel Hoekstra who played with Night Ranger and he plays with Cher and TSO as well.  It is great to see David writing with him and Joel brings so much to the band.  The song opens with blast of sirens then David singing a verse and the song explodes to life.  The drum sound on here is so powerful and with Tommy Aldridge back on the kit, you get some of the best drum sounds you could want.

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