Welcome to the 50th Review in the Kiss Review Series and we aren’t even close to being done. Sadly, the 50th review is this pile of crap. Kiss in 1997 was still touring the Alive / Worldwide Tour and to keep pushing out product for cash grabs, they dumped on us a total worthless pile of dung called ‘Greatest Kiss’. Yes, another greatest hits package. This one was released on April 6, 1997 and it only hit #77 on the Billboard Charts. I don’t think it was ever certified Gold or anything like that because let’s be honest, this is not a good greatest hits package.
The problem with it is that the U.S. version only covers the time frame of 1974-1980, the make-up years with the four original members. And there is only one previously unreleased track which is “Shout it Out Loud” that was recorded the prior year while on tour. It was recorded at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, MI on June 28, 1996 and was the show opener. It had a ton of explosions and fireworks and you hear every last pop. It’s not a bad recording.
With the success of ‘Alive!’, Kiss was saved and in turn, so was their record label Casablanca. With that new success, the band signed a brand new contract with Casablanca after the band’s manager had threatened to walk. This time though, Kiss was only given a two album deal which really isn’t a very long contract in those times and showed that maybe the label didn’t have much faith the band would have continued success.
While the band was touring the album ‘Alive!’, they started rehearsing for the new album. Their success was able to land them a high-end producer in the likes of Bob Ezrin. His success with Alice Cooper had garnered him some notoriety and was going to take Kiss in a whole new direction. Thankfully, the band was still in tact with Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons.
The next in the Bootleg series is a show from the Rising Sun Tour in 2006. This show took place on July 23rd, 2006 at the Fuji Speedway in Japan. It was a short tour, but it was awesome. In 2006, the members would have been Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. This is important for a later discussion.
Including solos and introductions, the setlist is 23 songs and a pretty long show. There were some songs on here I love that aren’t played every tour so I was excited to get those. But we will discuss those later.
First, we have to discuss the packaging as we normally do. This set is on CD as I have no more vinyl to discuss. The Cover of this thing is awesome. It is so scary looking and has absolutely nothing to do with the band. At least the album name is good with “Kiss of Thunder”.
Now when you open the CD jewel case, on the left is the picture below. Can you tell me what is wrong with this picture? If you can’t, you aren’t a Kiss fan so please leave! I’m kidding you can stay.