Meanwhile, in Europe and Oceania, Kiss maintained its popularity; Unmasked topped the charts in Norway and New Zealand, and reached the top 5 in Australia, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. The first two albums I actually got are Dynasty and Unmasked. However, the band settled on Paul Charles Caravello, but you know him better as Eric Carr. “Easy as it Seems” is great. That is the thing with Kiss, there is so much stuff that people like different things about them. He had to change his name because they couldn’t have two Paul’s in the band. Saved by Anthony Smith. According to David Fricke of Rolling Stone, the album "lacks the madness and amplified delusions of Love Gun and Alive!" It was the cover version done by The Hollies. Completely wasted but having a good time. Featured peformers: Vini Poncia (producer), Jay Messina (recording engineer, aka_text mixing role_id 1327.aka_text), Gray Russell (assistant engineer), Victor Stabin (illustration), Mark Samuels (illustration), Jose Rivero (illustration), Howard … It does have some shining moments with Ace’s tracks, Gene’s “Naked City” and Paul’s “Tomorrow”. Emails will be sent by or on behalf of UMG Recordings Services, Inc. 2220 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310) 865-4000. The cover is true to the original and the inner shell is obviously the Mfsl inner shell used, or at least a very good copy. I like going too far…it is fun! After its release, Unmasked divided the critics and received both positive and negative reviews. It was becoming more and more obvious that the end was near for Ace as well although it wouldn’t be for another year or two. One year after their last tour, which was somewhat a disaster, Criss was fired from the band due to his erratic behavior. Full of good numbers, especially Ace’s contributions. Talk To Me, yeah that’s a top notch track. There’s no doubt that Talk To Me carries the Kiss sound from the previous albums, but songs like “Easy As It Seems”, “Tomorrow” and “Naked City” are my favourites. The album features substantial songwriting contributions from Vini Poncia, who had previously been Ringo Starr's post-Beatles songwriting partner. Unmasked (Kiss album). So many great bands over the last 10+ years. Genres: Hard Rock. Carr was accepted fully by the Kiss Army. It wasn’t the worst solo album ever made by a drummer – that was Keith Moon’s risible Two Sides Of The Moon. And the story linked this album as the embryo to the melodic rock movement that started up in the early 2000s in those countries. Even without all original members (Anton on drums, Bob Kulick on guitar), it is still Kiss and it is still fantastic. And I’m right so that makes it even funner (is that a word??) NBLP 7225; Vinyl LP). Kiss’ popularity was badly waning in the US but in Australia it was Kissmania. You just have to be on his good side I guess. CodyCross is an addictive game developed by Fanatee. The final song on the first side is “What Makes the World Go Round” written by Paul and Vini. There is no sign of Ace’s guitar sound to be found anywhere as it is Paul on guitar. The album got a gold certification from the RIAA two months after its launch, but failed to reach platinum status, ending the band's four-album platinum streak. DESCRIPTION. Two Sides of the Coin is also off the hook, melodically. A poppy piece of hooky goodness! In 1999, German label Aor Heaven released a compilation with various artists covering the entire album, it was named "Undressed An Unmasked Tribute To Kiss". The Track Score shows 7 1/2 out of 11 or 68%. Its an album I enjoy but in the KISS scheme of things, it’s pretty low down the rankings. Bottom line: "Unmasked" is a confused album. When 1980 rolls around, the band have to make a new album and this would become the first album without all four members of the band. Now it is toned down a little because well, Ace is constantly out-voted by Gene and Paul now that Peter is gone. Overall, I would give the album a 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars. Are you looking for never-ending fun in this exciting logic-brain app? Gene and Paul had had enough and so had Peter. Torpedo Girl is indeed funky. It is actually quite a sad, insightful and observant viewpoint of the city. 1. . A lip-synched German television performance of "Talk to Me" and "She's So European" featured the debut of Eric Carr, who became the band's permanent drummer until his death in 1991. Great write up as per usual, thanks 2L2OM! The album sleeve for me was only a solid black sleeve with no pictures or anything on it as seen below. Great stuff John. Back to the band. “I like going too far… it is fun!” Now, I love Gene, but this song is So Awful. Awesome. Once again, I went back and reread what I wrote about this album. Yes, some great stuff on here but weaker than anything prior. Deciding factors included the band's failure to mount a stateside tour, the fact that the majority of the compositions on Unmasked were easily forgettable, and longtime fans' weariness with Kiss' attempts to branch out into other musical styles. Ace had two of the best songs on the album and helped keep a little rock credibility for the band despite the rest of the pop songs on the album. And I read a story a long time ago in a magazine about how the album did good business on the illegal copying cassette side in countries like Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. It seems the songs you like, I don’t and vice versa. He somehow managed to hang in there for a little while longer. The song was written by Paul Stanley and Vini Poncia and was actually inspired by “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” by Bruce Springsteen, but not his version. Pissed is a probably a good word for it. I guess you can say “Shandi” was a big hit for the band so it does have it merits. Unmasked is the eighth studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released in 1980.It was the last studio album to feature the original lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss until the band reunited in 1996. I loved any album cover that was different, and you could stare at trying to make out the details. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. And "Shandi" suggests The Doobie Brothers with kabuki makeup". Another favorite song on the album is Gene’s “Naked City”. Jan 5, 2013 - KISS Unmasked Album Tracklist, inclucing Lyrics Now, I still like this song just not as much as the others. Fricke also noted that rock songs such as "She's So European", "Easy As It Seems" and "You're All That I Want" are "disappointingly boring" and that "the sterile production" of Vini Poncia left "in the background the guitars and the harrowing voices of yesteryear." Jan 29, 2016 - Kiss Unmasked on 180g LP Newly Remastered from Ultra-High-Definition Direct Stream Digital Transfers from Original Analog Tapes and Pressed on 180g LP at QRP Interestingly enough I believe the song is about Ace’s wife and possibly another girlfriend and he didn’t know which one to choose. Gene might come across as an Asshole, but from people that know him (I’m not one of those) I’ve heard nothing be great things about him in that he really is nice guy. "Talk to Me" was the next single outside the United States. My good sir, you have officially gone too far. Founding KISS guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member, Ace Frehley, recently guested on The Disc Dive. It was the last studio album to feature the original lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss until the band reunited. This print is derived from the original, renowned Kiss Unmasked album cover. On the Unmasked album, released in 1980: "Most of the songs that I … Now Paul actually did all the guitars and the bass on this one. Thanks a lot! Label: Casablanca - 6302 302 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Australia • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock, Pop Rock Kiss - Unmasked (Vinyl) | Discogs Explore Undoubtedly the first truly mediocre album released by Kiss (and believe me, there would be plenty in 1980-1998), "Unmasked" is a shamelessly bland and commercial new wave/power pop album that makes "Dynasty" sound like "Rock And Roll Over". I still like Unmasked even compared to their entire output. Let us talk a little about the album packaging. The opening track rocks too. For sure. Easy mistake to make actually. Released 20 May 1980 on Casablanca (catalog no. I’m intrigued that you don’t like the album cover. Kiss balls were chopped off for this album as they dove further in to the pop world despite the rock world getting heavier and it hurt their sales, their image and everything about them. At this point, I still thought Ace could do no wrong. It was the last time he appeared with Kiss until he performed with them at a Kiss Convention on June 17, 1995. "Talk to Me" was also played in 2001 during the Australian and Japanese concerts of the Farewell Tour, but has not been performed again since the departure of Frehley. 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Ace is back a third and final time with “Torpedo Girl” and this time he brought Vini along to help and it shows. Poppy, sure. Peter CrissPaul StanleyRock And RollRock & PopGene SimmonsKiss Album CoversEric SingerBroly Ssj3Im Gonna Love You. I agree with the 3/5 score though, maybe even think it’s a tad generous. Nirvana released their gloriously dishevelled version of the track in 1990 on the Hard To Believe: A Kiss Covers Album just as they completed work on Nevermind – … In actuality, this felt more like a Paul song than a Gene song. In the band's authorized biography, the drummer revealed that he was the last one left in the band's dressing room after filming and broke down crying. It didn't occur to me that this cover represented… ( Log Out /  I actually enjoy this album and will pull it out to spin on occasion. Heavy metal singer Jørn Lande covered "Naked City" on the album Unlocking the Past (2007). There is I am sure a long story about what they came up with, but I have rambled on for too long and we haven’t even gotten to the music yet so I will let you know it was a Fox. Peter was gone by then, I believe. They interviewed a ton of drummers including Tico Torres who would go on to work with a little band named Bon Jovi. SIZE: Clear "Kiss Unmasked" Album Cover quantity. Peter did not play on the album at all and there are no Peter sung songs, but he was credited to play and he was on the cover as Kiss wanted to keep the illusion going the band was fine for as long as they could. Paul is doing the solo, but that is not the problem. Ace Frehley‘s solo record produced a hit and became the breakout of the four solo attempts. Very fun. When it came time to make the album, producer Vini Poncia was brought back in yet again to handle the boards and as a result, the toned down album of Dynasty saw the same thing here. Okay, okay, enough already. ( Log Out /  The song is about New York City (which a lot of their songs are about). And it is quite ironic of me to accuse someone else of going too far. It was a huge mistake as this became the first album since Dressed to Kill to not go Platinum. Why that show sticks in my head I don’t know. They go straight in to “Shandi” which was a massive hit in Australia going to #5, but in the U.S. didn’t even break the Top 40 charts. This started the ’80s trend of Paul not writing a single song in that decade on his own. Of course Anton Fig was considered a member for a like a day until they realized he wasn’t a good fit and was let go. Each world has more than 20 groups with 5 puzzles each. Torpedo Girl is so damn funky for Kiss! Examiner Rustyn Rose concluded that Unmasked, "Is Kiss's adaptation to the new wave movement "and despite being" full of catchy pop-oriented melodies, they are far from the classic Kiss sound." Between Ace’s and Peter’s drinking problems (among other things), the band was at an all time low. Large Print 40″x40″: $300 Small Print 22″x22″: $150. Here is the band in their Unmasked Costumes…. It doesn’t mean it is a bad song, just different. Do not translate text that appears unreliable or low-quality. Sep 19, 2019 - Unmasked (Kiss album) - Wikipedia Eric Carr KISS rock and roll 1970’s 1980’s the fox chikara creatures of the nights lick it up ace frehley iconic KISS artwork Unmasked is the eighth studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released in 1980. One of the more rocking songs and one of my favorites from the album. And yes, this is by Victor as well. The album kicks off with the song “Is That You?” which was written by Gerard McMahon and not a singe Kiss member. [1] The album cover and poster insert, designed by artist Victor Stabin, featured a winking Criss. He is a tough nut to crack. Again, it sounds nothing like Kiss. And let us not forget Peter during the Tour. Labels: Casablanca. . I don’t think the world was ready for a mature sounding Kiss heading into the 80s. Ace’s bass smokes, man it’s so hot! You may withdraw your consent at any time. Guess I’m maturing ..somewhat! Hello fellow Wikipedians, I have just modified one external link on Unmasked (Kiss album). Though not a cover, it certainly isn’t a Kiss song either. What is different about this album is it is the first Kiss album to include a co-write on almost every song (Ace’s being the exception). They will come in during the Kiss timeline and since we are in 1980…the album below is next. Good times!! ", "Talk to Me", "Shandi" and for a short time, "You're All That I Want". The band would play a concert at the Palladium Theatre in New York City to officially introduce Carr as Criss' permanent replacement in the band. 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Still love a good spin of Alive! The kid band’s fans had grown up and moved on. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Criss had no involvement with the recording of the album; Anton Fig (uncredited) played all the drums on the album. The last several albums (the 1978 solo ventures, along with 1979’s Dynasty), took the band on different paths while trying to keep the original members together. But this was undoubtedly the worst of the Kiss solo albums.A fan of pop and soul music, Criss turned MOR crooner on lightweight toe-tapping tunes such as Don’t You Let Me Down and That’s The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes. Torpedo Girl…yeah OK, I get why you say it’s the weakest of the three. The song was never released as a single in the U.S., but it was around the world and did so-so. The current US edition of Kiss' "Unmasked" is of outstanding manufacturing quality. It is a catchy song, but it is a neutered down Simmons again. Unmasked went on sale on May 20, 1980 through Casablanca Records and reached number 35 on the Billboard 200, the worst position for the group since Hotter Than Hell (1974). It is classic sounding Ace. Outside writers were now leaving their mark with Kiss. Too bad that not all records of current production are made in such high quality. Cool story on the illegal cassette copying. Unmasked, an Album by KISS. Kiss then toured Europe and Australia (where their popularity was at an all-time high) and played "Is That You? The album was another of those more in the Pop realm then the Rock realm. Featured peformers: Vini Poncia (producer), Jay Messina (recording engineer, aka_text mixing role_id 1327.aka_text), Gray Russell (assistant engineer), Victor Stabin (illustration), Mark Samuels (illustration), Jose Rivero (illustration), Howard … I’ve seen that Tomorrow Show interview and Ace is hilarious. But hey ho. Those songs are full of melody. This was written by Simmons and Vini as well as Bob Kulick and Peppy Castro. The guitar sound doesn’t start off sounding like Ace until it kicks in to the main riff. Property Value; dbo:Work/runtime 39.766666666666666; dbo:abstract Unmasked is the eighth studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released in 1980. Funny now I like Dynasty way more and this one was just good. The cover, which is a comic strip of the band being chased by paparazzi trying to get a picture of them without their make-up, was done by artist Victor Stabin. BS! Unmasked, an Album by KISS. Rated #1311 in the best albums of 1980. It is tame and so pop almost to a point of pure cheese. Me and my friends used to stare at the cover and laugh. The song is more of a pop/rock song and doesn’t have the full edge of the classic Kiss tunes, but it is smoking when it comes to overall tone, groove and Gene’s vocals. Produced exclusively by The Art of Victor Stabin. That was kind of funny. That is perfect. When the song starts you immediately can tell, this doesn’t sound like Kiss. Ha!! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. You may withdraw your consent at any time. The song talks about the fact there are so many people in the city, so many lonely and lost people. Now Ace, well, he was on the album, however, he only shows up on probably 5 of the 11 songs with the rest of the guitar parts being handled by Paul, Gene or Bob Kulick. The weakest of his three songs and starts out with the sounds of a submarine readying to fire a torpedo. Emails will be sent by or on behalf of UMG Recordings Services, Inc. 2220 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310) 865-4000. They lost all credibility with the Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park movie, Dynasty and now this. Overall we like the album the same. Next up is Gene Simmons song “She’s So European”. It definitely isn’t their worst album, but it isn’t their best either. 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