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Kissology, Vol. 1: 1974-1977 [2 Discs] [DVD] [2006]-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best DVD of classic KISS available.

    Posted
    aca2001

    This review is not really for hardcore fans, who know all this anyway, and have their own opinions. Casual fans wondering exactly what's in this may find it helpful. PARENT ALERT: Nothing really objectionable I can think of, no profanity or nudity. Four full shows ecapsulates KISS' original line-up in the time frame most fans think of as Classic KISS. The performances are strong, and the filming mostly done by the arenas themselves as an extra way to make money from the artists -- who had to purchase the video and all rights to each performance from the venues long before anyone knew they could be resold for home use. The video crews did not know KISS' show (or songs) so sometimes it's an adventure to capture everything. These were apparently edited as the shows were being performed, so expect some crude work. HOWEVER: If you want to know what KISS was in its hey day, this is it. Their January, 1975 Winterland concert is black and white, but that's no distraction from a great show from the HOTTER THAN HELL tour, showing that KISS ALIVE! didn't need much touching up. A great performance by KISS, three months before they began recording shows for that album. The last half of the last song is lost on the master. Cobo Hall in January, 1976 is the ALIVE! tour, with some poor camera angles, but a great performance, particularly from Ace Frehley. The colors are spectactular, and this show includes a rare performance of LADIES IN WAITING, dropped before the last night at Cobo on this tour, and not available on any other DVD or CD by KISS. Their April, 1977 Tokyo show was used as the base live recording for KISS ALIVE II on GOD OF THUNDER, BETH, SHOUT IT OUT LOUD, and a few other songs. The Japanese crew do a first class job which more than holds up today. The color, clarity, and editing are stunning, and the band plays really, really well. The apex of KISS live on DVD from the 1970s. KISS' September, 1977 show in Houston, TX is from the ALIVE II tour, but without a camera angle showing the full production and muted pyro. Those angles and pyro effects are available on the bonus disc from this tour in Largo, MD (which is a superior DVD). This has a rare performance of Peter Criss' HOOLIGAN off of the Love Gun album, the only place to find it on DVD. Still, a strong, great performance, great sound. A real find is SO IT GOES, an English TV show covering the May, 1976 European tour, with great footage of the band doing FLAMING YOUTH (off Destroyer), rarely captured live, and a backstage interview with all four. Another interesting find is silent movie footage from KISS' first tour in 1974, in Long Beach, CA, synched with a live recording done elsewhere that year, of KISS doing ACROBAT, a song left over from the club days which quickly disappeared from their live set. The promo clips from 1975 (C'MON AND LOVE ME & ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE) and 1977 (LOVE 'EM AND LEAVE 'EM, I WANT YOU, and HARD LUCK WOMAN) are EX quality, and really add to KISSOLOGY's value. The 1974 Mike Douglas TV show appearence, with Catskills Comedianne Totie Fields making short, brutal work of Gene Simmons as he tries to "sell" himself in his KISS character, is worth the cost of this DVD set itself. After Gene is properly cut down to size, KISS performs FIREHOUSE live in the studio, mostly to housewives who have NO idea who these guys are -- because they were nobodies. Hilarious. The Midnight Special TV show has two great songs, SHE and BLACK DIAMOND (Peter destroys his kit at the end!), and a very solid performance and excellent sound. This you'll watch repeatedly. The packaging includes a reproduction backstage pass, and a 20 page booklet with photos and interview quotes explainng what you're watching. The bonus shows for KISSOLOGY I : Madison Square Garden, 1977 (poor sound and camera work, the band plays terrible). Cobo Arena, 1976 (second night, different show and not as good as the regular disc version). Largo, MD 1977 ( next to Tokyo 1977, best show of KISS in make-up from the 1970s, really shows the full stage and production) Look for a sticker on the front that says: INCLUDES SPECIAL BONUS DISC FROM: (concert show), this indicates a First edition with the bonus disc). The audio commentary is only from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, none of it is from Peter Criss or Ace Frehley. They are quoted in the booklet, so you do get their perspectives somewhat. While this DVD set has the fewest number of discs, it has the best footage of the three. There are two Easter Eggs, click on the KISS logo on each disc menu to see KISS (very dark, jumpy footage) perform May 1, 1977 at Ace Frehley's wedding, obviously in formal clothes; and to see KISS playing DUECE in December, 1973 in Coventry, the club they honed their act in before touring nationwide with their first lp. It's black and white, a single camera from the back of the room; but it's still more than just watchable -- a very good performance with a lot of energy. You won't be sorry you ordered this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WATCH AND LEARN "NEX-GEN BANDS"

    Posted
    vile1

    Take notice, KISS was the originators on MANY FRONTS! Bands that were less back then, still to this day do not give KISS it's due. Then again, where are they? Doing radio shows or something way less demeaning. Right Alice? With alot of blood and sweat Paul, Ace, Gene and Peter erupted on a rock scene that was still trying to shake dandelions and peace symbols left over from some hippie movement way back when. This first dvd set deals with the early days. These guys were even protested back then...I guess nutty people back then ran out of things to hate like the do now. Real KISS fans will love this. If you're new to KISS then, there is no better way to get going than to start here and work your way in...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Spectacular!

    Posted
    thenumber9

    Undoubtedly, this set caputres Kiss from their beginnings to their zenith and it almost overwhelms the viewer. There is absolutely nothing to complain about here. Some of the video quality is varied, but that is to be expected given the age. My only gripe is that you can easily get overwhelmed and need to take a break as a lot of the set-lists don't change that much. But if you enjoy Kiss, this is essential.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME DVD SET!!!

    Posted
    KnightWulf

    I have to say, i've been a hardcore fan of Kiss since i turned 12, thats when i recieved Kiss Alive 2 as a birthday present, I just recieved KISSology Vol 1 this year as a xmas gift and this is a DVD set that if your not a already a hardcore fan of Kiss you'll be hooked, after watching these two dvds you'll be pulled into the whole KISS mystique.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Dvd

    Posted
    hugekissfan

    Kissology is the best dvd put out by the band. Us kiss fans have been waited a long time for this dvd!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Rock & Roll DVD Ever

    Posted
    Blondie1968

    If you're a KISS fan, you MUST get this DVD! The best ever!

    I would recommend this to a friend