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The Very Best of Kiss

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A 2002 Greatest Hits Compilation From KISS
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Concise KISS

  • Dec 13, 2010
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While many bands release only one or two greatest hits packages over their careers, KISS has released a multitude of them.  I'll always consider Double Platinum to be KISS' best single disc greatest hits collection, but I have to give The Very Best Of KISS a nod as the second best single disc collection.

The compilation was released in August of 2002 and appears to have become very popular with old and new fans of the band for it's collection of hits spanning the early successful years (1974-1979) and then picking and choosing highlights from the 1980's and the inclusion of one of their biggest tunes from the 1990's.

I personally didn't mind the minor remixes and edits of Double Platinum, but many of the band's early loyal fans didn't like the edits made.  The Very Best Of KISS includes only original recordings from the original albums excepting one edited song (Detroit Rock City).  I'm sure this one edit will not bother fans as it removes only the brief song set up and the car crash sequence.

Like Double Platinum, this compilation opens up with Strutter (albeit not the Strutter '78 remix).  From there, the compilation features many of the same songs as Double Platinum such as Deuce, Beth, Hard Luck Woman, Calling Dr. Love, and Love Gun

Where the albums differ are The Very Best Of KISS' inclusion of Got To Choose, Shout It Out Loud, Christine Sixteen, the wonderful Ace Frehley solo track New York Groove, I Was Made For Lovin' You, I Love It Loud, Lick It Up, Forever, and the sole track from the 90's God Gave Rock N' Roll To You II.

Tracks featured on Double Platinum but not here are Do You Love Me, Let Me Go Rock N' Roll, God Of Thunder, Firehouse, 100,000 Years, Rock Bottom/She, Makin' Love, Cold Gin, and the enormous Black Diamond.

Essentially, if you prefer KISS pre-1980, grab Double Platinum.  It includes the bulk of their hits with a few glaring omissions such as Shout It Out Loud and Christine Sixteen.  If you would rather have an album that features a pretty decent collection of the band's music through the early 90's, get The Very Best Of KISS instead.  Both albums give the listener an excellent shot of KISS, and I believe that both of them will serve the listener well no matter how much they love or know about KISS.

 

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