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My favorite KISS albums

  • Sep 11, 2010
KISS has put out a ton of music. From their self-titled debut to multiple live albums and numerous greatest hits packages and boxed sets, there's plenty of material to pick from. For the sake of simplicity, this list will only address the original studio albums and not the live albums, greatest hits albums, or boxed sets.
Hotter Than Hell
It took me a long time to buy this album due to the fact that almost no one I knew thought of it as a great KISS album. However, once I bought this album and gave it a few listens, it quickly became my favorite KISS album. Sludgy and gritty, "Hotter Than Hell" rocks!

See the full review, "The Older It Gets, The Better It Sounds".
Rock & Roll Over
With two of my favorite KISS songs ("Calling Dr. Love," "Hard Luck Woman") on it and no filler at all, "Rock And Roll Over" is one of my favorite KISS albums.

See the full review, "The Doctor Is Still In After All These Years".
Destroyer (Eco) (Rpkg)
Most people would probably list this album as their favorite from KISS. I can hardly argue with them. It has many of their greatest songs including "Detroit Rock City" and "Beth," and quite possibly the best album cover in history.

See the full review, "An Experiment In Destruction".
Ace Frehley Solo
Definitely the hardest of the solo albums, Frehley shines on this solo project. His guitar work is amazing, and he proves just how essential he was to the original lineup of the band with songs like "Rip It Out" and "Snowblind."

See the full review, "The Spaceman Launches".
Dressed to Kill
This album features some of my favorite "non-classic" KISS tunes such as "Getaway" and "Room Service," as well as the studio recording of the legendary "Rock And Roll All Nite."

See the full review, "Proof That KISS Did Thrive Before "Alive"".
Love Gun
With the rapid fire drums of Peter Criss on the title track, "Love Gun" is loaded with great KISS Klassics such as "Christine Sixteen," "Plaster Caster," and "I Stole Your Love." It also features the debut of Ace Frehley on lead vocals on the blistering "Shock Me."
See the full review, "Lock And Load".
Creatures of the Night
With the departure of Peter Criss, KISS loaded up their arsenal with the band's first straight-ahead drummer in Eric Carr. "The Fox" took over drum duties permanently with the recording of the album "Music From The Elder," but "Creatures" showcases his talent to its fullest. This album features "I Love It Loud" and "Saint And Sinner."

See the full review, "KISS Kicks It Up With "Creatures"".
You're probably wondering why I put the so-called "disco" album on here. It's here for the simple fact that it is packed to the nines with great pop rock tunes (and a bit of disco) like "I Was Made For Loving You," "Sure Know Something," and "Dirty Livin'." It also features a decent split of lead vocal duties with the exception of Criss, who was quickly losing interest in the band.

See the full review, "A Band Divided".
Peter Criss Solo
While I don't consider him KISS' best drummer, Peter Criss was in no way short of talent. This album explores his roots and he shines on his cover of "Tossin' and Turnin'," as well as songs like "That's The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes" and "Rock Me, Baby." Granted, it isn't standard KISS fare, but this album is great for what it is.

See the full review, "More Criss, Less KISS".
The album that started it all. Klassic after Klassic KISS rolls off of the playlist with live show standards like "100,000 Years," "Black Diamond," "Firehouse," and "Deuce."

See the full review, "Time To Pucker Up".

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September 22, 2010
WHERE in the F*&% is "Kiss Alive"???
September 22, 2010
Read the top of the list and you'll see that I only included studio albums, not live albums.
September 13, 2010
Holy cow, this is one amazing list! You really are a die hard KISS fan :P
September 11, 2010
# 3 and 2 are the ones I still own on vinyl. Man, I wasn't aware that they had this many albums. Methinks I will learn a lot here.... thanks!
September 11, 2010
They have a lot more albums than the ones listed here. Check out the KISS badges and you'll see one you can get for writing a review of one of their albums. I believe I listed all of the studio albums there, though I might have missed or two. I didn't list "Killers" because it's primarily a greatest hits album but does have a few new tunes also.
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