KISS - 1977 - 1980: Ltd. Ed Book & Album Collection:
*One Collectors Book and SEVEN Albums! All four solo albums on Picture Discs!
ALBUMS INCLUDED IN SET:
- KISS: 1977-1980 (Hardcover)
- Love Gun (1977)
- Gene Simmons - Picture Disc (1978)
- Ace Frehley - Picture Disc (1978)
- Peter Criss - Picture Disc (1978)
- Paul Stanley - Picture Disc (1978)
- Dynasty (1979) - 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
- Unmasked (1980) - 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Kiss: 1977 - 1980: - Hardcover Book
Summary - Published in conjunction with the band, KISS: 1977 - 1980 is the definitive photographic chronicle of KISS at the height of their popularity, showcasing the band on and off stage, in the photo studio, and in unguarded candid moments. From her archive, Goldsmith has compiled fan favorites as well as many never-before-seen photographs, all which perfectly capture the enduring phenomenon that is KISS. Chances are you’ve seen numerous iconic pictures by award-winning photographer Lynn Goldsmith, who has photographed every important rock musician and band of the late twentieth century: The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, The Police, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, Bob Dylan, and Patti Smith, among many others.
KISS rose to meteoric prominence with their extravagant live performances featuring fire-breathing, blood spitting, guitars bursting into flames, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnic showpieces. With makeup and costumes, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley created characters and origin stories similar to comic book characters: the Starchild, the Demon, the Space Ace, and the Catman. When put all together, it wasn’t just a stadium rock concert, it was dynamic performance art that is still on the road today!
Goldsmith, Stanley, and Simmons have created this book as a thanks to the KISS Army, many of whom have been devoted to the band for more than 40 years and have brought their children and grandchildren into appreciating the music, as well as the spectacle of the band’s live performances. With a simple matte white laminated padded cover that highlights the KISS logo and edged with gilding, the end result could be compared to a kind of bible, holding the relics that their supporters cherish.
About The Author - Lynn Goldsmith’s editorial work has appeared in every major publication world wide. Her fine art work is in numerous collections including The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Polaroid Collection, The Kodak Collection, etc. For more on Lynn, please visit: lynngoldsmith.com.
Love Gun - Vinyl LP re-release of Kiss' 1977 album, LOVE GUN, which features the singles 'Love Gun' and 'Christine Sixteen'.
Gene Simmons (Picture Disc) - in 1978, Kiss simultaneously released solo albums from all four members. Gene Simmons, most associated with Kiss's heavier side, is revealed to be a closet Beatles fan as evidenced by "See You Tonite," "Always Near You," "Man of 1,000 Faces," and "Mr. Make Believe." But the surprises don't stop there: choirs and string arrangements, 70s funk, and good time rock n' roll also appear alongside heavy rockers like hit single "Radioactive." This eclectic mix of material is supported by guests like Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Bob Seger, Donna Summer, and Janis Ian.
Ace Frehley (Picture Disc) - Considered the best of the four solo albums that Kiss released simultaneously in 1978, "Ace Frehley" does not stray far from Kiss's trademark heavy sound. With future David Letterman band members drummer Anton Fig and bassist Will Lee backing him up, Frehley shows that he is more than a songwriting match for bandmates Simmons and Stanley. In fact, the album yielded a Top 20 hit in "New York Groove."
Peter Criss (Picture Disc) - a collector's item for sure, this Russian picture disc pressing of Peter Criss's 1978 solo release will complete your set of all four Kiss solo album picture discs. At the time, drummer Criss didn't receive the respect he deserved for this underrated LP. While he doesn't quite have the songwriting chops of Stanley, Simmons, or Frehley, Peter Criss does shine on "I'm Gonna Love You" and "You Matter to Me." Collect all four!
Paul Stanley (Picture Disc) - the most Kiss-like of the four simultaneously released 1978 Kiss solo albums, "Paul Stanley" showcases Stanley's considerable hard rock songwriting chops. Featuring sidemen like Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart drummer Carmine Appice, this is perhaps the most consistent of the four Kiss solo releases.
Dynasty - 180g audiophile vinyl LP repressing of the band's 1979 album. Celebrating four decades of decibels, Kiss, Mercury Records and UMe proudly announce reissuing the legendary Kiss albums on 180g audiophile vinyl. Remastered to high definition 192kHz/24-bit audio for maximum fidelity, these albums have never sounded so amazing and now vinyl collectors will get what they've been demanding. All posters, sleeve art, stickers, etc that appeared in the original LP release where applicable have been faithfully reproduced for the Kiss Army.
Unmasked - 180g audiophile vinyl LP repressing of the band's 1980 album. Celebrating four decades of decibels, KISS, Mercury Records and UMe proudly announce reissuing the legendary KISS albums on 180g audiophile vinyl. Remastered to high definition 192kHz/24-bit audio for maximum fidelity, these albums have never sounded so amazing and now vinyl collectors will get what they've been demanding. All posters, sleeve art, stickers, etc that appeared in the original LP release where applicable have been faithfully reproduced for the KISS Army.