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KISSology 1974-1977... must-have DVD


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#1 of 28 OFFLINE   Jay_B!

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Posted November 01 2006 - 07:32 AM

I don't care how much music snobs sneer at them, KISS has always been a total guilty pleasure and dear to my heart. Granted, they're not as exciting to me as they were when I was a pre-teen but damn, these guys had an amazing string that lasted well into the non-makeup days (yes, I enjoyed The Elder). Say what you want about what marketing whores Gene and Paul are, they definately know when to step up and give the fans precisely what they want. For under $20 (retail is $30 but t's on sale nearly everywhere this week) you get four legendary concerts that have been classics on the bootleg circuit (Winterland '75, Cabo Hall '76, Budokan '77, The Summit '77) as well as frequently mentioned, but rarely seen television appearences such as them on In Concert, The Midnight Special, Rock Concert, Paul Lynde's Halloween Special, The Mike Douglas Show and so on. The quality on some of these items isn't always the best, but this is thirty year old footage that mostly was only available as bootleg before. In typical Gene $immon$ mode, there are three bonus discs, I normally don't shop at Wal-Mart but I got the set there instead as I considered the 12 song nearly hour long Largo 12/20/77 show perhaps the best considering the length and era. The video quality of this "bonus disc" actually blows away 99% of the stuff on the official set. If you don't like Kiss, don't bother, but if you've ever been a fan, this is Heaven. I hope after this set does well, that more artists will release similar DVD sets raiding the vaults of oft-discussed footage that 90% of the fans have not had access too.

#2 of 28 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted November 01 2006 - 08:02 AM


Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden already have similar sets (the Maiden set is VERY similar -- it's also part 1 of a planned chronological trilogy). Also must-buys for fans of those groups. Come to think of it, the Electric Eye DVD by Judas Priest is also the same sort of thing.

I totally agree that these sets are real treats.

BTW, I'm a total music snob, and I think that KISS were very influential and have always been a lot of fun. Posted Image
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#3 of 28 OFFLINE   Jay_B!

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Posted November 01 2006 - 08:10 AM

I'm definately anticipating volume 2 (there's supposed to be 3) considering the buzz is circulating that there's going to be a Creatures Of The Night tour show with Vinnie Vincent on there. Vinnie's tenure with the band was short lived, but easily the next best thing to the original lineup. I also loved the Revenge lineup.

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Posted November 01 2006 - 08:30 AM

If it wasn't for Kiss, I would not be the music fanatic I am these days. I will never forget my brother showing me the cover of a just released Destroyer album. I was 7 years old and he played me God Of Thunder and that was it. I was hooked. And yes Jay, Music From The Elder is a great album. It actually is my favorite Kiss album and in my all-time top 10. I know, I know... Posted Image

This new set is incredible, and a real bargin.

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Posted November 01 2006 - 09:00 AM

I have never heard Music From The Elder. Ever. I'm really curious about it though. Posted Image
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Posted November 01 2006 - 09:25 AM

The Elder is a great album, it's just totally unlike anything else in the Kiss catalog. A World Without Heroes is a modern masterpiece but the fact that it was Kiss, and that it came out when they were at their commercial nadir doomed it from becoming the classic it should've been.

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Posted November 01 2006 - 12:26 PM

Jay- Thanks for the info. I thought this DVD was repackaged something or other, but now that I know what it really is, I'll have to pick it up. I can still remember seeing them on the Mike Douglas show. '74 or so.
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#8 of 28 OFFLINE   Jonathan Peterson

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Posted November 01 2006 - 03:50 PM

I was just watching the Mike Douglas footage. I wonder why all the quick flashes during the performance? Very weird and distracting.

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Posted November 01 2006 - 10:23 PM

Picked mine up yesterday at Walmart. Incredible set. My bonus disc is Largo, MD 1977 show. Haven't checked it out yet.

#10 of 28 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted November 02 2006 - 04:13 AM

I picked up a copy at Walmart this morning, and they price-matched the Circuit City flyer. Say what you will about how Wally World treats its employees, but in my experience they do right by their customers.
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Posted November 02 2006 - 06:39 AM

any idea what will be on the volume 2 DVD, I know it will be spanning 1978-1992. I think the Largo '79 show will be a given since it was broadcast on HBO (much like the '77 Budoken show was on HBO) and there's a rumored Creatures Of The Night show on the set, what else? I'm curious if we'll see Australia '80 on there as well, but what about the non-makeup tours? I'd like to see a Lick It Up show.

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Posted November 02 2006 - 07:51 AM

I haven't heard a peep of official news on that, but there's plenty of speculation going on.
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Posted November 02 2006 - 08:36 AM

My guess would be the final in makeup show in Brazil from 1982 to be included.

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Posted November 03 2006 - 01:00 PM

Stupid Walmart. Posted Image Went to the closest one. Not only didn't they have this, but there was no indication that they had carried it at all. (No empty bin where it *was*.) And then I asked the minimum wage salesperson there, and she had no clue what I was talking about.

No wonder I always default to Best Buy for CDs and DVDs. They usually have what I'm looking for, if they don't, they'll usually check in the back to see if they have any more copies, and they'll always look it up on the computer to see if they're supposed to have it or not. And they price match.

I have another Walmart a little further away that I'll try.
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Posted November 03 2006 - 08:55 PM

Most Wal-Marts have the music DVDs in a separate section, usually next to the music CDs. It took me a while to find it at the one near me, but it was there and on sale for $15.99. As just a casual fan I wasn't too impressed with what I've watched so far though, as they seem to do most of the same songs at every concert and they don't sound so hot live compared to the studio recordings (though I guess people didn't go to the concerts to hear the music). The 5.1 track is pretty awful too, I'll have to watch it again with the 2-channel track which appears to leave the mono sources in mono, and maybe I'll like it better. The whole bonus disc thing is pretty dumb, if each one's about an hour long they could have just put all 3 of them onto one disc instead. I picked the one from Wal-Mart just because I heard it was the best and the longest, though since most of the songs on that were also played on the shows on the first 2 discs, I'm not in a big hurry to watch it. I've only glanced at the liner notes so there may be an explanation, but wonder why the 2nd song from the Midnight Special is in black-and-white, and why the whole San Francisco concert footage was black-and-white video.
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Posted November 04 2006 - 02:43 AM

Glad I read this thread...I was not expecting much from this set, but if the Midnight Special performance is on there, I'm in for that alone. I remember staying up late and watching it....the coolest thing I had ever seen at the age of 14 (or was it 15???). The years covered by these shows are really the sweet spot for the "real" Kiss, IMHO OF COURSE!!!!! Having just back filled my CD collection with the Remaster Cds (thanks, yourmusic.com), this DVD will soon join the collection. Brian

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Posted November 04 2006 - 12:31 PM

I went to a second Wal-Mart, and this time they knew what I was talking about, the clerk said "We only got 2 copies and they sold right away, sorry". So, off to Best Buy, and I picked up the last copy there and used a couple McDonald's Best Buy bucks to get it for $15.99.

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Posted November 05 2006 - 03:13 AM

I've seen them do Deuce on YouTube. It would be fun to see that again. I also remember staying up and watching them. How is the video quality. Amazon reviews seem to go all over the map. Some say it is fine for 70's era televison sight/sound. Tim

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Posted November 05 2006 - 02:33 PM

Does anyone know what the deal is in Canada? Amazon.ca says it comes out here on the 7th and an ad in the Future Shop flyer says it has 3 discs? Is the third the bonus? And does the bonus come in the package or is it given to you seperately by the sales clerk?

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Posted November 06 2006 - 04:50 AM

The bonus 3rd disc is inside the package in the US.

I only watched part of it, and that was on my 4:3 set in 2.0 audio, but the Budokan concert footage was pretty cool (and there was some neat commentary, although it only ran through a few songs). Some of the old TV footage is of varying quality, and the home movie of Ace Frehley's wedding party is barely watchable (but neat anyway).

I like how the entire thing is closed-captioned! Sing-along city. Posted Image
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