Paul solo, yes…Kiss, no. The band would play a concert at the Palladium Theatre in New York City to officially introduce Carr as Criss' permanent replacement in the band. You just have to be on his good side I guess. Why that show sticks in my head I don’t know. And I read a story a long time ago in a magazine about how the album did good business on the illegal copying cassette side in countries like Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. But hey ho. And the biggest get in the album is the poster which is a shot of the bottom frame of the album cover. The album features substantial songwriting contributions from Vini Poncia, who had previously been Ringo Starr's post-Beatles songwriting partner. He came in during the early 90’s and he was accepted until he donned the Cat make-up. Now Paul and Gene come across as unlikable yes, I would agree. Completely wasted but having a good time. According to David Fricke of Rolling Stone, the album "lacks the madness and amplified delusions of Love Gun and Alive!" Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Rated #1311 in the best albums of 1980. However, the band settled on Paul Charles Caravello, but you know him better as Eric Carr. Genres: Hard Rock, Pop Rock, Glam Rock. Add to cart. “I like going too far… it is fun!” I agree overall but I disagree on the particulars of good/bad songs. This was the third and final single around the world not the U.S. as they only had 1. Me and my friends used to stare at the cover and laugh. Hello fellow Wikipedians, I have just modified one external link on Unmasked (Kiss album). Cool story on the illegal cassette copying. Awesome. It was the cover version done by The Hollies. The band filmed a promotional video for "Shandi" with Criss. "Shandi", published on June 1, 1980, was the first single from the album. Around this time I remember seeing them on Kids Are People Too… The host asked the audience at first who was their favorite member…the first kid answered Peter Criss…and someone answered Ace… they explained that Peter married the Coppertone lady. Although in the United States it only reached No. And the story linked this album as the embryo to the melodic rock movement that started up in the early 2000s in those countries. 1. and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Unmasked_(Kiss_album)&oldid=984080918, Articles to be expanded from October 2017, Articles needing translation from Finnish Wikipedia, Short description is different from Wikidata, Album articles lacking alt text for covers, Articles with album ratings that need to be turned into prose, Articles with unsourced statements from February 2009, Certification Table Entry usages for Canada, Pages using certification Table Entry with shipments figures, Certification Table Entry usages for New Zealand, Certification Table Entry usages for United States, Pages using certification Table Entry with shipments footnote, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. It is catchy, a little anthemic and sticks in your head. Easy mistake to make actually. Jason Josephes of Pitchfork Media wrote that until he did not hear it he could not discern "how bad he was" and that he preferred to remain in that ignorance for the rest of his life. It seems the songs you like, I don’t and vice versa. Produced exclusively by The Art of Victor Stabin. It was becoming more and more obvious that the end was near for Ace as well although it wouldn’t be for another year or two. I still like Unmasked even compared to their entire output. I think I’m he only one that doesn’t like Easy As It Seems. And it is quite ironic of me to accuse someone else of going too far. ", "Talk to Me", "Shandi" and for a short time, "You're All That I Want". It might have fit nicely on Paul’s solo album, but it isn’t Kiss. I still don’t care for that song no matter what you and Harrison say! Torpedo Girl is indeed funky. Interestingly enough I believe the song is about Ace’s wife and possibly another girlfriend and he didn’t know which one to choose. Who handled the drumming, well that would’ve been Anton Fig. I still think he is awesome though and it doesn’t bother me. I looked at it a lot, but it wasn’t Love Gun or Destroyer. Both great guys and great drummers. The album was another of those more in the Pop realm then the Rock realm. This started the ’80s trend of Paul not writing a single song in that decade on his own. It went on sale on August 24 and its highest position was the tenth, reached on the Swiss charts. It was a huge mistake as this became the first album since Dressed to Kill to not go Platinum. He somehow managed to hang in there for a little while longer. No other original members of the band. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Maybe they should’ve switched leads on it. After its release, Unmasked divided the critics and received both positive and negative reviews. Otherwise, the album's songs have been largely ignored in live performances, with the exception of "Shandi", which is sometimes played in the band's shows, particularly in Australia (where the song became a top ten hit in 1980). The song was written by Paul Stanley and Vini Poncia and was actually inspired by “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” by Bruce Springsteen, but not his version. I’m intrigued that you don’t like the album cover. The album marked the first time Kiss had used the contributions of outside songwriters to such a large extent, as all tracks except two of the Frehley contributions, "Talk to Me" and "Two Sides of the Coin", were written or co-written by someone outside the band. They will come in during the Kiss timeline and since we are in 1980…the album below is next. Featured peformers: Vini Poncia (producer), Jay Messina (recording engineer, aka_text mixing role_id 1327.aka_text), Gray Russell (assistant engineer), Victor Stabin (illustration), Mark Samuels (illustration), Jose Rivero (illustration), Howard … It didn't occur to me that this cover represented… Even without all original members (Anton on drums, Bob Kulick on guitar), it is still Kiss and it is still fantastic. BS! That was kind of funny. Here is the band in their Unmasked Costumes…. Ha!! So many great bands over the last 10+ years. '", Although Unmasked marked a major musical departure for the band, it still reached #35 on the US Billboard chart[8] and was certified gold by the RIAA on July 30, 1980.[9]. The album came out on May 20, 1980 and only hit #35 on the Billboard charts in the US and Kiss were no longer the Kings of the U.S. market. Emails will be sent by or on behalf of UMG Recordings Services, Inc. 2220 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310) 865-4000. Do not translate text that appears unreliable or low-quality. I agree with the 3/5 score though, maybe even think it’s a tad generous. The last several albums (the 1978 solo ventures, along with 1979’s Dynasty), took the band on different paths while trying to keep the original members together. Genres: Hard Rock. Featured peformers: Vini Poncia (producer), Jay Messina (recording engineer, aka_text mixing role_id 1327.aka_text), Gray Russell (assistant engineer), Victor Stabin (illustration), Mark Samuels (illustration), Jose Rivero (illustration), Howard … Of course Anton Fig was considered a member for a like a day until they realized he wasn’t a good fit and was let go. Again, it sounds nothing like Kiss. I will admit, this isn’t the best cover they have done although I did like the last box where the photographer says “I Still Say They Stink!”. Sep 19, 2019 - Unmasked (Kiss album) - Wikipedia Eric Carr KISS rock and roll 1970’s 1980’s the fox chikara creatures of the nights lick it up ace frehley iconic KISS artwork ( Log Out /  Carr was accepted fully by the Kiss Army. Unmasked (Kiss album). Paul is very shy, and very reserved. The opening track rocks too. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. "Talk to Me" was the next single outside the United States. At least Dynasty still sounded like Kiss with only a couple exceptions. Just better. Unmasked, an Album by KISS. The album cover design returned to the comic book style that had last been used on "Love Gun." "Talk to Me" was also played in 2001 during the Australian and Japanese concerts of the Farewell Tour, but has not been performed again since the departure of Frehley. I don’t think the world was ready for a mature sounding Kiss heading into the 80s. 11 tracks (39:31). Good times!! SIZE: Clear "Kiss Unmasked" Album Cover quantity. Great write up as per usual, thanks 2L2OM! . Some of the worlds are: Planet Earth, Under The Sea, Inventions, Seasons, Circus, Transports and Culinary Arts. The song is more of a pop/rock song and doesn’t have the full edge of the classic Kiss tunes, but it is smoking when it comes to overall tone, groove and Gene’s vocals. 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Fricke also noted that rock songs such as "She's So European", "Easy As It Seems" and "You're All That I Want" are "disappointingly boring" and that "the sterile production" of Vini Poncia left "in the background the guitars and the harrowing voices of yesteryear." They lost all credibility with the Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park movie, Dynasty and now this. Property Value; dbo:Work/runtime 39.766666666666666; dbo:abstract Unmasked is the eighth studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released in 1980. I have wondered that the same, but I would venture to say they are no good anymore. One of the more rocking songs and one of my favorites from the album. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Are you thinking Eric Singer? Torpedo Girl…yeah OK, I get why you say it’s the weakest of the three. But this was undoubtedly the worst of the Kiss solo albums.A fan of pop and soul music, Criss turned MOR crooner on lightweight toe-tapping tunes such as Don’t You Let Me Down and That’s The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes. Unmasked is the eighth studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released in 1980.It was the last studio album to feature the original lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss until the band reunited in 1996. 47, in Argentina it reached number one, while in Australia, New Zealand and Norway it reached the top 10. Poppy, sure. Go do it.' And I’m right so that makes it even funner (is that a word??) This is a little more upbeat and a little more rocking and more what I like from Paul. A testament to the separation of the band, a weak effort, and the album that, had the band searched for a ROCK producer, could have been much better and one to compete with the likes of Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Queen, or Motley Crue at that time. The overall album is enjoyable, but I don’t know if I like it as much as I used to. The first two albums I actually got are Dynasty and Unmasked. Bottom line: "Unmasked" is a confused album. The song talks about the fact there are so many people in the city, so many lonely and lost people. NBLP 7225; Vinyl LP). Deciding factors included the band's failure to mount a stateside tour, the fact that the majority of the compositions on Unmasked were easily forgettable, and longtime fans' weariness with Kiss' attempts to branch out into other musical styles. This was written by Simmons and Vini as well as Bob Kulick and Peppy Castro. I’ve come to realise that after decades of Kiss fandom. One year after their last tour, which was somewhat a disaster, Criss was fired from the band due to his erratic behavior. A song by Kiss from album Unmasked Answers. Each world has more than 20 groups with 5 puzzles each. Despite the disdain from the public, it isn’t a bad pop album. There’s no doubt that Talk To Me carries the Kiss sound from the previous albums, but songs like “Easy As It Seems”, “Tomorrow” and “Naked City” are my favourites. Overall, I would give the album a 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars. Labels: Casablanca. Is he still not fully accepted from the Army? With bands like AC/DC and Van Halen tearing up the charts, Kiss for some reason thought the pop market was where they needed to be. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Two Sides of the Coin is also off the hook, melodically. Now it is toned down a little because well, Ace is constantly out-voted by Gene and Paul now that Peter is gone. any old time though. I liked the album then and I like it now, but after listening to the albums in a row like I’ve been doing, it is a good album, but I can see why it was received the way it was. Peggy Tomarkin recalled coming up with the cover: "The 'Unmasked' album cover was another cartoon idea. Too be honest I don’t think I would delete those three tracks you singled out as I can easily listen to this album right through. ( Log Out /  DESCRIPTION. Nirvana released their gloriously dishevelled version of the track in 1990 on the Hard To Believe: A Kiss Covers Album just as they completed work on Nevermind – … It was the last time he appeared with Kiss until he performed with them at a Kiss Convention on June 17, 1995. Despite being credited, Peter Criss had no involvement with the recording of the album; Anton Fig played all the drums uncredited. Founding KISS guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member, Ace Frehley, recently guested on The Disc Dive. A poppy piece of hooky goodness! Overall we like the album the same. It definitely isn’t their worst album, but it isn’t their best either. Now, I love Gene, but this song is So Awful. He is a tough nut to crack. There is no sign of Ace’s guitar sound to be found anywhere as it is Paul on guitar. 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