Friday, March 21, 2014
"You Wanted The Mix, You Got The Mix!" : The Weekend Mix
I'm not imagining a sudden change of heart from those who aren't fans of the band. I am imagining some long time readers jumping ship after seeing this Weekend Mix. But boy, did I have fun listening to it all!
I had to include a few hits. They are just too good to leave out. How can you not appreciate the party of hooks in "Shout It Out Loud?" Come on now!
Two of my favorites are from the "Hotter Than Hell" album, which is the single worst sounding record in the history of recorded music. This record makes "White Light/White Heat" sound like "Aja." So I used the "unplugged" versions of "Comin' Home" and "Got To Choose," which I think are far superior to the studio versions.
I loved "Unmasked" and two songs are represented, "Shandi" and "You're All That I Want." I remember thinking at the time that the band sounded so much better on this record, almost not like themselves. Then I found out from a producer friend of mine that "Unmasked" features only the voices of Kiss. The record was recorded almost entirely by studio musicians. Still, great tunes.
If you're a reader of Power Pop, you will have seen our pal Steve Simels occasionally mention the horror that is Kiss's cover of the Stones' "2000 Man." I don't hate it as much as he does. Actually, I think it's hilarious. The two covers here, The DC5 and The Crystals, work much better.
Okay, dig in. It's a baker dozen of my faves and it's only 40 minutes of your time.
Comin' Home (Unplugged)
Anyway You Want It
Ladies In Waiting
Hard Luck Woman
Sure Know Something
You're All That I Want
See You In Your Dreams
Got To Choose (Unplugged)
Do You Love Me
Then She Kissed Me
Shout It Out Loud