I wasn’t sure I needed a Kiss “Unplugged” album but after pressing play, I became a fan of it instantly. The songs they selected worked so well in an acoustic setting.
For a band that was trying to find a way to fit into the mixed up 90’s, the “Unplugged” setting was perfect for them.
Apart from Stanley, Simmons, Kulick and Singer, they are also joined by Ace Frehley and Peter Criss for a handful of songs. In Australia it went to Number 4 on the charts. Argentina and the U.S certified the album Gold.
I wasn’t a fan of the distorted version that appeared on the album “Hotter Than Hell”, but goddamn I really like this acoustic version. By far the best song on the album and my go to version for this song.
I think this is the weakest one.
Acoustically, it sounds like a progressive rock song from ELP, something which seems to be lost with the studio cut.
Do You Love Me?
A good song works in any format.
This song works so good in acoustic format, as it brings out its sleazy swampy Delta blues influence.
And how good is Bruce Kulick.
Sure Know Something
One of my favourite Kiss songs. Hated by American fans and loved by the Australian disco rockers.
A World Without Heroes
A perfect song for the “Unplugged” format. Paul Stanley is an excellent rhythm guitarist and Bruce Kulick shines here with the leads.
I didn’t think this would translate well, but it did.
See You Tonight
It’s like the Beatles walked into the building.
I Still Love You
This song is a masterpiece in hard rock balladry. The acoustic arpeggio riff which makes up the Intro and Verse is haunting and it sets the tone of the song.
Stanley delivers a killer vocal but the unsung hero is still Bruce Kulick. And check out Eric Singer, as he pounds those drums like the track is electric.
Every Time I Look At You
I’m not a fan of the studio cut, but it really works here and I like the way the guitar lead break sounds. And Stanley is a crooner, he loves doing vocals like this.
Some members of the family are back, in Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. And I’ve always seen this Rolling Stones track as a punk rock song.
The big hit. I prefer it as an acoustic guitar led cut, instead of a piano led cut and this version rocks, even though the song is a ballad.
Nothin’ To Lose
It sounds like a Motown cut in this format.
Rock ‘N’ Roll All Nite
It’s a campfire song and a perfect closer, sing-a-long to end the night.
The “REVENGE” band sounds great and this show along with the “Kiss III” release serves as a great testament to their abilities.
But the magazines I purchased at the time, hated it and didn’t write kindly about it. But good rock and roll was never meant to be the critics’ darling.
Here are some reviews that I agree with.
And if you want to check out the views of 2Loud2OldMusic, who gave it an easy 5.0 out of 5.0, then click here.
Or from Mr Mike Ladano who also gave it 5/5 stars, click here.
6 thoughts on “1996 – Part 3.3: Kiss – Unplugged”
Considering I was burnt out as every rock act was doing unplugged( or tribute albums) at the time this one is actually quite good. Showed that these tunes could be played that way and still sound good. I need this one on vinyl actually. I say that a lot now lol
Great stuff Pete.
100 percent agree. My unplugged albums are Tesla, Eric Clapton and Kiss. Three awesome albums that just took people by surprise.
And Comin Home on this album is my go to version.
Thanks for the shout out. This could quite possibly be their best live album ever! For Kiss fans, this show was special especially since Ace and Peter came back for a couple songs and then a year or two later we got the Reunion Tour in make-up (which I saw). Unlike Deke, I do have this on vinyl and CD and DVD.
No probs re shout out. It was just so good to hear the Revenge era band take these tunes from the past and just have fun with em.
That unplugged set was far greater than I thought it’d be or honestly had any right to be. They’d really been scratching in the late ’80’s and this picked up their profile again considerably. (Though Revenge is an excellent album).
My views exactly.