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Lick It UpDue to the underachievement of their exceptional 1982 comeback album, Creatures of the Night, Kiss knew the time was right to drop the makeup, so in September 1983 the band shocked their fans by unmasking on MTV. Their first non-makeup album, Lick It Up, followed soon after and successfully re-established the band among the heavy metal masses worldwide. Kiss also reconnected with their stateside fans -- Lick It Up was the band's first record to achieve gold status since 1980's Kiss Unmasked. The album's success was spurred by MTV's repeated airing of the imaginative video for the album's strong title track, and songs such as Exciter, Not for the Innocent, A Million to One, and the rap-rocker All Hell's Breaking Loose confirmed that the band was back on the right track. Vinnie Vincent again proved to be a worthy replacement to original guitarist Ace Frehley but would unfortunately leave the band after the completion of the Lick It Up worldwide tour (eventually resurfacing with the Vinnie Vincent Invasion in the late '80s). Lick It Up is undoubtedly Kiss' best non-makeup album.
- Greg Prato (All Music Guide)1. Exciter
2. Not For the Innocent
3. Lick It Up
4. Young and Wasted
5. Gimme More
6. All Hell's Breakin' Loose
7. A Million To One
8. Fits Like a Glove
9. Dance All Over Your Face
10. An On the 8th Day$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Creatures Of The NightCelebrating four decades of decibels, KISS, Mercury Records and UMe proudly announce reissuing the legendary KISS albums on 180g audiophile vinyl
starting in 2014. 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.
By 1982's Creatures of the Night, Kiss had finally ditched their plans of becoming respectable artists (starting with 1979's Dynasty) and had come to the realization that they were a loud, no-holds-barred heavy metal band. Easily their best since 1977's Love Gun, Creatures of the Night contains very little filler and sounds as if Kiss had been reborn (it also includes one of the heaviest drum sounds ever captured in the studio by any rock band). The band is inspired and enthusiastic throughout, especially on such rockers as the opening title track, Killer, War Machine, Saint and Sinner, and one of their great anthems, I Love It Loud. Also included is one of Kiss' better ballads, I Still Love You (later featured on 1996's Unplugged set), as well as Rock and Roll Hell, a song written about Ace Frehley, who would soon officially make his resignation from the band public. Guitarist Vinnie Vincent (real name: Vinnie Cusano) handles guitar duties here and was eventually named as Frehley's replacement, playing on the ensuing tour. Although Creatures of the Night deserved to be the album that put Kiss back on top of the charts, it performed below expectations (topping out at number 45), as did its tour. Hence, the album is one of Kiss' most underrated. It didn't take a genius to figure out that the makeup had grown stale and was now getting in the way of their music. The time had finally come for the band to unmask.
- Greg Prato (All Music Guide)1. Creatures Of The Night
3. Keep Me Comin'
4. Rock And Roll Hell
6. I Love It Loud
7. I Still Love You
8. Saint And Sinner
9. War Machine$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Instant ReplayCelebrate The Legendary Artist's #1 Record From 1978
Stunning 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Red Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered Impeccably At Friday Music - Pressed At R.T.I.
Featuring: Edgar Winter, Vinnie Vincent (Formerly Of Kiss), G.E. Smith (Hall & Oates / Bob Dylan)
In 1978, mega artist Dan Hartman (Free Ride, I Can Dream About You, Living In America) was sitting on top of the world. After a long
tenure performing with superstars like Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter and The Edgar Winter Group, Dan rewarded his fans once again with
one of the most important club and pop songs of the era with Instant Replay. Featuring the classic line-up of Dan Hartman, Vinnie Vincent
(Kiss), G.E. Smith (Bob Dylan) and former bandmate Edgar Winter, the Instant Replay album rapidly became one of the most definitive albums of his very successful career.
The LP kicks off with the #1 title track Instant Replay and simmers on with the lengthy dance smash Countdown/This Is It. His rock and
funk side continues with even more classics like Double-O-Love and the brilliant Time And Space, making this one of most popular albums
of the time and continues to be heard on radio and in dance halls all over the world.
Friday Music is no stranger to the stunning recordings of Dan Hartman and his affiliations with our other artists Johnny Winter and The Edgar Winter Group. Therefore, it is with much excitement to announce the legendary Dan Hartman masterpiece Instant Replay. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Johnny Winter/Isley Brothers/ Instant Funk) at Friday Music Studios and pressed at RTI, this stunning LP was long overdue for the audiophile vinyl domain.
Dan Hartman would go on later to become one of the top recording artists, composers and record producers of our time. Collaborating
with such diverse artists as Joe Cocker, Stevie Winwood and James Brown, his career ended with his untimely passing in 1994.
In honor of the late artist and this amazing album, we are presenting Instant Replay for the first time on translucent RED Vinyl with a limited edition gatefold cover. We believe this wonderful new audiophile release of Instant Replay will become one of the most anticipated dance and classic rock/pop releases of the year!
Countdown!1. Instant Replay
2. Countdown / This Is It
4. Chocolate Box
5. Love Is A Natural
6. Time & Space$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now