the 1970s, KISS was the biggest band in the world. But, like every band,
had to start somewhere. Kissology Vol I - 1974-1977 documents
the rise of KISS from a bar band to
the year they were voted the "most popular band in the United States" by
a Gallup Poll.
- Kissology Vol. I - 1974-1977
Release Date: October 31, 2006
Label: VH1 Classic Records
Kissology is a nearly six hour DVD collection of KISS concerts, performances, and promotional
clips from various sources (and of varying quality) that one can use
to visibly chart the band's popularity and improvement as musicians and
you're not a KISS fan, this collection will not appeal to you at all.
In fact, for some, sitting through umpteen renditions of KISS classics
like "Black Diamond", "She", "Nothin' to Lose" and,
of course, "Rock
and Roll All Nite" might seem like torture. However, for a dyed-in-the-wool
KISS fan, like myself, this is tantamount to nirvana.
thing that makes Kissology such a joy for KISS fans is that
it's evident that KISS was once a band that hungered for success and
that were so full of energy that it's no wonder that they eventually
became the biggest band in the world for a time. Seeing them perform
"She" on The Midnight Special and winning over an initially
skeptical crowd to the point of receiving a standing ovation is something
magical. That performance is killer. KISS bludgeons the crowd
then, KISS was a new band and no one had
before. I can only imagine what the crowd was thinking when they
walked out onstage. Sure, Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls, among
others, had brought theatricality
intensity of KISS in their prime. Seeing Peter Criss' drumset
rise out of the smoke during "Black Diamond" had to have
caused a lot of people
to wonder, "Who, or what, are these guys?"
to the age of some of the clips -- and the fact that in the early
1970s, video wasn't exactly a stable technology -- some of the performances
are marred by poor quality images. Apparently some of these clips are
available from bootleg sources in better shape, but what's here isn't
that bad. The main issues are drop-outs, excessive
grain or static -- sometimes all three in rapid succession. The sound,
however, is fantastic in most cases. The music has been remixed in Dolby
Digital 5.1 Surround and truly sounds great.
with some copies of Kissology is a bonus disc featuring a concert
from 1 of 3 possible cities. The copy I have includes a December, 1977
concert from Largo, Maryland. The other two bonus discs feature a January,
concert from Detroit and a February, 1977 show from New York City. What
disc you get depends on where you buy your copy. (Some stores' versions
do not have a third disc, so make sure you pay attention to the packaging.)
plan to release two more Kissology collections, presumably
featuring performances and footage from 1977 until the present. If
they're even close to being as interesting and as well put together as Volume
I, I'll snap them up without hesitation.
you're a KISS fan, or know one, this is an absolutely essential purchase.