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 album ends with “You’re All That I Want” with Gene on vocals and you know who helped write it. Bottom line: "Unmasked" is a confused album. Change ). 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. Outside writers were now leaving their mark with Kiss. Paul solo, yes…Kiss, no. At this point, I still thought Ace could do no wrong. Erlewine also added that "the music made it clear that it was time for Kiss to make a change. The Track Score shows 7 1/2 out of 11 or 68%. Paul is very shy, and very reserved. Kiss then toured Europe and Australia (where their popularity was at an all-time high) and played "Is That You? 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. ( Log Out / The album kicks off with the song “Is That You?” which was written by Gerard McMahon and not a singe Kiss member. A poppy piece of hooky goodness! 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. NBLP 7225; Vinyl LP). 11 tracks (39:31). It’s fun to compare notes but you can’t change what you like. And I want the cover to be a cartoon that ends with 'They stink.' Very fun. Produced exclusively by The Art of Victor Stabin. Torpedo Girl is indeed funky. 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." "Unmasked was like the tail end of a comet," reflected Stanley, "and I don't mean Frehley's.". When 1980 rolls around, the band have to make a new album and this would become the first album without all four members of the band. Still love a good spin of Alive! It was the last time he appeared with Kiss until he performed with them at a Kiss Convention on June 17, 1995. Me and my friends used to stare at the cover and laugh. And the story linked this album as the embryo to the melodic rock movement that started up in the early 2000s in those countries. Paul and Gene were and are more uptight and wholly unlikeable people then and now, sorry. The album also came with the usual merchandise form which of course isn’t in mine as my brothers probably bought something off of it as a couple of those items look familiar like I saw them around the house when I was a kid. It is like two different worlds as you have Paul’s sound and then Ace and Gene are different which wasn’t always the case. It doesn’t mean it is a bad song, just different. Just better. Label: Casablanca - 6302 302 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Australia • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock, Pop Rock Kiss - Unmasked (Vinyl) | Discogs Explore Ace’s bass smokes, man it’s so hot! “Easy as it Seems” is great. Unmasked (1980) by Kiss. And no, I am not lucky enough to have this poster in my copy of the album (insert sad emoji here). Of course, as a kid we were hoping they actually were going to be unmasked, but that wouldn’t happen for about 3 more years. It is classic sounding Ace. That is perfect. Talk To Me, yeah that’s a top notch track. KISS - Unmasked (1980) As a kid I remember loving this album cover. The overall album is enjoyable, but I don’t know if I like it as much as I used to. 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!”. BS! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. This is another filler song for me and the weakest of the Paul songs which is saying something on this album. Yeah, it never did anything for me. ( Log Out / Ok, I’ll stop then because maybe that is too far. And I’m right so that makes it even funner (is that a word??) I looked at it a lot, but it wasn’t Love Gun or Destroyer. It definitely isn’t their worst album, but it isn’t their best either. You may withdraw your consent at any time. Some of the worlds are: Planet Earth, Under The Sea, Inventions, Seasons, Circus, Transports and Culinary Arts. You can hear Paul on the backing vocals and it is nice to have the two of them singing together which doesn’t happen much. 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