Back Track: KISS

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Although it was 1975’s Alive! that lit the blue touch pa­per, we feel that Alive II, with a set en­riched by ma­te­rial culled from an in­ter­ven­ing trio of truly clas­sic stu­dio al­bums is the ideal in­tro­duc­tion. The likes of Ladies Room, Makin’ Love and Black Di­a­mond are genre-defin­ing slices of 70s sta­dium rock and even the more re­strained, coun­try-flavoured Hard Luck Woman de­serve at­ten­tion. The lyrics skirt the bound­aries of mod­ern PC tol­er­ance. De­spite the won­der­ful riff, it won’t take In­spec­tor Morse to iden­tify the weapon Paul Stan­ley is las­civ­i­ously re­fer­ring to dur­ing Love Gun. Chris­tine Six­teen fea­tures a great Ace Frehley solo em­bel­lished by a Mu-Tron Oc­tave Di­vider, but you may well find your gorge ris­ing come the nth re­peat of the frankly scan­dalous cho­rus. Stand­out track: Love Gun

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