Lick It Up @ 45 RPMs

IMAG0331It’s a blind-spot on my KISStory timeline. It’s embarrassing. I’m not sure where or when I got it.  I have no idea even if it’s rare, but it’s a full ’78 size ’45 with 3 tracks, instead of the customary 2 on the smaller vinyl record, almost like a mini-KISS EP. Who’da thunk?  Yeah …it’s cool.  I wouldn’t sell it.IMAG0323IMAG0332

KISStorian ranks top 10 KISS albums of all-time

cropped-scan0115.jpgLists like these can do more harm than good but I felt it was about time I went on the record. It was a cathartic exercise that had me shuffling the order around like so many KISS cards. No sooner than a minute after hitting ‘publish’ I wanted a mulligan. Please feel free to comment with your top 10 and why?

#1 – ALIVE – this is our ‘live’ rock & roll party and the desert island keeper

# 2 – LOVE GUN – you wanted the best, you got the best studio album

#3 – KISS – the vision, the sound and the live staples in one concise initial salvo, a sacred sphere.

#4- ALIVE II – at their live zenith plus 5 studio cuts larger than life

# 5- ROCK & ROLL OVER – a band in full 70’s stride, don’t put baby in the corner

# 6 – DESTROYER  – the pinnacle for some, too soft for others, dear to the daughters of Aphrodite

#7- CREATURES OF THE NIGHT – a sonic boom still reverberating from Eric Carr’s kick

# 8- ACE FREHLEY –  I don’t wanna burst your bubble but the original spaceman crashes the party wiped-out with the best of the 78 solo emissions

# 9- DRESSED TO KILL – stark perfection plus the Stanley/Simmons rock & roll national anthem

# 10- LICK IT UP – the bands best sans clown album and the shape of things to come

Editors note: Scott Wheeler’s suggestion below was so right on that I have heard his words and indeed taken heed. I am still wrestling with including MONSTER on this list as it is still taking root frankly and if “Never Enough” wasn’t on SONIC BOOM I may be able to talk about it as a really great record to. It is a process.  I am contemplating trying to calculate albums #10 thru #20; a Herculean task.