Buy, Rent or Skip KISS: The Early Years?

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KISS: The Early Years - Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley
« on: December 04, 2011, 07:37:46 pm »
KISS: The Early Years (2002)

When it comes to KISS, I expect certain things, especially when it comes to images that will high-lite the formation of the 4 guys from New York who would rewrite the book on how to create self-made publicity for themselves. For a band that made it's name on the image it was presenting I was expecting a lot from KISS: The Early Years. Although there are a lot of never-before seen pics that were new even for me, this book wasn't perfect. I have some minor issues with the construction of the book itself. When you think of KISS, you think of larger-than-life characters, explosions, blood and fire. So a book should capture this in a oversize coffee-table size book. Sadly, we don't get that here as the book itself is your basic size. Also, making the book a soft cover doesn't make it feel like a keepsake. All books like this, and especially this one in particular deserves a Hardcover bound book.

Another issue I had with the book is that only Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, along with Photographer Waring Abbott contribute any of the text. Although it was cool to get insight from them on every image in the book, it would have been so much better to get the input of both Peter Criss and Ace Frehley on some of their own photos within.

The book isn't all bad. There are some pretty cool images from the early years when they were still wet behind the ears. But this wasn't the best stuff actually. It's what comes near the end of the book that made me sit up and take notice. Even though I am prone to ragging on The Elder from time to time, this is where this book truly shines. Until I got a chance to look through this book, I had hardly seen much in the way of promotional images when they were promoting the album of the same name. There are some really cool and fascinating images here, especially those of Eric Carr.

This book is definitely a Rent for sure. Only die-hard KISS fans with extra cash laying around should buy this one. But if someone that already has the book wants to give it to me because they need to clean up their room I wouldn't object to keeping it for myself.
« Last Edit: December 04, 2011, 08:16:35 pm by Chiprocks1 »
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