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|Kiss - Kissology Vol 3 1992-2000 |
Ltd. Edition 5 disc set
Actors: Eric Carr, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, J.J. Jackson, Bruce Kulick
Directors: Alex Coletti, Mark Rezyka
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Studio: Uni Dist Corp (music) Release Date: 12/18/2007
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Jeff V. (burielofmel) from HARRIMAN, TN
Reviewed on 6/17/2008...
I really enjoyed Kissology 1 and 2. I got this one to finish my collection. I thought this set was horrible. I found myself thinking as I watched this that KISS went on too long and should have bowed out gracefully after the unplugged performance. The stage shows on here looked like crap and I couldn't believe how horrible they sounded live. I didn't seem like any of them could half-ass play their guitars anymore. Unless you're a KISS fan who has to have EVERYTHING, just get Kissology 1 and 2 and skip this one. You won't want to see your favorite band like this.
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Another Great Set (With Some Disappointing Edits...)
Erik Rupp | Southern California | 11/22/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"KISSOLOGY 2 was a good follow up to one of the greatest Music DVD releases ever. It was, however, flawed by edited and shortened concerts. Some unavoidable due to source material being incomplete (like the Rio '83 concert), but mostly due to editorial decisions. It wasn't a popular move, but the set was still very good and what was on there was great.
Now with KISSOLOGY 3 they have again included an incomplete concert or two due to editorial decisions. This is unfortunate, because some of the songs missing are some of the highlights of those particular shows!
The Detroit 1992 show from the Revenge Tour SHOULD have been included in its entirety. Many fans feel that the Revenge era was the high point of the bands' career, and that tour featured some fantastic performances of both classic and more recent material. MIA from that show, inexplicably, are "Hotter Than Hell," "Firehouse," "I Want You," "Strutter," "Forever," and "Shout it out Loud." Even more perplexing is the fact that the bonus disc of the Sao Paulo show from 1994 is (possibly) complete! While that IS a great development (the first bonus disc with just about a complete concert - this one is only missing, if anything, the final encore of "Rock and Roll All Night," and according to sources they may not have even played it at that show), it is also disappointing since they didn't give that treatment to the Detroit '92 show on the main DVD set. (Unfortunately, the version with the Sao Paulo bonus disc will not be available through Amazon...)
Also missing are a handful of songs from the Tiger Stadium show from '96, as well as some great TV appearances that should have been locks to be included (Arsenio Hall 1993 and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1993 being the two big omissions).
However, on the other end of the spectrum, we're FINALLY going to get an official DVD release of (just about) the complete Unplugged set - including the goofing around. So for this show we're actually getting and EXPANDED version. This was a great show, as the band shows just how solid their songs are, still sounding great in a stripped down setting. Eric Singer gives one of the best, most nuanced performances of his career, and Bruce is as solid as a rock playing electric songs on an acoustic guitar - not always an easy thing to do.
The Dodger Stadium show from 1998 (the kickoff to the Psycho Circus tour) was a great show (I was there), and will be included here in its entirety with a new audio and video edit (they went back to the raw feeds and re-edited the video and remixed the audio). This is something long overdue for release on DVD. This was a show teased on TV, but never officially shown in its complete form.
With the majority of Detroit '92 (GREAT show) and Detroit '96 (rough show on all counts, notably the band's peroformance and how the show is presented on the disc - clearly video footage for the giant screens at the stadium, it doesn't work very well as a home video release) both included, the expanded Unplugged performance included, and the complete Dodger Stadium '98, and a (heavily edited) concert from the 2000 "Farewell" tour this set has a TON of great stuff. The Brooklyn Bridge set, while short, is GREAT! The band is tight and energetic, and the sound is good.
But, wait - there's more! If you buy it on the first pressing you will be able to get a fourth disc. One WAY out of chronological order, but perhaps the prized jewel of the entire series. It's the COMPLETE Coventry show from December 1973 that they teased on the first KISSOLOGY set (with the "easter egg" of "Deuce" from that show). The earliest known KISS live footage. It's a one camera from the back of the room recording, but it's still a great bit of KISStory.
Overall, KISSOLOGY 3 looks like another very good entry in the series - one only marred by missing songs and a couple missing TV performances. Still, this is definitely a, "Must Have," for any KISS fan."
The Biggest And Baddest Of Them All!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
James M. Lefton | USA | 10/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love love this series so much, It's such a damn shame it ends here. I am very pleased with this Kissology trilogy. Now, onto the review.
Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit MI 1992 (Revenge Tour)- Surely, there were better concerts from this tour, than this concert. There still are intense performances on here. Overall: 7.5/10
Unplugged Behind the Scenes: Nice little treat looking back at the Convention and rehearsals. I love when Gene says "Hiya Pete" and Peter says Geno. I love it when Gene says "Frehley" to Ace. Overall: 8.5/10
MTV Unplugged: Every momment of this is pure magic, I love it. Overall: 10/10
Tiger Stadium, Detroit MI 1996 (Reunion Tour): What can i say, I really don't like this concert. There were way better concerts than this, that's for sure. The sourced video is a screen feed, it was meant for who were there watching it, not a home viewing audience. Overall: 5.5/10
MTV Vma Performance, Brooklyn Bridge NY 1996: Great great performances on this. I love the intensity. Overall: 10/10
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles CA 1998 Psycho Circus tour)- Great video & sound quality. It's probably one of the better concerts from this tour. Overall: 10/10
Dodger Stadium Part 2: Same review as above
Detroit Rock City premiere party, Los Angeles CA 1999: great little gig hyped for the movie. Overall: 9.5/10
"The Last Kiss" Continental Arena, East Rutherford NJ 2000 (Farewell tour): Outstanding, outstanding video & sound quality, and one of the better concerts from this tour. Overall: 10/10
Coventry, Queens NYC 1973: not the best quality, but a great & historical gig that had to be on here. It sounds terrible on Surround Sound though, but I love this concert. Overall: 10/10
Madison Square Garden, NYC 1996 (Reunion Tour): My absolute favorite out of this whole volume. Great performances, and the band sounds tight. This should have been included on the main set instead of TS. Overall: 100/10
Why The Tiger Stadium Show Is So Poorly Done...
birddogger5150 | Roseville, MN USA | 12/21/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"People are suggesting here that this may not actually be the Tiger Staidum show, because there are precious few crowd shots (indeed, the only ones you see are at the very beginning and during Peter Criss' drum solo), nothing but tight shots of band members, and complete screen blackouts in between songs when Paul Stanley addresses the crowd.
It IS the Tiger Stadium show, but unfortunately what you are watching is the footage that was shot and then projected on the video screens behind the band during the concert. So you're watching something that was meant for the people who were actually there at the time, and not for a home viewing audience. There are no wide shots of the stage or shots of the pyro going off, because the people there could already SEE those things in as much clarity as they needed to.
The reason the screen goes black when Paul is talking is because the cameras were off. There was nothing being projected onto the screens during these moments. Only the audio was recorded. This is also why "Beth" is missing from the setlist. Peter Criss performed this song under a lone spotlight at center stage with no video being shown behind him. Rather than give you 3 minutes of a black screen with "Beth" playing, they wisely opted to drop it from the DVD.
Which is precisely what they should've done with the entire SHOW. I can't believe this is the best they could give us from arguably the most important tour in KISS' career, their '96-'97 Reunion Tour. It's a very poor show to watch. You get no sense of the scope of the stage, you see very little pyro going off, and it's a step above bootleg quality at best because of it. I would've rather seen an actual professionally-shot and edited show from later in the tour, there was no reason to have the opening show just for the sake of having the opening show, if this is as good as they could get it.
Having said that, the rest of the set is stellar, particularly the full, uncut version of "Unplugged". Wait'll you see them do the country version of "God of Thunder", it's hilarious."