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Kiss: Kissology Volume II 1978-1991
Kiss Kissology Volume II 1978-1991
Actor: Kiss
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2007     6hr 47min

KISS have always had an approach to their fans that on the one hand could be seen as ridiculously crass and on the other as truly generous. And this release, with its three expertly mastered and crammed DVDs--issued with t...  more »


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Actor: Kiss
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, KISS
Studio: VH1 Classics
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/14/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 6hr 47min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
Edition: Box set,Special Edition
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Another great Volume of Kisstory
Jason L. Baucom | Sunrise, Florida United States | 07/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The best part of this Volume II set is actually having all this stuff in one DVD package. Unfortunately I've seen everything here. I was hoping for a rare "Creatures Of The Night" concert. Rio is good but it lacks any rare songs and the show is so big the audio to me isn't as good as an Arena show would be, but I'll take it. The USA show "Night Flight" had a great special that I would like to have seen. Overall It's a DVD that no fan could pass up on. My only thing is most KISS fans have seen Largo '79 and I would liked to have seen something from the vaults that nobody has seen from the Dynasty tour. Just my opinion.

The Largo Bonus disc lacks "King Of The Nightime World" and the great Ace track "2,000 Man". I don't understand why that was left out.

Here is the latest listing I've found and hopefully is set:

Disc 1

* Land Of Hype And Glory with Edwin Newman - January 10, 1978
* The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder - October 31, 1979
* Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park European Theatrical Cut - 1979

Disc 2

* Shandi (music video) - 1980
* CNN Interview with Peter Criss - September 24, 1980
* Countdown - September 21, 1980
* Rockpop - September 13, 1980

1. "She's So European"
2. "Talk To Me"

* KISS Invades Australia - Sydney Showground: Sydney, Australia - November 22, 1980

1. "Detroit Rock City"
2. "Cold Gin"
3. "Strutter"
4. "Shandi"
5. "Calling Dr. Love"
6. "Firehouse"
7. "Talk To Me"
8. "Is That You"
9. "2000 Man"
10. "I Was Made For Lovin' You"
11. "New York Groove"
12. "Love Gun"
13. "God Of Thunder"
14. "Rock And Roll All Nite"
15. "Shout It Out Loud"
16. "King Of The Night Time World"
17. "Black Diamond"

* Fridays - January 15, 1982

1. "The Oath "
2. "A World Without Heroes"
3. "I"

* Top Pop - November 1982

1. "I Love It Loud"

Disc 3

* Maracana Stadium: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil July 18, 1983

1. "Creatures Of The Night"
2. "Cold Gin"
3. "Calling Dr. Love"
4. "Firehouse"
5. "I Love It Loud"
6. "War Machine"
7. "Black Diamond"
8. "Rock And Roll All Nite"

* MTV Special: KISS Unmasking -September 18, 1983
* Cascais Hall: Lisbon, Portugal - October 11, 1983

1. "Creatures Of The Night"
2. "Detroit Rock City"

* The Spectrum: Philadelphia, PA - December 18, 1987

1. "Love Gun"
2. "Bang Bang You"
3. "No, No, No"
4. "Crazy Crazy Nights"
5. "Reason To Live"

* The Palace At Auburn Hills: Detroit, MI - October 14, 1990

1. "I Stole Your Love"
2. "Deuce"
3. "Heaven's On Fire"
4. "Crazy Crazy Nights"
5. "Black Diamond"
6. "Shout It Out Loud"
7. "Strutter"
8. "Calling Dr. Love"
9. "I Was Made For Lovin' You"
10. "Fits Like A Glove"
11. "Hide Your Heart"
12. "Lick It Up"
13. "God Of Thunder"
14. "Forever"
15. "Cold Gin"
16. "Tears Are Falling"
17. "I Love It Loud"
18. "Love Gun"
19. "Detroit Rock City"
20. "I Want You"
21. "Rock And Roll All Nite"

* Music Video - 1991

1. "God Gave Rock `N' Roll To You II"

* Day In Rock - November 25, 1991: MTV News excerpt

Bonus Disc 1

Nippon Budokan- Tokyo, Japan April 21 1988

1. Love Gun
2. Cold Gin
3. Crazy Crazy Nights
4. Heaven's On Fire
5. War Machine
6. I Love It Loud
7. Lick It Up
8. I Was Made For Lovin' You
9. Detroit Rock City

Bonus Disc 2

Capital Center Largo, MD- July 8 1979

1. Radioactive
2. Move On
3. Calling Dr. Love
4. Firehouse
5. New York Groove
6. I Was Made For Lovin' You
7. Love Gun
8. Tossin' And Turnin'
9. God Of Thunder
10. Shout It Out Loud
11. Black Diamond
12. Detroit Rock City
13. Rock And Roll All Nite

Bonus Disc 3

The Ritz New York, NY- August 13 1988

1. Deuce
2. Love Gun
3. Fits Like A Glove
4. Heavens on Fire
5. Cold Gin
6. Black Diamond
7. Firehouse
8. Crazy, Crazy Nights
9. Calling Dr. Love
10. War Machine
11. Tears Are Falling
Solid Follow Up To Vol. 1
Erik Rupp | Southern California | 07/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"KISSology Vol. 1 was one of the greatest music DVD's ever released. A tremendous collection of great, vintage KISS concerts and TV apperances, KISSology really raised the bar when it comes to career retrospectives on DVD.

Now, KISS is releasing (or has released, depending on when you read this), the 2nd volume in the KISSology series, covering 1978-1991. It's got almost everything from that era that fans have wanted on DVD (almost, there are some exceptions) - The Land of Hype and Glory, The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder (Ace is a RIOT), Australia 1980, FRIDAYS (!!!), Brazil 1983, a couple songs from the first post-makeup concert, and a complete concert from one of their greatest tours ever - the Hot In The Shade tour! Leon Sphinx was pretty darned cool as the centerpiece, and the band was ON!

There are some other goodies, but the one I intentionally left out until now is KISS in ATTACK OF THE PHANTOMS - the European theatrical version of KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. Supposedly there are scenes cut from the US version, and the score is different in parts as well. This will be a lot of fun to watch - as long as you "get it." It's a 70's campy TV movie, and for that time and genre it is a lot of fun.

The DVD ends with the passing of the great Eric Carr (I had the opportunity to meet him in 1990 - he truly was a great guy, and he is very much missed), leaving the Revenge era for Vol. 3.

Could there be more on there from the 80's? Animalize Live Uncensored is a glaring omission, as is anything from the entertaining Asylum tour, but this is still one heck of a tracklisting and another great release!

UPDATE: After watching the entire set a few things stand out. 1.) The Australia show from 1980 was fantastic. The band was MUCH tighter than the previous year on the Dynasty tour (I got each set, and after watching the Largo disc it was like night and day). 2.) The Brazil 1983 show was heavily edited by the TV network that aired it, and as such a few songs have been shortened in this presentation. 3.) They should have included more songs from the Philadelphia 1987 show. The band was ON, and it would have been nice to have more of this show. 4.) The 1990 Hot in the Shade show is edited. "Rise To It," is missing - they show the bluesy intro, but skip the song. WTF? Eric Carr's drum solo is also edited, but this is understandable - he sampled the intro to the Who's "Who Are You," and that becomes a rights issue. That part of the solo is gone. Interestingly enough, it was edited out so well that you wouldn't notice it isn't there if you didn't know. 5.) The Land of Hype and Glory is edited far too short, and the Tom Snyder appearance is cut in half (Space Bear is MIA).

But, keep in mind - everything that IS here is VERY cool. The footage from Fridays is pristine! The commentary throughout is very good as well, and even Bruce gets in on the commentary action! (Way to go Bruce!) The Detroit 1990 show is a great performance from a GREAT tour with a GREAT stage set. A tour that Paul and Gene still rank as one of their best ever. This set is a very, very solid continuation of what they started with Vol. 1. Could it have been better? Yes. But it is still a great set if you go by what is included rather than what is left out.

Also - ATTACK OF THE PHANTOMS is practically a different movie from Phantom of the Park. Previously unused scenes, extended scenes, music from the solo albums as part of the score, and a rearranged order of what happens in the movie. Some of these things are HUGELY positive (added scenes and dialogue is a big improvement), but some are detrimental (taking events out of order hurts the movie as some things make even LESS sense here). ATTACK is also in anamorphic widescreen, cropped from the original 4:3 TV format (although the cropping is usually done very well).

There is also a very reverential tone towards the late Eric Carr. Eric was a really, really nice guy. (Everyone who met him says that - I met him as well, and he was just REALLY nice and had no inflated "Rock Star Ego." In the commentary Paul hints at regrets at how things unfolded as Eric was dying in 1991. And watch through the credits at the end. In one way it's hard to watch this bonus, but in another it is a nice tribute - and a slight glimpse of Eric's sense of humor and how much he cared about the fans.)

Bottom line? If you're a serious fan, you've got to have it in your collection. If you're just a casual fan you should still get it since the price is right for what you get and the set is a lot of fun to watch."
So, I watched it (for all you naysayers)
Terry L. Thome | Canonsburg, PA USA | 08/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Right off the bat, let me say that all of this stuff has been widely available on DVD and VHS for years as bootlegs. There is nothing new here and KISS' truest fans will have seen it all before. That's why the early pre release reviews are legitimate. Also, if you're not into KISS, you won't like this set and there's no need for you to comment. Please move along.

Now, I actually bought this at WalMart at Midnight for the LARGO 79 Bonus Disc. That disc is booty as heck and it looks just like every other available version I've seen. Still, I suppose it's nice to have it "Official".

As for the set proper, well, it's not as exciting as the volume one, mainly because it explores KISS' "Fat Elvis" and true fan years. It's the years where they became cartoon caractures of themselves and lost what it was that they wanted to achieve (mostly because they achieved it and didn't know where to go theatrically or musically).

Disc one opens with a short NBC News clip entitled "Land of Hype and Glory". It's interesting, but standard stuff. No great shakes. The Meat of Disc One is "KISS in Attack Of The Phantoms", the Euro cut of "KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park". It's presented in it's 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio and is enhanced with a stereo remix (the 5.1 mix is just a bloated version of the Stereo mix). It is a better movie in this form than the TV version, but it is in no means a good movie. Still, I wouldn't say it was quite the embarassment the ROCK hipsters out there would have you believe (Ringo Starr/Harry Nilsson's "Son Of Dracula" Anyone???) as it it very watchable in a Godzilla sort of way. The image is sharp and the color, spot on. It looks better than it probably ever should have. The commentary track features some of the cast ofthe film, but surprisingly, nobody from KISS. Rounding out Disc One is the legendary Halloween 1979 Tom Snyder interview. It's legendary because Ace Frehley is loopy as all get out.He joyfully Disrupts the proceedings with his intrusive comments and loud, infective laughter. It's a wonderful TV moment and shows just what's missing from today's TV talk shows.

Disc Two shoul probably just be called the Australia/Europe Years, since that's what the bulk of the disc entails. First, there is a promo video for "Shandi", a huge hit in the land Down Under. Then, there is a CNN interview with Peter Criss without makeup and his back to the camera; as if here were in a witness protection program. This is followed by some TV promo appearances and a documentary of the Australian tour. KISS does conquer Australia with an incredibly tenatious live set. By this time, Eric Carr had replaced Peter Criss on Drums and it seems to be the shot in the arm KISS needed in it's live show. They are absolutely vicious here and this concert is a highlight of this DVD box. Rounding out Disc Two is a Friday's appearance promoting "Music From The Elder" and a Top Pop appearance for "I Love It Loud". At This point KISS was reaching it's creative nadir and this disc kinda leaves the virewer with a cliffhanger. "Will KISS pull itself out of it's creative slump? Tune In Next Week!!!"

Disc Three finds KISS with Vinnie Vincent replacing Ace Frehley in a concert at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The concert is lively and features Vinnie Vincents only real live video footage of him as the "Ankh". Shortly afterwards they would be Unmasked to the world on MTV, shown here on this disc. Freed of their makeup, KISS finds themselves transformed as a no frills, straight ahead rock band and their energy is amazing. Without the makeup, pyrotechnics and stage props, KISS makes themselves the show. The energetic performances from Portugal, The Spectrum in Philly and Detroit makes one forget they ever wore makeup. Their second wind kicks in and finds them completely triumphant with their "Hot In The Shade" tour in Detroit. Their second wind has kicked in as Bruce Kulic replaces Vinnie Vincent. The Third disc closes with a "Day In Rock" Clip and the Music Video for "God Gave Rock and Roll To You".

If there's any real disappointment with the set, it's that there're too many years to cover on 3 discs. There's a lot that I would've loved to see that did'nt surface legitimately... but at under $30 most places, there's really not too much to complain about.

The Sound quality is uniformly good (save for the Largo Bonus Disc, which is muddy as heck). The set has 3 audio tracks: 5.1, 2.0 and commentary. The video quality is a marked improvement from the first volume; which left a lot of fans grumbling that the bootlegs looked better.

Lastly, I'd like to point out the issue of language. Some off color between song patter has been mixed out during the Detroit "Hot In The Shade" footage and it makes the show much less satisfying. I mean, yeah, I know kids are probably watching, but you guys DID say it live and you know kids were there, too. I mean, first it's "Don't Drink And Drive" before "Cold Gin" and now it's self-censorship. What's next, KISS?

Oh yeah, regardless of what Amazon says, I, Terry Thome, Reserve all rights to this review. I wrote it. It's my property, not theirs."
Secure enough to admit I dig it!
C. Davis | Shreveport, Louisiana United States | 08/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It seems to be incredibly hip for Kiss fans to turn up their noses at the band's glamour period - those years of "Kiss Meets the Phantom" and color coordinated costumes. But, hey, I don't mind saying I dug it then and I dig it now. It's campy and fun and who the heck cares? That's all that matters. Finally, after years of people like me who really ENJOYED Kiss in all their incarnations, this is a set of DVDs worth having.

I was thrilled with Kissology Volume One and was really looking forward to Vol. Two. I wasn't disappointed. A lot of Kiss fans (who consider themselves somehow "purists") might point to Vol. One as the superior collection. I beg to disagree. For one thing, this volume has a wider variety of songs, whereas Vol. One was basically the same numbers, performed almost identically, over several tours. An excellent collection, no doubt, but this set shows the band flexing their creative muscles and even getting a bit carried away.

The centerpiece of disc one is "Kiss in Attack of the Phantoms," the theatrical release of NBC's 1979 "Kiss Meets the Phantom." A few scenes that had gone unused in the U.S. tele-movie are here and I have to admit, this film is a riot. It's not Coppolla, but it ain't supposed to be! Come on, folks! We're talking about Kiss fighting robot monkey men in an amusement park! It's just fun. The real treat of this version of the movie is that much of the original music used in the American version has been replaced with songs from the solo albums. The effect is very retro, but very nice.

The complete concert from Sydney is just priceless. Seeing Eric Carr in action again is a moving experience. And the band, replete in all their "Xanadu" costumes, manage to rock every bit as hard as when they wore the more credible (?) black leather in the Cobo Hall in 1975.

A huge treat is the complete performances from ABC's short-lived "Fridays" show, the only known live performances of The Elder material. This whole DVD set is worth it just for Ace's guitar on "The Oath." The guy could burn back then, even as he made his exit from the band. I don't care how many concert T-Shirt-wearing-potbellied purists disagree, this stuff was good.

I would have liked to have seen more of the concert in Rio De Janeiro, from the "Creatures of the Night" tour, particularly Gene's bass solo. But that's nitpicking. The footage from the first non-make-up show in Lisbon is grainy - with an almost bootleg quality to it - but that only adds to the charm. And the full set from the "Hot in the Shade" Tour proves, I think, that Kiss are a group of stellar musicians with some seriously great music.

As a side note, if you are one of the lucky few to receive a copy with the bonus "1979 Largo" disc, you'll be happy to notice that the grainy footage (some of which is evident in previous compilations) has been somewhat cleaned up.

If you're a Kiss fan, buy this!! Buy it now!!"