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Kiss -Nashville 1984 dlp [green/clear/yellow splatter]


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Double album on green/clear/yellow/black marbled vinyl. Limited 125 copies

This concert from Municipal Auditorium in Nashville on the 11th of January 1984 was recorded by the King Biscuit Flower Hour. Kiss was a rejuvenated band for the Lick It Up tour, they had taken off the make up and generated interest in the band by doing so on MTV. This did not necessarily equate to packed houses and the tour was the least attended headlining tour the band would do. There was still turmoil in the lead guitar position, while Vinnie Vincent was a phenomenal guitarist and song writer his personality did not gel with Paul and Gene and was fired mid tour, eventually rehired when the band could not find a replacement quick enough but the tour would be his last with the band (although he would write music with the band for the Revenge album). The opening salvo of Creatures into Detroit Rock City is aggressive as hell, one only has to listen to Vinnie rip into the formers solo to know that while the band did not gel personally, onstage they were a force to be recorded with, tight and professional. The set list is a nice mix of old and new with Vinnie putting his stamp on the older material and for me he is probably my favourite guitarist other than Ace. He didn’t stick to the mould but went outside and breathes new life into warhorses like Cold Gin and Firehouse. He really shows his chops during his solo, he plays not just a flurry of notes but manages to find a way to make it interesting using techniques that were popular during the 80’s and makes it sound effortless and it all evolves into a heavy metal meets Hendrix style ending. Eric Carr’s drum roll style introduction and fills during War Machine are spot on as Gene gets a little spotlight time during the song and his solo that follows that is a prelude for a great I Love It Loud, better than the studio version. I Still Love You, the Paul ballad is high drama at its very best and this version in excellent sound quality is very heavy sounding with Vinnie playing some nice metal blues licks. I love a good Eric Carr solo, it is his playing that gave the band a new backbone so to speak and helped carry them through out the 80’s and the audience agrees, they are cheering him on for the solos six minute duration. The new songs off Lick It Up work well live, Young and Wasted is fast and aggressive and the All Hells Breakin’ Loose with its big and bold chorus is hard rock perfection, oh yes a killer Love Gun is sandwiched in between. The main set is finished with black Diamond, again Vinnie unloads for the solo and leaves the audience in a rabid state, the shout and scream amid a barrage of fire crackers, Paul comes out and read some hilarious letter from three fans and gets the audience to scream the name of the new record before going into the title track. Lick It Up live is a little faster tempo and the sound on this release make it leap our of your stereo system and stomps the crowd to smithereens and the band finish the show with the obligatory Rock And Roll All Nite, Paul and Gene do a hilarious skit before the song that features Gene singing a bit of Beth. With this very important line up of Stanley, Simmons, Carr, and Vincent so short lived in Kisstory, this upgrade in sound make this the definitive version of the Nashville 84 soundboard and the preferred Lick It Up Tour statement.

Track list:
1. Intro
2. Creatures Of The Night
3. Detroit Rock City
4. Cold Gin
5. Fits Like A Glove
6. Firehouse
7. Guitar Solo – Paul Stanley
8. Gimme More With Guitar Solo Vinnie Vincent
9. War Machine
10. Bass Solo -Gene Simmons
11. I Love It Loud
12. I Still Love You
13. Drum Solo -Eric Carr
14. Young And Wasted
15. Love Gun
17. All Hells Breakin Loose
18. Black Diamond
19. Lick It Up
20. Rock And Roll All Nite

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Iron Eagle Records

Catalogue Number

IE 077/078

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