Kiss My Ass: The Video [VHS]

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By the mid-'90s, fan-organized Kiss Conventions -- where Kiss freaks everywhere could buy and swap band-related rarities -- had been around for some time, and one of the most in-demand items were video compilations of old concerts and TV appearances. To beat the bootleggers, Kiss issued 1992's X-Treme Close-Up and especially 1994's Kiss My Ass: The Video, which contained clips of these much sought-after videos. The compilation focused on Kiss' obscure material more than previous video collections had, and were obviously aimed at the serious fan. The quality of the clips varies throughout -- some are crystal clear, while others are grainy and filmy. Highlights include such obscurities as "Radioactive" and "Move On" from 1979, "Take Me" from a rehearsal in 1976, and "I" from Studio 54 in 1981 (the latter was transmitted live via satellite to Europe, but Kiss performed as a trio since Ace Frehley didn't bother to show up). More renowned numbers as "Black Diamond," "Do You Love Me" and "I Love It Loud" are sprinkled throughout, plus TV ads (for the 1978 solo albums, and others), and behind-the-scenes segments with Anthrax and the Gin Blossoms, as they cover Kiss for the tribute album Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved. Kiss My Ass: The Video is another highly recommended home video for metalheads everywhere.

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