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Kissin' Stockholm 1997

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From various bugging devices to small, hand-held mini-recorders, the digital technology of the 1990s made it a lot easier to bootleg a live performance. Of course, the best-sounding 1990s bootlegs were soundboard recordings, but if a bootlegger couldn't tape from a venue's soundboard, he or she could easily sneak some type of small digital recording device into a venue and get a recording that had decent, if imperfect, sound quality. Such a device was undoubtedly used to record Kissin' Stockholm 1997, a two-CD bootleg that was recorded live at the Stockholm Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden on July 15, 1997. The sound quality is generally decent but not great -- this obviously isn't a soundboard recording, and it won't appeal to audiophiles (although some of the Kiss bootlegs that surfaced in the late 1990s did, in fact, boast perfect digital sound that would easily win over an audiophile). Nonetheless, this bootleg captures the excitement of the show and is an entertaining document of the 1996-1997 reunion tour of Kiss' original Paul Stanley/Gene Simmons/Ace Frehley/Peter Criss lineup. Kissin' Stockholm 1997 was recorded on the second of two sold-out nights at the Stockholm Stadium, and for Swedish metal/hard rock fans, hearing Kiss' original members performing a lot of old favorites from the 1970s was a major event. That said, Kissin' Stockholm 1997 isn't the ideal document of that reunion tour -- although enjoyable, this double-CD is strictly for collectors and hardcore Kiss addicts.