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KISS’ Iconic Four Solo Albums Get A Limited-Edition 4LP Vinyl Box Set

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The Press Release:
Los Angeles – September 18, 2018– Forty years ago today, each one the four founding members of KISS — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss — released their respective solo albums all on the same day to much fanfare, chart success, and platinum sales. And now, four decades later, all four of these pioneering albums are celebrated in KISS: The Solo Albums – 40th Anniversary Collection, a limited-edition 180-gram 4LP box set by Casablanca/UMe that’s earmarked for release on October 19.

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Preorders commence today, September 18, for the limited run of 2,500 vinyl box sets, available exclusively through KISS’s artist webstore (https://www.shopkissonline.com) and The Sound of Vinyl (https://SOV.lnk.to/KISSSoloAlbumsText). Each heavyweight 180-gram LP features a unique color to match its associated cover art; Gene Simmons appears in red vinyl, Paul Stanley sports purple vinyl, Ace Frehley contains blue vinyl, and Peter Criss is in green vinyl. All four albums are housed together in a deluxe black-matte slipcase that features glossy black images of the four artists’ faces surrounding a silver-foil print of the infamous KISS logo.
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“Rock My World” by Bret Michaels

Artist: Bret Michaels
Title: “Rock My World”
Label: VH1 Classic
Release Date: 6/3/2008
Genre: Rock & Roll
Rating: 3.5/5

If you were one of the millions of VH1 viewers who found themselves hopelessly addicted to the shenanigans on “Rock Of Love” season one and two then have I got an album for you. If for some reason you don’t know about the program let me first congratulate you on waking from the two year long media coma that you must have been in for there didn’t seem to be a way to avoid the show unless that was the case, or that you had been on a jungle expedition for the same length of time. Either way, the program was another one of those “reality” shows but this one in particular followed the adventures of Poison’s singer Bret Michaels as he sought to find true love. “Rock My World” can easily be viewed as the soundtrack for the show and a number of the tunes will strike a familiar chord in the listeners who watched it and perhaps will even call to mind a particular scene from the show as Bret interacted with one striking woman after another in hopes of finding his significant other. As far as reality programming went it was a success at being as addictive as chocolate.
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“The Great Divide” by Scott Stapp

Artist: Scott Stapp
Title: “The Great Divide”
Label: Wind-Up Records
Release Date: 11/22/2005
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 7/10

Over one full year has passed since Stapp’s former band mates released their debut as “Alter Bridge” and now the wait is over as Scott now presents to his fan base “The Great Divide”. Right off the bat this album was a lot more Creed-like than Alter Bridge was and this is probably due to the unique vocal register of the bands former front man. He also manages to capture a lot of the guitar sound that Tremonti was known for on this album and my guess was this was done on purpose. This gives the long waiting Creed fans a close as possible solo album to the band they are all missing. Tremonti took a different approach with Alter Bridge by aiming for new musical directions and fans a little more and hoping Creed followers would take it as it was. Stapp has essentially delivered the final Creed album but in the solo sense. When a lead singer has such a signature voice and writing style it’s very difficult to lose this comparison on new material and we have seen this before in the work of Jon Oliva (Savatage) and Vince Neil (Motley Crue). It takes some time of solo performance to change it naturally as drastic changes are often not accepted. Of the songs on the new solo album we find some solid numbers especially in “The Great Divide”, “Justify” and “Let Me Go” with all of them sounding the most like the former hit maker. The title track is probably the best song on the album and was made the single as well when it was released. Stapp does know the formulas that work by this point and is clearly using as many of them as possible. I felt he went over the acceptable limits in “Sublime” since most of the song uses the same riff as “My Sacrifice”. Come on Scott, did you think that would slip by?
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