Thursday, June 25, 2009

Today in KISStory - 1996


Today in KISStory - 1996
The album 'You Wanted The Best' is released.

You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! is a Live hits album released by the American hard rock band Kiss. The album was issued to coincide with the group's 1996–97 Alive/Worldwide Tour. All of the songs on the album are live versions. Most were taken from Alive! or Alive II but, of most interest to the fans, were four live songs recorded but not used for those albums. The mix/ production of these tracks are presumed to be out-takes, in some cases with overdubs of new lead vocal tracks recorded by Simmons and Stanley. The sound and performances of these tracks differ greatly from the Alive! era songs, and it is debatable whether they are left over at all, or simply re-recorded by some version of Kiss at the time of the reunion.

Additionally, the Japanese CD/ US vinyl release had another live track ("New York Groove"). This, however, featured Eric Carr and not Peter Criss on drums.

The final track is a group interview conducted by Jay Leno.

The album was certified gold on May 21, 1997, having sold 500,000 copies.

-Track listing-

US version

1. "Room Service" (Paul Stanley) – 3:38 Previously unreleased, recorded in Davenport in 1975.
2. "Two Timer" (Gene Simmons) – 3:15 Previously unreleased, recorded in Davenport in 1975.
3. "Let Me Know" (Stanley) – 3:38 Previously unreleased, recorded in Detroit in 1975.
4. "Rock Bottom" (Ace Frehley, Stanley) – 3:33
5. "Parasite" (Frehley) – 3:37
6. "Firehouse" (Stanley) – 4:00
7. "I Stole Your Love" (Stanley) – 3:32
8. "Calling Dr. Love" (Simmons) – 3:35
9. "Take Me" (Delaney, Stanley) – 3:06 Previously unreleased, recorded in Los Angeles in 1977.
10. "Shout It Out Loud" (Bob Ezrin, Simmons, Stanley) – 3:14
11. "Beth" (Peter Criss, Ezrin, Stan Penridge) – 2:33
12. "Rock and Roll All Nite" (Simmons, Stanley) – 4:01
13. "Kiss Tells All" (Kiss, Jay Leno) – 17:34

US vinyl and Japanese version

1. "Room Service" (Stanley) – 3:38 Previously unreleased, recorded in Davenport in 1975.
2. "Two Timer" (Simmons) – 3:15 Previously unreleased, recorded in Davenport in 1975.
3. "Let Me Know" (Stanley) – 3:38 Previously unreleased, recorded in Detroit in 1975.
4. "Rock Bottom" (Frehley, Stanley) – 3:33
5. "Parasite" (Frehley) – 3:37
6. "Firehouse" (Stanley) – 4:00
7. "I Stole Your Love" (Stanley) – 3:32
8. "Calling Dr. Love" (Simmons) – 3:35
9. "Take Me" (Delaney, Stanley) – 3:06 Previously unreleased, recorded in Los Angeles in 1977.
10. "Shout It Out Loud" (Ezrin, Simmons, Stanley) – 3:14
11. "Beth" (Criss, Ezrin, Stan Penridge) – 2:33
12. "Rock and Roll All Nite" (Simmons, Stanley) – 4:01
13. "New York Groove" (Russ Ballard) – 4:10 Previously unreleased, recorded in Australia 1980.
14. "Kiss Tells All" (Kiss, Leno) – 17:34

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