Remastered re-release of the eighth full-length studio album by legendary American Horror/Glam/Pop Rock band.
“Unmasked” features substantial songwriting contributions from Vini Poncia, who had previously been Ringo Starr's post-Beatles songwriting partner. The album marked the first time KISS had used the contributions of outside songwriters to such a large extent, as all tracks except two of the Frehley contributions, "Talk to Me" and "Two Sides of the Coin", were written or co-written by someone outside the band. Despite being credited, Peter Criss had no involvement with the recording of the album; Anton Fig played all the drums uncredited. The band filmed a promotional video for "Shandi" with Criss. It was the last time he appeared with KISS until he performed with them at a "Kiss Convention" on June 17, 1995. Criss was fired from the band in May 1980 due to his erratic behavior.
KISS is one of the best-selling bands of all the time, having sold more than 75 000 000 records worldwide, including 25 000 000 RIAA-certified albums.
KISS also holds the title as America's #1 Gold record award-winning band of all time, having earned 30 Gold albums. Band has 14 Platinum albums, with three albums being multi-Platinum.
On April 10, 2014, the four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
KISS was ranked by MTV as the ninth "Greatest Metal Band of All Time", and placed tenth on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list, as well as being ranked as the third "Best Metal and Hard Rock Live Band of All Time" by Loudwire.
"Unmasked" went on sale on May 20, 1980 through Casablanca Records and reached number 35 on the Billboard 200, the worst position for the band since "Hotter Than Hell" (1974). The album got a Gold certification from the RIAA two months after its launch, although it was the first KISS album not to obtain the certification of Platinum since "Destroyer" (1976). Meanwhile, in Europe and Oceania, KISS maintained its popularity; "Unmasked" topped the charts in Norway and New Zealand, and reached the top 5 in Australia, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. The band decided to take a break from the U.S., and Kiss played in Australia, England, New Zealand, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, and Italy.
"Unmasked" was re-released in 1997 in a remastered version.
KISS Catalog, Ltd./Mercury Records, a PolyGram Company, 1980/1997/2014 (378 646-6). Made in EU. Pressed in Germany.
1. Is That You? (Gerard McMahon cover) 3:58
2. Shandi 3:36
3. Talk To Me 4:02
4. Naked City 3:52
5. What Makes The World Go 'Round 4:15
6. Tomorrow 3:17
7. Two Sides Of The Coin 3:16
8. She's So European 3:32
9. Easy As It Seems 3:25
10. Torpedo Girl 3:45
11. You're All That I Want 3:05
Total playing time: 40:03 min.