Also, I think the fact the ownership of Kiss' original recordings has changed corporate hands so many times over the years also might have had an impact on their relatively modest sales total.
I actually agree that "Destroyer" and "Alive" are great listens. (I was actually dumbfounded when I found that some Kiss fans consider "Destroyer" a bit of a step down preferring the less polished sound of earlier albums.)
I think Kiss' place in rock music history hasn't quite been found yet. I think they did make some worthwhile music even beyond the previously mentioned albums- the fine disco pastiche' "I Was Made For Lovin' You", many of their early single and album tracks like "Deuce", "Cold Gin", "Sure Know Something", "Rocket Ride", "Strutter" even some later or mid-period tracks like the nod to rap or street music on "All Hell's Breaking Loose" and, although many fans and critics despise it, I find "The Elder" at least interesting listening. Even your average non-fan recognizes "Rock and Roll All Night" as one of the great pop singles of the era. As I stated before, they also had some level of influence particularly on the live shows. The dismissal of their music because of the makeup is somewhat hypocritical and lacks historical knowledge. In the 1970s, many acts wore outrageous stage garb including critical darlings like David Bowie and P-Funk and not so critical darlings like John who are still at least respected performers. Their music is not dismissed because of it though. (Elvis image in the 1970s suffers from the same kind of short-thinking.)
However, I personally would never rank them with the super greats like Elvis to Creedence to Chuck Berry to Prince. (Please no this is not rock and roll arguments. It's beside my point.) As fans of movies, books, music etc. we talk so much in superlatives these days that the concepts of good and very good have lost their luster. Everything's either great or garbage. To me, a guy like John Mellencamp or Ricky Nelson, can come along and do something individual have an influence and make some good to great records and it doesn't deserve to be swept away because it is not achievement on the Presley level. Maybe things aren't radically different because these people did what they did but they are a little better at least for the people who have drawn some meaning and enjoyment from their work.
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