Various – “Pure Fire – The Ultimate Kiss Tribute” CD / DVD (Cleopatra Records)
Originally released as “Spin The Bottle” in 2004, this cult compilation of Kiss classics recorded by rock and metal legends has finally be re-issued with even more glory!!!! Featuring Lemmy, Dee Snider, CC DeVille, Doug Aldrich, Carmine Appice, Phil Lewis – to name but a few – this 11 track fireball is aptly named, with different but always super charged line ups taking on some of Kiss’s monster hits. From ‘Detroit Rock City’ with Dee Snider, Doug Alrich, Marco Mendoza and John Tempesta to ‘Love Gun’ featuring Tommy Shaw, Steve Lukather, Tim Bogert and Jay Schellen to ‘Calling Dr. Love’ mauled by Page Hamilton, Mike Porcaro and Greg Bissonette, it doesn’t come any finer than this – and that’s not forgetting ‘God Of Thunder’, ‘Strutter’, and 6 other Kiss unforgettables. With their all star line ups, each song is energised and pumped by its new talent although keeping in line with the original spirit of the song so “Pure Fire – The Ultimate Kiss Tribute” actually lives up to its name. Best of all, the bonus ‘making of’ DVD filmed 14 years ago containing 23 interviews of the A list performers has now been included and man, it’s a scream to say the least! Hear Whitesnake / Dio guitarist Doug Aldrich talk about pissing his pants from being so overwhelmed after meeting Gene Simmons to Carmine Appice (Cactus / Vanilla Fudge / King Kobra etc etc) setting fire to his cymbals after seeing a Kiss show, only to set the stage alight to Kip Winger, being a hairy dude and having seen Paul Stanley’s chest hair feeling ‘ok to be a bear’!! Even more hilarious were those who I thought were the quiet ones from Steve Luthaker (Toto) commenting ‘I was into Peter Gabriel at the time….but these guys came on blowin’ shit up!’ to Chris Jericho who as a youth chased Paul Stanley around Winnipeg in what must be the ultimate homage. However, full credit should be given to Mark Slaughter (Vinnie Vincent Invasion) who during Kiss’s early Vegas gigs at the Aladdin used to sing in the background to the band’s amazement and has finally made it onto this compilation to sing ‘Cold Gin’ – yeah! Truly the ultimate Kiss tribute and now even more so with the original film added in.