Title - 'KISS Of Death'
Artist - Pretty Boy Floyd
Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd was an American bank robber. He operated in the Midwest and West South Central States, and his criminal exploits gained widespread press coverage in the 1930s.
Wait a minute, surely his estate have not gone and released a previously-unheard collection of him singing KISS covers? Nope, my bad, as the glam rock band named after him, Pretty Boy Floyd, have just released one heck of a tribute album! The glam metal band from Hollywood, California formed in 1987 and are most famous for their 1989 debut album, Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz, but here on KISS Of Death: A Tribute to Kiss they might just have come full circle.
This explosive tribute album kicks off with 'King Of The Night Time World,' which I know better as track #8 on the vinyl album Alive IV (Live), and back that up with the lesser known 'Room Service' (which appears on the 1975 album, Dressed To Kill), and then both 'I Stole Your Love' (Love Gun - 1977), and 'I Love It Loud,' from the 1982 album, Creatures of the Night.
Featuring 15 supercharged versions of KISS classics, the band have never sounded better. Devoted fans and casual heavy metal observers will definitely love this new album, and for all the right reasons. Next up is 'Goin' Blind,' which appeared on the band's second album, 1974's Hotter Than Hell, and that's followed by a Poisonesque 'Deuce,' 'Creatures Of The Night,' and then a completely-crushing-it version of 'Detroit Rock City.'
It seems 2015 is the year of Pretty Boy Floyd, because the band was announced as one of the headlining acts for Lollapalooza this year! It is said their inclusion was at the insistence of Paul McCartney, who has been a vocal fan of the band since it's earliest days, calling them 'Today's Beatles' on several occasions! Moving on and we get 'Firehouse,' released in 1974 on KISS's eponymous self-titled debut album, 'Love Gun,' 'Shout It Out Loud,' and then a quite brilliant version of 'Christine Sixteen' (once again, culled from their 1977 album, Love Gun).
The album rounds out with a pulsating 'Strutter,' before heading into both 'Let Me Go Rock N' Roll' (from their 1974 album, Hotter Than Hell), and then, bringing the curtain down on one hell of a musical experience, 'Black Diamond,' yet another track from the band's eponymous first album. A fantastic cover art layout, a stunning set of some not-the-norm KISS covers, Pretty Boy Floyd's KISS Of Death: A Tribute to Kiss is a must for all glam metal fans to put on and rock out to!