As rumored, the forthcoming album by Kiss—Sonic Boom, the made-up marauders’ first album in 11 years—will be a Wal-Mart exclusive. Boom, which comes out Oct. 6, will be part of a three-disc package that also includes a “completely re-recorded” greatest-hits CD and a DVD featuring live performances of six tracks. Will the Wal-Mart push be enough to get Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley their first No. 1 album? Given the anemic sales climate of recent months, the official Idolator Magic 8 Ball says… “Signs point to yes.”
The way that I found out this news was actually sort of ironic. I listen to news radio in the mornings (to help get the old blood pressure up fast), and the report on this release was soundtracked by the cover of Hello’s “New York Groove” that appeared on Ace Frehley’s 1978 solo album. Which was odd for two reasons: first, Frehley isn’t on the record (former Black N’ Blue axeman Tommy Thayer is handling lead-guitar duties); and second of all, the Bentonville retail giant has long been exiled from New York’s five boroughs. Although there is a store in Secaucus, just across the river. I guess deadline pressure resulted in there not being enough time to re-cut the track?
KISS [Official site]
New York Groove – Ace Frehley [YouTube]
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