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Kick (Expanded & Remastered) Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 22 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000066RO8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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1. Guns In The Sky
2. New Sensation
3. Devil Inside
4. Need You Tonight
5. Mediate
6. The Loved One
7. Wild Life
8. Never Tear Us Apart
9. Mystify
10. Kick
11. Calling All Nations
12. Tiny Daggers
13. Move On (Guitar Version)
14. Jesus Was A Man
15. Mystify (Chicago Demo)
16. The Trap (Demo)

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KICK: the original 12-song album with 4 bonus tracks: the non-LP single "Move On" plus the previously unreleased tracks "Jesus Was A Man"; "Mystify" (Chicago Demo); and "The Trap" (Demo).


Throughout the early 1980s, INXS kept threatening to go big league, and with 1987's Kick they broke wide open, sENDing a sharp quartet of singles--"New Sensation," "Devil Inside," "Need You Tonight," and the shimmering ballad "Never Tear Us Apart"--right to the charts. The rest of Kick, especially the strutting "Guns in the Sky" and the groovy "Wild Life," is of similar quality; all of it is marked by the band's Stones-y guitars and angular, funk-tinged rhythms. Vocalist Michael Hutchence's MTV good looks and Aretha-meets-Aerosmith swagger completed the musical equation for both the girls and the boys. One of the decade's great live bands, too. --Michael Ruby --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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Format: Audio CD
Nineteen Eighty-Eight was a huge year for Aussie rock. There was this album by INXS, Midnight Oil's Diesel and Dust, and The Church's Starfish. But seeing as I was already familiar with INXS and not the other two bands, this was the recording that was first on my "must buy" list, and it came out right at the beginning of '88.
"Guns in the Sky" is a powerful kick-start to the album, INXS' foray into socially conscious music. But thankfully they left most of that to bands like Midnight Oil. INXS was a party band first and foremost. Side one is top heavy with their hit singles, "New Sensation," "Devil Inside" and "Need You Tonight." The latter song is obviously the song the band is best remembered for, but the former two tracks are great guitar rock songs. "Devil Inside" especially has a great hook and also has some social insight. These six guys were great songwriters and musicians, and Michael Hutchence had a perfect pop voice.
"Mediate" is a captivating play on rhyme. Somehow the words all fit, managing to be a commentary on politics, society and your personal worldview. To me it matches R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It" and Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire." The next single from Kick was on side two, "Never Tear Us Apart," a smart ballad. INXS even tried their hand at early rap-rock on "Calling All Nations." All in all a superb album.
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I have been a huge fan of INXS--and "Kick", in particular--for a long time now. Often, I have felt the need to defend my passion for this album to music purists who are turned-off by the band's huge commercial success.
A decade-and-a-half after it's original release, I believe "Kick" has stood the test of time. The song-writing and performances are entirely spot-on throughout. While I concede that the production sounds somewhat dated, it should be remembered that any album is a product of it's time. With its sly references to excess ("Devil Inside"), global tension ("Guns in the Sky") and apartheid ("Mediate"), "Kick" manages to sum up much of western civilization as it exited the 80's.
Since I already owned this album on CD, I was curious as to how the sonic experts of Rhino could improve upon a recording that was recorded in the digital age. Turns out "Kick" is even more powerful in this new transfer. The mix is more spacious; it sounds like the instruments are actually spaced further apart. If you only want to hear "Kick" sound better than ever before, you should definitely buy this reissue.
But if you were looking for the album's B-sides, you won't find them here. The only bonus tracks are a handful of demos whose inclusion here is baffling. Perhaps the producer wanted these awful tracks included as evidence of miracles he performed behind-the-scenes.
Surely there had to be better demos for this album that what is included here. "Jesus Was a Man" is most motley of the bunch. On it, Hutchence howls in obvious drunken stupor. Given the descent into chemical abuse that led to his untimely death, the inclusion of this track is inappropriate and an insult to his memory.
In conclusion, the new mix sounds fantastic, but the bonus demos are bad enough to make me question their inclusion here.
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Format: Audio CD
Inxs had experienced some success in the US starting with Shabooh Shabaah in 1983 and Listen Like Thieves in 1985 (Which produced the top ten hit "What You Need"), but 1987's Kick made them into superstars. The band had the great ability to make rock music that a dance sensibility. Kick's twelve songs crystallized this style. The album's first single "Need You Tonight" was built around a simple riff that shuffled along, but was filled with a powerful vocal. The song became the band's only number one single. "Need You Tonight" merges directly into "Mediate" which is a stream of conscious song in the vein of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (which the video for the song imitated). Even better is the throbbing "Devil Inside" which pounds along an aching pace before exploding in a fury at the end. "Guns In The Sky" is a strong rocker that opens the album and slides into the hyper kinetic "New Sensation". "Never Tear Us Apart" is a brooding song that conveys a sense of obsession. The album peaked at number three, but produced four top ten hits ("Need You Tonight", "Devil Inside", "New Sensation" which topped out at numbers one, two and three respectively and "Never Tear Us Apart" which hit number seven) and the band received massive airplay on MTV.
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Songs from this album ruled the airwaves in 1987-1988 - anyone who turned on the Top 40 radio or MTV will likely sing along to as they tap their toes. The four top ten singles include the danceable beats of "New Sensation" and "Devil Inside", the beautiful ballad "Never Tear Us Apart", and Michael Hutchence's sultry vocals on the number one single "Need You Tonight/Mediate". While those were the major hits, those singles don't stand out from the rest of the album, as each song on the disc is consistently good and "kicks" in its own way.
From the opening grunts of "Guns in the Sky" (a song protesting Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative - aka "Star Wars"), to the closing notes of "Tiny Daggers", the listener is treated to some of the best pop music the Eighties ever produced. On this album, the band blends a number of styles and influences, everything from 60's R&B to 80's new wave synth pop, resulting in each track showing off a serious catchy hook.
However, if you are considering purchasing this disc, I recommend waiting until the re-released disc, which is expected to come out on Rhino/Atlantic later in the late summer / early fall of 2002. The album should have at least one previously unreleased bonus track, so it may likely be worth the wait. (Although the release has been delayed once, so keep your fingers crossed.)
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