Songwriting is not something people frequently mention when talking about KISS. Image first, then the tongue and, maybe, if you're lucky, they'll mention a tune or two. But, really, KISS is a pretty solid rock and roll band and a show like 'Unplugged' does them a great service by letting them show that they CAN in fact strip down to just four musicians and their songs still hold up.
This is a great concert. From the opener 'Coming Home' to the eventual reunion of the original four, KISS rolls through their musical library, playing a lot of better but less known tracks. 'Sure Know Something' is a great song, one of the band's best and it works just as well here as it ever did (although watching the video it's easy to note Paul was reading the circular lyrics off a sheet.) KISS smartly avoided songs like 'Lick It Up' that wouldn't work in this environment and instead emphasized a handful of solid, entertaining tunes that rely on melody instead of arena bombast.
And, oh yeah, this is still the show where Ace and Peter joined Gene and Paul onstage together for the first time in forever and set the stage for the reunion of a lifetime. That this CD was able to capture THAT moment almost makes it worth the price right there.
A live record that truly shows off what the band is capable of as a band as much as a larger than life experience, 'Unplugged' is as important an album as 'Alive.'