Tuesday 9/29/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Kiss – Psycho Circus (1979)

Psycho Circus is the eighteenth studio album by American rock band Kiss and the first to involve all four original members since 1979’s Dynasty (though guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss only appear on a select few tracks). Some pressings featured a lenticular cover that alternates between a black Kiss logo and the album title with pictures of a clown and the band members, while the Japan initial first pressing featured a pop-up cover which had three foam spring-loaded panels of a clown face and two others with band members faces that popped out when the doors were opened. “You Wanted the Best” is the only Kiss song in which lead vocals are shared by the entire lineup.

1. “Psycho Circus” 5:30
2. “Within” 5:10
3. “I Pledge Allegiance to the State of Rock & Roll” 3:32
4. “Into the Void” 4:22
5. “We Are One” 4:41
6. “You Wanted the Best” 4:15
7. “Raise Your Glasses” 4:14
8. “I Finally Found My Way” 3:40
9. “Dreamin'” 4:12
10. “Journey of 1,000 Years” 4:47

1. “Psycho Circus” (Live) 5:34
2. “Let Me Go, Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Live) 5:33
3. “Into the Void” (Live) 9:10
4. “Within” (Live) 7:57
5. “100,000 Years” (Live) 5:17
6. “Black Diamond” (Live) 6:12

Paul Stanley – vocals, rhythm guitar, bass on tracks 3 & 8, guitar solo on track 3, acoustic guitar on tracks 5 & 8
Gene Simmons – vocals, bass (except on 1, 3, 8 & 9), rhythm guitar on track 5
Ace Frehley – lead guitar and vocals (on tracks 4, 6 and 11)
Peter Criss – drums (on track 4), vocals (on tracks 6 & 8)

Kevin Valentine – drums (except track 4)
Tommy Thayer – lead guitar (except tracks 2, 4, 6 & 11)
Bruce Kulick – backwards guitar intro & solo on track 2, bass and backing vocals on tracks 1 and 9, rhythm guitar on track 9
Shelly Berg – acoustic piano, orchestration and conductor on tracks 8 and 10
Bob Ezrin – Fender Rhodes on track 8