This year must have been like heaven for all fans of Queensryche with 3 releases, the compilation "Sign of the times" feat.bonus tracks and unreleased songs, the Double Live CD/DVD "Mindcrime at the Moore" plus the cover album "Take cover". Normally I´m quite fed up with tribute and cover albums but Queensryche has managed to create an interesting album of odd songs of completely different music styles than we´re used to hear from a hardrock band. It´s not the first time they´re taking on a cover, they did an excellent version of Dalbello´s "Gonna get close to you" on Rage For Order. Ok, there are a few mediocre songs like the Crosby,Stills,Nash and Young original "Almost cut my hair", the operatic "Odissea" and the 10 minute long live version of U2´s "Bullet the blue sky".
But the R&B classic "For the love of money" (originally recorded by The O´Jays) is pretty cool and they have done a nice metal version of "Heaven on their minds" from Jesus Christ Superstar. Their take on Queen´s "Innuendo" sounds very close their own material and it´s ok but the great stuff on this album are: "Neon Knights" (Black Sabbath), "Red rain" (Peter Gabriel), "Synchronicity II" (The Police) and the brilliant "Welcome to the machine" (Pink Floyd). Don´t avoid this album, it´s better than you think.
Kiss traces their roots to Wicked Lester, a New York City-based rock and roll band led by co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Wicked Lester, with its eclectic mixture of musical styles, never achieved any success. They recorded one album, which was shelved by Epic Records, and played a handful of live shows. Simmons and Stanley, feeling that a new musical direction was needed, abandoned Wicked Lester in 1972 to later form Kiss.