Jigoku-Retsuden is a new studio album of 15 re-recorded Kiss Classics with their current 2008 lineup only released in Japan. This new recording is a rare studio album by Kiss. The lineup on this record is Paul Stanley — lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Gene Simmons — lead vocals and bass guitar, Tommy Thayer — lead guitar and backing vocals and Eric Singer — drums and lead vocals on "Black Diamond."
I’m not the biggest fan of older bands re-recording their songs but in the case of Journeys re-recorded Greatest Hits with their new singer, that all changed my perspective. This album is a great thing (If you live in Japan) or if you can get your hands on the mp3’s (pay for them I mean!). The songs actually sound like they were recorded in the 70’s with modern technology. The album is not overproduced, which I thought it was going to be like their latest original record Psycho Circus. The vocals are top notch but you can hear the age in the difference of the band. The drumming especially is an upgrade from the original recordings and the guitar tones and work are ace. All the hits on this album fit together well and all have the same production.
Not sure the reasoning behind the album of re-recorded classics, maybe a Gene Simmons money makers scheme? But, If you can get your hands on this album, it´s sure rare collectors piece for all those die-hard Kiss fans that have to get their hands on every piece released. It’s a fresh approach to the older songs since we wont get a new original album from the band. Check it out as it a pretty great idea.