Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions

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Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
Studio album by Kiss
ReleasedOctober 28, 1997
RecordedNovember 1995 – February 1996
GenreHeavy metal, hard rock[1]
Length60:11
LabelMercury
ProducerToby Wright, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley
Kiss chronology
You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best
(1996)
Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
(1997)
Psycho Circus
(1998)
Singles from Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
  1. "Jungle"
    Released: 1997
 
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Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
Studio album by Kiss
ReleasedOctober 28, 1997
RecordedNovember 1995 – February 1996
GenreHeavy metal, hard rock[1]
Length60:11
LabelMercury
ProducerToby Wright, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley
Kiss chronology
You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best
(1996)
Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
(1997)
Psycho Circus
(1998)
Singles from Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
  1. "Jungle"
    Released: 1997

Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions is the 17th studio album from American hard rock band Kiss. Originally slated for a 1996 release, it was ultimately not released until 1997. It was the band's final album with lead guitarist Bruce Kulick.

Overview[edit]

Recorded in late 1995/early 1996, Kiss cancelled the album's original release as they instead committed to a reunion tour with the band's original lineup. Bootleg copies were circulated by fans, prompting the band to officially release the material in 1997.

Two former members of the band Black 'N Blue co-wrote songs on Carnival of Souls; vocalist Jaime St. James co-wrote "In My Head", and guitarist Tommy Thayer collaborated on "Childhood's End". Perhaps coincidentally, Thayer would join Kiss as the band's permanent lead guitarist in 2003. The album's closing track, "I Walk Alone", features lead vocals from the band's then-lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, his only lead vocal performance with the band.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
VistaRecords4.5/5 stars[2]

The only single released from the album was "Jungle", which was a minor success, reaching #8 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks Charts. No music video was made for the single, but it won a 1997 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for Song of the Year.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Hate"  Gene Simmons, Scott Van Zen, Bruce KulickSimmons4:36
2."Rain"  Paul Stanley, Kulick, Curtis CuomoStanley4:46
3."Master & Slave"  Stanley, Kulick, CuomoStanley4:57
4."Childhood's End"  Simmons, Tommy Thayer, KulickSimmons4:20
5."I Will Be There"  Stanley, Kulick, CuomoStanley3:49
6."Jungle"  Stanley, Kulick, CuomoStanley6:49
7."In My Head"  Simmons, Van Zen, Jaime St. JamesSimmons4:00
8."It Never Goes Away"  Stanley, Kulick, CuomoStanley5:42
9."Seduction of the Innocent"  Simmons, Van ZenSimmons5:16
10."I Confess"  Simmons, Ken TamplinSimmons5:23
11."In the Mirror"  Stanley, Kulick, CuomoStanley4:26
12."I Walk Alone"  Simmons, KulickKulick6:07

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

YearChartPosition
1997The Billboard 20027[5]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

YearChartSinglePosition
1997Mainstream Rock Tracks"Jungle"8[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions at AllMusic
  2. ^ "VISTA RECORDS - KISS - Carnival of Souls (1996/1997)". vistarecords.proboards.com. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Metal Edge, June 1998
  4. ^ Saulnier, Jason (14 March 2011). "Bruce Kulick Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Billboard chart history-Kiss albums". Retrieved February 12, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Billboard chart history-Kiss singles". Retrieved February 12, 2009.