An excellent hard bop pianist, Harold Mabern has remained a highly regarded performer since emerging from the Memphis, Tennessee jazz and R&B scene of the 1950s. Much like fellow Memphis area pianist Phineas Newborn, Jr., Mabern developed a commanding style that combined harmonic and modal sophistication with an impressive technical virtuosity. He is described in The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings as "one of the great post-bop pianists".
Hot in the Shade is the 15th studio album by Kiss, released in 1989. It is the first Kiss full studio album since 1981's Music from "The Elder" to feature lead vocals from someone other than Paul Stanley or Gene Simmons, with drummer Eric Carr singing lead on "Little Caesar". It is also the final Kiss album to feature Carr in its entirety before his death in November 1991. The album is one of the band's longest, with a running time of nearly an hour (58:39). Of the 15 tracks on the album, only five were performed live. "Forever", co-written by Michael Bolton, was a pop hit and became a semi-regular part of the live setlist. Hot in the Shade was certified Gold on December 20, 1989. Its most successful single, "Forever" reached #8 on the Billboard charts, the band's highest charting single in the US since "Beth", 13 years earlier.
Lick It Up is the 11th studio album by American band Kiss. On the day of its 1983 release, the band members appeared on MTV without their trademark make-up. It was the first public appearance without make-up by Kiss since their very early days. Lick It Up built upon the harder sound Kiss had displayed on 1982's Creatures of the Night. But while Creatures of the Night was a commercial disappointment for Kiss, Lick It Up sold much better. It was certified gold on December 22, 1983, the first Kiss album to achieve certification since 1980's Unmasked. This is partially attributable to the increased publicity the band received after their unmasking…
Gold is a 2004 greatest hits collection from hard rock band Kiss. This two-disc set covers the band's recordings from 1974 to 1982. Features extensive liner notes, credits, period photos, and more.