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PSYCHO CIRCUS (1998)
Mercury/PolyGram 558-992-2/4 (USA, 9/22/1998)
Mercury/PolyGram 538 938-2 (Europe, 2/23/99 - 2CD Tour Edition)
01. Psycho Circus (5:37) - Stanley/Cuomo | LYRICS
(USA #1, 11/7/98 - Mainstream Rock Tracks; AUZ #22; HOL #98; NOR #8; SWE #4)
02. Within (5:10) - Simmons | LYRICS
03. I Pledge Allegience To The State Of Rock And Roll (3:32) - Stanley/Knight/Cuomo | LYRICS
04. Into The Void (4:22) - Frehley/Cochran | LYRICS
05. We Are One (4:41) - Simmons | LYRICS
(USA, did not chart; AUZ #40; NOR #18; SWE #31)
06. You Wanted The Best (4:15) - Simmons | LYRICS
(USA #22, 12/26/98 - Mainstream Rock Tracks)
07. Raise Your Glasses (4:14) - Stanley/Knight | LYRICS
08. I Finally Found My Way (3:40) - Stanley/Ezrin | LYRICS
(SWE, did not chart)
09. Dreamin' (4:12) - Stanley/Kulick | LYRICS
10. Journey Of 1,000 Years (4:47) - Simmons | LYRICS
11. In Your Face (3:40) - Simmons | LYRICS
01. Psycho Circus (5:08) - Stanley/Cuomo
02. Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll (5:30) - Stanley/Simmons
03. Into The Void (9:06) - Frehley/Cochran
04. Within (7:54) - Simmons
05. 100,000 Years (5:12) - Simmons/Stanley
06. Black Diamond (6:11) - Stanley
Produced by Bruce Fairbairn. Recorded at One On One Studios and A&M Studios in Los Angeles, CA, January - April 1998. Final mastering completed 6/24/98 by George Marino. Strings arranged by Shelly Berg. Track 11, sung by Ace, is only available on the Japanese version of the album. Drums on all of the album's tracks, except "Into The Void," were performed by Kevin Valentine. The majority of the lead guitar work was by Tommy Thayer (apparently offered some $20K for the effort) with some having the sonic signature of Paul Stanley (but not necessarily being by him). Some notes indicate that Bruce Kulick played bass on "Psycho Circus" and "Body And Soul;" and it is likely that there are other contributions by him.
CD2 produced by KISS. Recorded live at ISA Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Indiana, on December 12, 1998 and at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 13, 1998, on the US Leg of the tour. Packaging is the replacement of the CD-tray image with an inlay detailing the Live CD. Running time 40 minutes.
Psycho Circus - Bruce Kulick on bass
We Are One - Paul Stanley on bass; Gene Simmons on guitar
I Finally Found My Way - Bruce Kulick on bass; Shelly Berg on acoustic piano; Bob Ezrin on Fender Rhodes
I Pledge Allegiance - Bruce Kulick on bass on chorus
Within - Bruce Kulick on backwards guitar intro
You Wanted The Best - Ace Frehley on guitar solo
Dreamin' - Bruce Kulick on rhythm guitar
Journey Of 1,000 Years - Shelly Berg on acoustic piano
** It's pretty obvious that there are other players on the album, mainly Tommy Thayer (providing the majority of lead guitar) and Kevin Valentine (drums). The only song the original four members play on is "Into The Void"...
Chart Peak: #3 (10/1/98) with 14 weeks on charts. Other countries: AUS #25; AUZ #1; CAN #2; GER #5; JAP #20; NOR #4; SWE #1; SWZ #30; UK #47.
"Psycho Circus" was certified gold by the RIAA on 10/22/98. By February 2007 the album had sold 481,000 according to SoundScan(r). It is currently out-of-print in the USA. By 2003 Universal Music International reported international sales of over 400,000 of the album (Billboard, 8/9/03).
40% of this album has been performed live. "Psycho Circus," "Within," and "Into The Void" debuted at the special Halloween 1998 concert at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on October 31, 1998. They remained in the set for the full "Psycho Circus" tour. "I Pledge Allegiance to the State of Rock 'N' Roll" had three performances in Australia in May 2004.