Kiss Makes 'Sonic Boom' Set A Wal-Mart Exclusive
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The self-proclaimed "hottest band in the land" is following the hottest trend in classic rock.

Like Journey ("Revelation") and Foreigner ("Can't Slow Down") before it, Kiss' new "Sonic Boom" is a three-disc set that mixes new songs and old material with video content at a low price -- in this case, $12. It will be available exclusively at Walmart properties starting on Oct. 6.

"Sonic Boom" includes a full new album, Kiss' first since "Psycho Circus" in 1999. In web site postings, bassist Gene Simmons describes the 11-track set, produced by singer-guitarist Paul Stanley at Conway Recording Studios in Los Angeles, as "the best new record we've done since 'Destroyer.' It is 'Rock And Roll Over' meets 'Love Gun'...If you're a fan of our stuff from about 1977, you'll feel right at home." It's Kiss' first studio album with guitarist Tommy Thayer, and drummer Eric Singer's first since 1997's "Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions."

Accompanying the new material will be a disc of Kiss greatest hits re-recorded by the original lineup and previously available in Japan, as well as a DVD filmed at a concert earlier this year in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The cover was designed by artist Michael Doret, whose previous Kiss credit is 1976's "Rock and Roll Over."

Kiss plans to tour extensively to promote "Sonic Boom," but only two dates have been announce so far: Sept. 25 at Detroit's Cobo Hall, where the group recorded its breakthrough "Kiss Alive!" album and portions of "Kiss Alive II;" and a Halloween show at the Voodoo Experience festival in New Orleans City Park.

The full track listing for "Sonic Boom" includes:

Sonic Boom:

"Modern Day Delilah"
"Russian Roulette"
"Never Enough"
"Yes I KNow (Nobody's Perfect)"
"Stand"
"Hot and Cold"
"All For The Glory"
"Danger Us"
"I'm An Animal"
"When Lightning Strikes"
"Say Yeah"

Kiss Klassics:

"Deuce"
"Detroit Rock City"
"Shout It Out Loud"
"Hotter Than Hell"
"Calling Dr. Love"
"Love Gun"
"I Was Made For Lovin' You"
"Heaven's On Fire"
"Lick It Up"
"I Love It Loud"
"Forever"
"Christine Sixteen"
"Do You Love Me"
"Black Diamond"
"Rock And Roll All Nite"

Kiss: Live in Buenos Aires (DVD):

"Deuce"
"Hotter Than Hell"
"C'mon And Love Me"
"Watchin' You"
"100,000 Years"
"Rock And Roll All Nite"

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