KIX – Midnite Dynamite [Rock Candy remastered] full retail

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As requested, here’s one of the most celebrated KIX albums; “Midnight Dynamite”, Remastered & Reloaded by Rock Candy Records.

There is a breed of bands who like to keep it simple: four-to-the-floor guitar driven hard rock with catchy riffs and hooks that sound as though they were born fully formed.
In this respect, it’s fair to say that the Maryland based five piece Kix are close to the top of the heap when it comes to instantly infectious songs. Garnish that with a healthy coating of classy inspired melodic rock and you’ve got a marriage made in heaven.

Signed to industry giant Atlantic Records, “Midnite Dynamite” was the band’s third album and the one expected to establish Kix as a force to be reckoned with.

Produced by man of the moment Beau Hill (Ratt, Warrant) and with wonderful contributions by guitar maestro Mike Slamer, the album finally brought all the right ingredients to the forefront, boasting memorable songs and lively rocking of the finest order.

Add to this a comprehensive selection of grade A co-writers, including contributions from Bob Halligan Jr. (Icon, Judas Priest, Kiss), Kip Winger and John Palumbo (Crack The Sky) and you’ve got a record that delivers as much as it promises.

KIX - Midnite Dynamite [Rock Candy remastered booklet

Check out the raunch and roll of “Red Hot (Blue Black)”, “Bang Bang (Balls Of Fire)”, “Scarlet Fever” and the title track, for nicely polished nuggets of no nonsense party rock blessed with a cool delivery that sets fire to the notion that you can’t have your cake and eat it.

Regarded as many – including me – as their prime example of true American Hard Rock, “Midnight Dynamite” rocks from start to finish.
The original Atlantic transfer to CD was quiet and thin sounding, and I always found myself tweaking the stereo as the bass just wasn’t there.

KIX - Midnite Dynamite [Rock Candy remastered back

This Rock Candy remaster recovers a full dynamic sound; the kick drum indeed ‘kicks’, the snare snaps, the bass guitar is present, nothing sounds artificial either. It does what a proper remaster does; improves the original.
Very complete booklet as well with Beau Hill, Bob Halligan Jr. and band members comments about the making of the album.
Highly Recommended

01 – Midnite Dynamite
02 – Red Hot (Black & Blue)
03 – Bang Bang (Balls Of Fire)
04 – Layin’ Rubber
05 – Walkin’ Away
06 – Scarlet Fever
07 – Cry Baby
08 – Cold Shower
09 – Lie Like A Rug
10 – Sex

Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica, saxophone
Ronnie ’10/10′ Younkins – guitars
Brian ‘Damage’ Forsythe – guitars
Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Jimmy ‘Chocolate’ Chalfant – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Anton Fig – add. drums, percussion
Mike Slamer – guitars on “Walkin’ Away” and “Scarlet Fever”
Beau Hill – add. keyboards and guitars, production


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