Kiss

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February 18th, 1974 the "KISS" album is released and is over 35 minutes long. It spends 23 weeks in the charts and eventually reaches #87 in the US album charts. Band members incude Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Bruce Foster.

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Label Uni/mercury
SKU 60100154
UPC 731453237421
UPC 14 00731453237421
Format CD
Release Date 7/15/1997
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Author Kiss
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Technical Info
Engineer Warren Dewey; Warren Dewey
Producer Kenny Kerner; Richie Wise; Kenny Kerner; Richie Wise
CatalogID AA3145323742
Lable Name Casablanca
Released 07/15/1997
Original Release 1974
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 35m : 11s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731453237421
Album Notes and Credits
Kiss: Gene Simmons (bass instrument); Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss.
Personnel: Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley (vocals, guitar); Peter Criss (vocals, drums); Gene Simmon, Gene Simmons (vocals); Bruce Foster (piano); Bobby McAdams (hand claps).
Audio Remasterer: Joseph M. Palmaccio.
Liner Note Author: Robert V. Conte.
Recording information: Bell Sound Studios, New York, NY (10/1973).
Photographer: Joel Brodsky.
Kiss' penchant for make-up was inspired by their downtown New York neighbors the New York Dolls and by Alice Cooper, who was on top of the glam-rock world when Kiss' self-titled debut came out in 1974. Rather than dress in drag as the Dolls did, Kiss fashioned their look on a mix of sci-fi and horror films, and the rock & roll of their youth. They fashioned their music on willful hard-rock arrogance. Several songs on KISS became staples in the group's catalog. "Strutter," about a beautiful woman with a confident swagger, mirrored the attitude of the band, and it contained the first of many incendiary Ace Frehley solos.
The album also contains "Cold Gin," Ace's signature song; "Deuce," with its quintessential sexual posturing and fiery soloing; and "Black Diamond," Paul Stanley's epic tribute to a streetwalker with a hardscrabble life. Kiss' hunger to succeed resulted in some interesting recording choices, such as transforming teen idol Bobby Rydell's "Kissin' Time" into a stomper with singalong choruses typical of early-'70s pop. There's even an instrumental, "Love Theme From Kiss," a showcase for the quartet's musical synchronicity. It was the beginning of a long and influential career.
Artist Overview
A theatrical rock band formed in the 1970s heyday of glitter, Kiss brought to life a cast of cartoonish figures sustained by heavy riffs and an endless supply of face paint. With each band member assuming an alter-ego (Gene Simmons, demon; Paul Stanley, stud; Ace Frehley, spaceman; and Peter Criss, cat), Kiss set the standard for the ultimate spectacle, combining monstrously hook-heavy rock with outrageous costumes and stage shows. Following the release of four simultaneous solo albums, Criss left the group, and a few years later Frehley also departed. Simmons and Stanley soldiered on with various lineups, and the group even abandoned their make-up beginning with 1983's LICK IT UP. In 1996, the original quartet reunited and donned their old faces and outfits for a hugely successful tour.
Disc 1
1 Strutter
2 Nothin' To Lose
3 Firehouse
4 Cold Gin
5 Let Me Know
6 Kissin' Time
7 Deuce
8 Love Theme From Kiss
9 100,000 Years
10 Black Diamond

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