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Kiss (1974)

Artist: Kiss
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Format: CD
Sku: 60100154
UPC: 731453237421
UPC 14: 00731453237421
Release Date: 7/15/1997
Sales Rank: 1457
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Strutter ~ Kiss
2. Nothin' To Lose ~ Kiss
3. Firehouse ~ Kiss
4. Cold Gin ~ Kiss
5. Let Me Know ~ Kiss
6. Kissin' Time ~ Kiss
7. Deuce ~ Kiss
8. Love Theme From Kiss ~ Kiss
9. 100,000 Years ~ Kiss
10. Black Diamond ~ Kiss
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.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Kiss: Gene Simmons (bass instrument); Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss.
Muze PNote Personnel: Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley (vocals, guitar); Peter Criss (vocals, drums); Gene Simmon, Gene Simmons (vocals); Bruce Foster (piano); Bobby McAdams (hand claps).
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Joseph M. Palmaccio.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Robert V. Conte.
Muze PNote Recording information: Bell Sound Studios, New York, NY (10/1973).
Muze PNote Photographer: Joel Brodsky.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Kenny Kerner; Richie Wise; Kenny Kerner; Richie Wise

Engineer: Warren Dewey; Warren Dewey

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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Dazed & Confused
Muze Music Compilations Rock Star
Muze Music Compilations Monster Ballads (Platinum Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Now: Classic Rock
Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1970'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations Monster Ballads: Ultimate Set
Muze Music Compilations Icon:classic Rock
Muze Music Compilations Art Of Mccartney

Associated Artists and Works

Ace Frehley [Remaster] ~ Frehley, Ace
Gene Simmons [Remaster] ~ Simmons, Gene
Gene Simmons [Remaster] ~ Simmons, Gene

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/15/1997
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1974
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : AA3145323742
Music Label Name Label : Casablanca
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731453237421

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