Kiss (LP)

 
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Kiss
Kiss (LP)

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Release Date: Friday 4 April 2014

Face paint and fake blood aside, KISS proved they had the hooks and the raw rock power to rule the world right from the word "go." Their amazing 1974 debut features the hit Kissin' Time and fan faves Cold Gin; Deuce, and Strutter.

Kiss' 1974 self-titled debut is one of hard rock's all-time classic studio recordings. Kiss is chock full of their best and most renowned compositions, containing elements of Rolling Stones/New York Dolls party-hearty rock & roll, Beatles tunefulness, and Sabbath/Zep heavy metal, and wisely recorded primal and raw by producers Richie Wise and Kenny Kerner (of Gladys Knight fame). Main songwriters Stanley and Simmons each had a knack for coming up with killer melodies and riffs, as evidenced by "Nothin' to Lose" and "Deuce" (by Simmons), "Firehouse" and "Black Diamond" (by Stanley), as well as "Strutter" and "100,000 Years" (collaborations by the two).

Also included is the Ace Frehley alcohol anthem "Cold Gin," "Let Me Know" (a song that Stanley played for Simmons upon their very first meeting, then titled "Sunday Driver"), and one of Kiss' few instrumentals: the groovy "Love Theme from Kiss" (penned by the entire band). The only weak track is a tacky cover of the 1959 Bobby Rydell hit "Kissin' Time," which was added to subsequent pressings of the album to tie in with a "Kissing Contest" promotion the band was involved in at the time. Along with 1976's Destroyer, Kiss' self-titled debut is their finest studio album, and has only improved over the years. 4.5 / 5 All Music Guide.

Tracks:

Side One:
Strutter
Nothin' To Lose
Firehouse
Cold Gin
Let Me Know

Side Two:
Kissin' Time
Deuce
Love Theme From Kiss
100,000 Years
Black Diamond