Gene Simmons

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Most Kiss fans associate Gene Simmons with the band's hardest-rocking compositions; after all, he's responsible for such heavies as "Watchin' You," "Calling Dr. Love," "Larger Than Life," and "Goin' Blind." So many Kiss fans must have been surprised when they heard Gene's diverse 1978 solo album, with songs that contained choirs and string arrangements, plus elements of Beatles pop, '70s funk/disco, and feel-good rock & roll. Granted, there are a few heavy rockers such as the single "Radioactive," "Burning Up With Fever," and "See You in Your Dreams", but Simmons was always a closet Beatles fan, as evidenced by "See You Tonite," "Always Near You," "Man of 1,000 Faces," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Most Kiss fans associate Gene Simmons with the band's hardest-rocking compositions; after all, he's responsible for such heavies as "Watchin' You," "Calling Dr. Love," "Larger Than Life," and "Goin' Blind." So many Kiss fans must have been surprised when they heard Gene's diverse 1978 solo album, with songs that contained choirs and string arrangements, plus elements of Beatles pop, '70s funk/disco, and feel-good rock & roll. Granted, there are a few heavy rockers such as the single "Radioactive," "Burning Up With Fever," and "See You in Your Dreams", but Simmons was always a closet Beatles fan, as evidenced by "See You Tonite," "Always Near You," "Man of 1,000 Faces," and "Mr. Make Believe." The only real misstep is a preposterously embarrassing cover of the Disney classic "When You Wish Upon a Star" complete with Disney-esque sound effects/music. But Simmons made sure that the top artists of the day lent a hand Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Donna Summer, Cher, Bob Seger, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Helen Reddy, and Janis Ian, which makes Gene's solo album an unpredictable yet ultimately enjoyable release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • UPC: 731453238428
  • Catalog Number: 532384
  • Sales rank: 25,126

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kiss Primary Artist
Helen Reddy Vocals, Guest Appearance
Cher Vocals
Janis Ian Vocals, Guest Appearance
Joe Perry Guitar, Guest Appearance
Gene Simmons Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Donna Summer Vocals, Guest Appearance
Michael Des Barres Vocals
Elliott Randall Guitar
Richie Ranno Guitar
Steve Lacey Guitar
Sean Delaney Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gordon Grody Vocals, Background Vocals
Jeff Baxter Guitar, Guest Appearance
Fran Eisenberg Vocals, Background Vocals
Ron Frangipane Conductor
Richard Gerstein Percussion, Piano
Diva Gray Vocals, Background Vocals
Shane Howell Guitar
Neil Jason Bass
Rick Nelson Guitar, Vocals
Rick Nielsen Guitar
Joe Pecorino Guest Appearance
Carolyn Ray Vocals, Background Vocals
Katey Sagal Background Vocals
Kate Sapal Vocals
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
Bob Seger Vocals, Guest Appearance
Eric Troyer Piano, Vocals
Mitch Weissman Guest Appearance
John Shane Howell Classical Guitar
Gordon Gordy Background Vocals
Steve Lacey Guitar
Elliot Randall Guitar
Technical Credits
Gene Simmons Composer, Producer
Sean Delaney Composer, Producer
Ron Frangipane Arranger, Symphonic Arrangements
Leigh Harline Composer
George Marino Mastering
Joseph M. Palmaccio Remastering
Mike "Clay" Stone Engineer
Ned Washington Composer
Mitchell Kanner Redesign
Robert V. Conte Liner Notes
Mike Stone Engineer
Eraldo Carugati Artwork, Cover Painting
Howard Marks Advertising Composer
Yasuhito Kitai Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Gene Simmons Lite

    But I still love it. Not the demon from KISS that we're used to. You can still tell it's him though. One song even reminds me of Julian Lennon. I'm a big KISS fan, so I had to have this. And Gene is my favorite. Only Gene Simmons could sing "When You Wish Upon a Star" and make it sound kinda scary. This is a really fun album for all you Gene Simmons fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Welcome To Gene's world

    This album starts off rockin' and takes on a journey where Gene has not gone before. Gene did a good job All the way with the music. But some fans were surprise that it was not heavy as what they were used to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One for the bargain bin...

    This album blows!!! Lets hope ol' Gene has learned something from this overblown mess and hits the mark with "A**Hole"...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What an Album!

    Gene Simmons'solo album is a great album.Gene,the bassist for KISS,does a great job singing and playing guitar.The best songs are "Radioactive"and "Living In Sin".The song "Man Of 1,000 Faces"is a tribute to Gene's favorite actor,the late horror film star Lon Chaney.So if You're a Gene Simmons fanatic like me,buy this album.

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