Kiss

Kiss

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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 See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/1997
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0731453237421
catalogNumber:
532374
Rank:
15068

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kiss   Primary Artist
Peter Criss   Drums,Vocals
Ace Frehley   Guitar,Vocals
Gene Simmons   Bass,Vocals
Paul Stanley   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Bruce Foster   Piano
Gene Simmon   Bass,Vocals
Bobby McAdams   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Warren Dewey   Engineer
Kenny Kerner   Producer,Audio Production
George Marino   Mastering
Joseph M. Palmaccio   Remastering
Richie Wise   Producer,Audio Production
Mitchell Kanner   Art Direction
Robert V. Conte   Liner Notes
Rock Steady   Concept,Direction
Lockart   Art Direction

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